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California Drought, Marine Heat More Likely With Warming

California Drought, Marine Heat More Likely With Warming

A persistent wash of warm waters off the West Coast, which caused wildlife die-offs and blocked drought-quenching storms from reaching California, was caused by the happenstance interplay of natural ocean cycles, research findings published Monday show. The findings also suggested that while the drought and the blob of warm water were the result o… Read More

Double Shock of El Niño, La Niña Could Affect 100 Million

Double Shock of El Niño, La Niña Could Affect 100 Million

The number of people affected by the combined impact of the El Niño and La Niña weather patterns could exceed 100 million by the end of the year, according to the United Nations. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that more than 60 million people, two thirds of them in east and southern Africa, are facing food shortages … Read More

Alberta Wildfires Costliest Disaster in Canadian History

Alberta Wildfires Costliest Disaster in Canadian History

The Fort McMurray wildfire, driven by drought and climate change, was the costliest natural disaster in Canadian history, ringing up $3.58 billion in losses, according to the Insurance Bureau of Canada. The wildfire, which ignited May 1 in eastern Alberta and was brought under control on July 5, forced Canada’s largest-ever evacuation. It scorched… Read More

Seven Climate Records Set So Far in 2016

Seven Climate Records Set So Far in 2016

The Arctic had its warmest winter on record in 2015-16. Arctic sea ice is melting at a rate that by September could see it beat the record low set in 2012. The maximum extent of sea ice in winter was at a record low, and the extent in May was the lowest for that month ever, by more than 500,000 sq km. Since October, every month has been the hottest… Read More

Southeast Asian Fires Emitted Most Carbon Since 1997

Southeast Asian Fires Emitted Most Carbon Since 1997

Forest fires that blanketed Southeast Asia in thick haze last year released the greatest amount of climate-changing carbon since record blazes in 1997, producing emissions higher than in the whole of the European Union, scientists said on Tuesday. Singapore, Malaysia and northern Indonesia choked under a layer of toxic smog in September and… Read More

‘Water Windfall’ Found in Drought-Stricken California

‘Water Windfall’ Found in Drought-Stricken California

California’s Central Valley has three times more freshwater in underground aquifers than previously thought, drinking water that could help the state weather future drought and fortify itself against a changing climate, according to a new Stanford University study. But tapping that water, locked thousands of feet beneath the ground, will be … Read More

Dead Trees Adding to California Firefighters’ Battle

Dead Trees Adding to California Firefighters’ Battle

With drought and climate change conspiring to push California’s summer wildfire season into premature overdrive, the state’s lead wildfire agency has acquired a multimillion dollar arsenal to help it cope with unprecedented numbers of dying trees. California recently bought $6 million worth of chippers, mobile sawmills, portable incinerators and … Read More

The Weird Weather That Entrenched California’s Drought

The Weird Weather That Entrenched California’s Drought

Several months after storms fueled by a fierce El Niño exploded over the northern Sierra Nevada, California’s mountain snowpack has nearly disappeared. Scientists bid adieu last week to an El Niño that had been among the strongest on record, but that brought disappointingly few wintertime snowflakes and raindrops to the Southwest. Snow that … Read More

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