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The increasingly wide temperature fluctuations over short periods of time indicate we could be approaching climate tipping points.

Massive US Temperature Fluctuations and Climate Change

What are the implications of wild swings in temperature for the veracity of climate change? Everyone who follows climate science knows that the planet is warming, but many are unaware of how temperature fluctuations may also be a part of the climate change picture. Scientific observations provide an overwhelmingly compelling body of evidence for global warming. Many lines of scientific…

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Extreme weather is a harbinger of life in a climate-changed world

Extreme Weather and Existential Reflections on Life in the Anthropocene

The recent spate of deadly tornadoes in the U.S. and the carnage of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines are poignant opportunities for us to reflect on the future of civilization. These events are tangible reminders of the sometimes intangible reality of human existence in the anthropocene. Extreme weather affords an opportunity to come to terms with the evidence that shows…

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2012 was a record-breaking year for extreme weather events in the U.S.

Video Friday: Extreme Weather, Insurance Companies and the American Taxpayer

This NRDC video discusses the costs of extreme weather events, which in 2012 totaled one percent of the nation’s gross domestic product. Insurance companies are “under water” in more ways than one and the US taxpayer ended up paying what is essentially a “climate disruption” of 2.7 percent more than the total collected in sales taxes for 2012.

2012 was a record-breaking year for extreme weather events in the U.S.

Review of the Most Extreme U.S. Weather Events of 2012

Extreme weather is helping Americans to accept the veracity of climate science. Thousands were killed due to extreme weather in the U.S. in 2012 and the costs amount to hundreds of billions of dollars in property damage, diminished agricultural yields and lost productivity. In 2012, there were eleven extreme weather events in the U.S. which cost a billion dollars or…

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The U.S. east coast is hammered by yet another "storm of the century." A climate-changed world is thrust upon us as the presidential election is only days away, reminding voters of the stark choice between the two candidates.

Hurricane Sandy, Climate Change and the Upcoming Election

Hurricane Sandy wreaked massive destruction on the U.S. east coast. What is particularly noteworthy is the fact that this super-storm traversed a section of ocean that is typically too cold to form hurricanes. In addition to 90 mph (144 kph) winds and massive amounts of rain there was up to 3 feet of snow in West Virginia and other mountainous…

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In a poll conducted by Yale University, four out of five Americans reported personally experiencing one or more types of extreme weather in 2011, while more than a third said they were personally harmed by one or more of these events. A large majority of Americans believe that global warming made several high profile extreme weather events worse

EarthTalk: Climate Change and Extreme Weather

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What is the scientific consensus on all the extreme weather we’ve been having—from monster tornadoes to massive floods and wildfires? Is there a clear connection to climate change? And if so what are we doing to be prepared?   – Jason…

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The proposed Climate Voters Project will put climate change in the political arena and compel leaders to address the urgency of the issue

The Climate Voters Project

I am proposing a new project, called Climate Voters, which could be operated within the League of Conservation Voters, or could be part of a collaborative effort in which many environmental organizations participate. This is the project’s slogan: We care about climate change and we vote. Climate change is happening now. We need public policy to address this problem. We…

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