Weather

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The Huge Costs of Weather Damage in 2016

Climate change, population growth, and infrastructure are all contributing to the rise in billion-dollar disasters in the U.S., according to NOAA.

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The Link Between Road Pollution and Dementia Just Got Stronger

A new study finds elevated risks for people who live near busy streets and highways.

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This Month in Urbanism

A sampling of city-focused events around the world. This month: housing policy, innovations in design and technology, urban watersheds, and more.

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The U.S. Mapped in Shadows of the Setting Sun

See how hills and mountains would cast shadows across the land on the Summer Solstice.

Iain Williams/Reuters

The Town Where People Clash With Polar Bears

Arctic warming means more conflict between humans and the giant predators in Churchill, Manitoba.

Cameron Bloch/AP

Where Does Bad Weather Close Schools?

The forecast has to be more frightful to cancel classes in some states than in others.

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A Flexible Bridge Bends the Rules of Earthquake Engineering

A new design in Seattle promises to stand strong after being rattled in a violent shakeup.

Jacky Naegelen/Reuters

3 Questions for Cities One Year After the Paris Agreement

Uncertainty prevails for the global climate accord after a year of progress and setbacks.

John Sonntag/NASA

The Antarctic Is Shedding an Iceberg the Size of Delaware

The loss could spell trouble for future sea-level rise.

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In India, a Mystery of Cities and Holes in the Clouds

The urban heat island might be responsible for a strange weather pattern that appeared this week.

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The U.S. Just Had Its Hottest Autumn on Record

The unprecedented heat helped strengthen wildfires and deepen ingrained drought.

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The Future of Wind Turbines Is Enormous

Wind experts see an era of super-sized turbines approaching, with larger blades and capacities, but lower costs.

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Mapping the Inundation of New York City

A new report details the harrowing consequences of sea level rise.

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The Joy and Terror of Urban Snow Driving

Most Americans don’t bother with snow tires. Here’s your annual reminder that sometimes you really need them.

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NOAA

Where Climate Change Will Bring Extreme Rainfall to the U.S.

By 2100, parts of the U.S. could see a 400 percent leap in extreme summer storms.

Andrea Comas/Reuters

Madrid's Christmas Present to Itself: A Car Ban

The city center will be nearly car-free for nine days.

Henry Romero/Reuters

4 Major Cities Agree to Ban Diesel Vehicles

They hope to reduce the roughly 3 million yearly deaths tied to outdoor air pollution.

Subrata Biswas/AP

The Winners of the C40 Cities Awards for Climate Change

The top cities mass-produce compost, use landfill gas to heat a stadium, and “deconstruct” rather than demolish homes.

Henry Romero/Reuters

Mayors Set a Tight Deadline to Initiate Climate Action

The next four years will decide if the world can deliver on the Paris agreement, and cities are tasked with an ambitious call to jumpstart the effort.