This year's articles

  • Cacti and credit throw Brazil’s drought-parched farmers a lifeline

    December 31, 2018

    By Laurie Goering Thomson Reuters Foundation – Farming in the Jacuipe Basin of Brazil’s parched northeast has never been easy. But rising temperatures and a halving of rainfall over the decades mean it now rarely pays. “Everybody is saying the climate is changing (and) it’s getting more difficult to produce,” said Daniele Cesano, a renewable […]

  • How plants branch out to access water

    December 31, 2018

    Cutaway of Plant and Roots in Dirt

    University of Nottingham – New research has discovered how plant roots sense the availability of moisture in soil and then adapt their shape to optimise acquisition of water. The discovery could enable crops to be bred which are more adaptive to changes in climate conditions, such as water scarcity, and help ensure food security in […]


  • Prairie harvest woes among top three weather stories

    December 23, 2018

    The triple whammy of a late spring, dry summer and snowy autumn over many Prairie fields made it onto the medal podium, joining the West’s fires and smoke in Environment Canada’s top weather stories of 2018. The federal environment and climate change department on Dec. 20 released its annual Top 10 list of the year’s […]

  • Rural children’s asthma risk not a simple story

    December 23, 2018

    We’ve seen studies that suggested rural children are less likely to have asthma, presumably due to early-life exposure to dust and other environmental allergens which may have protected them. However, a new University of Saskatchewan study shows “this may not be entirely the case,” researcher Oluwafemi Oluwole said in a recent release. “We found that […]


  • Why is the coldest weather typically in January?

    December 18, 2018

    As we move toward the shortest day of the year — or rather, the least amount of daylight — a question that often comes up is “Why isn’t the third week of December the coldest time of the year, rather than the second to third week of January?” To begin our look at this topic […]

  • Researchers to unearth old Red River flood evidence

    December 18, 2018

    NDSU Extension – Researchers at North Dakota State University and the University of Minnesota are using a grant from the National Science Foundation to search for evidence of floods along the Red River of the North through trees. Joe Zeleznik, NDSU Extension forester, and Scott St. George, assistant professor of geography at the University of […]


  • Engineering climate change-resistant crops

    December 11, 2018

    University of California – Riverside – When it gets hot outside, humans and animals have the luxury of seeking shelter in the shade or cool, air-conditioned buildings. But plants are stuck. While not immune to changing climate, plants respond to the rising mercury in different ways. Temperature affects the distribution of plants around the planet. […]

  • U.S. government report says climate change will batter economy

    December 11, 2018

    Reuters – Climate change will cost the U.S. economy hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century, hitting everything from health to infrastructure, according to a recent government report that the White House called inaccurate. The congressionally mandated report, written with the help of more than a dozen U.S. government agencies and […]


  • Scientists name eight steps to increase soil carbon for climate action, food security

    December 4, 2018

    University of Vermont – Leading scientists call for action to increase global soil carbon, in advance of the annual climate summit of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Katowice, Poland (COP24) and World Soil Day (5 Dec). The amount of carbon in soil is over twice the amount of carbon found […]

  • Alberta clippers and Colorado lows

    December 4, 2018

    So far this winter Western Canada has not seen any big winter storms develop. When we do see big winter snowfalls, most of them come from areas of low pressure that develop to the lee of the Rocky Mountains. One area of development is over Alberta, producing what is affectionately known as an “Alberta clipper,” […]

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