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Southern California wildfires exhibit split personalities

September 10, 2015

Wildfires have ravaged both populated and unpopulated regions of Southern California at an increasing rate over the past…
Study finds dramatic increase in concurrent droughts, heat waves

September 1, 2015

Droughts and heat waves are happening simultaneously with much greater frequency than in the past, according to research…
Western Wildfire Smoke Has Drifted Over the Atlantic

September 1, 2015

Smoke from the treacherous western wildfires of both the U.S. and Canada has wafted across country and out…
U.S. Pacific Northwest Wildfires Severe in Intensity

August 31, 2015

The Pacific Northwest is abundantly dotted with wildfires in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.  There are over 27…
Increasingly Severe Disturbances Weaken World’s Temperate Forests

August 25, 2015

A new paper published in Science magazine has synthesized existing studies on the health of temperate forests across the…
No End in Sight For U.S. Western Wildfires

August 25, 2015

On August 23, 2015, the Aqua satellite’s MODIS instrument captured this image of the ongoing onslaught of wildfires…
NASA: California Drought Causing Valley Land to Sink

August 20, 2015

As Californians continue pumping groundwater in response to the historic drought, the California Department of Water Resources today…
Climate change lethal to baby lizards: Nests become heat traps

August 19, 2015

The expected impact of climate change on North American lizards is much worse than first thought. A team…
As days warm, emergency visits, deaths rise

August 15, 2015

A new study that projects an increase in deaths and emergency visits in Rhode Island as climate change…
Terra Captures Alaskan Wildfires

August 11, 2015

The 2015 Alaska fire season reached another milestone Friday by surpassing the 5-million-mark in the number of acres…
Series of Wildfires in Northern California Continue Blazing

August 6, 2015

California has been hit hard the past few weeks with storms.  Storms bring lightning and lightning strikes cause…
End-of-century Manhattan climate index to resemble Oklahoma City today

August 5, 2015

Climate change caused by greenhouse gas emissions will alter the way that Americans heat and cool their homes.…
Drought’s lasting impact on forests

August 3, 2015

In the virtual worlds of climate modeling, forests and other vegetation are assumed to bounce back quickly from…
California “Rain Debt” Equal to Average Full Year of Precipitation

July 31, 2015

A new NASA study has concluded California accumulated a debt of about 20 inches of precipitation between 2012…
Battling Wildfires from Space: NASA Adds to Firefighters’ Toolkit

July 17, 2015

U.S. firefighters battling wildfires this year will get a clearer view of these threats with new NASA-funded satellite-based…
Fired Up: Controversy Still Raging Like Wildfire Over Tree-Cutting Plan in East Bay

July 10, 2015

As drought continues to crisp up California — increasing the potential for catastrophic fire and further taxing plants already…
Stratospheric accomplice for Santa Ana winds and California wildfires

July 9, 2015

Southern Californians and writers love to blame the hot, dry Santa Ana winds for tense, ugly moods, and…
California grid expected to maintain reliability despite drought

July 6, 2015

According to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), the bulk power system in California is not expected…
Yosemite forest fire example of possible things to come

June 30, 2015

Forest composition, ground cover and topography are the best predictors of forest fire severity in the Western U.S.,…
Effluent Communities: Why Drought Will Mean Getting Used to Drinking Treated Sewage

June 15, 2015

It’s the kind of subject that lends itself to the lowest of low humor, but we’ll try to…
Smoke From Canadian Wildfires Drifts Down to U.S.

June 11, 2015

Canada has already had its share of wildfires this season, and the smoke from these wildfires is slowly…
Predicting Tree Mortality

June 11, 2015

A combination of drought, heat and insects is responsible for the death of more than 12 million trees…
Droughts: The Heat Is On

May 27, 2015

Two facts are indisputable: California remains in the grip of one of the worst droughts in history, and…
Drought-induced tree mortality accelerating in forests

May 21, 2015

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory have found that drought and heat-induced tree mortality is accelerating in many…
NOAA identifies tactics and strategies to improve drought science, forecasts and data products

May 13, 2015

After soliciting feedback from more than 100 stakeholders and employees, NOAA released a service assessment on May 11,…
How Dry Is Texas? SMAP, TxSON Network Aim to Find Out

May 7, 2015

A new network of sensors in the bone-dry Texas hill country will produce detailed data on soil moisture…
Wildfires emit more greenhouse gases than assumed in state climate targets

April 17, 2015

A new study quantifying the amount of carbon stored and released through California forests and wildlands finds that…
NASA and U.S. Forest Service Maps Aid Fire Recovery

April 13, 2015

New maps of two recent California megafires that combine unique data sets from the U.S. Forest Service and…
California’s continued drought, reduced snowpack mean lower hydropower output

April 10, 2015

Earlier this month, California Governor Jerry Brown enacted mandatory water restrictions for the first time in the state’s…
Glimpses of the future: Drought damage leads to widespread forest death

March 31, 2015

The 2000-2003 drought in the American southwest triggered a widespread die-off of forests around the region. A Carnegie-led…
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