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Good News, Bad News Continues for Drought Across U.S.

Good News, Bad News Continues for Drought Across U.S.

Thursday’s release of the latest U.S. Drought Monitor brought slivers of good news for some parts of the continental U.S., while more bad news for other regions. Storms that swept across the Southeast over the past week made a significant dent in drought conditions, eradicating the areas of “exceptional” drought — the worst category. Those rains … Read More

NASA to Launch New Earth-Observing Satellite

NASA to Launch New Earth-Observing Satellite

If the weather holds, NASA will launch its newest Earth-observing satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base in southern California late Monday morning. An Atlas V rocket is scheduled to carry Landsat 8 into space just after 11 a.m. Pacific time. Once in orbit, the $855 million probe will begin capturing detailed images of Earth’s surface, adding to… Read More

Drought to Last Through April; Southwest May Improve

Drought to Last Through April; Southwest May Improve

Large storms brought some short-term relief to drought afflicted areas over the past week, and allowed the footprint of the national drought to shrink slightly. However, while similar rainstorms are forecasted to continue during the coming weeks, there is only slight potential for drought recovery expected for the rest of the season.… Read More

India Confronts Huge Climate Change Challenge

India Confronts Huge Climate Change Challenge

India has to find a new model of development if the twin challenges of job creation and climate change are to be met, says an Oxford University academic, Barbara Harriss-White, of the Oxford Department of International Development.… Read More

U.S. Drought Hangs Tough Through January

U.S. Drought Hangs Tough Through January

People all across the West, Plains and Southeast continued to hold their breath this week, as another seven days of below average precipitation and above average temperatures brought no reprieve to the historic drought that has plagued these areas since early last spring. Some areas, such as Texas and Georgia, have been suffering from drought since… Read More

Global Food Crisis Will Worsen as Heat Waves Increase

Global Food Crisis Will Worsen as Heat Waves Increase

The world's food crisis, where 1 billion people are already going hungry and a further 2 billion people will be affected by 2050, is set to worsen as increasing heat waves reverse the rising crop yields seen over the last 50 years, according to new research.… Read More

Energy, Water, Land Intertwined & Threatened, Says Report

Energy, Water, Land Intertwined & Threatened, Says Report

Water resources, energy and land use are so mutually dependent that climate-related disruptions to any one of them could lead to economically devastating ripple effects — especially as a growing population puts increasing strains on all three. That’s one conclusion of a recent report issued by a federal advisory committee charged with assessing how… Read More

Black Carbon Second Only to CO2 in Heating the Planet

Black Carbon Second Only to CO2 in Heating the Planet

No discussion of climate change can get very far without focusing on greenhouse gases — pollutants including carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxides and more, which are trapping heat and driving the planet’s temperature upward. But according to a report published Tuesday in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, the second most … Read More