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Video Friday: Looking Forward to 2013 – Climate Perspectives from 8 Scientists

Earlier this month the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union wrapped in San Francisco. Peter Sinclair, videographer and publisher of Climate Denial Crock of the Week, put together this short video for Yale Climate Forum highlighting the perspectives of eight scientist on the state of the climate and their concerns for its future trajectory.

The Historic Drought of 2012 and the Science of Climate Change

More than half of the U.S. is suffering under drought conditions and scientists are increasingly confident in their suggestion that global warming may be to blame. On July 11, the United States Department of Agriculture announced natural disaster areas in more than 1,000 counties in 26 states due to drought. This makes the drought of 2012 the largest total area ever…

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US Needs to Be Better Prepared for Extreme Weather, Ecological Changes Resulting from Climate Change

Climate change will cause changes in plant communities across nearly half the Earth’s land surface by 2100, driving conversion of nearly 40 percent of land-based ecosystems from one major ecological community type – forest, grassland or tundra – toward another, according to a new computer study conducted by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. The…

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Hurricane Irene exemplifies the trend toward more extreme weather, and along with it the extreme cost of climate change

Hurricane Irene and the Staggering Costs of Climate Change

Extreme weather events like Hurricane Irene illustrate the costs of man’s impact on the earth. The planet has been getting warmer since the dawn of the industrial age and for every one degree rise in temperature, moisture rises by 7 percent. Scientists predict that warmer temperatures will increase the frequency and severity of extreme weather events. Or to put it another way, global warming amplifies the risk factors for…

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New weather normal baseline data is adopted on July 1st

New Climate “Normals” Begin on July 1st – Warmer is the New Norm : NOAA Releases 2010 State of the Climate Report

Tomorrow the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will incorporate new baseline data reflecting new climate “normals” for 1981-2010. For the past decade baseline normals spanned the period from 1971-2000. These normals “serve as a 30 year baseline average of important climate variables that are used to understand average climate conditions at any location and serve as a consistent point…

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