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A Cold U.S. Winter for Sure, but 8th Warmest Globally

A Cold U.S. Winter for Sure, but 8th Warmest Globally

And February, which was the 21st warmest globally since record keeping began in 1880, was the 348th consecutive month where temperatures were higher than the global average; the last month with below-average temperatures was exactly 29 years ago, in February 1985, when Ronald Reagan was just beginning his second term as president.… Read More

White House Brings Together Big Data & Climate Change

White House Brings Together Big Data & Climate Change

Addressing climate change just got an assist from big data. The White House released the first installment of data and tools for web developers, planners and the public to see the challenges climate change poses and to help identify solutions. The new site, climate.data.gov, is part of a broader Climate Data Initiative to make climate data easily … Read More

CO2 on Path to Cross 400 ppm Threshold for a Month

CO2 on Path to Cross 400 ppm Threshold for a Month

Last year, atmospheric carbon dioxide crossed 400 parts per million for the first time in human history. However, it didn’t cross that threshold until mid-May. This year’s first 400 ppm reading came a full two months earlier this past week and the seeming inexorable upward march is likely to race past another milestone next month. “We’re already s… Read More

New Ozone-Destroying Gases Found in the Atmosphere

New Ozone-Destroying Gases Found in the Atmosphere

Dozens of mysterious ozone-destroying chemicals may be undermining the recovery of the giant ozone hole over Antarctica, researchers have revealed. The chemicals, which are also extremely potent greenhouse gases, may be leaking from industrial plants or being used illegally, contravening the Montreal protocol which began banning the ozone destroye… Read More

Social Cost of Carbon Greatly Underestimated: Report

Social Cost of Carbon Greatly Underestimated: Report

Carbon dioxide emissions are causing the climate to change and those changes come with a real cost. The big questions are what’s the price tag for that “social” cost and when does it gets paid? According the a new report, current best estimates could actually be on the low end thanks to “unknown unknowns.” The most recent estimate for the cost of … Read More

Did Spate of Wet Weather Fuel the Reign of Genghis Khan?

Did Spate of Wet Weather Fuel the Reign of Genghis Khan?

During the early 1200s, Genghis Khan and his Mongol warriors swept across much of Asia, massacring populations wholesale – by one estimate killing 40 million in just 20 years. Historians have long thought that part of their motivation for expansion had to do with climate. A new analysis in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences argues that… Read More

Get Ready for Next Climate Phenomenon: El Nino

Get Ready for Next Climate Phenomenon: El Nino

The odds are increasing for El Niño to develop this fall according the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration… Read More

Sea Level Rise Threatens World’s Cultural Treasures

Sea Level Rise Threatens World’s Cultural Treasures

It’s easy to see why Venice is a World Heritage Site when taking in the view from the Rialto Bridge. The Grand Canal stretches into the distance as gondoliers’ voices mingle with the sound of motorboats and echo off the ornate pastel buildings lining the city’s main thoroughfare. People bustle along the sidewalks that line the canal and disappear d… Read More