Rain over California’s Owen’s Valley in early May 2016. The 2015–2016 El Niño, which officially ended in late May, was one of the strongest El Niños on record. Although predicted to bring heavy rainfall to California, new research shows El Niño’s rains were not enough to ease California’s ongoing drought. Credit: Dustin Blakey, CC BY-NC 2.0

New research shows that California’s Sierra Nevada snowpack will likely not recover from the current drought until 2019

By Lauren Lipuma, Contributing Writer, EOS The unprecedented drought that has gripped the Southwest United States has severely depleted the Sierra Nevada snowpack, the major source of water for drinking and farming in California. Researchers and water managers thought this past winter’s monster El Niño would bring enough rainfall to help ease the strain on water…

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EPA CAFE Targets Unattainable… And their fuel efficiency “test is [fracked] up big time.”

Guest post by David Middleton Doubly too fracking funny! In July 2011, the Obama Maladministration increased the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standard for passenger vehicles and light-duty trucks to 54.5 miles per gallon (mpg) by 2025.  However, a couple of funny things happened on the way to greentopia. Consumers didn’t cooperate… ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT Fuel Targets Threatened by…

What hibernating toads tell us about climate. CREDIT David Green, McGill University

What hibernating toads tell us about climate (nothing)

From MCGILL UNIVERSITY and the “30 years defines a climate trend and 24 years defines toad trend department” comes this dreck. I call bullshit. 24-year study of spring emergence of Fowler’s Toads creates model for predicting climate-change effects The ability to predict when toads come out of hibernation in southern Canada could provide valuable insights…

Turnbull (centre) with deputy leader Julie Bishop (right) and Helen Coonan (left) in July 2009.

Battered Aussie Conservatives Try to Woo Back Climate Skeptics

Guest essay by Eric Worrall The Guardian is worried that the centre right Australian Coalition government, which won the recent national election by the narrowest of margins, has signalled a climbdown from previous climate committments by appointing a climate skeptic as environment resources minister. Matthew Canavan says there is ‘uncertainty’ around impact of climate change…