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NASA Probes Show ‘Alarming’ Water Loss in Middle East

NASA Probes Show ‘Alarming’ Water Loss in Middle East

Parts of the Middle East are losing groundwater reserves at “an alarming rate,” according to a new analysis of NASA satellite data. From the beginning to 2003 to the end of 2009, portions of Iran, Iraq, Turkey and Syria that lie within the Tigris and Euphrates river basins shed 117 million acre-feet of water. That’s roughly equivalent to the… Read More

Volcanic CO2 Caused Ancient Episodes of Global Warming

Volcanic CO2 Caused Ancient Episodes of Global Warming

In order to predict our climate future, scientists spend a lot of time looking into the past, trying to understand what conditions were like during times when the planet was much warmer or much cooler than it is today. The latest instance: a report published in the February issue of the journal Geosphere, offering a plausible explanation for swings… Read More

The Top 10 Hardest-Hit States for Crop Damage

The Top 10 Hardest-Hit States for Crop Damage

The searing U.S. drought of 2012 devastated the nation’s corn crop, pushing yields down in some states to their lowest levels in nearly 30 years. According to recently-released numbers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Missouri, Illinois and Indiana were among the hardest hit Corn Belt states, with yields at 28-, 26-, and 22-year … Read More

Image of the Day: China’s Poor Air Quality From Above

Image of the Day: China’s Poor Air Quality From Above

NASA satellite image shows the bad air quality in China occurring in mid-January. Residents of many cities in China were told it was recommended that they stay indoors, as the air quality was the worst in recent history. … Read More

Two-Thirds of Americans Want Obama to Act on Climate

Two-Thirds of Americans Want Obama to Act on Climate

Two-thirds of Americans want President Barack Obama to act now on climate change, adding momentum to his State of the Union promise to take up the challenge with or without Congress. Two new polls commissioned by environmental groups and released on Wednesday showed clear majorities of Americans supporting Obama taking significant action on climat… Read More

Ex-IPCC Head: Prepare for 5°C Warmer World

Ex-IPCC Head: Prepare for 5°C Warmer World

The world has missed the chance to keep greenhouse gas emissions below the level needed to prevent the temperature climbing above 2° Celsius, according to the British scientist who used to chair the IPCC, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.… Read More

Snow-loving Wolverines Threatened by Climate Change

Snow-loving Wolverines Threatened by Climate Change

When 18th century zoologists gave the largest land-dwelling member of the weasel family the scientific name Gulo gulo — which translates, not so roughly, to gluttonous glutton — they were foreshadowing what would be mankind’s rather one-dimensional view of the creature we now know as the wolverine. The black-and-white, 30-pound, bushy-tailed … Read More

Looking for Love as the Climate Heats Up

Looking for Love as the Climate Heats Up

The interbreeding has several consequences, none well understood: It could increase genetic diversity, helping species weather rapid ecosystem changes. It also could dilute the genetics of at-risk animals such as polar bears – perhaps even diluting them beyond recognition. And the changes threaten to wreak havoc with conservation efforts. Not all e… Read More