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Toasty November Vaults 2013 Into Top 5 Warmest Years

Toasty November Vaults 2013 Into Top 5 Warmest Years

According to NOAA, the November warmth catapulted the year-to-date from the 7th-warmest on record, which is where it stood as of the end of October, to being tied with 2002 for the fourth-warmest year on record. This puts 2013 on track to be the warmest year on record without an El Niño event, depending on where December temperatures end up.… Read More

Is the West’s Dry Spell Really a Megadrought?

Is the West’s Dry Spell Really a Megadrought?

The drought that has been afflicting most of the Western states for the last 13 years may be a “megadrought,” and the likelihood is high that this century could see a multi-decade dry spell like nothing else seen over the last 1,000 years, according to research presented at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting on Wednesday and Thursday.… Read More

While Most of U.S. Froze, Parts of Alaska Set Record Highs

While Most of U.S. Froze, Parts of Alaska Set Record Highs

Along Alaska's northern coastline, which lies above the Arctic Circle, the warmest December temperatures on record in at least 70 years occurred during the past week. At the airport in Deadhorse, which serves the oil production hub of Prudhoe Bay, the temperature hit 39 degrees on December 7, the highest December temperature on record there since a… Read More

Study Adds to Arctic Warming, Extreme Weather Debate

Study Adds to Arctic Warming, Extreme Weather Debate

While the study adds to the body of evidence pointing to the outsized role the Arctic is playing in shaping weather patterns, it failed to mark an end to the debate within the scientific community over whether and how what is happening in the Far North could be having such far-reaching impacts. There is virtually no controversy among climate scien… Read More

European Cities Hesitant to Adapt to Climate Change

European Cities Hesitant to Adapt to Climate Change

European governments might have national targets to meet the demands of climate change. Many European cities, however, may not be in the mood. Diana Reckien of Columbia University in the U.S. and 11 European colleagues report in the journal Climatic Change that one in three cities have no plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and seven out of … Read More

Books Paints Bleak Picture for Australia Sans Cuts

Books Paints Bleak Picture for Australia Sans Cuts

Australia must drastically increase its emissions reduction target to 40 percent by 2020 to avoid “almost unimaginable social, economic and ecological consequences” from climate change, a new book penned by leading scientists and economists, including Ross Garnaut, has warned. The book, “Four Degrees of Global Warming: Australia in a Hot World,” se… Read More

Climate Change Will Pose Rising Burden on U.S. Taxpayer

Climate Change Will Pose Rising Burden on U.S. Taxpayer

Federal and state disaster relief payouts last year alone are estimated to have cost every person in the U.S. more than $300. Yet according to a new report by Ceres, Inaction on climate change: the cost to taxpayers, the U.S. administration, its agencies and state bodies are still not facing up to the grave financial implications of a warming world… Read More

Globe’s Unbroken Warm Streak Approaches 29 Years

Globe’s Unbroken Warm Streak Approaches 29 Years

The last time the globe had a cooler than average month was February 1985, and the last cooler than average October occurred in 1976, shortly before Jimmy Carter beat Gerald Ford in that year's presidential election. The streak of hot October's extends back in even further, with the last below normal one coming in 1976.… Read More