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Sunburned in Siberia: Heat Wave Leads to Wildfires

Sunburned in Siberia: Heat Wave Leads to Wildfires

A heat wave in Siberia has led to a surge in wildfires, releasing large amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.… Read More

2012 Year in Pictures: The Top 10 Most Striking Images

2012 Year in Pictures: The Top 10 Most Striking Images

Call it our year in pictures as 2012 may be remembered for some of these top 10 images.… Read More

Extreme Weather 101: Drought & Our Changing Climate

Extreme Weather 101: Drought & Our Changing Climate

Drought has left huge swaths of the United States parched this year. Are these dry conditions simply a fluke, or something we many need to get used to in a warming world? Scientist Mike Brewer and meteorologist Dan Satterfield explain the connection between drought and a changing climate in our series Extreme Weather 101.… Read More

Image of the Day: Walnut Trees Can’t Stand the Heat

Image of the Day: Walnut Trees Can’t Stand the Heat

According to research from Purdue University, hotter, drier conditions and increased odds of extreme weather events associated with climate change may prove fatal for walnut trees, bringing economic consequences to areas across the nation. Take California for example, which sold over 500,000 tons of walnuts in 2010 for more than $1 billion dollars … Read More

Image of the Day: Cookies & Candy for the Cows

Image of the Day: Cookies & Candy for the Cows

In an attempt to feed their cattle amid these times of high corn prices due to one of the U.S.'s top 10 worst drought events on record, farmers are turning to an unconventional solution: candy. According to an article from Reuters, cattle are being fed cookies, gummy worms, sprinkles, marshmallows, fruit loops, or anything else the farmers can … Read More

Image of the Day: The Wildfires that Continue to Burn

Image of the Day: The Wildfires that Continue to Burn

A view of the numerous fires that continued to rage throughout the northwestern United States as of September 17, 2012 taken from NASA’s Aqua satellite. You can also monitor and obtain stats in on the blazes in real-time using Climate Central’s new interactive wildfires map. Wildfires such as these have been burning throughout the Western U.S. … Read More

Interactive Wildfire Map Shows Outbreaks in Real-Time

Interactive Wildfire Map Shows Outbreaks in Real-Time

As the temperature warms and large parts of the U.S. become drier, wildfires are becoming more common and widespread — a trend that will continue to worsen thanks to climate change caused by human greenhouse gas emissions. Now you can monitor outbreaks of wildfire in real time with Climate Central’s new interactive map. The flame icons represent … Read More

Image of the Day: Fish Sticks! A One-Two Climate Punch

Image of the Day: Fish Sticks! A One-Two Climate Punch

For Alaska pollock, the white fish primarily used in fish-sticks and one of the most economically valuable fisheries in the world, climate change is a one-two punch. According to NOAA, rising water temperatures reduce the abundance of their preferred food while increasing the population size of their predators. Found most commonly in the Bering … Read More