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Drought Prompts Fear of Blackouts at World Cup

Drought Prompts Fear of Blackouts at World Cup

Although recent rains have brought some relief, many parts of Brazil are in the grip of the most severe drought for years, and temperatures have been unusually high. In many areas, reservoirs at hydro plants – which produce about 70 percent of Brazil’s power – are at record lows. São Paulo state in the south-east, where the World Cup’s opening game… Read More

6 Degrees: Kinky Rails, Rains, CO2 Emissions & More

6 Degrees: Kinky Rails, Rains, CO2 Emissions & More

Sun kinks warp railroads, CO2 emissions enter space age, rains and floods all top climate news this week. … Read More

Rains Slightly Ease Southern Plains Drought

Rains Slightly Ease Southern Plains Drought

Over the better part of a week, a slow-moving low-pressure system dumped rain across parts of Oklahoma and Texas. including areas suffering the most from drought. The storm brought them at least a modicum of relief according the latest U.S. Drought Monitor. “Basically, the rain fell exactly where it was most needed,” Victor Murphy, the climate… Read More

The Navajo Nation’s Shifting Sands of Climate Change

The Navajo Nation’s Shifting Sands of Climate Change

Few places are more exposed to the threats of climate change and drought than the Navajo Nation, the largest Native American tribe in the U.S. Here, livelihoods and traditions of the nearly 300,000 Navajo people are more tied to the land than most other Southwesterners.… Read More

Antarctic Ice Collapse Could Devastate Global Food Supply

Antarctic Ice Collapse Could Devastate Global Food Supply

The ongoing collapse of a large part of the Antarctica ice sheet could devastate global food supply, drowning vast areas of crop lands across the Middle East and Asia, according to new research. The report, Advancing Global Food Supply in the Face of a Changing Climate, urges the Obama Administration to step up research funding – especially in dev… Read More

Rain! Storm Heads for Southern Plains, Won’t End Drought

Rain! Storm Heads for Southern Plains, Won’t End Drought

Drought-weary residents of the Southern Plains, do meteorologists ever have a welcome forecast for you: Rain. And potentially lots of it. A large, low-pressure system cut off from the jet stream has formed over the Southwest and looks to bring several inches of rain to the Southern Plains. It will slowly trundle across the region over the next… Read More

6 Degrees: Submerged Cities, Melt Ponds, Methane & More

6 Degrees: Submerged Cities, Melt Ponds, Methane & More

See it all here, from photos of cities under future seas to catastrophic warnings of methane impacts.… Read More

100 Percent of California Now in Highest Stages of Drought

100 Percent of California Now in Highest Stages of Drought

California's drought just got worse, with 100 percent of the state now in the three highest stages of drought, according to Thursday’s release of the U.S. Drought Monitor. The latest report, which indicated that rain had improved conditions in parts of Texas and the Plains states, revealed that California got no relief. In fact, a heat wave likely… Read More