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Warming Winters: U.S. Temperature Trends

Warming Winters: U.S. Temperature Trends

While the U.S. has seen a warming trend that has raised temperatures by 1.3°F over the past 100 years, warming varies seasonally, and it’s winter that has seen the fastest warming. An analysis of data from the U.S. Historical Climatology Network of weather stations shows that the coldest states are warming the fastest, and across the country winter… 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

Snowstorm Headed For Heart of Drought Region

Snowstorm Headed For Heart of Drought Region

According to the most recent U.S. Drought Monitor, 77 percent of Nebraska is currently classified as experiencing “exceptional” drought conditions, the most severe category there is. In Kansas, that figure is lower, at 36 percent of the state.… Read More

Nuclear Power Cannot Compete with Cheap Shale Gas

Nuclear Power Cannot Compete with Cheap Shale Gas

Nuclear power stations in Canada and the United States are closing because they cannot compete with cheap power being produced from shale gas. This revolution in the way North America produces its electricity is sending shock waves through the nuclear industry in Europe too. New nuclear build will be spectacularly uneconomic if a fracking industry… 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

Volcanic CO2 Caused Ancient Episodes of Global Warming

Volcanic CO2 Caused Ancient Episodes of Global Warming

In order to predict our climate future, scientists spend a lot of time looking into the past, trying to understand what conditions were like during times when the planet was much warmer or much cooler than it is today. The latest instance: a report published in the February issue of the journal Geosphere, offering a plausible explanation for swings… Read More

The Top 10 Hardest-Hit States for Crop Damage

The Top 10 Hardest-Hit States for Crop Damage

The searing U.S. drought of 2012 devastated the nation’s corn crop, pushing yields down in some states to their lowest levels in nearly 30 years. According to recently-released numbers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Missouri, Illinois and Indiana were among the hardest hit Corn Belt states, with yields at 28-, 26-, and 22-year … Read More