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Weather Forecasters Predict 'Weak' El Niño But It Hasn't Arrived Yet

The water of the Pacific Ocean is warming, but the atmosphere has not shifted to form an El Niño. Weather experts said that the weather phenomenon could trigger increased rainfall in parts of the United States that are experiencing drought.

Earth/Environment January 11, 2019

NOAA Study Reveals Why Coral Reefs Are Dying

Coral reefs are starving at a faster rate than in the 1980s, with 70 percent of the world's reefs severely bleached. What could have caused such ecologic catastrophe?

Earth/Environment January 5, 2018

NASA Scientists Probe Devastating Peru Rainfall That Caused Worst Flooding In Decades

Nonstop, high-volume rainfall left Peru submerged. Flash floods and mudslides had many people either lost, dead, or displaced. What could have caused such a deadly disaster?

Earth/Environment March 24, 2017

Climate Change Trend Continues In 2017 After Record Breaking 2016

The World Meteorological Organization has shared a report stating that the weather trends noticed in 2016 may continue in 2017 as well. 2016 saw many extreme weather conditions, including El Nino and life-taking droughts worldwide.

Earth/Environment March 22, 2017

70 Percent Of Japan’s Largest Coral Reef Is Now Dead

The impact of global warming on ocean temperature has started taking the toll on coral reefs. According to reports, 70 percent of Japan’s biggest coral reef, the Sekisei lagoon in Okinawa, has died from coral bleaching.

Earth/Environment January 16, 2017

2016 Is The Second Warmest Year On Record For US, Scope Deemed ‘Unparalleled’

In records since 1895, 2016 ranked second warmest in the United States, with every single state and city in the Lower 48 states showing to be warmer than usual last year.

Earth/Environment January 10, 2017

2016 Warmest Year On Record Globally, Beats Out 1998

The year 2016 has been reported as the warmest year in 38 years, bumping off 1998 from the top spot. The main contributing factor to rising temperature was the El Niño event, according to data.

Earth/Environment January 6, 2017

Forget About Global Warming Pause: Oceans Are Steadily Warming, Scientists Warn

A new study that revisits NOAA dataset of global temperatures shows that a climate change hiatus hasn't really happened: the oceans have been warming steadily without a pronounced slowdown.

Earth/Environment January 5, 2017

Record Coral Deaths Reported In Australia’s Great Barrier Reef For 2016

Coral die-offs in Australia's Great Barrier Reef for 2016 have been a record due to the warming of oceans. A study said the most affected has been a 700-kilometer patch at the northern part of the reef.

Earth/Environment November 29, 2016

A Warming Arctic: Svalbard Archipelago To Experience Average Annual Temperatures Above Freezing Point For The First Time

Temperatures in the Arctic are rising alarmingly as evidenced at Svalbard archipelago’s temperature in 2016 going above the freezing point. Other vagaries of climate change include vanishing sea ice and permafrost.

Earth/Environment November 28, 2016

2016 Very Likely To Be Hottest Year On Record

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has predicted that 2016 will be the hottest year with January—September temperature already up by 1.2 degree Celsius. The first months of the year had higher temperature because of the El Nino event.

Earth/Environment November 15, 2016

August 2016 Sets Record As Hottest Month So Far: NASA

August 2016 has set records as the hottest August since the beginning of climate record-keeping, a new NASA study revealed. This means that 2016 may be in the running for the warmest year on record, scientists said.

Earth/Environment September 12, 2016

El Niño Phenomenon Could Cause More Fires In The Amazon This Year

Researchers from NASA and the University of California, Irvine warn that the El Niño phenomenon is causing the Amazon to become more susceptible to wildfires this year. Satellite readings show that the region is at its driest point since 2002.

Earth/Environment June 30, 2016

Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Levels Surpass Limit: Could This Spell A Grim Future?

The atmosphere now contains 400 parts per million of carbon dioxide and has passed symbolic threshold, according to scientists using data from the Mauna Loa Observatory. What do these record CO2 levels in 2016 mean?

Earth/Environment June 15, 2016

El Niño Decimates Golden Jellyfish Population In Palau Saltwater Lake

The population of golden jellyfish in Palau's famed saltwater lake has been decreasing in the past few months, no thanks to the El Niño phenomenon in the region. The creatures, previously numbered at 8 million, are now only about 600,000.

Animals May 5, 2016

Mass Coral Bleaching Threatens World Heritage Status Of Great Barrier Reef

The recent mass coral bleaching at the Great Barrier Reef could jeopardize its world heritage status, warned scientists and conservationists. UNESCO will likely watch the disaster unfold with great alarm as it is pinned on El Niño and climate change.

Earth/Environment March 31, 2016

Seabird Die-Off In Alaska Continues To Puzzle Scientists As Thousands Of Dead Common Murres Found In Lake Iliamna

Common murres have been found dead by the thousands at an Alaskan lake where they normally didn't stay, reported locals and biologists. What could be causing the massive seabird deaths?

Earth/Environment March 18, 2016

Climate Emergency: February Breaks Global Heat Record By Jaw-Dropping Margin

NASA data confirmed that February 2016 was the hottest February ever recorded. Environment experts suggest that 2016 could be the hottest year for the Earth.

Earth/Environment March 15, 2016

El Niño Linked To More Pollen, Early Allergy Season

Experts have warned that the El Niño weather pattern could bring about more pollen and an early and intense allergy season. The heavy rains followed by warm weather lead pollen to be released more substantially than before.

Earth/Environment March 15, 2016

El Nino May Spread Cholera-Like Diseases Through Water-Borne Bacteria

Researchers have explored how new waterborne pathogens in Latin America concurred in time and space with major El Nino events. The findings showed how the weather phenomenon could effectively spread waterborne diseases such as cholera across oceans.

Life March 2, 2016

Global Warming, El Nino Prolong Global Coral Bleaching Event: NOAA

Scientists say that a third global coral bleaching event is happening. A report from NOAA scientists includes a devastating forecast for the world's coral reefs.

Earth/Environment February 24, 2016

Drought And Climate Change Threaten Nearly All Forests In the US

The current drought experienced by forests in the West can spread across the whole country. Scientists should bridge their knowledge gap on the harmful effects of drought and climate change.

Earth/Environment February 23, 2016

Florida Tornado Destroys Houses, Leaves 20,000 Without Power

A giant tornado ravaged through Florida and Mississippi, destroying homes and leaving thousands without power. Officials said they are investigating the extent of damage.

Earth/Environment February 16, 2016

NOAA And NASA Teaming Up To Study Strongest El Niño

NOAA and NASA joined forces to conduct a research on the ongoing El Niño phenomenon. The weather system brewing in the Pacific caused a dry and wet winter in most of U.S. West Coast.

Earth/Environment February 6, 2016

Exceptionally Hot And Dry Temperature In Northeast Brazil May Have Set Off Zika Outbreak

Extreme weather conditions in Northeast Brazil may have possibly driven the sudden surge in Zika virus cases in the country. They may have also caused the rise of the population of aedes mosquitoes, researchers said.

Life February 5, 2016

Worsening Drought To Set Off Insect Outbreaks, Wildfires And Damage Forests: Report

The ongoing drought happening throughout the United States poses a great threat on forests, rangelands and vegetation. A new report provides a national assessment on the possible impact of drought brought about by global warming.

Earth/Environment February 2, 2016

California Residents Forced To Flee As Homes Sit Precariously On Top Of Eroding Cliff

Residents in the coastal community of Pacifica in San Francisco, California are forced to leave their homes due to increasing cliff damage caused by heavy rains and crashing waves. Despite the threats, some residents refused to leave saying they have nowhere to go and have no funds to relocate.

Animals January 29, 2016

Drones Help California Residents Track El Niño Effects

California citizens use drones to track the effects of El Niño on their coastlines. These devices can take high-resolution 3D photos that are useful in helping scientists identify the extent of coastal flooding.

Earth/Environment January 27, 2016

NASA: 2015 Was Earth's Warmest Year On Record But 2016 Might Even Be Hotter

NASA researchers discovered that the global average temperatures set in 2015 were 0.23 degrees Fahrenheit higher compared to those set in 2014. This was the first time such as a large increase in record temperatures was detected since 1998.

Earth/Environment January 21, 2016

Scientists Baffled By Failure Of Humpback Whales To Return To Hawaiian Waters

The unusual absence of humpback whales’ annual winter migrations to Hawaiian waters has puzzled researchers. El Niño effects on ocean waters may be a factor, they said.

Earth/Environment January 5, 2016

El Niño In 2016 Could Be As Powerful as 1998's El Niño: Climate Event Could Set Off War, Disease And Food Shortage

Aid agencies warned against increasing threats of hunger, disease, and war in 2016, which is estimated to see the strongest El Niño phenomenon on record. Droughts, flooding and other effects are expected to exacerbate existing wars, food shortages, and diseases.

Earth/Environment January 1, 2016

'Godzilla' El Niño Bearing Down On US Is Still Growing, NASA Says

Satellite imagery shows a current El Niño, similar to the 1997 event that caused extreme weather around the globe, researchers say. The U.S. should feel the effects in the coming months, they say.

Animals December 31, 2015

Rare Venomous Sea Snake Found On California Beach: Experts Point To El Niño Effect (Video)

A venomous sea snake was found on the beach south of Los Angeles. Ocean waters warmed by El Niño may have brought the reptile from its normal tropical habitat.

Earth/Environment December 22, 2015

World Meteorological Organization Reveals 2015 Is Likely To Be The Warmest Year On Record

According to the World Meteorological Organization, 2015 is on its way to become the warmest year on record, with the past five years having global surface temperatures above average.

Earth/Environment November 25, 2015

UN: 2015 On Track To Be Warmest Year On Record

The World Meteorological Organization announced on Wednesday that 2015 is on track to be the hottest year ever recorded. Climate experts say this is the result of a combination of human-induced global warming and a particularly strong El Nino.

Earth/Environment November 25, 2015

Record Number Of Stranded Seal Pups Found On California Beaches

Malnourished northern fur seal pups showed up on California beaches. The impact of ocean water changes on food supplies is likely the reason, experts suggest.

November 23, 2015

Snowstorm Forces Authorities To Cancel More Than 100 Flights In Colorado

Denver International Airport cancels over 100 flights as a massive snow storm covered mountains and turned visibility to less than 1/4 of a mile. Strong winds of up to 60 mph were also felt overnight.

Earth/Environment November 17, 2015

El Niño And La Niña Could Cause Significant Fluctuations In Pacific Sea Levels

Tropical Pacific island nations are particularly vulnerable to the effects of El Niño and La Niña. These events could create more frequent sea level fluctuations that could cause coastline erosion, coral destruction and flooding.

Animals September 30, 2015

Strong El Niño Could Bring Another 'Big Freeze' Winter To The UK

The United Kingdom could be in for a long, cold winter as meteorologists predict the strongest El Niño since 1950. The country could be in for a 'Big Freeze' winter that could bring travel chaos, they say.

Earth/Environment September 15, 2015

Experts Say Global Warming Hiatus Is Ending: What Are The Signs?

The signs pointing to the end of the global warming hiatus have been noted by experts. In a new paper, the authors said that the world may become hotter than what it is now due to these natural events.

Earth/Environment September 14, 2015

2015 May Be Hottest Year On Record Scientists Say

Experts recorded July 2015 to be the warmest month of the year since 1880. The two mentioned influences to the continuously warming temperature of the planet are El Niño and heat-trapping greenhouse gases. It is likely that 2015 will turn out warmer than the currently recorded warmest year 2014.

Earth/Environment September 9, 2015

July 2015 Sets New Record As Hottest Month Since 1880: NOAA

NOAA revealed that July of this year is the warmest month ever recorded since 1880. The soaring temperatures this year are being attributed to man-made climate change and a powerful El Niño.

Animals August 21, 2015

Researchers Create 360-Degree Images Of Coral Reefs In Hawaii

Coral reefs need help and researchers are pitching in by capturing 360-degree images of Hawaiian reefs to facilitate studies to help address coral bleaching.

Earth/Environment August 20, 2015

'Godzilla' El Niño Brewing In The Pacific Could Be One Of The Strongest On Record, Forecasters Warn

This year's El Niño could rival the 1997 event that caused weather havoc around the world, scientists say. Forecasters have been monitoring warming ocean temperatures in the eastern Pacific for three months.

Earth/Environment August 14, 2015

Air Travel And Climate Change May Be Linked In 'Feedback' Loop

Longer flight times caused by changes to the jet stream could keep airliners aloft longer, resulting in more exhaust emissions of CO2 per flight, researchers suggest. Air travel and climate could could get locked in a 'feedback' loop, they say.

Animals July 13, 2015

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