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Study Predicts More Wildlife Deaths and Bigger Wildfires if Drought Lasts

The carcasses of salmon, trout and more than a dozen other newly extinct native species lie in dry streambeds around California. Exhausted firefighters in the Sierra Nevada battle some of the biggest wildfires they’ve ever seen. And in Central Valley …

Earth on Track to Beat 2014’s Record Hottest Year

With an El Nino growing in the Pacific Ocean and climate change spurring global temperatures ever higher, almost nothing can stop Earth from breaking 2014’s mark for the warmest year on record. The average annual temperature last year was about …

Massive Western U.S. Wildfires Drain Firefighting Resources

Wildfires are putting such a strain on the nation’s firefighting resources that authorities have activated the military and sought international help to beat back scores of blazes burning uncontrolled throughout the dry West. The situation is so urgent that the …

Strengthening El Nino Offers Benefits

In California, they’re counting on it to end an historic drought; in Peru, they’ve already declared a pre-emptive emergency to prepare for devastating flooding. It’s both an economic stimulus and a recession-maker. And it’s likely to increase the price of …

Wildfire Season Being Felt Throughout California

Hot, dry California was beginning to feel the full brunt of fire season as blazes burned throughout the state, threatening hundreds of homes, although most areas dodged serious destruction. As firefighters knocked down dozens of small brush fires from north …

Odds Rise That El Nino Will Stay Until Winter

The odds that a weather-changing El Nino will last until the Northern Hemisphere’s next winter are increasing, though it’s too early to say if it will provide drought relief across California, the U.S. Climate Prediction Center said. There is an …

2015 Wildfire Report Identifies More Than 2M California Homes at Risk

A new report indicates there are 4.5 million U.S. homes at high or extreme risk of wildfire, with more than two million of them in California, according to the 2015 FireLine State Risk Reports issued by Verisk Insurance Solutions. The …

Better Late Than Never: El Nino Finally Arrives

A long anticipated El Nino has finally arrived. But for drought-struck California, it’s too little, too late, meteorologists say. The National Weather Service on Thursday proclaimed the phenomenon is now in place. It’s a warming of a certain patch of …

Cities Face Rising Flood, Drought Risk Even With No Climate Change

A heads-up to New York, Baltimore, Houston and Miami: a new study suggests that these metropolitan areas and others will increase their exposure to floods even in the absence of climate change, according to researchers from Texas A&M University. Published …

Drought Prompts Disaster Declaration for Most of Nevada

The U.S. Agriculture Department has declared most of Nevada a natural disaster area due to lingering drought. And state water officials say more trouble is brewing for ranchers and farmers in western Nevada where cutbacks have been ordered in irrigation …