One of Antarctica’s largest emperor penguin colonies is all but gone following three unprecedented years in which the penguins weren’t able to raise chicks.
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El Niño has looked “imminent” since October, but the wait is over. Happy Valentines Day-Niño to all the climate nerds.
The chances of an El Niño developing late in 2018 have increased and this week the Bureau moved to El Niño ALERT. This means that model outlooks and observations indicate there is approximately a 70% chance that El Niño will develop in the coming months. Current patterns in the Pacific are similar to the early stages of past El Niño, with warm water shifting east towards South America.
Australian-led research has found that even if global warming is kept to only 1.5℃, extreme El Nino events are likely to become twice as common. Under the Paris Agreement, the international community is aiming to limit warming to 2℃, and the researchers warn of the impact that future generations will have to face.
But what do the experts have to say?
It teased us with the possibility of a no-show, but a weak La Niña has officially arrived, according to NOAA. Parts of the northern United States can expect a cooler and wetter-than-average winter, while southern California, unfortunately, can expect more drought.
After promising biblical rains and instead giving California crabs, El Niño passed away quietly last autumn. But while early data suggested that La Niña would rise to fill the chasm El Niño's departure had left in our meteorological newsfeeds, NOAA is now starting to think La Niña might not happen at all.
The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration has just released an update on the state of the Earth's coral reefs, and it's bleak as hell. For the third year in a row, many reefs around the world will be exposed to hotter-than-normal temperatures, placing them at risk (again) for catastrophic die-offs.
The now-dead El Niño wreaked serious havoc upon our food supply, from poisoning shellfish to obliterating stone fruits. Now the avocado is at risk. In Australia and New Zealand, a double whammy of massive fires and heavy rains wiped out avocado crops, causing a shortage of the brunch staple. Growers would have been able to manage, if it weren't for a sudden and skyrocketing avocado demand.
The monster El Niño of 2015-2016 is finally gone, but scientists are still coming to terms with its impacts on the planet. Among those impacts: Charging up the global carbon cycle and pushing atmospheric CO2 levels above 400 parts per million (ppm) for an entire year -- a first in human history.
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Over the last few years, Venezuelans have suffered from the devastating impacts of a crumbling economy. Now severe drought has incapacitated its biggest hydroelectric plant, leading to daily blackouts. Earlier this month, the country mandated a three-day weekend as part of energy rationing. Now the situation has gotten worse, and yesterday President Nicolas Maduro shortened that work week to just two days.
It's been a wild six months for megastorms. In October 2015, Hurricane Patricia became the most powerful ever measured, with winds topping 322km/h before being downgraded near the coast of Mexico. In February 2016, there was Winston, the most potent cyclone recorded in the Southern Hemisphere, which made landfall on Fiji. Now meet Fantala, the strongest storm measured over the Indian Ocean.
The great Niño of 2015 is finally on its way out. But before it goes, it has one final present to leave us: a giant cache of creepy coral bones littering the ocean floor, like a tiny seafaring graveyard. We'll miss you too, Niño.
If scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef is on your bucket list, you might want to book tickets soon. This week, marine biologists dropped some horribly depressing news: the Great Barrier Reef is dying. The world's largest reef is in the midst of a widespread coral bleaching event, and scientists aren't sure whether it will fully recover.