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Climate Change Threatens Almighty U.S. ‘King Corn’

Climate Change Threatens Almighty U.S. ‘King Corn’

The days of "king corn" could be numbered as climate change brings higher temperatures and water shortages to America's farmland, a new report warned on Wednesday. Nearly one-third of U.S. farmland is devoted to raising corn and the country produces about 40 percent of the world's corn crop. But the $1.7 trillion industry – the equivalent of Austr… Read More

Climate Impact on Vermont May Have Benefits

Climate Impact on Vermont May Have Benefits

Vermont is getting warmer and wetter, according to the first state-level climate assessment in the nation.… Read More

Of Brazil, the World Cup and Climate Change

Of Brazil, the World Cup and Climate Change

When the Brazil and Croatia national sides kick off the World Cup on Thursday, the players on the field won't be the only changes from the last time Brazil hosted the World Cup in 1950. Cleats, the stadiums and even the humble soccer ball itself have changed. But even more important than soccer equipment (blasphemy, I know), average temperatures in… Read More

Clean Power Plan Follows Uneven CO2 Emissions Trend

Clean Power Plan Follows Uneven CO2 Emissions Trend

Though they have been trending downward nationwide, CO2 emissions from across the energy and electric power sectors have been intermittently rising and falling since 2005, the benchmark year for CO2 emissions cuts from fossil fuel-fired power plants under the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan, which was announced last week.… Read More

Dust in the Wind Could Speed Greenland’s Ice Melt

Dust in the Wind Could Speed Greenland’s Ice Melt

Despite it’s name, Greenland is predominantly white, as snow and ice cover the majority of the country. New research indicates that Greenland’s main color may be starting to fade and in fact darken, though, thanks to a widespread increase of dust across the ice sheets. That darkening could speed up surface melt, and with it, sea level rise around t… Read More

El Niño Could Spell Disaster for Coral Reefs

El Niño Could Spell Disaster for Coral Reefs

A growing number of scientists are predicting a major El Niño weather event this year, which could wreak havoc across South America and Asia as droughts, floods and other extreme weather events hit industry and farming. But the impacts on the world’s coral reefs could be even more disastrous. The last big El Niño in 1997/98 caused the worst coral … Read More

Hurricane Season’s Start Brings New Storm Surge Maps

Hurricane Season’s Start Brings New Storm Surge Maps

When Hurricane Sandy struck the Northeast, it was not the storm’s winds but the massive pile of water those winds pushed in front of the storm that wreaked the most havoc, inundating coastal areas in 3 to 9 feet of water, causing billions in damages, and leaving dozens dead. In general, this storm surge poses a far greater threat to lives and… Read More

Climate Could Spell the End for the Cutthroat Trout

Climate Could Spell the End for the Cutthroat Trout

Any Montana angler worth a double-haul cast knows that the iconic state fish, the westslope cutthroat trout, has been crowded out by the non-native rainbow trout, first introduced to these rivers by well-meaning sportsmen in the 1880s. Now those invaders are taking over the cutthroat's gene pool, too. A new study tracks just how rapidly cross-breed… Read More