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2014 Hottest Year on Record – Some Thoughts

2014 hottest year on record. What, me worry?

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), 1.22° C above the …

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Warmest October on Record – Fifth Record Warm Month of 2014

2014 Warmest October on Record

Warmest October on record On Thursday the National Climate Data Center (NCDC), part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), released their monthly report indicating October 2014 as the warmest on record with a combined global land and ocean surface temperature 58.43°, or  1.33° F above the 20th century average of 57.1° F. NASA, the Japanese Weather Agency and the University of Alabama Huntsville …

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Warmest May on Record

May 2014 - the warmest May on recored - so far

Oceans fuel record warmth for May 2014 In its most recent State of the Climate Report released on Monday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports that May 2014 was the hottest May on record. The combined average global ocean/land surface  temperature for the month was 59.93º Fahrenheit (15.51 Celsius) 1.33º Fahrenheit (0.74 C) above the 20th century average of 58.6º F (14.8 C). The hot May …

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Video: Dr. Maureen Raymo – A Symphony in the Climate System

Understanding past climate and natural climate variability is the key to understanding current climate change

Dr. Maureen Raymo is a geologist and climate scientist at the Columbia University Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory. Dr. Raymo has spent her career studying natural climate variability. The first woman to receive the acclaimed Wollaston Award, she seeks to understand how and why climate changes naturally, on timescales of hundreds of millions of years to thousands of years. In this short video from the Yale …

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The Relationship Between Landslides and Climate Change in North America

Mudslides and climate change. Does the recent tragedy in Washington state portend to much such devastating mudslides in a changing climate?

While the causal factors involved in landslides are complex, there is a strong body of research which supports the idea that climate change will increase the number of slides. The key factor connecting climate change to landslides is water. This linkage has been evinced in both geological and hydrological research. As University of Washington geologist Dave Montgomery explained in an interview with Earthfix, “if …

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