California drought could kill tens of millions of trees

Dec 30, 2015

California drought could kill tens of millions of trees

As many as 58 million large trees in California are threatened by a record drought that has afflicted the state since 2011, says a study published Monday. Even if the weather phenomenon called El Nino produces more precipitation, California’s forests could suffer irreversible change, ...

Dec 29, 2015

Record El Nino, climate change drive extreme weather

Deadly extreme weather on at least five continents is driven in large part by a record-breaking El Nino, but climate change is a likely booster too, experts said Monday. The 2015-16 El Nino, they added, is the strongest ever measured. “It is probably the ...

Dec 27, 2015

Dreaming of energy security, India pumps desert oil

The deserts of Rajasthan may be the showcase for India’s solar revolution, but the oil exploration company that struck gold there insists the country needs to pump out more fossil fuels to wean itself off imports. Ahead of this month’s climate negotiations in Paris, ...

Warm holiday weather in U.S. wards off holiday spirit for some

Dec 24, 2015

Warm holiday weather in U.S. wards off holiday spirit for some

Astrid Rau just baked 16 kinds of Christmas cookies, including a batch in the shape of snowflakes. But she somehow was having trouble getting into the holiday spirit, thanks to balmy weather in her hometown of Perkasie, Pennsylvania. “I associate cold with Christmas,” the ...

Dec 18, 2015

Globe shattered another heat record in November

The globe shattered yet another heat record in November, continuing a warming trend that is all but certain to make 2015 the hottest in modern history, U.S. government scientists said Thursday. Last month was the warmest November in 136 years and marked seven months ...

Dec 17, 2015

Paris agreement is just a start

The nations of the world have only promised to take baby steps to curb global warming, with no binding mechanism. The true test will be whether they follow through and actually effect change.

Dec 17, 2015

Faster retreat of Greenland's ice sheet observed

The Greenland ice sheet, a potentially massive contributor to land-encroaching sea level rise, lost mass twice as fast between 2003 and 2010 as during the 20th century, researchers said Wednesday. Greenland ice loss contributed to a global average sea level rise of 25 millimeters ...