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Wildfire Alert Heightened as Blazes Char Western U.S.

Wildfire Alert Heightened as Blazes Char Western U.S.

With 51 large wildfires currently burning across the U.S., the nation’s firefighters have been placed on a war footing — known as “National Preparedness Level 5.” This is the first time this step has been taken since 2008, according to Wildfire Today, and it reflects the combination of high fire activity, the large amounts of firefighting resources… Read More

Sinking Towns, 2 Interactives & the Lowdown on Drought

Sinking Towns, 2 Interactives & the Lowdown on Drought

All sorts of news on drought, two interactives plus a drought map, and a sinking Alaska town. … Read More

Climate Change May Be Easing Devastating 2012 Drought

Climate Change May Be Easing Devastating 2012 Drought

Early this week, when Colorado State Climatologist Nolan Doesken toured an area of southeast Colorado hit hardest by the drought of 2012, he was greeted with a vast expanse of parched farmland that had turned into a moonscape with almost no vegetation. That area along the Arkansas River hadn’t seen much rainfall in nearly three years, a long dry … Read More

Can Extreme Weather Make Climate Change Worse?

Can Extreme Weather Make Climate Change Worse?

Devastating drought in the Southwest, unprecedented wildfire activity, scorching heat waves and other extreme weather are often cited as signs of a changing climate. But what if those extreme weather events themselves cause more extreme weather events, fueling climate change? That’s one of the possibilities raised by a study released Wednesday … Read More

Wet, Wetter, Wettest Makes July No. 5 in Record Books

Wet, Wetter, Wettest Makes July No. 5 in Record Books

Extremes in precipitation was the weather big story of July 2013, with last month ranking as the fifth-wettest July on record nationwide, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s monthly weather summary report released Tuesday.… Read More

NOAA: 2012 One of Globe’s 10 Hottest on Record

NOAA: 2012 One of Globe’s 10 Hottest on Record

Last year was one of the globe’s 10 warmest years on record, with numerous milestones set that indicate that global warming is continuing, despite a plateau in the short-term trend in global average surface temperatures, according to a new climate report released on Tuesday. The report, which amounts to a 260-page checkup of the health of the clima… Read More

Australia Faces Bigger Health Risks from Climate Change

Australia Faces Bigger Health Risks from Climate Change

Australia has been warned of the rising threat of dengue fever and heat stroke deaths in the wake of a study that found climate change is aiding the spread of infectious diseases around the world. The report, part-funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation and published in Science, found that climate change is already abetting diseases in wild… Read More

Climate & Conflict: Warmer World May be More Violent

Climate & Conflict: Warmer World May be More Violent

The study, published in the journal Science, concludes that climate events from heat waves to droughts and floods have strong links to violent conflicts, helping to explain patterns of crime, civil wars, and even the collapse of some ancient civilizations.… Read More