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December 18, 2014--Climate change could cut world food output 18 percent by 2050 (Reuters)

Global warming could cause an 18 percent drop in world food production by 2050, but investments in irrigation and infrastructure, and moving food output to different regions, could reduce the loss, a study published on Thursday said.


December 18, 2014--Clearing tropical rainforests distorts Earth's wind and water systems, packs climate wallop beyond carbon (Science Daily)

A new study released today presents powerful evidence that clearing trees not only spews carbon into the atmosphere, but also triggers major shifts in rainfall and increased temperatures worldwide that are just as potent as those caused by current carbon pollution.


September 30, 2014--Dogged rainfall soaks region (Durango Herald)

It seemed like there was a plumbing problem in the skies above La Plata County on Sunday and Monday, as storms wrung lightning, hail and reams of rain from the clouds in terrific, gloomy, spurting volumes. Snow, rain and icy conditions at Wolf Creek Pass felled one truck Monday, causing the pass to close.


March 6, 2014--America could soon face more days of 'extreme rainfall' (Atlantic Cities)

Squelch, squelch, squelch – that could be the sound of future America, if predictions about how climate change will ramp up "extreme rainfall" prove accurate. Say the world's nations do little to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases pouring into the atmosphere.


May 26, 2013--Climate researchers discover new rhythm for El Niño (Science Daily)

El Niño wreaks havoc across the globe, shifting weather patterns that spawn droughts in some regions and floods in others. The impacts of this tropical Pacific climate phenomenon are well known and documented. A mystery, however, has remained despite decades of research: Why does El Niño always peak around Christmas and end quickly by February to April?


May 3, 2013--NASA study projects warming-driven changes in global rainfall (Wall Street Journal)

A NASA-led modeling study provides new evidence that global warming may increase the risk for extreme rainfall and drought. The study shows for the first time how rising carbon dioxide concentrations could affect the entire range of rainfall types on Earth.


September 14, 2012--Drought nears record levels (USA Today)

The drought scorching the nation has reached a level surpassed only twice before in recorded weather history. The National Climatic Data Center reported this week that 57.2% of the contiguous USA is "moderately to extremely dry," a percentage topped only during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s and during another drought in the mid-1950s.


June 2, 2012--Drought hits most of Colorado; outlook bleak (Denver Post)

Most of Colorado is in a moderate to extreme drought, and the outlook for June offers little hope for improvement. The U.S.

May 13, 2012--Colorado: Will the monsoon bring drought relief? (Summit Voice)

The biggest uncertainty for the course of this summer’s fire season is whether the monsoon will arrive on schedule — or perhaps even a bit early — to soak Colorado with beneficial rains, and for now, the answer is still uncertain. The larger Pacific weather patterns are in a transitional phase.

April 27, 2012--Study indicates a greater threat of extreme weather (New York Times)

New research suggests that global warming is causing the cycle of evaporation and rainfall over the oceans to intensify more than scientists had expected, an ominous finding that may indicate a higher potential for extreme weather in coming decades.


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