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IPCC Report: Global Warming Caused By Humans, Impacts Speeding Up

Temperature change over past 11,300 years (in blue, via Science, 2013) plus projected warming over the next century on humanity’s current emissions path (in red, via recent literature, much of which is reviewed in the new...

Posted August 19, 2013    

Media Slammed For Limited Analysis Of Major Report On Climate Change

The Columbia Journalism Review has criticized the NY Times and other major media outlets for inadequate coverage of NOAA’s annual State of the Climate report. In its critique, CJR points out “Considering the importance of the information, the...

Posted August 15, 2013    

Fracking and Drought: They Call It Texas Tea, But You Can’t Drink It

How dry is it in Texas? So dry some residents are wishing for a hurricane to replenish the aquifer. So dry that many Texans are now against using water to frack for oil, which is famously called Texas Tea.Every fracking job requires several million...

Posted August 14, 2013    

Goldman Sachs Finds Window For Profitable Investment In Coal Mining Is Closing

Goldman Sachs has put out a must-read research paper, “The window for thermal coal investment is closing.” Thermal (or steam) coal is primarily used to generate power.The U.S.-based multinational investment bank has some sobering findings for the...

Posted August 13, 2013    

Study: Methane Leakage From Gas Fields Guts Climate Benefit

Satellite view of gas wells dotting Utah’s Uinta Basin (via CIRES).Natural gas is “a bridge to a world with high CO2 Levels,” climatologist Ken Caldeira told me last year.A major new study in Geophysical Research Letters by 19 researchers —...

Posted August 9, 2013    

'American Carbon' Enters Atmosphere At Fastest Pace Ever

The UK Guardian has a must-read piece for those who believe the shale gas revolution will save us from climate catastrophe, “The rise and rise of American carbon.”As illustrated in this chart, while U.S. carbon emissions have dropped somewhat in...

Posted August 8, 2013    

Greenland, Antarctica May Be Vulnerable To Rapid Ice Loss

Humanity faces 70 feet of sea level rise, possibly coming much sooner than has been expected if we continue with unrestricted carbon pollution. Two recent studies underscore our perilous situation.The first study found, “East Antarctica’s Ice Sheet...

Posted August 3, 2013    

Brain-Eating Parasites Thrive As Global Warming Heats Up Lakes

It’s a myth there are no winners from climate change. “Global Warming is Doubling Bark Beetle Mating, Boosting Tree Attacks Up To 60-Fold.” The decline in creatures with shells “could trigger an explosion in jellyfish populations” and “Climate...

Posted August 2, 2013    

Obama: Keystone Jobs A Blip, Pipeline Might Raise Gas Prices

In his big June climate speech, president Obama said he would approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline only if it “does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution.”In an interview with The New York Times this week, Obama repeated...

Posted July 30, 2013    

Natural Gas Must Peak Between 2020 and 2030 To Meet Climate Goals

A new report finds natural gas must peak “sooner than many policymakers currently realize is necessary—if the United States is to meet its climate goals and avoid the worst impacts of global warming.”The report, from the Center for American Progress...

Posted July 28, 2013    

Court Affirms Michael Mann's Right To Proceed In Defamation Lawsuit

A stunning DC Superior Court decision Friday on behalf of climatologist Michael Mann against the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) found:There is sufficient evidence presented that is indicative of “actual malice. The CEI Defendants have...

Posted July 21, 2013    

Like Butter: Study Explains Surprising Acceleration Of Greenland Ice Melt

Meltwater from the surface of the Sermeq Avannarleq Glacier drains down toward interior ice. This photograph depicts a region about 10 miles from the ice sheet margin in Southwest Greenland. A new CIRES-led study helps explain the surprising...

Posted July 20, 2013