U.S., Mediterranean face extreme warming: study

Jan 21, 2016

U.S., Mediterranean face extreme warming: study

Once the world as a whole has warmed by 2 degrees Celsius, top temperatures in the United States and Mediterranean basin will have climbed by even more, according to a study released Wednesday. A global rise of 2 degrees (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above mid-19th ...

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, ...

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 ...

Christmas fire destroys 53 houses in Australia

Dec 26, 2015

Christmas fire destroys 53 houses in Australia

A bush fire that flared in a scenic area of southern Australia on Christmas Day has destroyed 53 houses, officials said Saturday. The blaze prompted evacuations Friday in two towns popular with vacationers southwest of Melbourne, Wye River and Separation Creek. “I can confirm ...

Nov 26, 2015

Australia's bushfires leave trail of death and destruction

Fourteen bushfires burning across southern Australia have killed two people and thousands of animals, and destroyed 16 homes, and authorities on Thursday said they feared the toll could rise. The fires, which stretch across 210 km (130 miles), broke out on Wednesday in heat-wave ...