September 11, 2012 Warming temperatures are forcing Oregon winemakers to rethink Pinot Noir, a picky but popular grape. But there is another problem with climate change — what if it gets colder instead of warmer?
September 11, 2012 Though summer melting is a yearly occurrence in the Arctic sea, this year set a new benchmark: Three-fourths of the ice melted away. Scientists say the effects of this unprecedented melting are likely to result in extreme weather changes throughout the Northern Hemisphere.
September 5, 2012 Parsis brought their Zoroastrian faith, and unique funeral rituals, to India from Iran a thousand years ago. Parsis believe burying or cremating the dead pollutes nature and traditionally relied on birds of prey to devour corpses. That tradition is now under threat, due in part to a vulture shortage.
September 5, 2012 Over the 20th century, America's "growing season," a proxy for warmer temperatures, has been getting longer. And scientists say the trend is exactly what they expect to see as greenhouse gases in the atmosphere increase.
September 4, 2012 More than 20,000 high-temperature records have been broken so far this year in the United States. It's especially bad in urban areas, where cities are heating up about twice as fast as the rest of the planet. But a researcher in Atlanta is using the heat wave as an opportunity to do something about the warming planet.
August 30, 2012 MPRFor every farmer who is hurting this year during the drought, others are benefiting. Many fields in the South, Northwest and Upper Midwest are producing bountiful corn crops. And because the drought has pushed prices to record highs, farmers who have corn to sell expect a terrific payday.
August 30, 2012 MPRDrought across the country has led to spiking corn prices, forcing a growing number of ethanol plants around the country to temporarily close down. As a result, there is a growing call for suspending a federal mandate on biofuel and freeing up corn for feed.
August 29, 2012 So far, two Missouri farmers are the only known cases of the tick-borne virus in the world. But experts are sure they'll find more. The men recovered but suffered serious illness that required hospital care and weeks of convalescence.
August 29, 2012 The storm may not have had the intensity of other Gulf hurricanes of recent years, but its slow movement and wide coverage area create their own problems.