News Highlights

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.

Summer Temperature Trends in the Contiguous U.S.

Increased temperatures are evident with warming summers that are endangering health, stressing agriculture, and raising energy costs.

Trending: Improvements in water quality could reduce ecological impact of climate change on rivers

Improvements in water quality could reduce the ecological impact of climate change on rivers, finds a new study by Cardiff University’s Water Research Institute and the University of Vermont.

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

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.

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.

CO2 Concentrations Rising Past 400 Parts Per Million

The last time CO2 levels were this high, trees grew near the South Pole and sea levels were 50 to 65 feet higher than today. Cutting our carbon footprint is the greatest challenge of our time, but solutions do exist.

Trending: Global Prespectives on Climate Change from the Pew Research Center

This Earth Day, the Pew Research Center shared five survey-based facts about how people worldwide view climate change.

Planting Zones Moving North

A warming climate is affecting the natural ranges of plants around the country.

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.