Megadrought risks in Southwest soar as atmosphere warms

ITHACA, N.Y. – As a consequence of a warming Earth, the risk of a megadrought – one that lasts more than 35 years – in the American Southwest likely will rise from a low chance over the past thousand years to a 20- to 50-percent chance in this century. However, by slashing greenhouse gas emissions, […]

Early-onset spring models may indicate ‘nightmare’ for ag

ITHACA, N.Y. – Warm springs in the Great Lakes and Northeast regions – which create havoc for agriculture – may start earlier by mid-century if greenhouse gas emissions are not reduced, according to a new Cornell University study published in Climate Dynamics. Very warm springs have been anomalies, but this new analysis of climate model […]

Experts preview Paris global climate change summit

WHAT: Experts discuss climate change and sustainability in preparation for the United Nations’ Sustainable Innovation Forum in Paris WHEN: Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, 11:15 a.m. WHERE: Bailey Auditorium, Cornell University, Ithaca MEDIA: The event is free and open to the public. Media members are asked to RSVP to Daryl Lovell in Cornell’s Media Relations Office […]

Climate change plus El Niño could equal destruction for California and Caribbean

Toby Ault, professor in Cornell’s department of earth and atmospheric sciences says this year’s El Niño combined with trapped heat in the Pacific Ocean from climate change, could be a recipe for destruction in parts of the drought-afflicted regions of the Caribbean and California.   Por favor dale nota que Toby Ault está disponible para ser […]

Caribbean drought – a glimpse of the future under climate change

Toby Ault, professor in Cornell’s department of earth and atmospheric sciences says the drought conditions throughout the Caribbean are a possible glimpse of what climate change will look like. Ault was the lead researcher on several recent studies that predicted prolonged drought risk in the Caribbean region – as well as many parts of the […]

‘Megadrought’ likely for western U.S. by end of century

The consequences of climate change paint a bleak picture for the Southwest and much of America’s breadbasket, the Great Plains. A “megadrought” likely will occur late in this century, and it could last for three decades, according to a new report by Cornell University and NASA researchers in the journal Science Advances, published today. “The […]

Southwest may face ‘megadrought’ this century

Due to global warming, scientists say, the chances of the southwestern United States experiencing a decade long drought is at least 50 percent, and the chances of a “megadrought” – one that lasts over 30 years – ranges from 20 to 50 percent over the next century. The study by Cornell University, University of Arizona […]