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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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Renewable sources provide nearly half of all new generating capacity in 2014

Renewable Energy Beats Natural Gas for New Capacity in 2014

It was a close race throughout the year, but in the end new generating capacity from renewable sources beat out new natural gas capacity by 1.16 percent in 2014. Of the 49.81 percent of new capacity from renewable energy, more than one-quarter, or 26.52 percent, came from wind energy while solar power provided another 20.40 percent of the total. Other…

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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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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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A healthy environment leads to human well-being. Can we leverage the climate crisis for planetary health?

The Pearl in the Oyster – Leveraging the Climate Crisis for Human and Planetary Health

We may be able to leverage the threats posed by environmental degradation in a way the could contribute to human health and galvanize action on climate change. The deteriorating state of our environment has prompted research that shows how the preservation of the natural world augments our physical and mental wellbeing. Adverse health impacts from climate change combined with the…

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A climate change cost benefit analysis clearly show the unacceptable cost of inaction and the overwhelming benefit of action on climate change

Acting to Combat Climate Change: A Cost Benefit Analysis

We are getting a much clearer picture of the costs associated with climate change and the benefits of action to combat it.  While adding up the costs of a warmer world is no easy feat, economists are increasingly quantifying the risks associated with climate change. The price tag associated with global warming includes the costs associated with extreme weather, declining global food stocks, degraded ecosystems, the loss of biodiversity,…

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New research from NASA indicates an unstoppable chain reaction of Antarctic ice melt in the Amundsen sea

NASA Research Indicates Slow, Irreversible West Antarctic Ice Melt

Bad news for Antarctic ice, but not particularly surprising to scientists Several news headlines this week have heralded the “unstoppable” decline of a major portion of the West Antarctica ice sheet in the Amundsen Sea, eventually disappearing in as little as two centuries. Projections for the complete collapse of the West Antarctic ice sheet range from two hundred to nearly nine hundred years, but what…

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