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Climate change outruns evolution, studies find

Nature doesn’t like to be rushed. But to keep up with climate change, many animals will need to evolve 10,000 times faster than they have in the past, a study suggests. Man-made climate change — fueled by excess greenhouse gases…

Grasshoppers have invaded Las Vegas

There must be a grasshopper convention in Las Vegas no one told us about. Because these days, Sin City is positively hopping with pallid-winged grasshoppers. “It’s a very common desert species,” Jeff Knight, state entomologist with the Nevada Department of…

Southwest may see 'megadrought' this century

The Southwestern U.S. is no stranger to droughts, but it may soon dry out more than it has in thousands of years. Thanks to man-made climate change, the region’s chances of a decade-long drought are now at least 50 percent,…

July on track to be the hottest month ever recorded on Earth

Don’t let that delightful burst of cool air that just descended on the Plains and the South distract you from the big picture. For most of the world, it’s really hot outside. In fact, climate scientists say July is shaping…

These Australian ants are bucking the 'insect apocalypse' trend

Some insects don’t seem to have gotten the memo about end of the world. Despite increasingly stark scientific warnings about the state of bug-kind — including a recent report suggesting 40 percent of the world’s insect populations are in steep…

Can Africa's Great Green Wall combat climate change and mass migration?

[embedded content] The Great Green Wall may be the most aptly named thing ever. It’s great, stretching nearly 5,000 miles across the continent of Africa. It’s green, consisting of millions of trees. And it’s a wall — not a solid…

How hurricanes are named (and why)

Some of the most notorious villains in American history are known by only one name. From Betsy and Camille to Katrina, Ike and Sandy, their legacies are so etched into our collective memory that it only takes a few syllables…

These electric-blue night clouds are expanding around the globe, says NASA

[embedded content] Every year, for a period of between five to 10 days, the night skies over Antarctica and the Arctic Circle are visited by an unusual phenomenon known as noctilucent clouds (NLCs) or polar mesospheric clouds (PMCs). Residing at…

Bizarre summer hailstorm covers Guadalajara in ice

[embedded content] It’s not every summer that a city in Mexico gets covered in 5 or more feet of ice, but it happened in Guadalajara. A freak hailstorm covered the city in a thick blanket of ice on June 30,…

Europe prepares for devastating heat wave

An intense heat wave is set to hit Europe, starting this week, accompanied by the ominous warning from Spanish meteorologist Silvia Laplana that “hell is coming.” Temperatures are expected to rise as high as 45 degrees Celsius (113 Fahrenheit), French…