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Drought, Weather Fuel Record Oklahoma Wildfires

Drought, Weather Fuel Record Oklahoma Wildfires

Wildfires fueled by gusting winds, hot, dry weather, and desiccated plant life have burned nearly 900,000 acres of Oklahoma so far this year, a record, as well as parts of Kansas and Texas. The blazes have destroyed dozens of buildings and killed seven people as well as hundreds of cattle. Late winter and early spring are typically the peak … Read More

100 Days of Climate: Week 10

100 Days of Climate: Week 10

Addressing climate change using sound science is crucial not just for the U.S., but for the world. Unfortunately, that appears unlikely over the next four years under the Trump administration, which has shown signs of being apathetic if not outright hostile to climate science and science-based policies to rein in carbon pollution. Trump has… Read More

Research for Drought-Resistant Crops Gets Boost

Research for Drought-Resistant Crops Gets Boost

Scientists' efforts to develop new crops able to resist climate change, droughts and other shocks have been boosted by the United States joining an international seeds treaty, a research group said. The United States this week became the single largest party to a U.N. agreement under which countries allow researchers from other member states free … Read More

Budget Proposal Would Hamper Climate Efforts Abroad

Budget Proposal Would Hamper Climate Efforts Abroad

The Trump administration’s budget proposal would hamper efforts abroad to slow global warming, especially by poor and fast-developing countries, compounding the hazards of America’s retreat from efforts to ease its own climate impacts. A 54-page proposal released Thursday would end payments to global climate initiatives, such as a United Nations f… Read More

Global Heat Continues With Second-Hottest February

Global Heat Continues With Second-Hottest February

February was the second hottest on record for the planet, trailing only last year’s scorching February — a clear mark of how much the Earth has warmed from the accumulation of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. The month was 2°F (1.1°C) above the 1951-1980 average, according to NASA data released Wednesday. That was 0.36°F (0.2°C)… Read More

Arctic Sea Ice May Vanish Even With Climate Goal

Arctic Sea Ice May Vanish Even With Climate Goal

Arctic sea ice may vanish in summers this century even if governments achieve a core target for limiting global warming set by almost 200 nations in 2015, scientists said on this week. Arctic sea ice has been shrinking steadily in recent decades, damaging the livelihoods of indigenous peoples and wildlife such as polar bears while opening the … Read More

Mass Bleaching Is Hitting the Great Barrier Reef Again

Mass Bleaching Is Hitting the Great Barrier Reef Again

After suffering through the most severe bleaching event ever recorded last year, the Great Barrier Reef is once again being savaged by a marine heat wave. After just one day of aerial surveys, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, which oversees the region, has already confirmed that warm waters are causing another mass bleaching. Climate … Read More

February’s Warmth, Brought to You by Climate Change

February’s Warmth, Brought to You by Climate Change

A bonanza of heat records fell throughout February in almost all quarters of the U.S. and research released on Wednesday shows that this pervasive spring-like warmth was made possible by climate change. The rise in planetary heat made the freakishly warm February at least three times more likely than it was around 120 years ago, according to the … Read More

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