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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: Satellite Spots Parched U.S. Landscape

Image of the Day: Satellite Spots Parched U.S. Landscape

The map is based on an index called the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index, or NDVI, which is a measure of how plant leaves absorb visible light and reflect infrared light. According to NASA, drought-stressed vegetation reflects more visible light and less infrared than healthy vegetation.… 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: 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

Image of the Day: Popcorn Prices Are Popping Up

Image of the Day: Popcorn Prices Are Popping Up

The 2012 historic drought on the Midwest has had myriad impacts, including sending popcorn prices soaring this summer, with buyers small and large scrambling for their supplies, the according to the Huffington Post. With more than 80 percent of U.S. popcorn production consumed domestically, Midwest farmers are eager to supply the demand and they'v… Read More

Image of the Day: Drought Forces Cows to Moo-ve East

Image of the Day: Drought Forces Cows to Moo-ve East

Ranchers out West are being forced to move their cattle eastward in order to escape extreme drought conditions. Add to that, many ranchers are also dealing with wildfires making the urgency even greater to save their cattle. One Wyoming rancher moved his herd 330 miles east, a seven hour trip with 120 head of cattle to graze on a friend’s prairie … Read More

Image of Day: Exotic Crops May Become the Norm in UK

Image of Day: Exotic Crops May Become the Norm in UK

According to recent projections for global warming, reports the BBC in the Radio 4 segment Costing the Earth, in roughly 50 years, England may look a lot less like it does today and a lot more like Madeira, an island off the coast of Morocco. The research suggests that temperatures in the UK could rise as much as six degrees with rainfall the same … Read More

Image of the Day: Proof that Bigger Isn’t Always Better

Image of the Day: Proof that Bigger Isn’t Always Better

Crops have been hit hard this year thanks to the historic, widespread drought gripping a majority of nation. Agricultural losses are already expected to have a price tag in the billions. But there is one thing we can thank the drought for that isn't as bleak: sweeter, juicer, more intense flavors in several fruits and vegetables. According to … Read More