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Hottest Month On Record Portends Global Warming Speed Up

Last month was not just the hottest July on record. Since July is “the warmest month of the year globally,” NOAA’s latest monthly State of the Climate Report, notes that July 2015 “was also the highest among all 1627 months in the record that began...

Posted August 25, 2015    

Hottest July On Record Keeps 2015 On Track To Crush 2014 For Hottest Year

Global temperatures in July vs. 1951-1980 average. Via NASA.NASA reports this was the hottest July on record. So we are now in “bet the mortgage” territory that 2015 will be the hottest year in NASA’s 125-year temperature record.In fact, 2015 is...

Posted August 17, 2015    

Global Coal Boom Ends As China — And World — Wakes Up To Reality Of Carbon Pollution

“Global coal demand is slowing fast,” is the headline in a June Business Insider Australia story. “The global coal renaissance is the most important climate story today,” is the headline in a July Vox story.Which is correct? Mostly the first one....

Posted July 24, 2015    

Hottest June Puts 2015 On Track For Hottest Year On Record By Far

NASA reported Wednesday that this was the hottest June on record (tied with 1998). And it’s now all but certain 2015 will be the hottest year on record, probably by a wide margin — as what increasingly appears to be one of the strongest El Niños in...

Posted July 21, 2015    

From Multi-Year Drought To Flash Flooding: "Weather Whiplash" Explained

Drought will become much of America’s normal climate if we stay near business-as-usual CO2 emissions, NASA reported in February. But in a warming climate with more and more water vapor in the air, such mega-droughts will tend to be interspersed with...

Posted June 4, 2015    

Nuclear Agency: Nuclear Power Will Play Only A Modest Role In Stopping Climate Change

A journalist checks radiation levels at stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. The 2011 disaster, which will cost Japan over $100 billion, set back the nuclear industry worldwide. CREDIT: AP PhotoNuclear power can play a modest, but...

Posted May 20, 2015    

Land, Ocean Carbon Sinks Are Weakening, Making Climate Action More Urgent

One of several huge craters recently found in Sibera. They are “probably caused by methane released as permafrost thawed.” Global warming is projected to turn the tundra into a net source of carbon emissions by the 2020s. CREDIT: APWe are destroying...

Posted March 21, 2015    

IEA: CO2 Emissions Decouple From Economic Growth For First Time In 40 Years

Shanghai waterfront skyline with solar panels. China’s push to replace coal with cleaner energy is a key reason the country (and the world) decoupled CO2 growth from GDP growth last year. CREDIT: ShutterstockEnergy-related carbon dioxide emissions...

Posted March 18, 2015    

'Hottest Year' Story Obscures Bigger News: Ocean Warming Now Off The Charts

The oceans — where over 90% of global warming heat ends up — have literally warmed up off the charts of NOAA.The big climate news last week was NOAA and NASA announcing that 2014 was the hottest year on record, breaking the highs of 2005 and 2010....

Posted January 27, 2015    

2014 Was The Hottest Year On Record Globally By Far

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has announced that 2014 was the hottest year in more than 120 years of record-keeping — by far. NOAA is expected to make a similar call in a couple of weeks, and so is NASA.As the JMA graph shows, there has been...

Posted January 9, 2015    

What We Learned About Climate Change In 2014, In 6 Charts

Humanity’s choice (via IPCC): Aggressive climate action ASAP (left figure) minimizes future warming. Continued inaction (right figure) results in catastrophic levels of warming, 9°F over much of U.S.This year saw a lot of big climate reports,...

Posted December 21, 2014    

2014 Headed Toward Hottest Year On Record: Here's Why That's Remarkable

2014 is currently on track to be hottest year on record, according to new reports from both the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the U.K.’s Met Office Wednesday. Similarly, NOAA reported two weeks ago that 2014 is all but certain to be...

Posted December 6, 2014