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Climate’s Impact on Agriculture Could Lead to Calamity

Widespread hunger and poverty are predicted unless strategies are developed to cope with the drop in crop yields climate change will cause.

Posted on Dec 22, 2014 READ MORE



Weather Extremes Rise as Planet Gets Hotter and Colder

Scientists predict that lethal heat waves in Europe, and ice storms and big freezes across the globe, could become regular events if greenhouse gas emissions are not controlled.

Posted on Dec 18, 2014 READ MORE



Plea for South Asia to Unite In Fight Against Climate Risks

South Asia, one of the world’s most populous and disaster-prone regions, faces dire impacts from climate change. So why are its nations not working together to tackle the many shared threats they face?

Posted on Dec 8, 2014 READ MORE



Ocean Heat Drives Surge to Global Warming Record

Climate scientists say this year looks likely to enter the record books as the world’s hottest, with the warming of the oceans causing striking changes.

Posted on Dec 4, 2014 READ MORE



Weather Extremes Will Be the Norm As World Warms

The World Bank says the Earth is on an unavoidable path towards a 1.5 C heat rise by mid-century—but it could reach 4 C by 2100 unless immediate action is taken to avoid dire impacts for millions of people.

Posted on Nov 27, 2014 READ MORE



Climate Renews Famine Risk to Africa’s Sahel

With population increasing and food demand far outstripping supply, the Sahel is vulnerable to a new humanitarian crisis—and researchers warn that rising temperatures will make matters only worse.

Posted on Oct 20, 2014 READ MORE



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California Water Officials Are Some of the State’s Biggest Guzzlers

The Center For Investigative Reporting has a scandalous expose on the hypocritical practices of public servants who waste millions of gallons watering their own desert lawns while demanding that other Californians conserve.

Posted on Oct 9, 2014 READ MORE



Human Handprint Marks Australia’s Hottest Year

Despite the Australian prime minister’s climate science skepticism, research funded by taxpayers has unanimously found man-made climate change guilty of causing the country’s record-breaking temperatures last year.

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Can You Guess How Many Gallons of Water It Took to Grow the Avocado in Your Guacamole?

So we know that avocados should have gone extinct millions of years ago, but how about how much water it takes to grow a single of these creamy green fruits?

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 READ MORE



California Burning Points to More Intense Wildfires

As the forest fires season peaks in the Western U.S., a new report predicts that climate-led temperature rise will lead to millions more acres across the world being burned to the ground.

Posted on Sep 28, 2014 READ MORE



Warming Will Leave Drought-Hit California Reeling

Researchers in the U.S. warn that climate change could worsen California droughts by drastically reducing water flow from the Sierra Nevada mountains while simultaneously threatening the extinction of a rare species of fish.

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 READ MORE



Drought Bites as Amazon’s ‘Flying Rivers’ Dry Up

Scientists in Brazil believe the loss of billions of liters of water released as vapor clouds by Amazon rainforest trees is the result of continuing deforestation and climate change—leading to devastating drought.

Posted on Sep 14, 2014 READ MORE



Weather Patterns Show Climate Is Changing U.S.

Fiercer tornadoes, more prolonged periods of drought and loss of native fish species are some of the damaging impacts predicted for the U.S. as greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise.

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 READ MORE



The Best Reporting on California’s Drought

This year may be the driest in California in half a millennium. These reports explore how the drought is affecting agriculture, business and living conditions in the nation’s most populous state.

Posted on Aug 26, 2014 READ MORE



Climate Change Heralds End of Civilizations

New research supports the growing body of evidence that many past civilizations have collapsed because of climate change. So is history repeating itself?

Posted on Aug 14, 2014 READ MORE



Warming Threatens to Cut Crop Yields

The odds on food production being unable to meet the needs of an expanding population are hard to predict, but a new study shows that the risk increases dramatically when man-made climate change is factored in.

Posted on Aug 2, 2014 READ MORE



Pakistan Ill-Prepared for Climate Crises

Evidence that shifting weather patterns are adding to flooding and drought emergencies in Pakistan has not stirred the government into preparing for disaster management, climate seminar delegates say.

Posted on Aug 1, 2014 READ MORE



Rising Heat Hits Indian Wheat Crop

Satellite imaging highlights the growing need to change agricultural practices in South Asia as higher average temperatures cause the reduction of crop yields on the Indo-Gangetic plain.

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 READ MORE



Europe Faces Deadly Cost for Climate Inaction

A study by the European Commission spells out the probable cost to the continent of failing to act to reduce the impacts of climate change.

Posted on Jul 13, 2014 READ MORE



Gene Machinery Helps Plants Handle CO2 Rise

The discovery by U.S. biologists of how plants respond to increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere could provide agricultural scientists with new tools to engineer crops that can deal with droughts and high temperatures.

Posted on Jul 10, 2014 READ MORE



South Asia Slow to Act on Water Threats

A study of the five countries sharing and relying on the Indian subcontinent’s great rivers shows that Bangladesh is the only one that is taking climate change seriously.

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 READ MORE



Climate Puts U.S. at Risk of Multibillion Dollar Bill

U.S. government and business are warned that climate change could cost the economy billions of dollars because of the increasing risk of property damage, reduced harvests and workers incapacitated by extreme heat.

Posted on Jun 29, 2014 READ MORE



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Is Drinking Urine the Answer to California’s Drought?

It may sound a bit unpalatable, but pee may be a better option for the Golden State than the desalination of ocean water.

Posted on Jun 25, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Corn’s Gravy Train Faces Derailment

Corn produced annually in the U.S. is estimated to be enough to fill a freight train stretching around the world, but climate change and unsustainable use of water resources and fertilizers threaten the industry.

Posted on Jun 22, 2014 READ MORE



Rain Forest Tribes Seek World Cup Spotlight

Leaders of indigenous tribes in the Amazon rain forest seek to use the global spotlight on the soccer World Cup in Brazil to publicize the plea for recognition of their lands and an end to dam building and deforestation.

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 READ MORE



Help Needed Now for Climate Refugees

A United Nations University report urges governments worldwide to draw up plans urgently to avoid conflict and insecurity by helping populations that are being forced to move because of climate change.

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 READ MORE



Europe Faces Cereals Crop Crash

Europe’s wheat and barley yields could be heading for a 20 percent drop as a result of temperature rise and an increase in extreme weather.

Posted on Jun 2, 2014 READ MORE



Drought Fuels World Cup Blackout Fears

Matches in the football World Cup, which kicks off in Brazil in two weeks, could be hit as the country’s worst drought in decades is severely reducing hydropower energy supplies.

Posted on May 29, 2014 READ MORE



Ocean Winds Put Heat on Australia

Winds of change caused by greenhouse gases in the Southern Ocean are keeping Antarctica cold but parching Australia by “stealing” more of its rainfall.

Posted on May 17, 2014 READ MORE



Climate Worries Insurers and Military

Powerful voices in finance and the armed forces are warning of risks of increasingly extreme weather events causing billions of dollars of damage and potentially igniting humanitarian disasters and regional conflicts.

Posted on May 16, 2014 READ MORE



Droughts May Slash U.S. Maize Gains

Scientists warn that high yields in America’s Corn Belt states could drop by up to 30 percent as crops become increasingly sensitive to droughts and hot, dry air in a warming climate.

Posted on May 15, 2014 READ MORE



Coffee Is on a High

There’s concern in the international markets over what’s happening to coffee production, under attack by drought, disease and rising temperatures.

Posted on Apr 27, 2014 READ MORE



Western U.S. Faces Worsening Wildfires

Drought and warmth are expected to mark winters in the Western U.S., researchers say, while abnormally cold weather will make the East and Southeast unusually wintry.

Posted on Apr 21, 2014 READ MORE



Drought Adds to Syria’s Misery

The hunger-ravaged people of Syria have a long period of drought to blame for their ordeal. And that, experts think, is a result of the changing regional climate.

Posted on Apr 19, 2014 READ MORE


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Climate Change Is Destroying California, Obama Promises to Help

Look at a satellite photo of the continental United States these past couple of months and you’ll quickly notice that the country has an identity crisis.

Posted on Feb 14, 2014 READ MORE


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Drought Will Worsen One Day Somewhere

Although a new research project confirms that drought —and floods—will affect the world more severely during this century, uncertainty persists over who will suffer, and when.

Posted on Dec 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Warmer Climate Will Hit Volta River Levels

The cost of climate change for one of West Africa’s most densely populated regions is likely to be severe, with food, energy supplies and industrial growth all at risk.

Posted on Jul 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Double Disasters Batter Pacific Islands

An escalating crisis caused by the simultaneous disasters of floods and drought is threatening the Marshall Islands, leading the Pacific nation’s government to appeal to world leaders for action on climate change.

Posted on Jul 2, 2013 READ MORE


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Congressional Carnivores Rage Over ‘Meatless Monday’

America is suffering through the worst drought since 1950, so taking one day a week off from meat-eating seems like the absolute least we should be willing to do.

Posted on Aug 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Drought Belts the Breadbasket

Almost 30 percent of the American Midwest—the area that produces most of the country’s corn, soybeans and livestock—is suffering an escalation of its most extreme drought in five decades.

Posted on Jul 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Political Scientist: Patriot Act Blocked Aid to Somalis

Humanitarian groups withheld aid from Somalis suffering the effects of a severe drought that killed tens of thousands and displaced more than a million people last year out of fear that their assistance would amount to material support for regional terrorists under the U.S. Patriot Act, a Davidson College professor says.

Posted on Apr 21, 2012 READ MORE



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The Age of Thirst in the American West

Consider it a taste of the future: the fire, smoke, drought, dust, and heat that have made life unpleasant, if not dangerous, from Louisiana to Los Angeles.

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 READ MORE


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Picturing Climate Change in Your County

The National Resources Defense Council has given us a view from above on extreme temperature, smog and allergen pollution, drought and flood vulnerability in the United States for select periods over the last two decades. (more)

Posted on Aug 5, 2011 READ MORE



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Careful What You Pray For, Texas

Texas is suffering through one of the worst droughts in the state’s history, and things have gotten so bad that news of a tropical storm—that thing just below a hurricane on the bad-weather scale—is being greeted with cautious optimism. Texas Gov. Rick Perry named three days in April “Days of Prayer for Rain in the State of Texas.” (more)

Posted on Jul 28, 2011 READ MORE



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U.N. Declares Famine in Somalia

The U.N. on Wednesday declared the first official famine of the 21st century. The designation was applied to war-torn Somalia, where tens of thousands of people—mostly children—have died of malnutrition.

Posted on Jul 20, 2011 READ MORE


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