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2014 Set for Record Hot; Record Cold Thing of the Past

2014 Set for Record Hot; Record Cold Thing of the Past

A surge of Arctic air has left much of the continental U.S. shivering in unusually bitter November cold. But this early foray into winter weather is just a small blip in the overall global picture, which is of a warming world that is still on track to see 2014 set the mark for hottest year on record, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric… Read More

World Needs to Mind the Carbon Emissions Gap

World Needs to Mind the Carbon Emissions Gap

A new report suggests that policymakers better mind the gap if they want to meet the 2°C global warming threshold. But in spite of the warning, that chasm is growing as the world’s carbon dioxide emissions continue to rise. To bridge the gap, the world will have to reduce emissions to reach net carbon dioxide (CO2) neutrality sometime between 2055-… Read More

40 Years of Scratching Reveals Ocean Acidification Data

40 Years of Scratching Reveals Ocean Acidification Data

As carbon dioxide levels increase due largely to human emissions, the world’s oceans are becoming highly corrosive to a number of organisms that call it home. But the rate of acidification and related changes are anything but uniform. That’s why a new study aims to set a baseline for nearly every patch of saltwater from sea to acidifying sea so tha… Read More

Palm Oil Production Poses Problems for the Climate

Palm Oil Production Poses Problems for the Climate

Last August, from the window of a jet high over Sumatra, I counted nearly a dozen plumes of smoke rising from the vast jungles and plantations below. Some more than a half-mile wide, they looked like pillars holding up the sky. That week the Indonesian Disaster Mitigation Agency detected 143 new wildfires in Riau Province, the area beneath my fligh… Read More

News of Obama Climate Pledge Caps Epic Week

News of Obama Climate Pledge Caps Epic Week

It’s being reported that President Obama will announce that the U.S. will pledge $2.5 billion to $3 billion over four years to the Green Climate Fund. The news on Friday comes hot on the heels of an earlier agreement struck between China and the U.S. to curb the amount of greenhouse gas pollution that each country pumps into the air in the coming d… Read More

NASA, Other Data Show Globe Had Warmest October

NASA, Other Data Show Globe Had Warmest October

For the third month in a row, global temperatures reached record territory according to newly available data from NASA. And if one global temperature record isn’t enough, the Japanese Meteorological Agency also provided new data on Friday that showed the warmest October on record. Data from NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) show this … Read More

Thunderstruck: Lightning Will Increase With Warming

Thunderstruck: Lightning Will Increase With Warming

A bolt of lightning flashes through the sky and hits the ground somewhere around the world about 100 times every second. That’s 8 million lightning strikes in a single day. Now, a new study finds that lightning strikes could flash through the sky even more often than that as the planet warms, at least over the continental U.S. For years scientists … Read More

Post Climate Pact, IEA Warns Fossil Fuel Trends Dire

Post Climate Pact, IEA Warns Fossil Fuel Trends Dire

IEA report says conservation efforts and more use of wind and solar power probably won’t slash emissions enough quickly enough to prevent catastrophic climate consequences. … Read More