News Section
Stories from Climate Central's Science Journalists and Content Partners

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

New NASA Satellite Gets the Dirt on Soil Moisture

New NASA Satellite Gets the Dirt on Soil Moisture

Tracking soil moisture is a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it. Soil moisture is a critical indicator of drought. For decades, ground observations have done the heavy lifting but they’re few and far between. That’s why NASA spent $1 billion to launch a soil moisture monitoring satellite earlier this year. After months of calibration, the… Read More

White House: Upgrade Grid to Withstand Climate Change

White House: Upgrade Grid to Withstand Climate Change

The White House says all the pipelines, power lines, railways and the other infrastructure that bring Americans the energy they use each day will have to be modernized in the face of climate change and a renaissance in renewable energy.… Read More

Three Ways The West Can Adapt To Drought

Three Ways The West Can Adapt To Drought

The current Washington drought could help the West learn to adapt to one of the most profound effects that climate change is projected to bring to the region. Scientists warn that climate change could deliver “megadroughts” to the West, the likes of which haven’t been experienced in more than a millenium. “I’m seeing this year as a dress rehearsal … Read More

Gallery

Extreme Precipitation Events are on the Rise If you get the feeling that heavy downpours are more intense than they used to be, you’re not imagining it.

View Gallery