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Wildfire Season Is Scorching the West

Wildfire Season Is Scorching the West

The West is ablaze as the summer wildfire season has gotten off to an intense start. More than 37,000 fires have burned more than 5.2 million acres nationally since the beginning of the year, with 47 large fires burning across nine states as of Friday. The relatively early activity is quickly becoming the norm, with rising temperatures making the… Read More

This Map Shows Warming’s Fingerprints on Weather

This Map Shows Warming’s Fingerprints on Weather

The field of climate science that looks for the fingerprints of climate change on extreme weather events has been growing rapidly in recent years, making it hard to keep track of the dozens of studies that have been done. A new interactive map put together by Carbon Brief, a UK-based data journalism site, makes that task easier. It rounds up the… Read More

Warming May Turn Africa’s Arid Sahel Green: Researchers

Warming May Turn Africa’s Arid Sahel Green: Researchers

One of Africa's driest regions - the Sahel - could turn greener if the planet warms more than 2 degrees Celsius and triggers more frequent heavy rainfall, scientists said on Wednesday. The Sahel stretches coast to coast from Mauritania and Mali in the west to Sudan and Eritrea in the east, and skirts the southern edge of the Sahara desert. It is… Read More

Climate Change Could Disrupt Food ‘Chokepoints’

Climate Change Could Disrupt Food ‘Chokepoints’

International trade in food relies on a small number of key ports, straits and roads, which face increasing risks of disruption due to climate change, a report said. Disruptions caused by weather, conflict or politics at one of those so-called "chokepoints" could limit food supplies and push up prices, the study by British think-tank Chatham House… Read More

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

Warming Could Push Earth’s Rains Northward

Warming Could Push Earth’s Rains Northward

The Earth’s rising temperature is expected to knock the global water cycle out of whack, but exactly how it will change is uncertain. Scientists, though, can look for clues as to what the future might bring in the major climate swings that have happened in the past. A new study that does just that suggests that Earth’s rain belts could be pushed … Read More

Climate Change Could Slash Staple Crops

Climate Change Could Slash Staple Crops

Climate change, and its impacts on extreme weather and temperature swings, is projected to reduce global production of corn, wheat, rice and soybeans by 23 percent in the 2050s, according to a new analysis. The study, which examined price and production of those four major crops from 1961 to 2013, also warns that by the 2030s output could be cut … Read More

Warmer Temperatures Drying the Rio Grande

Warmer Temperatures Drying the Rio Grande

The intensifying effects of warming temperatures on water shortages have been detected in remote northern New Mexico, where melting snowfall feeds one of the Southwest’s most important rivers. Researchers seeking to improve forecasts for how much water from the Rio Grande will be available for 5 million people each year found that rising … Read More

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