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October 20, 2014

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1:00 PM | Drought-Stressed Crops May Be Better For You
Scientists in California's Central Valley are testing the nutrient content of fruits grown with less-than-normal amounts of water. And the findings so far are raising a question: will consumers buy fruits that are just as nutritional, or sometimes higher in antioxidants, if they aren't as pretty?
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11:00 AM | Sao Paulo Eyes Reserve as Taps Run Dry
About 96 percent of the four-lake water complex that feeds Metropolitan Sao Paulo, home to 20 million, has been used up.

October 19, 2014

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8:42 PM | NZ hikes terrorism threat to “low”, ignores Pentagon warning of “immediate” threat from climate change
So, the threat of a terrorist attack on New Zealand is upon us has risen from “very low” to “low” — second to lowest in a ranking that has six levels. Cabinet is now urgently reviewing our security laws to make sure we’re equipped to deal with this horrific new threat. The media has dedicated […]

October 17, 2014

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3:30 PM | California Drought Resembles Worst in Millennium
The 1934 drought is the worst on record for North America in the past 1,000 years, and had similar conditions to the current California drought.
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2:11 PM | 1934 Drought was Driest, Most Widespread in Past Millennium, Scientists Find
Using a reconstruction of North American drought history over the past millennium, a team of researchers from NASA and the Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory has found the Dust Bowl drought of 1934 was the worst – about 30 percent more severe than the runner-up drought (in 1580) and extended across 71.6 percent of western [...]

October 13, 2014

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11:15 PM | Salinger: New Zealand is drying out, and here’s why
In this guest post Jim Salinger (currently working in Italy, but soon to return to these shores), takes a look at the climate influences on last year’s severe New Zealand drought. It first appeared on The Conversation. Over 2012 and 2013, parts of New Zealand experienced their worst drought in nearly 70 years. Drought is […]
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10:12 PM | Carbon News 13/10/14: foresters in firing line
Anxious foresters await review of foreign credits ban A controversial decision to make foresters the only emitters banned from using cheap foreign carbon credits to offset their greenhouse gas emissions is under review. The provision was slipped through without warning as part of the Government’s Budget in May, and came into effect immediately. Business poser: […]
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5:11 PM | What Do Wildfires Have to Do With Climate Change?
“While no single wildfire can be said to have been caused by climate change, climate change has been making the fire season in the United States longer and on average more intense,” said John Holdren, President Obama’s science advisor. But wildfires are not only intensified by climate change, they also exacerbate it.

October 08, 2014

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6:35 PM | 2015 Could Be Coffee-Drinkers' Worst Year Yet
Remember when we warned you last winter about what could happen to your morning cup of coffee if the drought in Brazil got any worse? Well, it got worse.Read more...

October 02, 2014

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12:26 PM | Where'd the Aral Sea Go? (Seriously, It's Missing)
By Susan Cosier Can you point out the Aral Sea on a map? Yeah, neither can we … because it barely exists anymore. Once the fourth largest lake in the world (it’s actually a lake, not a sea), the Aral has gone dry. The lake reached its lowest level in modern history in August, as shown in these NASA satellite images (see the full transformation here). What happened? Starting in the 1950s, the Soviets began diverting the region's two largest […]

October 01, 2014

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8:59 AM | Extremes report 2013: NZ drought and record Aussie heat made worse by warming
The latest climate extremes report finds that 9 out of 16 extreme weather events from last year were influenced by climate change. In particular, the conditions that led to New Zealand’s severe North Island drought — the worst for 41 years, estimated to have cost the economy NZ$1.3 billion — were made more likely by […]

September 30, 2014

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7:05 PM | That’s some weather we’re having. Is it climate change?
22 different studies show that, depending on the event, it's yes, no, or maybe.

September 29, 2014

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11:39 PM | The Connection Between California’s Drought and Climate Change
Climate change is making the weather pattern that's responsible for California's drought more likely, according to a new study from Stanford.
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9:40 PM | California's Ongoing Drought Linked To Climate Change
Using a sophisticated combination of computer simulations and statistical techniques, scientists at Stanford University have shown that the extreme atmospheric conditions associated with California's lengthy drought are likely caused by today's global warming conditions. Read more...

September 25, 2014

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11:39 PM | Lion Conservation: Does it Come Down to Cows?
I write this story from my tent in Samburu. I am looking out, watching the dry landscape in front of me. I see two warthogs coming to graze in the only place they can find some grass – outside our tents. I see the dik diks and squirrels searching for water under the buckets where…

September 24, 2014

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8:00 PM | Mysterious Flying Squirrel Could Get Endangered Species Protection
The squirrels gliding amid the mountains east of Los Angeles have been, for the most part, flying under the scientific radar. There has never been a single scientific paper published specifically... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:30 AM | New season, more streamflow?
The first of the West Coast’s seasonal storms has blown in on the first day of fall, and Vancouver Islanders may almost be glad to see the clouds touch the ground and feel the rain on their sunburned skin. While there’s been a lot of coverage of the drought in California, wildfires in Oregon and…
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