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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    

Is The Energy Department Still Looking To A Give Coal-To-Liquid Plant A Loan Guarantee?

According to the Casper Star-Tribune, the Department of Energy (DOE) is reconsidering the loan guarantee application for a stalled coal to liquids (CTL) project in Wyoming.Worst. Idea. Ever. By. Far. Seriously.Or, as one senior administration...

Posted April 4, 2014    

Conservative Climate Panel Warns World Faces 'Breakdown Of Food Systems' And More Violent Conflict

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 U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change...

Posted April 1, 2014    

Is A Super El Niño Coming That Will Shatter Extreme Weather And Global Temperature Records?

Chart of global temperature since 1950, also showing the phase of the El Niño-La Niña cycle. Via NASA.Signs are increasingly pointing to the formation of an El Niño in the next few months, possibly a very strong one. When combined with the long-term...

Posted March 28, 2014    

Yes, Manmade Global Warming Is Worsening California's Epic Drought

California’s epic drought got even worse last week. The U.S. Drought Monitor reports that the area of California under moderate drought (or worse) rose from 94.6 percent of the state to a stunning 99.8 percent. The area under extreme or exceptional...

Posted March 25, 2014    

NASA Study: Climate Sensitivity Is High So 'Long-Term Warming Likely To Be Significant'

A new NASA study suggests that projections of Earth’s future warming should be more in line with previous estimates that indicated a higher sensitivity to increasing greenhouse gas emissions. (Credit: NASA)Yet another new study finds the climate’s...

Posted March 14, 2014