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Scientists Raise Questions on Drought and Climate

Scientists Raise Questions on Drought and Climate

When the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a report on April 11 that seemed to exonerate global warming as a cause of last summer’s historic drought, a reasonable person might conclude that global warming had been exonerated. After all, NOAA is a highly respected organization, and the report’s lead author, meteorologist Martin … Read More

Six to See: Slideshow of Week’s Top Climate News

Six to See: Slideshow of Week’s Top Climate News

Crazy, unseasonable weather, air travel, and Obama's budget request all in this week's slideshow of top climate news. … Read More

At Long Last, Great Plains Sees Some Drought Relief

At Long Last, Great Plains Sees Some Drought Relief

While the drought is far from over in the Great Plains, the precipitation that fell this week was welcome news for a region that has needed it the most. For example, in parts of South Dakota, about 30 inches of snow fell through Wednesday, carrying more than an inch of liquid water equivalent that will help increase soil moisture.… Read More

2012 Drought Worse Than Dust Bowl Era & Unpredictable

2012 Drought Worse Than Dust Bowl Era & Unpredictable

The report may leave more open questions than answers, given that it found that no known source of natural climate variability can shoulder most of the blame for the drought, nor can man-made global warming, which over the long run is projected to make droughts more likely in some parts of the U.S., particularly the Southwest.… Read More

Geoengineering Could Trigger Disaster in Parts of Africa

Geoengineering Could Trigger Disaster in Parts of Africa

Less than three weeks after two US researchers called for global agreement on the governance of geo-engineering research, British meteorologists have provided a case study in potential geo-engineering disaster. Jim Haywood from the Met Office Hadley Centre and colleagues report in Nature Climate Change that fine particles concentrated in the … Read More

Six to See: Slideshow on Week’s Top Climate News

Six to See: Slideshow on Week’s Top Climate News

Toxic algae blooms, binding emissions cuts, policy changes and more in in a slideshow of the week's top climate news … Read More

Another Summer of Drought Looms for Texas and West

Another Summer of Drought Looms for Texas and West

The drought that has gripped Texas for the better part of two years is expected to continue into the summer. Conditions are also expected to expand and intensify all across the West and Southwest, where below-average annual precipitation have combined with low water supplies left over from the drought that began in 2012. An update to the Seasonal… Read More

U.S. Dominated Global Disaster Losses in 2012: Swiss Re

U.S. Dominated Global Disaster Losses in 2012: Swiss Re

The insurance industry had its third-most expensive year on record in 2012, with global economic losses from natural catastrophes and man-made disasters totaling $186 billion, according to a report released March 27 by the reinsurance giant Swiss Re. The total insured losses for the year was $77 billion, which was well below the losses seen in 2011… Read More