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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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