Tag Archives: extreme weather

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 declared a disaster zone …

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Enviro News Wrap: Climate Denial Begins to Melt; Energy and Human Health; Global Flooding, and more…

The Latest Environmental News Headlines

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up and comments on the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: The business of climate change denial is getting more frail with time. With the summer heat and storms Americans are starting to believe in global warming. It is statistically proven that the more extreme the weather the more Americans are inclined to believe in climate change. …

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Extreme Weather Makes a Convincing Case for Climate Change

Extreme weather is becoming the norm in a warming world

The subject of extreme weather is of great importance because it provides a tangible illustration of climate change. The average person understands that the increasing number of record-breaking heat waves and tornadoes are more than isolated weather events, they reflect a changing climate. This point was born out in a recent study, which showed that more Americans are accepting the reality of climate change. …

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Survey Shows More Americans Believe Climate Change is Happening

American belief in global warming is now on the rise

The number of Americans who believe global warming is happening is on the rise, according to a Brookings Institution report on the latest National Survey of American Public Opinion on Climate Change (NSAPOCC) survey conducted in December of 2011. The report shows much of that new-found belief comes from direct experience with independent studies showing that four out of five Americans have been directly impacted by climate change. 2011 was a “year …

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The Oceanic Conveyor Belt: Climate Change Tipping Points Being Reached in the Arctic, Western Boundary Ocean Currents

Two new research papers by authoritative climate research teams were announced this week — one on climate change tipping points being reached in the Arctic and a second on warming of long-distance, poleward-moving ocean currents. The results of the studies show that warming of both the Arctic and western boundary currents is happening faster than has been anticipated, prompting the researchers to publicly urge …

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The Year in Review: Popular Efforts to Combat Climate Change in 2011

Popular efforts to fight global warming increased in 2011

Last year saw a significant increase in popular efforts to combat climate change. From protests against the Keystone XL pipeline to campaigns that pressure businesses to engage more sustainable practices, people are standing up in support of efforts to combat climate change. Last year, we also saw an unprecedented number of people getting involved with environmental events, protests and social activism. Although the Occupy …

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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 study’s results may put …

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