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Texas, Oklahoma Drought ‘All But Over’

Texas, Oklahoma Drought ‘All But Over’

While the Western drought has its claws firmly dug in, the nearly five-year drought that has gripped Oklahoma and Texas is on its last legs, thanks to recent torrents of rain, government climate scientists said Thursday. “I think the Texas drought is pretty much all but over,” Victor Murphy, climate services program manager for the National Weather… Read More

Climate Change May Put Power Grid at Risk in the West

Climate Change May Put Power Grid at Risk in the West

The ravages of climate change could severely hurt the ability of utilities in the 11 Western states to generate power unless they “climate proof” their power grid using renewables and energy efficiency, something they are not prepared for, according to a new study. For nearly half of the West’s existing power plants, climate change could reduce … Read More

Washington’s ‘Wet Drought’ Gets Worse

Washington’s ‘Wet Drought’ Gets Worse

With its snowpack at abysmal levels and some streams recording record low flows, Washington is perhaps looking at a worse drought than it anticipated even a month ago. The impacts already being seen prompted Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday to expanded an emergency drought declaration to cover the whole state. “We’re really starting to feel the pain from… Read More

Intense Wildfire Season Expected in West

Intense Wildfire Season Expected in West

Amid one the West’s worst droughts in centuries, more than 5,600 wildfires scorched more than 600,000 acres last year in California alone. It could happen again. With drought showing signs of worsening across the West and Upper Midwest, the Forest Service anticipates that it may spend up to $1.6 billion fighting wildfires in 2015, in a fire … Read More

Climate Change Will Greatly Impact Australians’ Health

Climate Change Will Greatly Impact Australians’ Health

Climate change will have significant repercussions for Australians’ health as warming temperatures fuel extreme weather events, help spread disease and disrupt food and water supplies, according to a report backed by the country’s peak scientific and medical bodies. The report, released by the Australian Academy of Science, warns that vulnerable… Read More

Global Warming Could Threaten 1-in-6 Species

Global Warming Could Threaten 1-in-6 Species

Cranking up the planetary heat is going to ratchet down the planet’s biodiversity, and new analysis suggests global warming will directly threaten one in six species with extinction if polluting practices continue unabated — up from about 3 percent today. Scientists estimated in the journal Nature in early 2014 that climate change could drive … Read More

California’s Forests Have Become Climate Polluters

California’s Forests Have Become Climate Polluters

California introduced a world-leading carbon dioxide cap-and-trade program to drive down pollution rates after lawmakers approved an ambitious climate protection law in 2006. It also changed rules affecting utilities, spurring investments in some of the biggest solar power plants the world has yet seen. But an emerging body of research shows it’s … Read More

Pacific Northwest’s ‘Wet Drought’ Possible Sign of Future

Pacific Northwest’s ‘Wet Drought’ Possible Sign of Future

The desiccated soils and barren slopes of California have grabbed news headlines in recent weeks, as the state entered its fourth year of a deep drought that has forced unprecedented statewide water restrictions. But while most eyes have been trained on the plight of the Golden State, its neighbors to the north are also facing a dearth of water… Read More

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