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Australia Blasted by Record Heat — Again

Australia Blasted by Record Heat — Again

Strange early-season temperatures again dogged sweaty Australians over the weekend, with Saturday’s continent-wide average maximum topping 97°F — a record for October. Spring heat waves that have been baking the continent in recent weeks are “consistent” with the modeled effects of global warming in Australia, said Tom Knutson, a National Oceanic … Read More

6 Degrees: Rising Seas, Shrinking Goats & Zombie Ice

6 Degrees: Rising Seas, Shrinking Goats & Zombie Ice

This year breaks heat records, the drought hangs on, goats get smaller and more in this week’s climate news. … Read More

Hot News: 2014 On Track to Become Warmest Year

Hot News: 2014 On Track to Become Warmest Year

The "odds are good" that 2014 will be the warmest year in the books, fueled by record ocean warmth.… Read More

Calif. Heads for Warmest Year As Drought Hangs On

Calif. Heads for Warmest Year As Drought Hangs On

Heavy precipitation fell across parts of the West in September, and while some locations saw top-10 wettest Septembers, much of the region is still mired in deep drought. Part of that is due to the excess heat that’s afflicted the region this year, including what’s been the warmest year to date in California according to U.S. temperature data relea… Read More

Warming Endangers a Crucial Yellowstone Tree

Warming Endangers a Crucial Yellowstone Tree

If you've hiked in the Northern Rockies above 9,000 feet, you've hiked among a whitebark pine forest. And if you've hiked in the Rockies since 2009, you've likely hiked through a dead and dying forest, felled by a widespread outbreak of the mountain pine beetle. At a scientific conference Tuesday at Mammoth Hot Springs, near Yellowstone's northern … Read More

Fish Fail to Adapt to Rising CO2 Levels: Study

Fish Fail to Adapt to Rising CO2 Levels: Study

Rising carbon dioxide levels in oceans adversely change the behavior of fish through generations, raising the possibility that marine species may never fully adapt to their changed environment, research has found. The study, published in Nature Climate Change, found that elevated CO2 levels affected fish regardless of whether their parents had also… Read More

2014 Extreme Weather: Looking for Climate Ties

2014 Extreme Weather: Looking for Climate Ties

The ongoing, intense drought in California; the nonstop storms that left parts of Great Britain waterlogged all winter; the bitter winter cold in the eastern U.S. — these are just some of the extreme weather events from this year that could be examined in an annual report that looks for the fingerprints of climate change in such occurrences. … Read More

How We Can Save Coral Reefs and Why We Should

How We Can Save Coral Reefs and Why We Should

Coral reefs are among the most beautiful ecosystems on Earth — “a jeweled belt around the middle of the planet,” in oceanographer Sylvia Earle’s words. They also are extremely valuable. Reefs cover less than one-tenth of 1 percent of the ocean floor but support more than 800 species of coral and 4,000 species of fish. They are spawning grounds, coa… Read More