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2014 hottest year on record. What, me worry?

2014 Hottest Year on Record – Some Thoughts

Was 2014 the hottest year or wasn’t it – and does it matter?  – Widely reported this past week was confirmation from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), concurring with the Japanese Meteorological Agency, that 2014 as the hottest year on record. NASA’s GISS Surface Temperature Analysis shows an average global temperature for the year at  at 14.68° Celsius (58.42 Fahrenheit),…

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Environmental Migration Highlights Socioeconomic Costs of Climate Change

2013’s over 600 natural disasters resulted in 37 mass migrations of between 100,000 to more than 4 million people. World leaders are set to meet in Japan to try to address the situation by updating the Hyogo Framework for Action.

Climate impacts: now and future projections

Infographic: Climate Impacts

Climate impacts – assessing the global outlook of climate change 2015 marks an important milestone in the effort to combat climate change. It may seem like we’ve heard that refrain before, but with each passing year the reality of a changing climate becomes more apparent and immediate in the lives and livelihoods of millions of people, many of them the…

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IUCN: Value of Natural World Heritage Sites Goes Far Beyond Monetary Gain

Contributing billions of dollars per year to local communities and national economies, UNESCO Natural World Heritage sites provide critical ecosystem benefits and a lifeline that keeps our connection to nature intact.

The NOAA releases its latest Arctic Report Card

Baked Alaska: Climate Change in the Arctic

Arctic report card – If there’s been any “pause” in global warming, the Arctic  hasn’t seen it. The latest Arctic Report Card issued from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows a continued acceleration of climate change in the region. This latest report shows that Arctic air temperatures continue to rise at more than twice the rate of global temperatures,…

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COP 20 and the Lima Call For Climate Action

Lima Call For Climate Action: The Long Road to Paris Begins

The long road to Paris begins – It seems little has changed in the negotiating process at the latest Conference of the Parties in Lima, Peru. Negotiations spilled into a marathon extended session at the COP 20 climate talks, finally ending Sunday morning, 31 hours after the scheduled end of the two-week conference, with what many call a “watered down” agreement. Sound…

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Coping with climate change: Stilt houses.

Video: Climate Change Adaptation

As Cop 20 wraps up its negotiations in Lima, Peru in hopes of securing an international climate treaty in Paris next year, the need for adaptation to a climate changed world becomes abundantly clear. As is typical of the COP process, the talks in Lima wind up in the weary, wee final hours the conference wrangling over the same contentious issues…

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