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When homes lose power, they lose cooling, too. Edmund Lowe Photography/Moment via Getty Images

America faces a power disconnection crisis amid dangerous heat: In 27 states, utilities can shut off electricity for nonpayment even in a heat wave

One in 4 American households is at risk of losing power because of the high cost of energy. Over 30% of those disconnections are in summer, when heat gets dangerous.
Visitors walk past a sign reading ‘Stop: Extreme Heat Danger’ in Death Valley National Park during a heat wave on July 7, 2024. Etienne Laurent/AFP via Getty Images

Extreme heat waves broiling the US in 2024 aren’t normal: How climate change is heating up weather around the world

Global temperatures have averaged at least 1.5 degrees Celsius warmer than preindustrial times for over a year. Two scientists explain what that means and what humanity can do.
Beachfront apartments in Umdloti, KwaZulu-Natal, were destroyed in the 2022 floods that claimed the lives of 435 people. Darren Stewart/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Extreme weather in South Africa is disrupting tourism – research tracks the impact on coastal areas

South Africa’s game reserves, tourist parks, chalets and ocean activities are being disrupted by extreme weather. To protect livelihoods, urban planning needs to adapt to climate change fast.
Hurricane Beryl hit the island of Carriacou, Grenada, on July 1, 2024, with 150 mph sustained winds. NOAA

Hurricane Beryl’s rapid intensification, Category 5 winds so early in a season were alarming: Here’s why more tropical storms are exploding in strength

Beryl’s strength and rapid intensification set records, raising alarms about what’s already expected to be a very active Atlantic hurricane season, as a meteorologist explains.

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