Powerful El Niño brings droughts and food insecurity to millions in Papua New Guinea


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Source(s):  Oxfam International Secretariat Millions of people in the Pacific are affected by the consequences of a powerful El Niño – the climate phenomenon that develops in the tropical Pacific and brings extreme weather to several regions of the world. Papua New Guinea is currently the worst hit […]

Knowing El Niño


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In early 1998, I was interviewed about the 1997-98 El Niño for an article in the Pennsylvania Gazette (a University of Pennsylvania Publication for Alumni and others). My brother in New England sent the article based on that interview to me recently. I had forgotten about it till […]

1.5 million people face hunger in Zimbabwe


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January 1 2016 – 17:47 In many villages in Southern Zimbabwe, farmers have lost cattle and crops in the severest drought that has hit the country since 1998. Midway through the farming season, the fields around the village are normally green at this time of the year but […]

Will strong El Niño spawn strong La Niña?


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  Jeannine Otto, Field Editor December 14, 2015  PEORIA, Ill. — With Midwest soils not completely frozen and large amounts of rainfall in December, El Niño is living up to its name and tradition. “The El Niño tends to be a Christmas event. That’s how it got its […]

El Niño vs. the Amazon: researchers worry Brazil is not prepared


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16th December 2015 Ethan Harfenist The severe fires that have been ripping through Indonesia’s forests have rightfully been a focal point for international media this year, as reports of ecological disaster, innumerable greenhouse gas emissions and a looming health crisis filter through the haze that has covered vast […]

Wettest start to an El Niño season in Pacific Northwest as storms hit California


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(Kristyna Wentz-Graff / The Oregonian via AP) Rosanna Xia and Rong-Gong Lin II Contact Reporters A powerful El Niño continues to gain strength, the latest forecast released Thursday said. And while El Niño rains are still weeks away from hitting California, another weather phenomenon that has exacerbated the […]