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Cutting Emissions Through Biofuels Will Lead to Water Shortages

Climate change mitigation could actually increase water shortage in some areas rather than reduce it, according to new research. The source of the problem is clear: greater demand for biofuels, intended to reduce emissions from fossil fuels, requires massive increases in irrigation in productive but relatively arid… » 8/07/15 3:30am 8/07/15 3:30am

How Climate Change Could Turn NYC Into Oklahoma City in One Generation

In 2100, Earth’s climate will have changed. But what will that feel like in your everyday life? Now, a high school student working with an atmospheric scientist has extrapolated some answers from climate data, and found that New York City’s climate will be like Oklahoma City’s in less than a century. » 8/04/15 4:15pm 8/04/15 4:15pm

What Should We Name The Drought?

It’s been called a historic drought. An exceptional drought. A catastrophic drought. But it’s four rainless years later, and we still don’t have an actual name for that drought that’s spreading throughout the Western United States. Everyone just calls it “The Drought.” It’s time to come up with something better. » 8/03/15 7:15pm 8/03/15 7:15pm

Extreme Droughts Weaken Trees' Ability to Soak Up Carbon

There’s a mystery inside trees upon which the fate of coastal cities, threatened by rising sea levels from climate change, may depend. Each year, the Earth’s forests take up about one-quarter of the carbon dioxide emitted by humans, effectively slowing the speed and severity of global warming. They lock up most of… » 7/31/15 7:00am 7/31/15 7:00am

Remember When 2014 Was the Hottest Year On Record? Now 2015 Is.

Doesn’t it seem like only last week scientists confirmed that 2014 was indeed the hottest year on record? Well, you don’t have to worry about that anymore because scientists have now determined that the first half of 2015 has managed to break all those records—and 2015 will now likely be the hottest year recorded on… » 7/20/15 7:00pm 7/20/15 7:00pm