Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is locked in a tight Senate race with Alison Grimes, whom he has tried to link to the so-called 'war on coal'. But it's McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, featured in a major McConnell TV spot, who is on the board of not one but two foundations fighting dirty coal.
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NOAA said this week, “The chance of El Niño has decreased to about 65%.” And if we do see one, it’s likely to be either weak or moderate. But you generally need a pretty strong El Niño to generate the kind of precipitation California needs after 3+ years of drought.
A new study provides some of the first documented evidence that the risk of big, concentrated tornado outbreaks is on the rise. The lead author, Florida State tornado expert James Elsner, told me, “I think our results suggest a climate change signal on U.S. tornado activity.”