2017 was second or third warmest year, behind 2016 – U.N.

OSLO (Reuters) – Last year was the second or third warmest on record behind 2016, and the hottest without an extra dose of heat caused by an El Niño event in the Pacific Ocean, the United Nations said on Thursday. Average surface temperatures in 2017 were 1.1 degree Celsius (2.0 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial times, creeping […] Read more

Agriculture focuses on environment

Feeding the world with climate smart agriculture has been a long-standing priority for Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector. Agriculture was not part of the agenda at the climate change summit in Paris, but prime minister Justin Trudeau can be proud of the important role that Canadian agriculture is playing in meeting challenges related to the […] Read more

Unusual El Nino may deliver hot, dry summer in West

Cool, wet U.S. Midwest | A warming central Pacific and a cooling in the eastern Pacific could worsen drought in western U.S.

It is becoming apparent that an El Nino is forming, but for now it looks to be an unusual version, says a weather forecaster. There has been a distinct warming in Pacific Ocean temperatures in the past couple weeks, but the warming is occurring in the central tropical Pacific. A typical El Nino is associated […] Read more

Climate change could impact Prairie farmers

The western Prairies could end up arid like Wyoming and Montana by 2050, while the eastern Prairies could become richer farmland like the northern corn belt. That was a common theme from two weather experts who spoke at the Fields on Wheels conference Oct. 22, which focused on climate change and the grain industry. “If […] Read more

Global warming ‘biggest deception in history’

Political debate | Science used to push agenda of carbon dioxide reduction, says climatologist

Tim Ball does not believe humans are causing an increase to global temperatures through carbon dioxide production or by any other means. He questions the motives of those who do. The former geography professor and climatologist told a meeting of the Southern Alberta Council of Public Affairs May 31 that science has been used for […] Read more

Plan around climate, not weather

Rain, rain, go away | Some climatologists think the rain may do just that — should producers prepare for a dry spell?

FARGO, N.D. — Farmers’ decisions are influenced by a factor over which they have no control — long-term weather patterns. One obvious example of how weather affects decisions is the trend toward rubber tracks on power units and implements. More farmers would likely spend the extra money on tracks if they knew for certain that […] Read more