August 2015 follows a string of heat records as climate moves into uncharted territory

Broken Records: 2015 Hottest Summer, Hottest August, Hottest First Eight Months

Saying that it sounds like a broken record has itself become a broken record. The latest State of the Climate report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows August was the hottest on record, with the summer 2015 the hottest summer on record. The first eight months of 2015 surpassed all global heat records. Summer 2015 comes in…

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Wolrdwatch State of the World 2015

Worldwatch State of the World 2015: Hidden Threats to Sustainability

Founded in 1974 by Lester Brown, The Worldwatch Institute is an independent global environmental research organization using fact-based analysis to develop solutions to some of the most intractable issues facing the world today. The Institute’s annual State of the World report focuses on specific topics critical to social, economic and environmental sustainability. The 2015 report, Confronting Hidden Threats to Sustainability, addresses global dangers that are…

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It may be up in the northern latitudes that will be most livable in a climate-changed world

EarthTalk: The Best Places to Live in a Climate-Changed World

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Where will be the best places to live if global warming gets the best of us? ­- Cynthia McIntosh, Jasper, WY If temperatures around the globe continue to rise in the face of human-induced climate change as climatologists expect, some…

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sharing the facts with climate change deniers

Five Facts to Share With Climate Change Deniers

People with concerns about the environment consider the science settled and have long since moved on to solutions for the problems or delved deep into specific issues, such as global warming, water pollution or deforestation. They are forgetting a simple fact: they are leaving a huge part of the population behind. Depending on which politician – or which news outlet…

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Approaching a global warming tipping point

EarthTalk: Climate Change Tipping Point: How Close Are We?

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What is the best way to measure how close we are to the dreaded “point of no return” with climate change? In other words, when do we think we will have gone too far?  — David Johnston, via EarthTalk.org While we…

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Climate reality vs. fossil fuel myths

Infographic: Climate Science vs. Fossil Fuel Misinformation

In 1988, James Hansen, a leading climate scientist and former director of NASA’s Institute for Space Studies, testified before Congress on the scientific data showing human interference with the climate system. Since that time, according the Climate Accountability Institute, as reported by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), over half of all industrial emissions of carbon dioxide released since the start of…

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How do we wrap our brains around global warming?

Why People Don’t Believe in Climate Science

Why is it so hard to wrap our brains around global warming? – It’s a hoax, it’s the sun, it’s scientists after grant money, it’s a play for world domination. Then there’s Al Gore, the favorite straw man for many climate change deniers. One thing is clear, facts don’t matter. A climate change narrative based solely on facts hasn’t worked and…

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