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Arctic Sea Ice Maximum Reaches Lowest Extent on Record

Preliminary analysis from the National Snow & Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Boulder, Colorado shows that Arctic sea ice likely reached its seasonal maximum on February 25th. At 5.61 million square miles (14.54 million square kilometers) the expected maximum ice extent is the lowest in the satellite record. The maximum extent for 2015 is 425,000 sq. miles (1.10 sq. kilometers)…

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Extreme Weather, Climate Controversy Set the Political Stage

The flow of news and developments directly and indirectly related to climate change has been fast and strong this past couple of weeks as government leaders in the U.S. and around the world prepare for U.N. climate treaty talks in Paris.

No rain in California. The warmest winter on record for the state as well as the rest of the globe

Warmest Winter on Record

December 2014-February 2015: Warmest winter on record – Despite the headline-grabbing record cold and snowfall in the eastern U.S., spring comes to the northern hemisphere on the heels of the warmest winter on record. According to the latest report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the average global land and sea surface temperature for the period of December…

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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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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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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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Understanding Beijing and China’s Air Pollution Problem

A combination of emissions from vehicles, power and industrial plants along with wind and weather patterns is responsible for dangerously high levels of air pollution in Beijing and cities across China, a threat that China’s government are just now taking steps to address.