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Methane Leaks Wipe Out Any Climate Benefit Of Fracking, Satellite Observations Confirm

CREDIT: ShutterstockSatellite observations of huge oil and gas basins in East Texas and North Dakota confirm staggering 9 and 10 percent leakage rates of heat-trapping methane. “In conclusion,” researchers write, “at the current methane loss rates,...

Posted October 25, 2014    

The Planet Just Had Its Hottest September On Record

Graph of NASA temperature data via @thingsbreak. Click to enlarge.Last month was the warmest September globally since records began being kept in 1880, NASA reported. January through September data have 2014 already at the third warmest on record....

Posted October 17, 2014    

NOAA: Record Antarctic Sea Ice Growth Linked To Its Staggering Loss Of Land Ice

Antarctica’s seasonal sea ice extent reached a new high in September even though the Southern Ocean continues to warm. Credit: NOAA.NOAA said in a news release Tuesday that “as counterintuitive as expanding winter Antarctic sea ice may appear on a...

Posted October 11, 2014    

Earth Is Heating Faster Than We Realized, Making 2°C Limit For Global Warming More Urgent

CREDIT: ShutterstockA major new study finds that “scientists may have hugely underestimated the extent of global warming because temperature readings from southern hemisphere seas were inaccurate.” In short, as New Scientist puts it, “it’s worse...

Posted October 8, 2014    

2°C Or Not 2°C: Why We Must Not Ditch Scientific Reality In Climate Policy

Global-mean surface temperature 1880-2013. Grey line shows annual values, and the smoothed blue line highlights the long-term evolution. (Via RealClimate using NASA data)A new Comment piece in Nature argues we should “Ditch the 2 °C warming goal” as...

Posted October 3, 2014    

National Science Foundation: Record California Drought Directly Linked To Climate Change

NSF: “The drought crippling California is by some measures the worst in the state’s history.” CREDIT: NOAAA Stanford study funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) confirms a growing body of research that finds “The atmospheric conditions...

Posted October 2, 2014    

NOAA: With Hottest August On Record, 2014 Takes Aim At Hottest Year On Record

Last month was the warmest August since records began being kept in 1880, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported Thursday. NOAA also projected out scenarios for the rest of the year making clear that 2014 is going to be...

Posted September 20, 2014    

$18 Trillion Windfall: Health And Productivity Benefits of Efficiency Top Energy Savings

A major report by the global body responsible for energy analysis finds the total benefits from energy efficiency upgrades equals — and often exceeds — the energy savings. The 232-page International Energy Agency report upends decades of...

Posted September 17, 2014    

Here's How Global Warming Is Already Worsening Extreme Deluges In The U.S.

Decadal index of two-day precipitation totals that are exceeded on average only once in a 5-year period. Changes are compared to the period 1901-1960. As data show, such once-in-five-year events have become much more common (via NCA.)One of the most...

Posted September 11, 2014    

Global Warming Boosts Chances of Civilization-Threatening Megadroughts Here And Abroad

Warning buoy sits on the dry, cracked bed of California’s Lake Mendocino. CREDIT: AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, fileBy taking no serious action to slash carbon pollution and put the world on a path to 2°C warming (or less), humanity is voluntarily...

Posted September 5, 2014    

Climate Scientists Spell Out Stark Danger And Immorality Of Inaction In New Leaked Report

Humanity’s choice (via IPCC): Aggressive climate action ASAP (left figure) minimizes future warming and costs a mere 0.06% of annual growth. Continued inaction (right figure) results in catastrophic and irreversible levels of warming, 9°F over much...

Posted August 29, 2014    

Greenland And West Antarctic Ice Sheet Loss More Than Doubled In Last Five Years

Map of elevation change in Greenland between January 2011 and January 2014. Red indicates area where the ice sheet lost mass in this period, while blue represents ice gains. Map: Helm et al.A new study finds that both the Greenland ice sheet and...

Posted August 28, 2014