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El Niño Chances Jump To Near 80%, Add In Global Warming And We Face Record Heat

Chart of global temperature since 1950, also showing the phase of the El Niño-La Niña cycle. Via NASA.The chances of an El Niño developing this year are now at almost 4 out of 5. The chart above from NASA makes clear El Niños are generally the...

Posted May 13, 2014    

Media Figures Out American Climate Beliefs Are Outliers, But Do They Share The Blame?

You go to the doctor for your regular check up. For the umpteenth time she tells you, “as long as you keep smoking two packs a day, you are at grave risk of serious and irreversible impacts to your health. You need to quit.”In your previous checkups...

Posted May 11, 2014    

Landmark Report Warns Time Is Running Out To Save US From Climate Catastrophe

The National Climate Assessment is the definitive statement of current and future impacts of carbon pollution on the United States. And the picture it paints is stark: Inaction will devastate much of the arable land of the nation’s breadbasket — and...

Posted May 8, 2014    

Is This Why Heat-Trapping Methane Emissions Are On The Rise?

CREDIT: AP Photo/Edward Schuur, University of FloridaA new international study offers a worrisome answer to the question of why global levels of methane — one of the most potent heat-trapping greenhouse gases — have begun rising again in recent...

Posted May 6, 2014    

Tornadoes, Extreme Weather, And Climate Change

Tornado damage, Sunday, April 27, 2014 in Mayflower, Ark. CREDIT: APThe return of tornado season with a vengeance has people asking again about a possible link to climate change. At the same time, tantalizing new preliminary research finds “some...

Posted May 3, 2014    

Does El Niño Plus Global Warming Equal Global Temperature Records In 2014 And 2015?

An El Niño appears increasingly likely this year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology (BOM). If it starts relatively quickly, then 2014 could well be the hottest year on...

Posted April 26, 2014    

Let's Rename Earth Day

In 2008, I wrote a piece for Salon about renaming ‘Earth’ Day. It was supposed to be mostly humorous. Or mostly serious.Anyway, the subject of renaming Earth Day remains more relevant than ever in light of the world’s ongoing inaction on climate...

Posted April 23, 2014    

Is This The End Of China's Coal Boom?

“The End Of China’s Coal Boom,” is a new, must-read chart-filled report from Greenpeace. It documents the response of China to the almost unimaginable life-shortening air pollution caused by its rapid growth in coal use.One of its charts highlights...

Posted April 21, 2014    

Study Ties Epic California Drought, 'Frigid East' To Manmade Climate Change

In this Feb. 4, 2014 file photo a warning buoy sits on the dry, cracked bed of Lake Mendocino near Ukiah, Calif. CREDIT: AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, fileNatural variability alone cannot explain the extreme weather pattern that has driven both the...

Posted April 18, 2014    

Climate Change Drying Out Southwest Now, With Worse To Come For A Third Of The Planet

Two new studies confirm that warming-driven climate change is already drying the U.S. Southwest and other parts of the globe. More worrisome, nearly a third of the world’s land faces drying from rising greenhouse gases — including two of the world’s...

Posted April 17, 2014    

Climate Panel Stunner: Avoiding Climate Catastrophe Is Super Cheap, But Only If We Act Now

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. The latest IPCC report finds the annual cost of...

Posted April 14, 2014    

Must See Video: Showtime Climate Series 'Years of Living Dangerously'

Showtime has posted online the entire video of Episode 1 of its visually and emotionally gripping documentary series event, “Years of Living Dangerously.” The landmark 9-part series is produced by the legendary James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger,...

Posted April 12, 2014