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2012 Great Plains drought not caused by climate change

From May to July 2012, the Great Plains region of the western United States faced a powerful and unpredicted drought. Following 7 months of normal rainfall, the drought was one of the largest deviations from seasonal precipitation ...

Aug 14, 2013
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Nature valued from space

Satellites show how we can promote economic development in an environmentally sustainable manner by putting a price on nature's resources.

Jul 12, 2013
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Planning in the near term for climate change

When scientists talk about climate change, they usually mean significant changes in the measures of climate over several decades or longer. Climate variability generally refers to seasonal changes over a ...

Jun 27, 2013
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Greenhouse gas emissions still an issue

The amount of greenhouse gases (GHGs) released into the atmosphere as a result of human activities is cause for concern as evidence of major climate change begins to mount. A European research team spanning ...

Jun 07, 2013
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Wet weather helped human culture grow (Update)

We moan about the wet weather all too often but it may have been crucial in the development of human culture from about 70,000 years onwards, according to scientists reporting in Nature Communications today. ...

May 21, 2013
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Macroweather is what you expect

While short-term weather is notoriously volatile, climate is thought to represent a kind of average weather pattern over a long period of time. This dichotomy provides the analytical framework for scientific ...

Feb 25, 2013
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