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  • Drought report calls for new management approach

    June 21, 2021

    WMO – Drought has directly affected 1.5 billion people so far this century, more than any other slow-onset disaster. This number will grow dramatically because of climate change, environmental degradation and demographic shifts. Urgent action is therefore needed to improve drought management and prevention, according to a new report. The Global Assessment Report on Disaster […]

  • Warmer than average Arctic summer expected

    June 14, 2021

    WMO – Above normal air and sea-surface temperatures are expected over the majority of the Arctic regions in June, July, and August 2021, according to a new seasonal climate outlook from the Arctic Climate Forum. Lower to near normal ice cover is the predominant forecast, while early to near normal break-up of sea ice is […]

  • Drought conditions improve across parts of Prairies, worsen in others

    June 9, 2021

    Canadian Drought Monitor – Significant precipitation through the month of May relieved drought conditions across parts of the Canadian Prairies, while other areas remained significantly dry, according to the latest assessment from the Canadian Drought Monitor as of May 31. This precipitation improved soil moisture conditions for the short-term, decreasing the area of moderate (D1) […]

  • Rising CO2 levels leads to stronger monsoons

    June 8, 2021

    Brown University — Increases in monsoon rainfall on the Indian subcontinent over the past million years were linked with increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide and the import of moisture from the southern hemisphere, which suggests stronger rains in the future as CO2 levels rise, according to a new study published in Science Advances. The research […]

  • Carbon dioxide levels peak at record high in May

    NOAA – Atmospheric carbon dioxide peaked at its highest level on record in May 2021, hitting a level 50 per cent above pre-industrial levels, according to research from the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Atmospheric carbon dioxide measured at NOAA’s Mauna Loa Atmospheric Baseline Observatory peaked for 2021 in May at a monthly […]

  • One-third of heat-related deaths attributed to climate change: study

    May 31, 2021

    London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine – Between 1991 and 2018, more than a third of all deaths in which heat played a role were attributable to human-induced global warming, according to a new study in Nature Climate Change. The study, the largest of its kind, was led by the London School of Hygiene […]

  • WMO: Chances of reaching high temperature threshold increasing

    May 27, 2021

    WMO – There is about a 40 per cent chance of the annual average global temperature temporarily reaching 1.5 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial level in at least one of the next five years – and these odds are increasing with time, according to a new climate update issued by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) […]

  • AccuWeather calling for ‘tale of two seasons’ across Prairies

    May 25, 2021

    AccuWeather – The summer months may be ‘a tale of two seasons’ across the Canadian Prairies and the southern Canadian Rockies with one area expecting warm and rainy days, while heat and drought conditions will worsen in another zone, according to a seasonal forecast from AccuWeather. The team, led by AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson, […]

  • NOAA: Upcoming hurricane season ‘above-normal’

    May 21, 2021

    NOAA – The United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center is predicting another above-normal Atlantic hurricane season. Forecasters predict a 60 per cent chance of an above-normal season, a 30 per cent chance of a near-normal season, and a 10 per cent chance of a below-normal season. However, experts do not […]

  • Tepary bean may hold key for drought tolerance

    May 17, 2021

    University of Saskatchewan – Tepary beans, a high protein legume common to Mexico and the southwestern United States, may hold the key to adapting bean crops for the increasingly harsh conditions brought on by a changing climate, according to research led by University of Saskatchewan (USask) and Michigan State University published in Nature Communications. As […]

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