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‘Water Windfall’ Found in Drought-Stricken California

‘Water Windfall’ Found in Drought-Stricken California

California’s Central Valley has three times more freshwater in underground aquifers than previously thought, drinking water that could help the state weather future drought and fortify itself against a changing climate, according to a new Stanford University study. But tapping that water, locked thousands of feet beneath the ground, will be … Read More

Climate Change is Tipping Scales Toward More Wildfires

Climate Change is Tipping Scales Toward More Wildfires

The 2016 wildfire season has barely begun and we have already had dozens of large fires rage through Western states, with hundreds of thousands of acres burned. This comes on the heels of a 2015 wildfire season that was the worst on record in the U.S., with more than 10 million acres burned. These are not just random events.… Read More

Dead Trees Adding to California Firefighters’ Battle

Dead Trees Adding to California Firefighters’ Battle

With drought and climate change conspiring to push California’s summer wildfire season into premature overdrive, the state’s lead wildfire agency has acquired a multimillion dollar arsenal to help it cope with unprecedented numbers of dying trees. California recently bought $6 million worth of chippers, mobile sawmills, portable incinerators and … Read More

Global Coral Bleaching Continues For a Record Third Year

Global Coral Bleaching Continues For a Record Third Year

Bad coral reef news seems to be never-ending these days. Case in point: on Monday, scientists announced that the world is in for an unprecedented third year of coral bleaching across the globe. The announcement comes courtesy of NOAA Coral Reef Watch, which keeps an eye on a number of climate factors that can stress reefs out. That includes rising… Read More

Rodent Threat Defeated As Delmarva Battles Rising Seas

Rodent Threat Defeated As Delmarva Battles Rising Seas

A rodent resembling a rat was found dead in a trap on a warm day last spring in marshland popular with hunters and fishers. It was the last time anybody saw a nutria on the Delmarva Peninsula. A $1 million-a-year federal program that has killed 13,000 of the wetland-destroying pests on the peninsula since 2003 has failed to capture or detect signs… Read More

With May Record, Global Temps in ‘New Neighborhood’

With May Record, Global Temps in ‘New Neighborhood’

The last 13 months, including May, have all been record warm, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an unprecedented streak in the record book. The May record came despite an easing in global temperatures from their El Niño-fueled peak, and it increases the likelihood that 2016 will surpass 2015 as the hottest year in … Read More

Fishing For Bright Spots in a World of Sick Reefs

Fishing For Bright Spots in a World of Sick Reefs

An unprecedented ecological analysis of fish survey findings from more than 2,500 reefs worldwide revealed on Wednesday that Muluk villagers of Karkar Island do better jobs than almost anybody in the West of managing fish stocks for the long term bounties they can provide. Karkar Island showed up as one of 15 “bright spots” in the analysis … Read More

Everything You Need to Know About Wildfires in One Map

Everything You Need to Know About Wildfires in One Map

Summer's heat is settling in early in parts of the West, and may arrive in earnest this weekend. With sweltering days ahead, the rising specter of wildfires isn’t far behind. To get the big-picture, we’ve created a brand new wildfire tracker that shows where every wildfire is burning with a side of climate. Hover over a red circle to see how much … Read More

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Summer Drought in the West While El Niño has helped alleviate the drought in parts of the West, it is not a guarantee of drought relief.

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