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Climate Progress – NASA: Hottest November on record, 2010 likely hottest year on record globally — despite deepest solar minimum in a century

December 10, 2010 Leave a comment

From Climate Progress:

NASA: Hottest November on record, 2010 likely hottest year on record globally — despite deepest solar minimum in a century

In U.S., heat records far exceed cold for 10th consecutive month

December 10, 2010

NASA released its monthly global temperature data, revealing November was easily the hottest in the temperature record.  The “meteorological year” — December to November — was also the hottest on record.  Calendar year 2010 appears poised to be the hottest on record.

These records are especially impressive because we’re in the middle of a strong La Niña, which would normally cool off temperatures for a few months (relatively speaking), and we’ve been in “the deepest solar minimum in nearly a century.”  It’s just hard to stop the march of manmade global warming, other than by sharply reducing greenhouse gas emissions, that is.

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As for the U.S., Steve Scolnik at Capital Climate analyzed the data from NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) for his post, “November Temperature Extremes: Heat Records Far Exceed Cold For 10th Consecutive Month,” which notes:

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Climate Progress – Energy and Global Warming News for December 7th: China’s cap and trade to come within 5 years; Chu says improved electric car batteries are 5 years off; Germany to add record 8 GW of solar power in 2010

December 7, 2010 Leave a comment

From Climate Progress:

Energy and Global Warming News for December 7th: China’s cap and trade to come within 5 years; Chu says improved electric car batteries are 5 years off; Germany to add record 8 GW of solar power in 2010

December 7, 2010

China’s Cap and Trade to Come Within Five Years

China will have a cap-and-trade system to limit its emissions by about 2015 as the world’s biggest polluter takes a lead role in developing clean energy, London School of Economics professor Nicholas Stern said.

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Running Dry: The Colorado River

December 3, 2010 Leave a comment

Alley and Rohrabacher: Brain vs Bluster

December 2, 2010 Leave a comment

Climate Progress – Royal Society special issue details ‘hellish vision’ of 7°F (4°C) world — which we may face in the 2060s!

November 29, 2010 Leave a comment

From Climate Progress:

Royal Society special issue details ‘hellish vision’ of 7°F (4°C) world — which we may face in the 2060s!

“In such a 4°C world, the limits for human adaptation are likely to be exceeded in many parts of the world, while the limits for adaptation for natural systems would largely be exceeded throughout the world.”

November 29, 2010

Figure 7.

“Projections of global warming relative to pre-industrial for the A1FI emissions scenario” — the one we’re currently on. “Dark shading shows the mean ±1 s.d. [standard deviation] for the tunings to 19 AR4 GCMs [IPCC Fourth Assessment General Circulation Models]  and the light shading shows the change in the uncertainty range when … climate–carbon-cycle feedbacks … are included.”

Note:  The Royal Society is making its “entire digital archive free to access” (!) through Tuesday, so download the articles in their special issue on 4C warming ASAP.

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Climate Progress – As Antarctica warms, a citadel of ice begins to melt

November 23, 2010 1 comment

From Climate Progress:

As Antarctica warms, a citadel of ice begins to melt

November 23, 2010

This is a re-post from Yale’s e360 blog by Fen Montaigne, author of the new book, Fraser’s Penguins: A Journey to the Future in Antarctica.

The fringes of the coldest continent are starting to feel the heat, with the northern Antarctic Peninsula warming faster than virtually any place on Earth. These rapidly rising temperatures represent the first breach in the enormous frozen dome that holds 90 percent of the world’s ice.

In 1978, when few researchers were paying attention to global warming, a prominent geologist at Ohio State University was already focused on the prospect of fossil fuel emissions trapping heat in the Earth’s atmosphere. His name was John H. Mercer, and when he contemplated what might be in store for the planet, his thoughts naturally gravitated to the biggest chunk of ice on Earth — Antarctica.

“If present trends in fossil fuel consumption continue…” he wrote in Nature, “a critical level of warmth will have been passed in high southern latitudes 50 years from now, and deglaciation of West Antarctica will be imminent or in progress…  One of the warning signs that a dangerous warming trend is under way in Antarctica will be the breakup of ice shelves on both coasts of the Antarctic Peninsula, starting with the northernmost and extending gradually southward.”

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Energy and Global Warming News for November 23rd: Massachusetts clears Cape Wind for construction; Simple discoveries could enhance wind turbine efficiency by 18%; Saving energy with a ’slow wall’

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Climate Progress – Energy and Global Warming News for November 19th

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Climate Progress – Energy and Global Warming News for November 18th

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Climate Progress – Energy and Global Warming News for November 17th

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Climate Progress – NASA reports 2010 hottest year on record so far

November 11, 2010 Leave a comment

From Climate Progress:

NASA reports 2010 hottest year on record so far

November 11, 2010

Last month, NASA reported it was the hottest January-September on record.  That followed a terrific analysis, “July 2010 — What Global Warming Looks Like,” which noted that 2010 is “likely” to be warmest year on record.

This month continues the trend of 2010 outpacing previous years, according to NASA:

October 2010 NASA

It now seems pretty certain 2010 will outpace 1998, which currently ties for fourth hottest year in the NASA dataset (though it is technically described by NASA folks as tied for the second hottest year with 2005 and 2007).

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Climate Progress – Energy and Global Warming News for November 10th

November 11, 2010 Leave a comment

From Climate Progress:

Energy and Global Warming News for November 10th; Governments gave 6 times more to fossil fuels than renewables in 2009; Oil price escalation coming due to inaction on climate

$312 Billion: Governments Gave Six Times More to Fossil Fuels Than Renewable Energy in 2009, IEA Report Says

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) global subsidies for fossil fuel production were almost six times that of renewable energy subsidies 2009.

In its annual World Energy Outlook report [pdf], released today, the IEA says the fossil fuel industry received US$312 billion compared to US$57 billion for renewables.  The majority of the subsidized funding for fossil fuels came from developing countries.  The World Energy Outlook-2010 sees oil as the leading fuel in the energy mix until 2035.

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Oil Price Escalation on the Way Due to Lack of Climate Action?

Sadly, much more than concern for future generations or concern for other creatures on the planet, a slight reduction in the amount of money in people’s wallets (or the number of new gadgets or clothes they can buy) may be the biggest driver of environmentally-responsible behavioral change. Well, it looks like this driving factor may be on the move.

In its annual World Energy Outlook report, the International Energy Agency warned yesterday that the failure last year to create a meaningful climate agreement in Copenhagen and weak implementation of the general goals that were agreed upon is likely to result in considerable oil price escalations.

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California’s Air Quality Plan to be Rejected by the EPA

Yesterday, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed to disapprove plans developed by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The air quality plans aimed to bring areas with poor air quality such as the South Coast and San Joaquin Valley into attainment with national health standards for particulate emissions. The fine particulates, known as PM2.5 are notoriously bad in places like Los Angeles and the surrounding area.

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America’s Energy Question: What Price Will it Take to Commit to Renewable Energy?

The economic recession has hit renewable energy industries in the United States hard, and the effects have been accentuated by the country’s lack of national renewable energy policy.

Many renewable energy businesses have found it increasingly difficult to receive money from financial institutions since 2008.  Yet, even when the finances have been in order, these companies have seen their projects halted by regulatory bodies which deem the cost of their energy as an added expense to the already tight monthly budget for American consumers.

The New York Times reports that deals for utilities to purchase renewable energy have been delayed in states such as Virginia, Idaho, Kentucky, and Florida.  Michael Polsky, the owner of Invenergy, a wind farm company, says his contract to sell energy to a utility in Virginia was rejected by state regulators.  The regulators cited the recession in their decision, and stated that energy produced by natural gas was a cheaper and better option for ratepayers — wind power would have increased monthly bills by 0.2%.

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Geologists: Earth Will Take 100,000 Years To Recover From Global Warming

November 5, 2010 Leave a comment
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Telegraph – Earth will take 100,000 years to recover from global warming say geologists

November 2, 2010 Leave a comment

From telegraph.co.uk:

Earth will take 100,000 years to recover from global warming say geologists

The Earth will take 100,000 years to recover from global warming if mankind continues to pump greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, geologists have warned.

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Climate Progress – Energy and Global Warming News for October 28th

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Climate Progress – Energy and Global Warming News for October 26th

October 26, 2010 Leave a comment
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Renee Schoof – NOAA: Warming Arctic unlikely to return to the way it was

October 21, 2010 Leave a comment

McClatchy News:

NOAA: Warming Arctic unlikely to return to the way it was

New observations this year about snow, ice and temperatures support the conclusion that the Arctic is unlikely to return to the conditions known in the 20th century — and that’s likely to affect the weather in the lower 48 United States.

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Climate Progress – New study puts the ‘hell’ in Hell and High Water

October 21, 2010 Leave a comment

From Climate Progress:

New study puts the ‘hell’ in Hell and High Water

Must-read NCAR analysis warns we risk multiple, devastating global droughts even on moderate emissions path
October 20, 2010

drought map 3 2060-2069

Extended drought and Dust-Bowlification over large swaths of the habited Earth may be the most dangerous impact of unrestricted greenhouse gas emissions, as I’ve discussed many times (see Intro to global warming impacts: Hell and High Water).

That’s especially true since such impacts could well last centuries, whereas the actual Dust Bowl itself only lasted seven to ten years — see NOAA stunner: Climate change “largely irreversible for 1000 years,” with permanent Dust Bowls in Southwest and around the globe.

A must-read new study from the National Center for Atmospheric Research, “Drought under global warming: a review,” is the best review and analysis on the subject I’ve seen.  It spells out for the lukewarmers and the delayers just what we risk if we continue to listen to the Siren song of “more energy R&D plus adapatation.”

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Climate Progress – How carbon dioxide controls earth’s temperature

October 20, 2010 Leave a comment

From Climate Progress:

How carbon dioxide controls earth’s temperature

NASA’s Lacis: “There is no viable alternative to counteract global warming except through direct human effort to reduce the atmospheric CO2 level.”

October 18, 2010

A study by GISS climate scientists recently published in the journal Science shows that atmospheric CO2 operates as a thermostat to control the temperature of Earth….

CO2 is the key atmospheric gas that exerts principal control (80% of the non-condensing GHG forcing) over the strength of the terrestrial greenhouse effect. Water vapor and clouds are fast-acting feedback effects, and as such, they are controlled by the radiative forcing supplied by the non-condensing GHGs….

There is no viable alternative to counteract global warming except through direct human effort to reduce the atmospheric CO2 level.

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NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies has posted three articles on their website explaining two important new studies, “Atmospheric CO2: Principal control knob governing Earth’s temperature” (subs. req’d) in Science by Andrew Lacis et al. and “The attribution of the present-day total greenhouse effect” (subs. req’d) in JGR by Gavin Schmidt et al.  Together they make a terrific tutorial on the critical role human-caused CO2 plays in climate change.

Schmidt is best known as a key contributor to the must-read blog, Real Climate.  Lacis may be best known as the NASA climatologist whose 2005 critique of the IPCC Fourth Assessment draft — “There is no scientific merit to be found in the Executive Summary” — was embraced by the anti-science disinformers until it was revealed he thought the IPCC consensus was in fact some watered down, least-common denominator piece of wishy-washiness that understates our scientific understanding, which it is (see “Disputing the ‘consensus’ on global warming“).

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Climate Progress – NASA reports hottest January to September on record

October 15, 2010 Leave a comment

From Climate Progress:

NASA reports hottest January to September on record

Hottest September in UAH satellite record, Spencer puzzled by “stubborn” temperatures

October 14, 2010

Last month, NASA reported it was the hottest January-August on record.  That followed a terrific analysis, “July 2010 — What Global Warming Looks Like,” which noted that 2010 is “likely” to be warmest year on record.

This month continues the trend of 2010 outpacing previous years, according to NASA:

It seems all but certain we will outpace 1998, which currently ties for fourth hottest year in the NASA dataset (though it is technically described by NASA folks as tied for the second hottest year with 2005 and 2007).

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Climate Progress – McCain drinks the Kool-Aid [iced tea?]

September 30, 2010 Leave a comment

From Climate Progress:

McCain drinks the Kool-Aid [iced tea?] and becomes a climate conspiracy theorist
September 30, 2010

The main (though not only) reason the climate and clean energy jobs bill died this year was that anti-science, pro-pollution ideologues killed it.  Until Senate rules change, any such bill would have required at least three Senate Republican votes and probably five.

In a semi-rational world, heck, even a semi-hemi-demi-rational world, that was imaginable, but not on on planet Earth. Who could have imagined that just 18 months after campaigning for President on a platform of climate action, the strongest conservative voice in the Senate for action on global warming would demagogue and campaign against policies that were weaker than the ones he had spent years advocating?

But McCain hasn’t merely drunk the flip-flop inducing Kool-Aid served by those who oppose even modest, centrist, business-friendly, Republican designed climate strategies (see “Republicans demagogue against market-oriented climate measures they once supported“).

Now he has sipped from the frosty, globally-cooled beverage made from the water of the river Lethe and served by the Tea Party climate zombies and the rest of the anti-science, pro-pollution crowd.  Brad Johnson just re-posted this video from McCain campaigning in New Hampshire with Senate candidate (and fellow denier) Kelly Ayotte.

Watch it and weep for homo ’sapiens’ sapiens:

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From: theGlobalReport | September 26, 2010

All but one of the 48 Republican hopefuls for the Senate mid-term elections in November deny the existence of climate change or oppose action on global warming, according to a just released report. The report, by the Center for American Progress, says the strong Republican front against established science includes entrenched Senate leaders such as John McCain.

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Climate Progress – Dawn of the brain-dead Senate

September 14, 2010 Leave a comment

From Climate Progress:

Dawn of the brain-dead Senate

GOP fills candidate slate with climate zombies who deny science
September 14, 2010

securedownload[1]A comprehensive Wonk Room survey of the Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate finds that nearly all dispute the scientific consensus that the United States must act to fight global warming pollution. In May, 2010, the National Academies of Science reported to Congress that “the U.S. should act now to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and develop a national strategy to adapt to the inevitable impacts of climate change” because global warming is “caused largely by human activities, and poses significant risks for — and in many cases is already affecting — a broad range of human and natural systems.”

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NEW HAMPSHIRE

All six Republican Senate candidates — Jim Bender, Gerard Beloin, Bill Binnie, Kelly Ayotte, Dennis Lamare and Ovide Lamontagne — are global warming deniers:

It was symbolic when the six Republican candidates for U.S. Senate stood up together side-by-side during a debate Wednesday. It resembled their positions on major issues. … All said man-made global warming hasn’t been proven. [Foster’s Daily Democrat, 8/18/10]

Lamontagne is also a signatory of Contract From America. Ayotte, Bender, Binnie, and Lamontagne are signatories of the No Climate Tax pledge.

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NASA reports hottest January to August on record

September 13, 2010 Leave a comment

From Climate Progress:

NASA reports hottest January to August on record

August tied for hottest in UAH satellite record*
September 12, 2010

Last month, NASA reported it was the hottest January-July on record, along with a terrific analysis, “July 2010 — What Global Warming Looks Like,” which noted that 2010 is “likely” to be warmest year on record.

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