Worsening drought threatens the Mauritania’s livestock

Worsening drought threatens the Mauritania’s livestock

An association of cattle breeders from south-eastern Mauritania on Tuesday called for urgent government assistance as a worsening drought threatens the region’s livestock. Normally it should be 40 days into the rainy season, but this year the lateness of the rain is

Receding Aral sea sees some recovery

Receding Aral sea sees some recovery

The size of the Aral Sea has long hinged on the Amu Darya, which flows from the high Pamir Mountains in central Asia, across the desert, and into the southern sea. While two rivers empty into the lake—the Amu Darya and the Syr Darya—the Amu Darya is the largest and

Severe drought causes famine in East Africa

Severe drought causes famine in East Africa

Drought has plunged East Africa into the worst food security crisis Africa has faced in 20 years. More than 11.5 million people are currently in need of food aid in Djibouti, Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia. The number is projected to rise, and this image illustrates

Heat wave sweeps across the US

Heat wave sweeps across the US

Unhealthy levels of heat and humidity are encompassing much of the eastern half of the U.S., according to NOAA's National Weather Service, as a persistent heat wave continues its grip on the central U.S. while expanding into the East. According to NOAA's…

Ontario heat wave breaks temperature records

Ontario heat wave breaks temperature records

At least 10 southern Ontario communities have set highs for the hottest July 21 on record, and Toronto led as the hottest spot in the country, with a high of 37.1 C, which felt like 51 with the humidity factored in according to CBC.Temperatures in Hamilton and

US all-time dew point record, extreme heat wave headed to the East

US all-time dew point record, extreme heat wave headed to the East

Amidst one of the worst heat waves of the year, the unbearably high humidity levels that accompanied the extreme heat set a record in the Twin Cities on Tuesday.The dew point temperature, an indicator of how moist and uncomfortable the air feels, reached 82° on

Why is so hot and getting hotter

Why is so hot and getting hotter

It’s not the hot, mid-summer look of the sky over the eastern half of the U.S. that has meteorologists worried. It’s late July, after all, and the sun’s angle in the sky is as high as it gets.What worries forecasters is that they can see no change in these conditions

The 5 hottest places on Earth

The 5 hottest places on Earth

While two-thirds of the earth is covered in water, a full third of the remaining land (that’s one-ninth of the total!) is nearly uninhabitable desert. All of the world’s  hottest places lie in that harsh environment.Timbuktu, Mali – 54,5C (130.1 F) degreesThe

Remembering United States hottest day ever

Remembering United States hottest day ever

Sunday marks the anniversary of when Death Valley, Calif. set the all-time record high for not just the United States, but also the Western Hemisphere. Temperatures in Death Valley (at Greenland Ranch, which is now known as Furnace Creek Ranch) soared to 56,6