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The Name of the Game: Hot, Dry, and Warming

The Name of the Game: Hot, Dry, and Warming

As these images illustrate, it's a hot, dry tale for our planet these days, with the future not offering much relief.… Read More

Cattle Weight Loss from Warming Means Slimmer Profits

Cattle Weight Loss from Warming Means Slimmer Profits

America’s cattle herds will shrink – not in number, but in weight and yield – as the climate warms, according to new research that delivers an ominous warning for farmers. An extensive study of bison − those great wild cattle that evolved to graze the prairies of North America − has confirmed that animals from warmer, drier grasslands weigh consid… Read More

Acid Oceans Threaten Billion-Dollar Oyster Business

Acid Oceans Threaten Billion-Dollar Oyster Business

Bad news for American gourmets: the commercial oyster industry in the Pacific Northwest has been failing for several years, and may go on failing as increasingly acid oceans put the larvae of the bivalve Crassostrea gigas seriously at risk. The good news is that U.S. scientists now know exactly why things are going wrong in the oyster beds, which … Read More

8 Images to Understand the Drought in the Southwest

8 Images to Understand the Drought in the Southwest

In states like Missouri, last summer’s drought was downright scary. Farmers saw their corn shrivel in the fields, ranchers ran out of feed for their cattle, and commerce on the Mississippi River slowed to a crawl, as barges struggled to avoid newly exposed rocks on the low-flowing river. But this spring brought relief. And now, after one of the… Read More

Crop Yields Inadequate to Feed the World by 2050: Study

Crop Yields Inadequate to Feed the World by 2050: Study

If the world is to grow enough food for the projected global population in 2050, agricultural productivity will have to rise by at least 60 percent, and may need to more than double, according to researchers who have studied global crop yields. They say that productivity is not rising fast enough at present to meet the likely demands on agricultur… Read More

Fire & Rain, Western Woes and Big Plans in NYC

Fire & Rain, Western Woes and Big Plans in NYC

Learn about NOAA's newly released reports, NYC's resiliency plan, and how to easily track the fires blazing out West.… Read More

Rich Chinese Are Exporting Pollution to Poorer Regions

Rich Chinese Are Exporting Pollution to Poorer Regions

Just as rich nations have passed the responsibility for carbon dioxide emissions to the developing nations, so the rich provinces of China have exported the problem to the poorest regions, according to new research. The world’s biggest single emitter of the greenhouse gas – 10 billion tons in 2011 – has undertaken to reduce the “carbon intensity” … Read More

Western Drought Intensifies, Leads to Deadly Wildfires

Western Drought Intensifies, Leads to Deadly Wildfires

A western heat wave allowed drought to intensify and expand in Idaho, Oregon and Montana last week. 72.25 percent of the land area in the ten western states is now under drought conditions, according to the latest update to the U.S. Drought Monitor. The worst impacts of the drought are concentrated in the Southwest: New Mexico, Texas, Southern… Read More