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Friday, August 10,2012

July hottest month on record in U.S.—warming and drought to blame?

Lower 48 sweltered due to widespread heat ridge, expert says

July was the hottest month on record in the United States, perhaps due to a combination of global warming and a widespread drought, experts say. The lower 48 U.S. states experienced an average July temperature of 77.6 degrees Fahrenheit (25.3 degrees Celsius).
Wednesday, August 8,2012

Are recent heat waves a result of climate change?

The last couple of years have certainly felt unusually hot in many parts of the U.S., but are they really all that unusual?
Tuesday, August 7,2012

In the climate struggle, a hunt for realistic solutions

A new study says the chance of a drought in Texas is 20 times more likely during a La Niņa year now compared with the 1960s. Another predicts 4 feet of sea level rise along the Eastern Seaboard over the next century. Have your eyes glazed over yet?
Monday, August 6,2012

The West in flames

Dire fire conditions, like the inferno of heat, turbulence, and fuel that recently turned 346 homes in Colorado Springs to ash, are now common in the West. A lethal combination of drought, insect plagues, windstorms, and legions of dead, dying, or stressed-out trees constitute what some pundits are calling wildfire’s “perfect storm.”
Friday, August 3,2012

Ebola in Uganda: Why Can't We Cure It? Where Does It Hide?

A recent outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Uganda highlights the many unknowns of the highly contagious fever, experts say.
Wednesday, August 1,2012

America's 'Most Polluted' Lake Finally Comes Clean

Onondaga Lake in Syracuse, N.Y., has often been called the most polluted lake in America. It was hammered by a one-two punch: raw and partially treated sewage from the city and its suburbs, and a century's worth of industrial dumping. But now the final stage in a $1 billion cleanup is about to begin.
Wednesday, August 1,2012

Feel the Burn: Making the 2012 Heat Wave Matter

There have been two, maybe three, landmark heat waves in the history of man-made global warming. The first was in 1988. Then as now, the eastern two-thirds of the United States was broiling while relentless drought parched soil and withered crops across the Midwest. But in Washington, the underlying problem was being named for the first time. On June 23, NASA scientist James Hansen testified to the Senate that man-made global warming had begun. The New York Times reported his remarks on Page 1, and the rest of the media at home and abroad followed suit. By year’s end, “global warming” had become a common phrase in news bureaus, government ministries and living rooms around the world.
Tuesday, July 31,2012

Blame Humans For Arctic Sea Ice Loss

At least 70 percent, and as much as 95 percent, of sea ice loss in the Arctic is the result of human activities such as the burning of greenhouse gases, according to a new study.
Tuesday, July 31,2012

Food Lobby’s ‘Highest Priority’ Is Fighting GMO Labeling in California

Grocery Manufacturers Association Long-time Obstructionist of Public Health In case you had any doubt that California’s Prop 37—which would require labeling of food containing genetically-modified organisms (GMOs)—is a significant threat to industry, a top food lobby has now made it perfectly clear.
Tuesday, July 31,2012

Caffeinated Seas Found off U.S. Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest may be the epicenter of U.S. coffee culture, and now a new study shows the region's elevated caffeine levels don't stop at the shoreline.