Jan 14, 2016

Global mercury emissions down 30% as less coal is burned

Global emissions of mercury from man-made sources fell 30 percent from 1990 to 2010, in part from decreasing use of coal, the U.S. Geological Survey reported Wednesday. The greatest decline of the toxic pollutant was in Europe and North America, offsetting increases in Asia, ...

Drought hits global cereals output, study finds

Jan 8, 2016

Drought hits global cereals output, study finds

Droughts and extreme heat have cut national cereal production by 9 to 10 percent on average around the world in the last half-century, and the impact has worsened since the mid-1980s, researchers said. Cereal production losses averaged 13.7 percent in drought years from 1985, ...

Dec 31, 2015

U.S. Midwest counts cost from record flooding

Swollen rivers in the U.S. Midwest and other regions brought flood warnings for over 12 million Americans on Wednesday as scores of buildings were submerged after days of intense rain in which 24 people have died. Two rivers west of St. Louis crested at ...

Dec 31, 2015

Freak winter heat wave pushes North Pole above freezing

Temperatures at the North Pole rose above the freezing point Wednesday, 20 degrees Celsius above the midwinter norm and the latest abnormality in a season of odd weather. Canadian weather authorities blamed the temperature spike on the freak depression that brought record Christmas temperatures ...

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 ...