News Section
Stories from Climate Central's Science Journalists and Content Partners

Heidi Cullen Looks at Climate, Extremes on Face the Nation

Heidi Cullen Looks at Climate, Extremes on Face the Nation

Climate Central Chief Climatologist Dr. Heidi Cullen appeared on CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday, May 26, to discuss the scientific evidence linking some recent extreme weather events to manmade global warming. She was part of a panel that also featured Marshall Shepherd, president of the American Meteorological Society; Jeffrey Kluger, science … Read More

Majority Face Water Shortages ‘Within Two Generations’

Majority Face Water Shortages ‘Within Two Generations’

The majority of the 9 billion people on Earth will live with severe pressure on fresh water within the space of two generations as climate change, pollution and over-use of resources take their toll, 500 scientists have warned. The world's water systems would soon reach a tipping point that "could trigger irreversible change with potentially catas… Read More

Climate Change: Human Disaster Looms, Says Research

Climate Change: Human Disaster Looms, Says Research

Some of the most extreme predictions of global warming are unlikely to materialize, new scientific research has suggested, but the world is still likely to be in for a temperature rise of double that regarded as safe. The researchers said warming was most likely to reach about 4C above pre-industrial levels if the past decade's readings were taken … Read More

Optimism for Crops in Midwest; Dire Straits in the West

Optimism for Crops in Midwest; Dire Straits in the West

When it comes to this year’s drought, it seems like good news never arrives without bad news to match it. Even as drought receded from the Upper Midwest this week, conditions deepened and intensified all across the Southwest. Any optimism that may emerge for crops in the Midwest from this week’s rains is balanced by the dire conditions of pastures … Read More

As Oceans Warm, Fish Are Finding New ZIP Codes

As Oceans Warm, Fish Are Finding New ZIP Codes

The study, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, employs a novel index that creates a fish thermometer of sorts, teasing out evidence of population shifts from fishery catch records during the past four decades. The study is the first to detect climate change-related shifts in the range of fish species on a global scale. In doing so, it provid… Read More

Amazon May Lose 65 Percent of Land Biomass by 2060

Amazon May Lose 65 Percent of Land Biomass by 2060

There will be no winners if agriculture made possible by widespread felling in the Amazon continues to expand, say researchers from Brazil and the U.S. They calculate that the large-scale expansion of agriculture at the expense of the forest could entail the loss of almost two-thirds of the Amazon’s terrestrial biomass by later this century … Read More

Warmer Climate Threatens Africa’s Vital Cassava Crop

Warmer Climate Threatens Africa’s Vital Cassava Crop

A plant which is a staple food crop for millions of people across Africa is at risk from disease as regional temperatures rise, scientists say. The plant, cassava, is a significant source of food and income, and is an important industrial crop, and there is concern that serious food shortages may result and poverty worsen. Experts say the spread of… Read More

Fast-Moving Climate Zones Are Speeding Extinction

Fast-Moving Climate Zones Are Speeding Extinction

As global temperatures rise, climate zones will shift at greater speed, according to new research in Nature Climate Change. If greenhouse gas emissions carry on increasing, then about 20 percent of the land area of the planet will undergo change – and the creatures that have made their homes in what were once stable ecosystems will have to adapt s… Read More