A sixty-year record of extreme weather conditions shows a disturbing pattern of deficit surface water conditions throughout Amazonia.The Water Security Indicators Model (WSIM) developed by ISCIENCES LLC is used to examine average monthly hydrological conditions throughout the basin. An apparent correlation with the emergence of temperature extremes over the same period begs the question whether man-made climate change is the root cause.The literature however points to man-made deforestation as the critical factor, raising concern that "the Amazon is losing the ability to control it's own climate." If true, consequences will have profound impact on the region and the global environment.
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Snow Water Equivalent Forecast: Spring snow pack deficits forecast for western Canada, US northern plains, and Western Russia
Large regions of exceptional “snow drought” are reported in the northeast United States, southern Canada, the Italian Alps, and much of Eastern Europe and western Russia, along with large snow surpluses in the western US, Central Russia, and Mongolia. In the first quarter of 2016, much of the snow surplus in the western US is forecast to transition to deficit, and extensive snow deficits are forecast to emerge in western Canada.
Road to Paris COP 21, the latest installment in ISciences' presentation series on the evolution of multilateral agreements related to climate change, is now available for download. Representatives from 196 nations will convene in Paris on November 30, 2015 to negotiate a global agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, applicable to all countries, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. ISciences authors its Kyoto and Beyond series to encourage public discussion of global environmental security issues.