Jun 25, 2015

Weather patterns that bring heat becoming more frequent

Daily weather patterns have changed in recent decades, making eastern North America, Europe and western Asia more prone to nastier summer heat waves that go beyond global warming, a new U.S. study finds. A team of climate scientists at Stanford University in California looked ...

Jun 25, 2015

Wildfires blister Alaska with increased frequency, intensity

Alaska residents endure the nation’s harshest winters for the reward of beautiful summer days with sunshine that lingers until midnight. But increasingly, large wildfires have marred the pristine outdoors, filling the skies with black smoke and forcing people who live near forests to flee ...

Jun 22, 2015

Year's first typhoon set to hit China's Hainan Island

The first typhoon of the year to hit China was expected to make landfall on or near the southern island of Hainan on Monday, which should help ease a severe drought on the tourist center and rubber producer, the official Xinhua News Agency said. ...

North Korea may lose half of its crops to drought: U.N.

Jun 19, 2015

North Korea may lose half of its crops to drought: U.N.

Production in North Korea’s main growing region is expected to be cut in half, the United Nations food agency says, leading to food shortages. U.N. representatives visited the country’s breadbasket in North Hwanghae and South Hwanghae provinces on June 10 and found that the ...

Jun 19, 2015

Last month was the hottest May in modern history

Last month marked the hottest May in modern history, continuing a troubling trend of rising global temperatures, U.S. government scientists said Thursday. “This was the warmest May on record,” said Derek Arndt, chief of the monitoring branch at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ...

Jun 17, 2015

Report says U.N. needs reform to tackle today's challenges

The United Nations and other international institutions are in urgent need of reform if they are to tackle global challenges ranging from massive violence in fragile states to runaway climate change and global economic shocks, a high-level commission said in a report that was ...

Jun 17, 2015

Study: A third of global groundwater basins are overstressed

Satellite data show people are overdrawing water from some of the world’s largest groundwater basins. Researchers from the University of California, Irvine say it’s unclear how much water is left in the most overburdened aquifers. The problem is expected to worsen with climate change ...

California orders large water cuts for farmers

Jun 13, 2015

California orders large water cuts for farmers

As California grapples with a relentless drought, state regulators on Friday ordered farmers and others who hold some of the strongest water rights in the state to stop all pumping from three major waterways in one of country’s prime farm regions. The order — ...

Study refutes doubters on global warming 'hiatus'

Jun 5, 2015

Study refutes doubters on global warming 'hiatus'

Global warming has not stopped or even slowed in the past 18 years, according to a new U.S. government federal study that rebuts doubters. Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration readjusted thousands of weather data points to account for different measuring techniques ...