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Climate Denial and the Erosion of U.S. Democracy

U.S. democracy and a free, open society is under siege as Republicans run roughshod over the U.S. Constitution as they seek to stifle scientific climate research and citizen science.

Amid Threat of Brownouts, DOE Releases First Ever National Hydropower Assessment

As states across the U.S. West struggle to cope with drought and climate change the Energy Department released the first ever nationwide assessment of the market for U.S. hydropower.

With US drought entering its third year the USDA advises farmers and ranchers to plan for sound water and grazing management

USDA-NRCS Stresses Need for Water Planning as Western US Faces 3rd Year of Drought

With current conditions pointing to a third consecutive year of drought, the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is urging farmers and ranchers in the western US to have drought management plans at the ready and begin implementing them. The USDA-NRCS National Water and Climate Center’s seasonal water supply projections indicate worsening drought conditions across the…

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Record drought in contiguous United States

U.S. Drought Extent Increases as Fall Begins

The U.S. Drought Monitor reports that drought conditions increased yet again last week, with moderate to exceptional drought now covering 65.45 percent of the contiguous United States, up from 64.82 percent the week prior. For “abnormally dry” conditions not considered actual drought, the lower 48 saw a slight decrease to 76.59 percent down from 78.15 percent. Areas suffering under extreme…

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Drought Conditions Threaten US Corn Crop, Farmers, Local Economies

This year’s US corn crop is suffering, as are Corn Belt farmers, as a result of the unrelenting heat wave and lack of rainfall that’s affecting much of America’s heartland. The effects of the anomalous weather led the Agriculture Dept. to slash its estimate of US corn yields, which has sent corn futures prices surging higher.

Climate Change News Round-Up: 2nd Hottest US Summer, Record Low Arctic Sea Ice, US CO2 Emissions Record, La Nina Returns

There’s certainly no shortage of news, events, discussion and controversy to do with climate change and global warming these days, and this past week has been no exception. Several significant reports based on actual scientific data and analysis were released. Unfortunately, they don’t bode well for the near or longer term future.