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More Storms, More Heat, More Extremes Says WMO

More Storms, More Heat, More Extremes Says WMO

If you think the world is warming and the weather getting nastier, you’re right, according to the United Nations agency committed to understanding weather and climate. The World Meteorological Organization says the planet “experienced unprecedented high-impact climate extremes” in the 10 years from 2001 to 2010, the warmest decade since the start … Read More

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

The Climate Context Behind the Deadly Arizona Wildfire

The Climate Context Behind the Deadly Arizona Wildfire

The Yarnell Hill fire, like other wildfires in the West right now, is taking place in the context of one of the most extreme heat waves on record in the region, as well as a long-running drought that may have some ties to manmade global warming.… Read More

Rowboat Expedition to Arctic to Highlight Climate Change

Rowboat Expedition to Arctic to Highlight Climate Change

The Irish-Canadian team setting out next week to cross the Northwest Passage by row boat knows full well the hazards of the fabled journey through the Arctic: the unpredictable storms, the ice jams, the prospect of becoming prey for a polar bear. "They are the only animal out there that will actively hunt down a human being," said Kevin Vallely, a… Read More

Global Warming Behind Australia’s ‘Angry Summer’: Study

Global Warming Behind Australia’s ‘Angry Summer’: Study

The research, to be published in a forthcoming issue of the journal Geophysical Research Letters, shows that global warming has increased the chances of Australians experiencing extremely hot summers, such as the summer of 2013, by more than five times.… Read More

Swiss Solar Boat Gets New Life to Study Climate Change

Swiss Solar Boat Gets New Life to Study Climate Change

The solar-powered boat docked in Battery Park City in New York could easily have been packed off to a museum as a relic. The MS Türanor SolarPlanet saw its glory days last year, when the catamaran went around the world powered only by the sun and energy stored in the huge battery packs in each pontoon. Now the 102-foot craft has embarked on a new … 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