Latest Subtropics Stories

Southern Hemisphere Becoming Drier
2012-10-04 21:07:19

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online New research reported in the journal Scientific Reports claims that the southern hemisphere is becoming drier. The researchers wrote that a decline in April-May rainfall over southeast Australia is associated with a southward expansion of the subtropical dry-zone. The scientists were looking to explore why autumn rainfall has been in decline across southeastern Australia since the 1970s, which is a period that included the...

2009-07-06 13:20:00

An Australian study has found climate change is rapidly expanding the size of the world's tropical zone, threatening to bring disease and drought to heavily populated areas, AFP reported. The tropics had widened by up to 310 miles in the past 25 years, researchers at James Cook University concluded after examining 70 peer-reviewed scientific articles. In an effort to determine how global warming was impacting the tropical zone, the researchers looked at findings from long-term satellite...

2006-05-25 13:36:25

By Deborah Zabarenko WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Earth's atmosphere is warming faster over the subtropics than anywhere else, which could mean bigger deserts and more drought from Africa to Australia to the Middle East, researchers said on Thursday. The fast-heating area girdles the globe at about 30 degrees north and south latitude, crossing the southern United States, southern China and north Africa in the Northern Hemisphere, and southern Australia, South Africa and southern South...

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