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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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