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Spring Thaw May Trigger Floods; Calif. Drought Locked In

Spring Thaw May Trigger Floods; Calif. Drought Locked In

Spring is finally -- finally -- here. That word is music to the ears of those in the eastern United States who are ready to thaw out from the frigid winter. But that thaw could bring flooding to parts of the Midwest and the northern Plains, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in its official spring outlook, released Thursday.… Read More

Oceans Stand to Deliver Abundant Carbon-free Energy

Oceans Stand to Deliver Abundant Carbon-free Energy

Devices now under development in the United Kingdom, the United States and elsewhere generate electricity by tapping the movement of ocean waves and tides or the differences in temperature of water between an ocean’s surface and its depths. The sector is ripe with promise, but to reach its potential, the engineers, entrepreneurs and policy-makers w… Read More

Let it Rain: NASA Satellites Show Slice of Global Precip

Let it Rain: NASA Satellites Show Slice of Global Precip

Lacy ribbons of precipitation stretch across the planet in a new animation from NASA showing how widespread and yet ephemeral rain can be. A series of satellites known as the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) measure heavy to moderate rain over tropical and subtropical regions every day. From those satellite measurements taken every 3 hour… Read More

GAO: Climate Change Threatens Energy Infrastructure

GAO: Climate Change Threatens Energy Infrastructure

The U.S. Government Accountability Office published a report in March showing that U.S. power lines, electric power plants, renewable energy generators and other energy infrastructure are threatened in a changing climate, especially to rising seas, extreme weather and drought. … Read More

Frequency of Flooding Across Europe May Double by 2050

Frequency of Flooding Across Europe May Double by 2050

The catastrophic floods that soaked Europe last summer and the United Kingdom this winter are part of the pattern of things to come. According to a new study of flood risk in Nature Climate Change annual average losses from extreme floods in Europe could increase fivefold by 2050. And the frequency of destructive floods could almost double in that … Read More

Great Barrier Reef Faces ‘Irreversible’ Damage

Great Barrier Reef Faces ‘Irreversible’ Damage

The Great Barrier Reef will suffer “irreversible” damage by 2030 unless radical action is taken to lower carbon emissions, a stark new report has warned. Unless temperatures are kept below the internationally agreed limit of 2°C warming on pre-industrial levels, the reef will cease to be a coral-dominated ecosystem, the report warns. Coral bleachi… Read More

Rains Ease Calif. Drought, Make Wildfire Outlook Grimmer

Rains Ease Calif. Drought, Make Wildfire Outlook Grimmer

The massive Pacific storm that streamed onto the California shoreline dropped a lot of rain, but it did little to ease long-term drought conditions and may end up making an expected catastrophic wildfire season even worse.… Read More

Drought Fuels Rising Tide of Texas Water Conservation

Drought Fuels Rising Tide of Texas Water Conservation

Texans learned three years ago what exceptional drought possibly aggravated by climate change looks like: 4 million charred acres of land, thousands of burned homes and water supply reservoirs dry or draining fast. As the drought wears on, a culture of water conservation has risen with it, especially in San Antonio and Austin, but for different rea… Read More