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Dusty Springs in Asia, Africa Can Increase Snow in Calif.

Dusty Springs in Asia, Africa Can Increase Snow in Calif.

A dusty spring in Asia and Africa can increase snowfall thousands of miles away in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, according to a new study. The process begins when winds stir up tiny particles of dust, pollution, bacteria and heavy metals from the Taklimakan and Gobi deserts in Asia and the Sahara in northern Africa. In a matter of days, … Read More

Budget Cuts May Degrade Weather, Climate Forecasting

Budget Cuts May Degrade Weather, Climate Forecasting

The cuts, also known as the "sequester," will take effect unless Congress reaches a new spending deal by Friday. The sequester would chop 8.2 percent from the operating budgets of most federal agencies. This would result in a $551 million cut to the Department of Commerce, which houses the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).… Read More

Solar Forecasts Could Help Electric Utilities and Climate

Solar Forecasts Could Help Electric Utilities and Climate

It’s even more important to electric utilities that want to tap into solar power as a non-polluting, climate-friendly alternative to the coal- or gas-fired power plants that spew heat-trapping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere to warm the globe. Solar is certainly better for the climate, but as Drobot explained, it can also be risky to count on.… Read More

Halve Meat Consumption, Scientists Urge Rich World

Halve Meat Consumption, Scientists Urge Rich World

People in the rich world should become "demitarians" – eating half as much meat as usual, while stopping short of giving it up – in order to avoid severe environmental damage, scientists have urged, in the clearest picture yet of how farming practices are destroying the natural world. They said the horsemeat scandal had uncovered the dark side of … Read More

Making Malaria Easier to Track Using Temp Data

Making Malaria Easier to Track Using Temp Data

Their work has potentially far-reaching implications because it will improve scientists‘ ability to map where malaria is likely to occur. Knowing this could help to improve malaria control and mitigation strategies in tropical and sub-tropical regions. This could save many lives as climate change develops. The study, published in Nature Scientific… Read More

NASA Probes Show ‘Alarming’ Water Loss in Middle East

NASA Probes Show ‘Alarming’ Water Loss in Middle East

Parts of the Middle East are losing groundwater reserves at “an alarming rate,” according to a new analysis of NASA satellite data. From the beginning to 2003 to the end of 2009, portions of Iran, Iraq, Turkey and Syria that lie within the Tigris and Euphrates river basins shed 117 million acre-feet of water. That’s roughly equivalent to the… Read More

Community Rallies Against Proposed Trash Incinerator

Community Rallies Against Proposed Trash Incinerator

The farm town of Gonzales, in the center of the Salinas Valley, has been known throughout its 140-year history as "Little Switzerland," the "heart of the salad bowl," and, today, the "wine capital" of Monterey County. Now a proposal from a Canadian energy company could change Gonzales' moniker yet again: It hopes to build a commercial-scale plant… Read More

Two-Thirds of Americans Want Obama to Act on Climate

Two-Thirds of Americans Want Obama to Act on Climate

Two-thirds of Americans want President Barack Obama to act now on climate change, adding momentum to his State of the Union promise to take up the challenge with or without Congress. Two new polls commissioned by environmental groups and released on Wednesday showed clear majorities of Americans supporting Obama taking significant action on climat… Read More