As dry spell bites, Californians tear out lawns

Aug 25, 2014

As dry spell bites, Californians tear out lawns

Rick Blankenship was tired of an insatiable lawn he couldn’t keep green, no matter how much he watered it, so he decided to tear it out. Three years later, he brims with pride at his new front yard in Long Beach, California, carpeted with ...

Brazil's biggest city faces rationing amid drought

Aug 14, 2014

Brazil's biggest city faces rationing amid drought

Brazil’s biggest city is running out of water and options. The worst drought to hit the Sao Paulo region in 84 years is forcing local authorities for the second time in a year to put water pumps below the gates of the main reservoir, ...

Yosemite Park fire threatens famous giant sequoia trees

Jul 31, 2014

Yosemite Park fire threatens famous giant sequoia trees

A fire raging in California’s Yosemite National Park advanced Wednesday, threatening a grove of famous giant sequoia trees. The blaze, which began on Saturday, has scorched some 3,545 acres (1,234 hectares) of the popular tourist spot and is about one-third contained, a spokeswoman for ...

World still warming: climate report

Jul 18, 2014

World still warming: climate report

The world is getting warmer as greenhouse gases reach historic highs and Arctic sea ice melts, making 2013 one of the hottest years on record, international scientists said Thursday. The annual State of the Climate report 2013 is a review of scientific data and ...

Fighting fire with fire: Explosions used to snuff blazes

May 25, 2014

Fighting fire with fire: Explosions used to snuff blazes

Researchers are working on fighting out-of-control bush fires with explosives, likening the process of using the sound wave produced by a blast to blowing out a candle. Graham Doig of Sydney’s University of New South Wales has been examining how blasts can extinguish fires, ...

Corn crops increasingly vulnerable to dry spells

May 10, 2014

Corn crops increasingly vulnerable to dry spells

U.S. farmers can grow more corn than ever before thanks to genetic modifications and improved planting techniques, but the crops are also increasingly vulnerable to drought, researchers recently said. The study in the journal Science found that “densely planted corn appears to be unexpectedly ...

White House to unveil dire climate warning in new report

May 6, 2014

White House to unveil dire climate warning in new report

The Obama administration will release an updated report on Tuesday showing how climate change touches every part of America as the administration seeks to convince the public on the need for a crackdown on carbon pollution. Some environmental and public health groups expect the ...

1,000 flee, one dead, as Oklahoma wildfire spreads

May 6, 2014

1,000 flee, one dead, as Oklahoma wildfire spreads

Firefighters facing another hot and windy forecast worked Monday to battle a large wildfire in Oklahoma that destroyed at least six homes and left one person dead after a controlled burn spread out of control. The fire department said about 1,000 people on Sunday ...

Volcanoes explain warming 'hiatus'

Feb 24, 2014

Volcanoes explain warming 'hiatus'

Volcanoes spewing sun-reflecting particles into the atmosphere have partly offset the effects of man’s carbon emissions over the last 15 years, a period that has become a battleground in the ongoing debate over global warming, researchers said Sunday. A so-called hiatus in warming since ...

Obama proposes $1 billion climate protection fund

Feb 15, 2014

Obama proposes $1 billion climate protection fund

President Barack Obama proposed Friday a $1 billion fund to mitigate the impact of climate change in the United States, and unveiled financing to combat drought parching swathes of California. The president landed in the Central Valley area and met farmers who have lost ...

Water shortages leaving world high and dry

Feb 9, 2014

Water shortages leaving world high and dry

by Suzanne Goldenberg

On Jan. 17, scientists downloaded fresh data from a pair of NASA satellites and distributed the findings among the small group of researchers who track the world’s water reserves. At the University of California, Irvine, hydrologist James Famiglietti looked over the data from the ...