A warming Midwest increases likelihood that farmers will need to irrigate

Warming conditions will necessitate a much greater demand for water in the Midwest, a new study in Ecospheres reports.

Annual Rainfall Increasing in Most U.S. States

From 1950 to 2018, average annual precipitation has risen in 90% of the U.S. states analyzed. The great majority of the country has experienced above-average rainfall so far this year – in fact, the last 12 months have been the wettest on record.

Climate-induced Species Migrations – Impacts to Human Society

Conservation International reports on a groundbreaking conference in Australia that raised awareness about the full picture of mass species migration in response to climate change — and what it means for human well-being. The conference’s key findings were recently published in a global review in Science.

Earlier Springs Heighten Allergies

As global temperatures continue to rise, Knoxville is experiencing earlier springs, ushering in longer allergy seasons. Pollen intensity is increasing, inducing sickening impacts for asthmatics and those vulnerable to hay fever. “We’ve already seen this happen on a national scale,” says David Peden, who estimates that an additional 10 to 15 percent of the population will be afflicted with allergies by 2050. With national allergy management costs averaging $18 billion per year, the financial burden can weigh heavily on lower income families.

For a Sustainable Climate and Food System, Regenerative Agriculture Is the Key

The recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shows that agriculture is responsible for 37% of greenhouse gas emissions. There’s hope—and a solution.

Major northeastern U.S. snowstorms expected to continue with climate change

Even though climate change is expected to reduce the total amount of U.S. snowfall this century, it’s unlikely to significantly rein in the most powerful nor’easters that pummel the East Coast, new research indicates.

More Warm Spring Days (1970-2018)

The spring season is heating up across the country. Extra heat accelerates evaporation that can lead to drought and stressed water supplies, affecting agriculture and energy systems as well as cities and towns. Nationwide impacts of warmer springs include longer pollen and pest seasons.

NASA Global Data Released

More than a trillion new measurements of Earth’s height – blanketing everything from glaciers in Greenland, to mangrove forests in Florida, to sea ice surrounding Antarctica – are now available to the public

Ocean at the Door: New Homes and the Rising Sea

Sea levels are rising. Recent housing growth rates are faster in ten-year flood-risk zones in a third of all coastal states. Climate Central and Zillow publish updated projections of possible impacts in coastal areas in this updated 2019 report.

ON THIN ICE: How Climate Change is Shaping Winter Recreation

Climate Central assessed annual snowfall data from 107 weather stations across the United States, dating from 1970 to 2018. The results showed stark regional differences, with serious consequences for America’s cold-weather sports economy.