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Another Week Brings More Pessimistic Drought News

Another Week Brings More Pessimistic Drought News

As has been the case throughout the month of September, the latest weekly drought update shows that drought conditions have tightened their grip on the Plains States and Western U.S., and the overall drought footprint expanded to encompass 65.45 percent of the lower 48 states, up from 64.8 percent on Sept. 18. As of Sept. 25, the worst categories … Read More

Studies: Offshore Wind Potential is Huge

Studies: Offshore Wind Potential is Huge

The U.S. has lagged behind European countries in capturing offshore wind for electricity, but a spate of recent studies suggest that a bigger push might be in order. The latest, from Stanford civil & environmental engineer Mark Jacobson concludes that off the East Coast alone is enough moving air to meet a third of the entire nation’s energy needs.… Read More

Avian Malaria in Alaska: The Climate Change Connection

Avian Malaria in Alaska: The Climate Change Connection

A team of biologists has just announced the first documented case of bird-to-bird malaria transmission in Alaska. Writing in the journal PLOS ONE, they’ve shown that this frequently fatal illness, normally associated with the tropics and temperate areas, may be expanding its range. Since avian malaria doesn’t affect humans, said co-author Ravinder … Read More

Climate Change and Fall Foliage: Not a Good Match

Climate Change and Fall Foliage: Not a Good Match

This year, at least in some places, the money may not be flowing in. “I hope I’m wrong, said Karl Niklas, a professor of plant biology at Cornell, in an interview, “but I just think it’s not going to be a great year in central New York.… Read More

Hurricane Isaac Spurs Design of Storm Surge Warnings

Hurricane Isaac Spurs Design of Storm Surge Warnings

Yet despite the fact that storm surge is the leading killer during hurricanes, the National Weather Service (NWS) has never issued a weather warning specifically for this threat. Instead, surge has long been addressed as part of the broader hurricane warning system.… Read More

90 Years Later, Death Valley Sets World Temp Record

90 Years Later, Death Valley Sets World Temp Record

The searing heat waves that blanketed the nation earlier this summer sent temperatures soaring well above 110°F in parts of the U.S., but that’s nowhere close to the hottest temperature on record — an almost unimaginable 136.4° F, taken on September 13, 1922, in the Sahara Desert at El Azizia, Libya. That’s what the Guinness Book of World Records s… Read More

2012 Record Temperatures: Which States Led the Nation

2012 Record Temperatures: Which States Led the Nation

The summer of 2012 has been one for the record books in the lower 48 states. On the heels of the country’s warmest-ever spring, several record-breaking June and July heat waves kept the Southwest, Midwest and Atlantic Coast sweltering. July went on to become the all-time warmest month on record for the country. [add statistic from August once we’ve… Read More

Encroaching Seas Pit Parking Against Preservation

Encroaching Seas Pit Parking Against Preservation

CHINCOTEAGUE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, Va. — A sign at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service visitor center here states a simple motto: "Where Wildlife Comes First." But many visitors never see the sign, or much wildlife. Cars stream past the center on hot summer days, headed for a mile-long public beach at the refuge's southern end. The prime goals … Read More