PNAS findings: increasing temperatures hurt tree growth. Rising temps remove water from both soil and atmosphere.

By Brittany Patterson, ClimateWire and Scientific American on August 10, 2016 Just as the planet is being taxed from record-breaking temperatures, new research finds iconic Douglas firs across the West are water- and heat-stressed. Similar to the humans who find themselves sluggish during a heat wave, when water is scarce, Douglas firs also put the brakes on growing — a choice …

With the searing heat, many have barely left home in daylight hours since June in the Middle East

By  Hugh Naylor 10 August 2016, cross-posted from The Washington Post Parts of the United Arab Emirates and Iran experienced a heat index — a measurement that factors in humidity as well as temperature — that soared to 140 degrees in July, and Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, recorded an all-time high temperature of nearly 126 degrees. Southern Morocco’s relatively cooler climate suddenly sizzled last month, …