Why Did This Once Thriving Lake Disappear?


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May 20, 2017 Sarah Gibbens Previously known for having vast blue-green waters, Lake Atescatempa is now little more than a few puddles of mud. The Lake That Slowly Vanished   Once known for its fish-filled waters, Lake Atescatempa in Guatemala has dried up, leaving nearby residents hungry and displaced. […]

Caribbean ocean temperatures preserved in 5-million-year-old corals provide clues


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By National Science Foundation May 11, 2017 Scientists are trying to predict the future behavior of El Nino — the formation of warmer-than-usual ocean waters in the equatorial Pacific — by looking back in time. The journal Geology published new findings suggesting that 5 million years ago, El Nino occurred […]

Full-Fledged El Nino Increasingly Likely in Second Half 2017


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By John Kemp | May 5, 2017 El Nino conditions are developing across the Pacific with an increasing probability that a full-fledged El Nino episode will occur during the second half of 2017. Pacific equatorial winds have slackened since the start of the year and a characteristic tongue […]

El Nino reveals impact of global warming on marine production


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April 14, 2017 The extent to which climate change impacts the vital marine food web – which feeds the already pressured global fisheries – is revealed through a new, innovative study. An international research team, which includes Professor Peter Cox from the University of Exeter, has identified a […]

It’s Like It Never Left: Another El Niño May Be on the Way


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By Henry Fountain April 13, 2017 Less than a year after one of the strongest El Niños on record, forecasters see an increasing possibility that another will begin later this year. There is no word yet on how strong a new El Niño might be, but even a mild one […]

Colombia, Peru disasters show growing risk from ‘coastal El Niño’


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South America is in the grip of an unprecedented climate phenomenon that has unleashed unusually heavy rains and taken a destructive toll. Worse still, it could be several weeks away from abating. Kay Stewart LONDON/LIMA, 5 April 2017 Several countries have declared a state of emergency, including Brazil, […]

Weird Coastal El Nino Clobbers Peru: 80 Killed, $1.4 Billion in Damage


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By: Bob Henson and Jeff Masters , 6:00 PM GMT on March 24, 2017 The world’s costliest flood disaster of 2017 is still unfolding across parts of coastal Peru, where extreme rainfall atop normally dry terrain has led to episodes of major flooding over the last few weeks. […]