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China’s Growing Coal Use Is World’s Growing Problem

China’s Growing Coal Use Is World’s Growing Problem

China has been praised recently for its investments in renewable energy. And the credit is well deserved as China's commitment to renewables dwarfs that of the U.S. and other industrialized countries. From 2010 to 2012 alone, China’s renewable electricity growth was double that of the U.S., and it is continuing to grow. But all the accolades are … Read More

Science Made Simple: Take the Dog for a Walk

Science Made Simple: Take the Dog for a Walk

The old adage is that "climate is what you expect, weather is what you get," since day-to-day weather may depart significantly from average conditions.… Read More

Experts Debate Moral, Religious Case for Climate Action

Experts Debate Moral, Religious Case for Climate Action

A Tennessee philosopher and Christian environmentalist debate the moral imperative for action on climate change. … Read More

Interactive Look at Top 11 Indicators of a Warming World

Interactive Look at Top 11 Indicators of a Warming World

Climate scientists are 95 percent certain that the climate is changing and greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are the cause of it. While rising temperatures are the most commonly cited change, there are numerous other indicators of has changed since the start of the Industrial Revolution from rising seas to melting glaciers and ice shee… Read More

IPCC Roundup: Early Reports Focus on Warming ‘Hiatus’

IPCC Roundup: Early Reports Focus on Warming ‘Hiatus’

A key portion of the long awaited Fifth Assessment Report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is slated to be released on Friday in Stockholm, where scientists and government representatives are currently meeting to finalize the report’s language. In addition to our original reporting and analysis, each day this week Climate Cen… Read More

Watch 62 Years of Global Warming in 13 Seconds

Watch 62 Years of Global Warming in 13 Seconds

From our friends at NASA comes this amazing 13-second animation that depicts how temperatures around the globe have warmed since 1950. You’ll note an acceleration of those temperatures in the late 1970s as greenhouse gas emissions from energy production increased worldwide and clean air laws reduced emissions of pollutants that had a cooling effect… Read More

5 Charts Help Illustrate 2012 As Warmest Year on Record

5 Charts Help Illustrate 2012 As Warmest Year on Record

The 1°F margin between 2012 and 1998 may not seem like much at first, but usually such temperature records are set by just a few fractions of a degree. As seen in this NOAA chart, 2012 towers above the pack of warm years.… Read More

Tell Me Why: We Need ‘Normals’ and Long-term Trends

Tell Me Why: We Need ‘Normals’ and Long-term Trends

What is “normal” when it comes to temperature and precipitation? The definition not only varies with location and time, but it changes from decade to decade. And it’s those decadal trends that interest climate scientists like Anthony Arguez. He explains the importance of “normals” in this version of Tell Me Why.… Read More