Climate & Climate Change

A wall of dust swept across Melbourne, Australia, during the El Nino of 1983
December 02, 2014
An introduction to El Niño, La Niña, what we've learned about them — and where research is headed next.
Map of land/ocean temperatures, departures from average, Feb 2014
November 07, 2014
There's major disagreement among scientists on exactly what might be causing a tendency toward colder winters over the last few years in places like the central and eastern United States, Europe, and Russia.
Decadal prediction: Map showing trends in sea surface temperature
September 08, 2014
If today’s tools for multiyear climate forecasting had been available in the 1990s, they would have revealed that a slowdown in global warming was likely on the way, according to new research.
Sea surface temperatures during 2007–08 La Niña
August 13, 2014
For millions of people, El Niño or La Niña indicates whether they’re likely to face unusually warm, cold, wet, or dry conditions over the coming winter. A new modeling study pins down the process that apparently determines why La Niña events often last twice as long as typical El Niño events—a result with major implications for seasonal predictions.
Penguins and climate change: emperor penguins and chicks at Snow Hill Island, Antarctica, October 2009
July 30, 2014
Known from their frequent film and TV appearances, the large, charismatic birds are in danger. By 2100, according to a new study, their numbers will have fallen by around 19% and will continue to decline, qualifying the species for endangered status.
Crops and climate change: Wheat ripens in a California field
July 25, 2014
The world faces a small but substantially increased risk over the next two decades of a major slowdown in the growth of global yields of corn and wheat because of warming temperatures.
Pollution, fires, warming west: A fire burns on Camp Pendleton, California
June 25, 2014
California will likely experience more large fires in forested areas this century because of rising temperatures and changes in precipitation along with development patterns, new research finds. The blazes could increase some types of fire-generated air pollution by more than half.

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