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Exporting Liquefied Natural Gas Is A Dreadful Idea For The Climate

The crisis in Ukraine has rekindled arguments that the U.S. should export shale gas, supposedly to diminish the threat posed by Russia’s “energy weapon.” Sadly, few seem to care about diminishing the threat posed by climate change, since it has...

Posted March 13, 2014    

Climatologist Who Predicted California Drought 10 Years Ago Says It May Soon Be 'Even More Dire'

Climate change can worsen drought in multiple ways. Climate scientists and political scientists often confuse the public and the media by focusing on the narrow question, “Did climate change cause the drought” — that is, did it reduce precipitation?...

Posted March 9, 2014    

Physicist And Congressman Rush Holt On Keystone XL: Tar Sands 'Sludge' Is 'A Climate Poison'

Rush Holt (D-NJ) saddened scientists and climate hawks everywhere when he announced last month he would retire at the end of his (eighth) term in Congress. Holt brought the unique sensibility of a research physicist to a body that has become...

Posted March 7, 2014    

National Academy Of Sciences Delivers Highly Readable Climate Change Warning

So you’ve been wondering what to recommend to your open-minded friends who want a readable but authoritative introduction to climate change, one which answers their key questions. Look no further!The US National Academy of Sciences and the U.K....

Posted March 2, 2014    

Climate Boomerang: Small Volcanoes Restraining A Much Faster Warming Planet

Big volcanoes cool the planet, we’ve long known. A new study finds the cumulative effect of smaller volcanoes, like this one in Papua New Guinea, can also slow global warming. Via Wikimedia Commons.How much faster would surface temperatures be...

Posted March 1, 2014    

Nature Stunner: As Climate Change Speeds Up, The Number Of Extremely Hot Days Is Soaring

The number of very hot days have soared in the past 15 years, a new study in the journal Nature Climate Change reports. Based on observations, the authors conclude that “the term pause, as applied to the recent evolution of global annual mean...

Posted February 28, 2014    

IPCC: Climate Impacts 'Are Very Evident, They're Widespread' And 'We Are Not Prepared'

Humanity’s choice (via IPCC, 2013): 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 next big report from the world’s leading...

Posted February 27, 2014    

In Flooded UK, Guardian Warns 'Climate Change Is Here Now'

The Guardian has run an unprecedented banner headline in response to the record-smashing deluges that have inundated the UK: “Climate change is here now. It could lead to global conflict. Yet the politicians squabble.”The Guardian turned over much...

Posted February 19, 2014    

Arctic Autumns On Track To Warm A Staggering 23°F, NOAA Warns

Credit: NOAA“Climate models show carbon emission mitigation could slow Arctic temperature increases.” That is NOAA’s glass-is-half-full-of-ice headline for a new study that finds we are on track for mind-boggling Arctic warming this century.Since...

Posted February 15, 2014    

Climatologist: When Souped-Up Ocean Warming Ends, Global Temperatures Look Set To Rise Rapidly

Chart of temperature since 1950, also showing the phase of the El Niño-La Niña cycle. Via NASA.The last decade was the hottest on record, and 2010 was the warmest year on record, continuing the long-term trend driven by human emissions (see above...

Posted February 12, 2014    

California's Recent Droughts Have Grown Longer And Stronger

The good news: Parts of California are finally getting some much needed precipitation. As Climate Central notes, “a series of Pacific storm systems is producing sorely needed rain and mountain snowfall in California, which has been suffering from...

Posted February 11, 2014    

Redefining 'Glacial Pace': Greenland's Fastest-Moving Glacier Sets New Speed Record Of 150 Feet A Day

NASA’s Multiple Altimeter Beam Experimental Lidar flew over Southwest Greenland’s glaciers and sea ice to test a new method of measuring the height of Earth from space. CREDIT: NASA/Tim WilliamsClimate change is remaking our vocabulary. The...

Posted February 8, 2014