Study Confirms Climate Change Will Keep Driving More Intense Precipitation

April 8, 2013 by Joseph Romm

climate change flooding

A new study from NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center confirms what climate scientists have long been saying about climate change’s effect on the hydrological cycle.[read more]

Environmental World Review 2011

December 26, 2011 by Jonathan Smith

World CO2 Chart via Wikipedia -- Look to the top of right sidebar for the current month's CO2 level Via Climate Himalaya, The Guardian reports on the record greenhouse gas emissions, melting Arctic sea ice, natural disasters and extreme weather – and the world’s second worst nuclear disaster. The year 2011 was another ecologically...[read more]

Scientists 100 Years Ago Recognized The CO2 - Climate Link

September 27, 2011 by Charles Barton

The work of Climate Change denier Roy Spencer has recently been demonstrated to contain large scientific errors. (see here, here, here, here, and here, here, and here), while a recent paper by Texas A&M professor Andrew Dessler offers a devastating critique to the skeptical claims of both Spencer and MIT Professor Richard Lindzen. Needless to say the Climate change skeptics are not folding, but their days are numbers.[read more]

Was Hurricane Irene Caused By Climate Change?

September 3, 2011 by Simon Donner

Every major weather event raises the same debate over the same unanswerable question: was it caused by climate change?And every time, some prominent name or public figure, fed up with media coverage or with the persistence of skepticism about science or the lack of action, throws statistics out the window and says yes. Or says something...[read more]

Time to Sell That Ocean Front Property? New Study on Sea Level Rise

June 20, 2011 by Scott Edward Anderson

  Could Calvin Be Underwater?The rate of sea level rise along the U.S. Atlantic coast is greater now than at any time in the past 2,000 years, according to a new study published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The study suggests a consistent link between changes in global mean...[read more]

Latest CO2 readings

March 9, 2011 by Lou Grinzo

The US NOAA has updated its CO2 graphics, via its Trends in Carbon Dioxide page:         And for those wanting the Big Picture:     Maybe I’ve been paying too much attention to the deniers lately, but I can’t quite discern a pattern in any of these. Can someone here toss me a hint? In any case, if you...[read more]

December 2010 CO2 numbers

February 8, 2011 by Lou Grinzo

The latest CO2 numbers are out from the NOAA. The yearly increase in ppm (parts per million) for 2009 to 2010 was 2.76, the second largest such increase shown on the global data page linked above, which goes back to 1980. Only 1998 was higher, at 2.90. Peat fires in Russia? CO2 loss from the Amazon? Something else? All of the above?[read more]

Key Democrats Say its Time for New Energy Policy After 2010 Reported the Warmest in History

January 13, 2011 by Nathanael Baker

After a new report showed 2010 was tied for the hottest year on record, several key members within the U.S. Democratic party stated it was time for the country to pass comprehensive climate and energy legislation. In its latest report, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found that global temperatures last year...[read more]

NOAA reports 2010 hottest year on record so far, while Arctic sea ice extent hits a stunning December low

December 30, 2010 by Joseph Romm

Following fast on the heels of NASA reporting the hottest January to November on record — despite the deepest solar minimum in a century — NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center has released its State of the Climate: Global Analysis for November.  It finds this was the second warmest November on record (after 2004) and For the 2010...[read more]

Methane update

November 11, 2010 by Lou Grinzo

I haven’t checked in with our second favorite greenhouse gas, methane in a while, so I hopped over to the NOAA ESRL GMD Carbon Cycle - Interactive Atmospheric Data Visualization page, did the usual bunch of clicking, and here’s what I saw:      Notice anything, how shall I put this, outstanding about the graph? Perhaps...[read more]

Mann: Ice Has No Agenda

November 9, 2010 by Michael Tobis

Here's a NOAA graphic that's been floating around. It's interesting how a little attention to design makes it somehow more attractive. It really doesn't take long to get the gist. Maybe the colors will help people remember it, though. Call it the Quaternary CO2 Hockey Stick or the orange on navy blue curve.A site called Universe Today...[read more]

NASA reports hottest January to August on record - August tied for hottest in UAH satellite record*

September 12, 2010 by Joseph Romm

Last month, NASA reported it was the hottest January-July on record, along with a terrific analysis, “July 2010 — What Global Warming Looks Like,” which noted that 2010 is “likely” to be warmest year on record. This month continues the trend of 2010 outpacing previous years, according to NASA: It seems all but certain we will...[read more]

A Month after the Oil Disaster, We Need Obama to Lead

May 20, 2010 by Frances Beinecke

Thursday, May 20, will mark one month since BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, sending more than 6 million gallons of crude oil -- probably much more -- into the Gulf of Mexico. Marine waters, wetlands, estuaries, and coastal communities have been paying the price ever since. I traveled to the Louisiana Gulf Coast last week and saw...[read more]

Econbrowser: Pictures at a Catastrophe

May 17, 2010 by John Whitehead

The more worrisome picture is below. It depicts the cumulative spill, using the initial estimate, and the more recent estimates based on analyses of the footage of the leaks. Figure 2: Estimated cumulative oil spill, according to NOAA (blue line), according to Wereley (red line), with plus/minus 20% bands (gray lines), Exxon Valdez...[read more]

Giant Plumes of Oil Forming Under the Gulf

May 17, 2010 by Big Gav

The NYT reports that huge columns of oil are floating under the surface of the Gulf of Mexico - Giant Plumes of Oil Forming Under the Gulf. Scientists are finding enormous oil plumes in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, including one as large as 10 miles long, 3 miles wide and 300 feet thick in spots. The discovery is fresh evidence...[read more]