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What the 2013 Tornado Season Has in Store for the U.S.

What the 2013 Tornado Season Has in Store for the U.S.

With the end of meteorological winter, severe weather season is upon us, raising the question of what the 2013 tornado season has in store for the U.S. One only needs to look to the past two tornado seasons to realize just how fickle Mother Nature can be from one year to the next. After a record 2011 tornado season, which was the deadliest since… Read More

Greening Tundra Shows Impacts of Spreading Warmth

Greening Tundra Shows Impacts of Spreading Warmth

The Arctic is on the move. The North Pole is in the same place, but Arctic conditions have begun to shift. A study of 30 years of satellite data confirms that the difference in temperatures between the seasons has diminished. Conditions now have shifted the equivalent of four or five degrees of latitude southward. At the same time, vegetation has … Read More

Environmental Threats Could Push Billions into Poverty

Environmental Threats Could Push Billions into Poverty

The number of people living in extreme poverty could increase by up to 3 billion by 2050 unless urgent action is taken to tackle environmental challenges, a major UN report warned on Thursday. The 2013 Human Development Report hails better than expected progress on health, wealth and education in dozens of developing countries but says inaction on… Read More

The Week’s Top Climate News - In Pictures

The Week’s Top Climate News - In Pictures

A round up of this week's top climate news in one great slideshow for your viewing pleasure. … Read More

Warming ‘May Harm Rainforests Less’ Than First Thought

Warming ‘May Harm Rainforests Less’ Than First Thought

Scientists think they have found some good news for the Amazon and other tropical forests. They say they appear more able to withstand the effects of climate change than previous studies had suggested. The research team, including climate scientists and tropical ecologists from the UK, U.S., Australia and Brazil, concluded that the forests are less… Read More

Shell Barred From Arctic Drilling Without Overhaul

Shell Barred From Arctic Drilling Without Overhaul

Shell "screwed up" drilling for oil in Arctic waters and will not be allowed back without a comprehensive overhaul of its plans, the Obama administration said on Thursday. A government review found the oil company was not prepared for the extreme conditions in the Arctic, which resulted in a series of blunders and accidents culminating in the New … Read More

Recent Storms Highlight Flaws In Top U.S. Weather Model

Recent Storms Highlight Flaws In Top U.S. Weather Model

The emerging “modeling gap” could erode the accuracy of U.S. weather forecasts and also cause greater economic losses from weather events. A 2011 study found that routine weather variability alone affects the American economy to the tune of approximately $485 billion each year, not including the billions that are lost when major storms strike.… Read More

Drought Eases in Midwest, but Rainfall Deficit Continues

Drought Eases in Midwest, but Rainfall Deficit Continues

Drought conditions improved in the Midwest this week, as rain and snow fell on the northern half of the continental U.S. this week. However, drought conditions remained largely unchanged across the upper Midwest and High Plains, where the frozen ground and long-term soil dryness slowed the ability of precipitation to provide relief.… Read More