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Major Drought Had Unexpected Impacts in California, Report Finds

Major Drought Had Unexpected Impacts in California, Report Finds

A new report disputes some alleged impacts to California's Central Valley from water restrictions, but reveals others. Read More

Southwest Wildfires and Global Warming, Explained

Southwest Wildfires and Global Warming, Explained

Climate is a dominant factor because the difference between years with large areas burned and years with small areas burned is not so much in the number of fires, but in the number of very large fires.… Read More

Global Warming Brings Unusual Springtime Snowpack Decline in the West, New Study Finds

Global Warming Brings Unusual Springtime Snowpack Decline in the West, New Study Finds

“We’re talking about simultaneous snowpack decline in Western watersheds that support 70 million people, says U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) climatologist Julio Betancourt, who co-authored the study. “We have to be concerned.… Read More

Ancient Warming Has Disturbing Implications for Our Future

Ancient Warming Has Disturbing Implications for Our Future

Climate scientists think of ancient climate change in a very different way. They see it as something that might help us understand what might be in store for us in the future. … Read More

The Long, Hot Summer: Longer & Hotter

The Long, Hot Summer: Longer & Hotter

Just as many Californians are puzzling over winter-like weather in June, climate scientists are saying hotter days are ahead for most of the West. Read More

Changing Jellyfish Season Could Alter Chesapeake Bay Food Chain

Changing Jellyfish Season Could Alter Chesapeake Bay Food Chain

The early appearance of jellyfish along Maryland's eastern shoreline is more than just a nuisance for beachgoers. It’s a sign that coastal waters could be warmer than usual and that the early jellyfish blooms could upset the marine ecosystem.… Read More

Old Weather Data Aids Climate Science—One Ship at a Time

By Jennifer Pinkowski At midnight on August 31, 1917, the British Navy ship HMS Bacchante encountered a frightful beast of a storm as it patrolled t… Read More

Were Ancient Humans More Resilient to Climate Change than Modern Society?

Were Ancient Humans More Resilient to Climate Change than Modern Society?

Some archaeologists have forged careers out of using more novel methods to study long-term changes in North America’s climate. In the process, their work has provided new guidance for tackling climate change in our own era. … Read More