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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    

Groundhog Decade: We're Stuck In A Movie Where It's Always The Hottest Decade On Record

Somewhere on a Hollywood movie set for Groundhog Day, Part 2: Bill Murray wakes up to find he’s just lived through the hottest decade on record, just as he did in the 1990s, just as he did in the 1980s. And he keeps waking up in the hottest decade...

Posted February 6, 2014    

Leading Scientists Explain How Climate Change Is Worsening California's Drought

Scientists have long predicted that climate change would bring on ever-worsening droughts, especially in semi-arid regions like the U.S. Southwest. As climatologist James Hansen, who co-authored one of the earliest studies on this subject back in...

Posted February 4, 2014    

Canadian Arctic Warming Unprecedented In 120,000 Years

Credit: xkcdRecent warming has been unprecedented in speed, scale, and cause. Last year, we reported on a study that found the rate of warming since 1900 is 50 times greater than the rate of cooling in the previous 5000 years, which threatens to...

Posted February 1, 2014    

Jekyll And Hyde: The Two Sides Of Obama's Energy Strategy

CREDIT: C-SPANIn his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Obama once again tried to reconcile the split personality of his energy policy.On the one hand, the President clearly stated his Dr. Jekyll commitment to cutting carbon pollution...

Posted January 30, 2014