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Coral bleaching off the coast of Thailand

Climate Change, El Niño Prolong Coral Die-off

The news earlier this month of a record low Arctic sea ice in January, combined with the hottest January on record and four separate studies corroborating accelerating sea level rise is only some of the recent news pointing to a rapidly changing global climate. In a press statement released today by the American Geophysical Union, scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report…

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Warmest End to the Warmest Year on Record

The latest State of the Climate report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) continues with its broken record of broken records. The NOAA report states that not only was 2015 the warmest year on record, it broke the record by the widest margin ever. Average global land and ocean surface temperature was 1.6° F (0.90° C) above the 20th century average, beating…

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Hurricane Patrick fueled by unprecedented warm waters in the Pacific

Western U.S. Braces for Onset of El Niño Storms

This year’s strong El Niño is wreaking havoc around the world, including in the U.S., where Californians are bracing for the onset of a series of expected storms.

Record-breaking temperature in London on July 1st, 2015

June 2015 Hottest on Record: Super El Niño, Heatwaves, Record Precipitation and Drought

According to data released this week by the Japan Meteorological Agency,  June 2015 was the hottest June in the global record. On Wednesday NASA reported similar findings, with 2015 tied with 1998 as the warmest on record. What is considered one of the strongest El Niños in 50 years underpins the ongoing global warming trend, making expectations for 2015 to beat last year as the…

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50 Million Year Old Fossil Clams Shed Light on El Nino and Global Warming

One current climate theory suggests that global warming could result in El Nino conditions becoming permanent as opposed to occurring in prevailing two- to seven-year cycles. New research based on a study of a long-lived species of fossilized clam that lived of the coast of Antarctica indicates that was not the case during the early Eocene, when the Earth was as warm as it’s been in the last 65 million years.

El Nino intensifies and drifts westward according to new research

El Niño More Intense Over Past Thirty Years, Causes and Impacts Unkown

Researchers from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have published a study (pdf) in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, showing how the El Niño weather phenomenon has doubled in intensity over the past 30 years while drifting westward. What the cause of these changes to are is uncertain, including whether man-made global warming…

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We must keep in mind the difference between climate and weather. Climate is the average of weather over at least three decades, which means that specific storms or even individual snowy winters, let alone other types of extreme weather, cannot be considered evidence of either the existence or nonexistence of global warming.

Were the Heavy Storms Last Winter Due to Global Warming?

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: The U.S. got socked with several major storms this past winter. Local weather reports never mentioned this as odd. But is it a sign of global warming? — R.A. Forbes, via e-mail Weather patterns and trends are notoriously unpredictable, varying…

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