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Wildfires Tied to Drought, Heat & Topography, Not Beetles

Wildfires Tied to Drought, Heat & Topography, Not Beetles

Climate change-driven drought and higher temperatures are among the biggest factors, in addition to topography, influencing wildfire spread in the West, according to a new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.… Read More

Climate Change on International Disaster Talks Agenda

Climate Change on International Disaster Talks Agenda

It may be nine months until pivotal climate negotiations get underway in Paris, but climate change is very much on the international agenda this week in Sendai, Japan. Countries from the around world have convened there at the behest of the United Nations for the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction with the goal of updating a 10-year-old ag… Read More

Climate Adaptation Experts Help Prepare for Disaster

Climate Adaptation Experts Help Prepare for Disaster

In 2008, floods in Thailand forced the temporary closure of four Nike factories, costing the company millions of dollars. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy demolished Verizon’s copper-wire infrastructure on the U.S. eastern seaboard, costing thousands of Verizon customers service and the company $1 billion in repair costs. Extreme weather … Read More

Climate, Satellite Gaps are Risky Business for Feds

Climate, Satellite Gaps are Risky Business for Feds

In 2014, the federal government set aside $3.5 trillion in outlays for myriad programs. That’s a huge chunk of change exposed to a lot of risks, and according to a new report, two of the biggest threats are the impacts climate change and a looming weather satellite gap. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released its biennial High Risk rep… Read More

Climate Change Will Hit Australia the Hardest, Study Says

Climate Change Will Hit Australia the Hardest, Study Says

Australia could be on track for a temperature rise of more than 5°C by the end of the century, outstripping the rate of warming experienced by the rest of the world, unless drastic action is taken to slash greenhouse gas emissions, according to the most comprehensive analysis ever produced of the country’s future climate. The national science agenc… Read More

NASA’s $1 Billion Soil Moisture Mission Ready For Lift Off

NASA’s $1 Billion Soil Moisture Mission Ready For Lift Off

NASA is spending nearly $1 billion on a new satellite, scheduled to be blasted into space over the weekend, following nearly a decade of work and two launch delays, that will help scientists measure moisture levels in the top two inches of the world’s soils. A couple inches of loam or humus could sound like much ado about nothing. But to the earth… Read More

Moisture Shortfall, Heat Threaten Southwestern Forests

Moisture Shortfall, Heat Threaten Southwestern Forests

Pinecone-littered forests draped over tens of millions of acres of mountaintops through the American Southwest are in danger of being scorched out of existence by global warming. It’s not just rising heat that threatens to put a meteorological flamethrower to lush montane swaths of a region better known for its low-altitude cacti and desert plains… Read More

Climate Change’s Evolving Role in Extreme Weather

Climate Change’s Evolving Role in Extreme Weather

Everyone everywhere everyday experiences weather. Most of the time it serves as the backdrop to our daily routines or fodder for idle chitchat. But on rare days, it can change lives. Heat waves and cold snaps, hurricanes and tornadoes, downpours and blizzards — they form the extreme ends of the weather spectrum, affecting our health… Read More

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