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 ...

Feb 9, 2014

A glance at the world's major drought hot spots

by Tess Reid

1. California: The state’s water resources are at critically low levels and a drought emergency has been declared. The health department says 17 rural areas are dangerously parched. 2. Sao Paulo, Brazil: The country’s largest city is on the verge of water rationing because ...

California farmers brace for drought, unemployment

Feb 3, 2014

California farmers brace for drought, unemployment

California, the nation’s leading agricultural region, is locked in drought and bracing for unemployment to soar, sending farm workers to food lines in a place famous for its abundance. One-third of the Central Valley’s jobs are related to farming. Strains on water supplies are ...

NOAA: 2013 tied for fourth hottest year on record

Jan 22, 2014

NOAA: 2013 tied for fourth hottest year on record

Last year was tied for the fourth-warmest year on record around the world. On Tuesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its global temperature figures for 2013. The average world temperature was 58.12 degrees (14.52 Celsius), tying 2013 with 2003 as the ...

Jan 3, 2014

Australia logs hottest year, sparking fires

Australia experienced its hottest year on record in 2013, the Bureau of Meteorology said Friday, enduring the longest heat wave ever recorded Down Under, as well as destructive bush fires. “2013 was Australia’s warmest year since records began in 1910,” the bureau said in ...

Impact of climate change 'harrowing'

Nov 3, 2013

Impact of climate change 'harrowing'

Starvation, poverty, flooding, heat waves, droughts, war and disease already lead to human tragedies. They are likely to worsen as the world warms from man-made climate change, a leaked draft of an international scientific report forecasts. The Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate ...

Aug 15, 2013

Climate change linked to ancient civilizations' fall

A cold, dry spell that lasted hundreds of years may have driven the collapse of Eastern Mediterranean civilizations in the 13th century B.C., researchers in France said Wednesday. In the Late Bronze Age, powerful kingdoms spanned lands that are now Egypt, Greece, Cyprus, Syria, ...

May 5, 2013

Unseasonable wildfires break out in California

A raging California wildfire nearly doubled in size Friday, although firefighters said they gained more control over it and allowed the state’s scenic coastal highway to reopen. The Springs Fire near Malibu, around 65 km west of Los Angeles, grew to 7,300 hectares from ...