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GENEVA (Reuters) - El Nino weather conditions could return to heat up the planet later this year, although neutral conditions are slightly more likely, the U.N.'s World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said in a statement on Thursday. Climate models surveyed by the WMO suggested a 50 percent chance of neutral conditions continuing in the second half of 2017, with a 35-40 percent chance of El Nino developing, and only a slight chance of La Nina, which tends to have a cooling effect. (Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Toby Chopra)
Mongolian herder Munkhbat Bazarragchaa drags two sheep, which died due to severe weather, to a pile of dead animals behind his Thousands of Mongolian herders face disastrous livestock losses from a dreaded severe weather phenomenon known as the "dzud", the Red Cross said Thursday in launching an international emergency aid appeal. Landlocked Mongolia is grappling for the second straight year with dzud conditions -- a dry summer followed by brutal winter cold that leaves livestock and other animals at risk of starvation and exposure on the country's rugged steppes. It threatens tens of thousands of herders in a country where almost half the population depends entirely on livestock for food, transportation and income, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said.
Drax shares fall after profits take hit from green scheme lossInvestors flocked to disconnect from Drax on Thursday as annual profits, the dividend and shares at the FTSE 250 power giant sank in the wake of tax changes. The cuts revealed just how speedily Britain's biggest power station has to move on from coal. Underlying pre-tax profits tumbled from £46 million to £21 million as the government removed the climate-change levy exemption for renewably sourced electricity.
IBM and The Weather Company launch mesh-powered app for internet-poor regionsIBM and The Weather Company have pioneered a mesh network technology capable of delivering real-time alerts to smartphone users in developing nations. It's launching in the coming weeks.
Golf - Spieth, Day share lead at weather-hit Pebble Beach- Australia's top-ranked Jason Day fired back-to-back birdies in finishing an eight-under-par 64 second round to grab a share of the lead at the PGA Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Day matched Americans Jordan Spieth and Derek Fathauer on 10-under par after 36 holes in the event, which is contested over three courses -- Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and Monterey Peninsula. Fog halted the second round Friday evening with 121 players yet to finish. The third round began even as the final golfers were concluding the second in hopes of finishing the event by Sunday night.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency halved the number of staffers attending an annual Anchorage forum on issues like climate change in response to a request from President Donald Trump's transition team.
The prospect of trade protectionism leaves a farm belt that largely voted for Donald Trump, and an ag industry-leading California—which did not go Trump's way last November—in the same tough spot.
An Airbus A321 aircraft using Biojet A-1 Total/Amyris, a biofuel produced from an innovative sugar-processing technology, seen at Le Bourget airport near ParisThe air transportation sector is turning slowly toward sustainable fuels as part of the global fight against climate change. "It's very urgent to develop these alternative fuels," said Michel Wachenheim of the International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Associations (ICCAIA). Despite an expected increase in airline traffic, the aviation industry is the first commercial sector to commit itself to limiting carbon emissions within 20 years, through a binding mechanism.
People cool off in a swimming pool near Sydney's Bondi Beach, on February 11, 2017Eastern Australia endured severe "off the scale" fire conditions on Sunday amid a record-breaking heatwave that sparked dire warnings from authorities. While bushfires are common in Australia's arid summer, climate change has pushed up land and sea temperatures and led to more extremely hot days and severe fire seasons. "The conditions for Sunday are the worst possible conditions when it comes to fire danger ratings," New South Wales (NSW) state Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons told reporters Friday.
A female Northern Cardinal sits on a bird feeder in falling snow in the Village of Valley Cottage, New York, a suburb north of New York CityA major winter storm is expected to dump 8 to 16 inches (20 to 40 cm) of snow on parts of the U.S. Northeast on Sunday night and Monday, prompting storm warnings from upstate New York to northern Maine, the U.S. National Weather Service said. The weather stands to disrupt travel, likely to result in major airline delays and cancellations, and slow economic activity in much of New England, AccuWeather.com reported. A low-pressure system tracking eastward across the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic region was due for "rapid intensification" on Sunday night and Monday morning after it passes through the New England coast.
Congressman is righteously booed after dodging a young girl's simple question about scienceOne hour into a loud, contentious town hall meeting in his home state of Utah, Congressman Jason Chaffetz was asked two simple questions by a young girl named Hannah Bradshaw. Asking the sitting congressman if he believes in science is sadly a relevant question. Chaffetz has called global warming “a farce,” and just this week co-sponsored a bill to abolish the Department of Education.
Jordan Spieth hits from the bunker on the 12th hole during the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, at Monterey Peninsula Country Club in Pebble Beach, California, on February 9, 2017Jordan Spieth fired eight birdies in a seven-under 65 on Friday to seize the clubhouse lead before fog halted the second round of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Fellow American Derek Fathauer was at 10-under with one to play on Pebble Beach golf links when play was suspended for the day. The USPGA Tour event was already behind schedule after heavy rains and high winds rendered all three courses in use -- Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and Monterey Peninsula -- unplayable on Thursday afternoon and left 81 players to complete the first round on Friday.
(Adds quotes, detail) * Spieth fires a 65 to set pace * Day one stroke back with six holes to play Feb 10 (Reuters) - Jordan Spieth delivered a putting masterclass on the way to setting the clubhouse lead in the weather-hit Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Friday before second-round play was suspended due to thick fog on the Monterey Peninsula in California. The world number six fired a seven-under-par 65 at Spyglass Hill, one of three venues being used for this week's PGA Tour event, to post a 10-under total of 133 before play was halted with only 33 players back in the clubhouse. Derek Fathauer was also at 10 under but had one hole to play at Pebble Beach while Australian world number one Jason Day was at nine-under with six holes remaining at Spyglass Hill.
PGA: AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am - Second Round(Reuters) - Jordan Spieth delivered a putting masterclass on the way to setting the clubhouse lead in the weather-hit Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Friday before second-round play was suspended due to thick fog on the Monterey Peninsula in California. The world number six fired a seven-under-par 65 at Spyglass Hill, one of three venues being used for this week's PGA Tour event, to post a 10-under total of 133 before play was halted with only 33 players back in the clubhouse. Derek Fathauer was also at 10 under but had one hole to play at Pebble Beach while Australian world number one Jason Day was at nine-under with six holes remaining at Spyglass Hill.
Severe winter weather has slowed rail deliveries of crops to shippers in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, sending freight rates soaring and prompting Asian buyers to seek fill-in loads as they wait for the backlog at ports to clear. Blizzards, avalanches and heavy rain in recent weeks have hit transport of corn, soy and wheat to ports where they head for the lucrative Asian market, adding to the struggles that have plagued U.S. exporters since harvest. The setbacks come at a critical time for U.S. exporters, who are trying to move as much grain as possible before buyers turn their attention to South America when corn and soybean harvests in Argentina and Brazil accelerate in the coming weeks.
Golf - Spieth grabs clubhouse lead at weather-delayed Pebble Beach- Jordan Spieth fired eight birdies in a seven-under 65 on Friday to seize the clubhouse lead before fog halted the second round of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Fellow American Derek Fathauer was at 10-under with one hole left when play was suspended for the day. Australia's world number one Jason Day, who started the second round two off the pace, was one adrift through 12 holes at Spyglass.
Flags are seen inside the European Council headquarters on the eve of a EU Summit in BrusselsThe European Union is on track to meet its goal for renewables to supply up 20 percent of its energy by 2020, the EU executive said in a report seen by Reuters, although Britain, Ireland and Luxembourg are lagging behind. In a stock take on the bloc's climate targets, due to be published on Wednesday, the European Commission saw renewables accounting for 16.4 percent of overall consumption in 2015. Fearing President Donald Trump will pull the United States out of a global pact to cut emissions, EU officials hope leadership in renewables will help forge ties with China to keep pushing diplomatic efforts to fight global warming.
Flags are seen inside the European Council headquarters on the eve of a EU Summit in BrusselsThe European Union is on track to meet its goal for renewables to supply up 20 percent of its energy by 2020, the EU executive said in a report seen by Reuters, although Britain, Ireland and Luxembourg are lagging behind. In a stock take on the bloc's climate targets, due to be published on Wednesday, the European Commission saw renewables accounting for 16.4 percent of overall consumption in 2015. Fearing President Donald Trump will pull the United States out of a global pact to cut emissions, EU officials hope leadership in renewables will help forge ties with China to keep pushing diplomatic efforts to fight global warming.
A farmer checks millet crops in his field on the outskirts of the western Indian city of AhmedabadBy Tonderayi Mukeredzi HARARE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After years of bad maize harvests as a result of worsening drought, farmer Dorothy Chihota switched a few seasons back to growing sorghum, millet, cowpeas and groundnuts on her 50-acre farm in Uzumba Maramba Pfungwe district. “Small grains are giving us better yields but our problem is that there are no markets to sell our produce,” she complained in an interview with the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “Prices for the grains are poor, and seeds are not available in shops.” Faced with failing maize harvests as climate change brings more droughts and other severe weather, Zimbabwe's government and a range of aid agencies have urged farmers to diversify the country's agriculture and plant more drought-hardy alternatives to maize, the staple crop.
FILE PHOTO - A general view of the Klemetsrud incinerator in OsloBy Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - Oslo's main trash incinerator has shown promising results in the world's first experiment to capture greenhouse gases from the fumes of burning rubbish as a new way to slow climate change, officials said on Tuesday. If built at full scale, however, the technology would be a very costly way to limit carbon dioxide emissions as part of an international agreement to curb global warming reached by almost 200 nations at a summit in Paris in 2015. It had been unclear if the same could be applied at an incinerator for municipal and household waste.
How Winter Weather May Affect Hospital AdmissionsWinter weather can come with a slew of health risks, ranging from heart problems to injuries from slips and falls, but those slick and snowy days can also keep people from getting to the hospital. In a new study from Boston hospitals, researchers found that hospitals admissions vary on snowy days, decreasing for certain conditions, such as heart problems, while increasing for others, such as frostbite. "With global climate change, major snowstorms may become more frequent and severe," lead study author Jennifer Bobb, a biostatistician at the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle, said in a statement.
ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — The death toll from a weekend outbreak of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in the Southeast has increased to at least 21.
Dakota Access pipeline protest camp could see floodingThe first seasonal flood outlook from the National Weather Service indicates minor spring flooding is almost certain in the area of Dakota Access pipeline protesters' encampment in North Dakota. Friday's ...