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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    

China To Cap Coal Use By 2020 To Meet Game-Changing Climate, Air Pollution Targets

Miners shovel coal at a north China mine near a power plant and chemical factory. CREDIT: AP/Oded BaliltyThe Chinese government announced it would cap coal use by 2020. The Chinese State Council, or cabinet, said the peak would be 4.2 billion tonnes...

Posted November 28, 2014    

The Planet Just Had Its Hottest October On Record

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) reports that last month was the hottest October in more than 120 years of record-keeping — by far. This follows the hottest September, August, June, and March-May in JMA’s records! Projections by NOAA make clear...

Posted November 21, 2014    

Why The U.S.-China CO2 Deal Is An Energy, Climate, And Political Gamechanger

CREDIT: ShutterstockThe historic new U.S.-China climate deal changes the trajectory of global carbon pollution emissions, greatly boosting the chances for a global deal in Paris in 2015. The deal would keep, cumulatively, some 640 billion tons of...

Posted November 14, 2014    

World's Scientists Have 'High Confidence' In The 'Irreversible Impacts' Of Climate Inaction

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 November 8, 2014    

IPCC Scientists Emphasize Immorality Of Inaction By Focusing On 'Irreversible Impacts'

CREDIT: ShutterstockWhat is the biggest change in the new climate report by the world’s top scientists and governments compared to the one they released back in 2007? It can be summed up in one word: “Irreversible.”In the 2007 assessment of climate...

Posted November 6, 2014    

How Solar PV Can Power A Carbon-Free Energy Revolution, In Four Charts

CREDIT: ShutterstockCan we build enough carbon-free energy fast enough to avert catastrophic climate change without having to power this energy transition with fossil fuels that would undermine the whole transition? The answer is “yes,” and here’s...

Posted October 31, 2014    

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