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Climate Change Altering Droughts, Impacts Across U.S.

Climate Change Altering Droughts, Impacts Across U.S.

As a major drought devastated the West and Midwest beginning in 2012, farmers racked up billions of dollars in crop losses and water managers grappled with possible water shortages for millions of people as reservoirs dried up in the heat. That drought is now gone. But scientists have found that the dry spell showed unusual wild extremes of … Read More

It’s So Hot in Phoenix, Planes Can’t Take Off

It’s So Hot in Phoenix, Planes Can’t Take Off

An intense heat wave is crippling the West this week, sending the mercury above 120°F in places like Phoenix. In a sign of just how hot things are getting, some airlines have had to cancel flights because of the heat. American Airlines said it cancelled 50 flights out of Phoenix Sky Harbor aboard Bombardier CRJ aircraft on Tuesday because the … Read More

Desert Basins Could Hold ‘Missing’ Carbon Sinks

Desert Basins Could Hold ‘Missing’ Carbon Sinks

Deserts across the globe may contain some of the world’s “missing” carbon sinks — land masses scientists had not previously identified that absorb carbon from the atmosphere, according to researchers at China’s Lanzhou University. A study published Monday in the journal Nature Geoscience found that closed, or endorheic, basins in deserts — areas… Read More

Half of World Could See Deadly Heat Waves By 2100

Half of World Could See Deadly Heat Waves By 2100

Even with drastic cuts to the emissions of greenhouse gases that are driving up Earth’s temperature, more than half of the world’s population could be exposed to deadly heat waves by century’s end. If emissions continue on their current path, that proportion will jump to three-quarters of the world’s residents, due to both rising temperatures and… Read More

Houston Fears Warming Will Cause Catastrophic Flooding

Houston Fears Warming Will Cause Catastrophic Flooding

Sam Brody is not a real estate agent, but when his friends want to move home they get in touch to ask for advice. He is a flood impact expert in Houston — and he has plenty of work to keep him busy. The Texas metropolis has more casualties and property loss from floods than any other locality in the U.S., according to data stretching back to 1960 … Read More

Scientists Saw a Nearly Unheard of Antarctic Meltdown

Scientists Saw a Nearly Unheard of Antarctic Meltdown

Antarctica is unfreezing. In the past few months alone, researchers have chronicled a seasonal waterfall, widespread networks of rivers and melt ponds and an iceberg the size of Delaware on the brink of breaking away from the thawing landscape. A new study published in Nature Communications only adds to the disturbing trend of change afoot in … Read More

It’s June. California Is Still Covered in Snow

It’s June. California Is Still Covered in Snow

The summer solstice is just around the corner, but someone forgot to tell California’s snowpack. After years of wallowing in drought, this winter walloped California’s Sierra Nevada mountains in a major, record-setting way. And while the calendar says summer, winter still has its grips on the granite spine of the Sierras… Read More

Sharp Uptick in Wildfires Strains Great Plains Agencies

Sharp Uptick in Wildfires Strains Great Plains Agencies

Arizonans evacuated as wildfire approached heat wave-parched subdivisions northeast of Phoenix on Thursday followed a drill that’s becoming agonizingly commonplace through a vast stretch of America’s interior. A satellite analysis published by scientists this week showed the number of large wildfires burning up swaths of the Great Plains rose 350… Read More

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10 Hottest Years on Record The 10 hottest years ever recorded have all occurred since 1998.

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