Tree-ring analysis explains physiology behind drought intolerance

Public Release: 26-Dec-2018 Oregon State University CORVALLIS, Ore. – Tree rings tell the story of what’s happening physiologically as fire suppression makes forests more dense and less tolerant of drought, pests and wildfires, new research shows. Scientists at Oregon State University and Utah State University studied 2,800 hectares of mixed-conifer forest in central Oregon, with…

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Droughts boost emissions as hydropower dries up

From Eurekalert Public Release: 21-Dec-2018 Droughts boost emissions as hydropower dries up Stanford’s School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences When hydropower runs low in a drought, western states tend to ramp up power generation – and emissions – from fossil fuels. According to a new study from Stanford University, droughts caused about 10 percent…

Drought Proofing a Dry Continent

Guest essay by Viv Forbes Earth is a blue watery planet. 70% of its surface is covered by oceans of salt water, some of which are extremely deep. These oceans contain about 97% of Earth’s water. Another 2% is locked up in snow, ice caps and glaciers. That leaves just 1% of Earth’s surface water…

Prolonged Wind Drought Crushes British Turbine Output

Guest essay by Eric Worrall h/t michel – Britons are experiencing first hand why wind is utterly unsuitable for reliable electricity production. Britain Has Gone Nine Days Without Wind Power By Rachel Morison 7 June 2018, 14:00 GMT+10 Forecasters see wind output staying low for at least two weeks Wind generating 4.3% of U.K. electricity…

New drought record- no tornadoes so far this year in Oklahoma

Oklahoma tornado drought to start 2018.  By Tom Di Liberto If there is one state in the country that immediately conjures up images of tornadoes, it has to be Oklahoma. After all, it’s the home to NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center and the National Severe Storms Laboratory, and it’s located in the heart of “Tornado Alley.” Oklahoma…