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National Climate Assessment Pulls No Punches About US Options

(All figures are from the 2014 National Climate Assessment draft.) Later today (Tuesday, May 6), at 8 a.m. EDT, the National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee of experts meets by conference call to approve the final version of the Third National Climate Assessment. The gist of their message, as Suzanne Goldenberg of The Guardian […]

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NAS & Royal Society Move Climate Talk From Debate To Mitigation

The U.S. National Academy of Sciences and The Royal Society of London debut Climate Change: Evidence & Causes, a new publication produced jointly by the two world-leading scientific institutions, live on the internet on Thursday, February 27, 2014, from 10:00-11:30 EST. The new publication bills itself as “a brief, readable reference document for decision makers,

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BREAKING: Today's Illinois Tornadoes

Tornado watches and warnings in the Midwest, Sunday, November 17, 2013. On their way to Chicago. Peoria. Jennifer Wojcicki ☈ ‏‪@WxWithJenny‬ 20m RT ‪@TomPurdyWI‬: Beautiful wall cloud near Harvard, Illinois earlier, inflow screaming in on right side there. ‪#ilwx‬ ‪pic.twitter.com/8JvW8Hwfiq‬ Chicago Tribune ‏‪@chicagotribune‬ 58m Tornado touching down in LaSalle County ‪http://trib.in/1bwjOO7 ‬ ‪pic.twitter.com/zBOT9eyAH8‬ ChuckGoudieABC ‏‪@ChuckGoudieABC7‬ Twister

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"Lousy, Spoilt, and Defiled Planet" Climate Talks Begin In Warsaw

Officials open the 2013 UNFCCC meetings with determination and louder warnings…. (Photo source: http://ow.ly/qL43P) It’s time for the governments of the world to struggle with climate change policy again. Every year, late in November and early in December, representatives of 195 nations gather for two weeks to try to negotiate global responses to the increasingly

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Shutter 1.2% Of Power Plants, Cut Carbon Costs By 20%

The nation’s most-polluting power plant, Georgia Power Company’s Plant Scherer in Juliette, Georgia, emits more carbon dioxide than all of Maine’s energy emissions. Here’s more from Environment America: On September 10, the Environment America Research & Policy Center, an independent nonprofit, and the Frontier Group presented a mighty appealing fast track toward limiting the U.S.

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Week In Climate: China Burns, Greenland Melts, & The US Congress Continues To Fight Against Carbon Regulations

The following items were reported in the past week: China is experiencing a massive, continent-wide record-setting heat wave. Several major cities across the country have recorded all-time high temperatures. Shanghai, for example, reached 105°F after setting century-old heat records each day for the previous week. Dozens of deaths are reported so far. Greenland recorded its highest temperature

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Sea Ice Melt: Climate Scientists Connecting the Dots Between Record Sea Ice Melt and Extreme Weather

  This Summer, the Arctic has seen levels of sea ice melt never before recorded, smashing the previous record for minimum sea ice pack set in 2007. According to climate scientists, we can now consider the Arctic essentially ice-free at the end of the ice-loss season. Concurrently, Alaska is experiencing a series of extreme weather

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Nobel Prize Winning Scientists Links Extreme Weather to Global Warming

The 244th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) has already revealed several big stories regarding alternative fuels for transport, but it has also given Nobel Prize winning scientist, Mario J. Molina, Ph.D. a platform from which to explain why he believes there is new scientific proof linking extreme weather to climate change. “People may not

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2011: Year of Extremes, Seriously (in Weather)

  by Jeff Masters of WunderBlog (repost) Rains unprecedented in 117 years of record keeping set new yearly precipitation totals in seven states during 2011, NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center revealed in its preliminary year-end report for 2011. An extraordinary twenty major U.S. cities had their wettest year on record during 2011. This smashes the previous record of ten

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32 Most Expensive Weather Disasters & 10 Deadliest Weather Disasters of 2011

  2011 was a record year for extreme weather, as I’ve noted a few times already. Meteorologist Dr. Jeff Masters of Wunderblog has more on last year’s wild weather, including the top 10 most expensive weather disasters and deadliest weather disasters of 2011, reposted in full from Wunderblog here (note: this is what global warming

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1,000 Killed, Philippines Get Nailed with Killer Floods — Predicted by Climate Scientists (but "Too Alarmist")

  Philippines is now suffering tremendous flooding most likely related to climate change — nice Christmas present, eh? The only way global warming deniers (or, “science deniers,” as I think I’m going to start calling them) can claim that the effects of global warming aren’t already hitting us is if they can prove that climate

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$10 Billion — Cost of U.S. Floods in 2011 Related to Global Warming

  No, no single weather event can be definitively linked to global warming, statistically. But everyone knows what global warming has been predicted to cause, and everyone can see it’s happening. More from Think Progress: CoreLogic “estimates flood losses in the U.S. this year at approximately $10.67 billion, based on various flooding and storm events recorded

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US Experiences A Dozen Billion-Dollar Weather Disasters in 2011

For the United States, 2011 has been a costly year when it comes to weather and climate disasters, suffering 12 separate billion dollar disasters in the year alone. The total aggregate damage for the year totals an approximate $52 billion, breaking the previous record of nine separate billion dollar weather/climate disasters in 2008. Sadly, across

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Climate Change Equals More Extreme Weather, UN Reports

Well, if you weren’t painfully aware of this already, the UN has announced today that climate change is, without a doubt, linked to more extreme weather, such as heavier rains, more floods, more severe droughts, stronger hurricanes and cyclones, and more landslides. The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), along with telling us that

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Myles Allen & Guardian Screw & Misquote Al Gore; Joe Romm Sets the Record Straight

When I first saw this piece in the Guardian, I thought “WTF?” The Guardian is actually the only mass media machine I really respect and follow on global warming and climate change issues. But this piece tearing into Gore for a quote that was not actually a Gore quote (but a Guardian journalist’s quote) was a shocker, and abysmal piece. Interestingly, it came from a climate scientist who doesn’t seem to be getting the respect his colleagues is getting. Anyway, here’s Dr. Joe Romm’s full debunking:

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Secretary of Agriculture: "Hard to Explain" How Anyone Could Not Tell the Climate is Changing

Yes, with heat records in the U.S. and elsewhere being set like there’s no tomorrow, disaster records being set in a similar manner, and a little bit of 1 plus 1 equals 2, it’s hard to believe anyone would not believe climate change is already happening. Add on the following chart on who has stated global warming is happening and who hasn’t and one really has to wonder what Tea Partiers are smoking (since it is mostly just Tea Partiers who are still denying the science).

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Wild Weather — Oklahoma in Severe Drought Now & Virginia Downpour "Off the Charts"

Aside from the Northeast’s unprecedented hurricane/tropical storm, Irene, as well as the record-setting, unprecedented drought, heat, and fires in Texas and the wildfires in Arizona, many more regions have been getting slammed with extreme, wild weather and natural disasters recently. Two more examples are Oklahoma and Virginia.

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Floods in Seoul Displace over 11,000 & Kill Dozens; Floods in Bangladesh Displace over 10,000

Floods, one of the hallmark natural disasters resulting in greater occurrence and strength from climate change, are tearing about homes, cities, and people in Bangladesh and Seoul, South Korea this week. Seoul has seen the heaviest rains in July since 1907 now. At least 59 people are dead and 10 missing, according to the latest reports. About 10,000 people from about 4,800 homes have been left homeless.

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South Korea Hit with Deadly Landslides (from Heavy Rains)

South Korea just got nailed with some heavy rain that has triggered landslides in and flooding in and near its large capital city, Seoul. 32 have been confirmed dead so far. (Whatever you do, don’t consider that is has anything to do with climate change, even though this is exactly the sort of catastrophe climate scientists have predicted will become more and more common.)

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Extremely Extreme Weather in 2010.. Perhaps Most Extreme on Record

Dr. Jeff Masters, a world-leading meteorologist, just finished a compilation of what he considered 2010’s top 20 extreme weather events. All in all, he considers 2010 to be the most extreme year for weather since records began and, unfortunately, with a good understanding of climate change, he hints at what we could be in for if we don’t turn things around quickly.

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Joplin, Missouri to Get Hit with More Tornadoes Today?

Joplin, Missouri has been hit with some of the wildest weather this week already. 116 have been found dead after a tornado slammed the city of approximately 50,000. Unfortunately, more tornadoes could be on the way today.

According to the National Weather Service, there’s a 45% chance of another tornado outbreak today, especially between about 4:00pm and midnight. Other than Missouri, this possibility is for parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Nebraska.

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Montana Floods Kill One, Leave One Missing — More Extreme Weather to Come

Yes, it’s not rainy season anymore, it’s flooding season (unless you live in areas of the country experiencing “exceptional drought” — the highest level of drought — and wild fires). Montana is the latest to get extreme floods and they are now moving on towards neighboring states such as Wyoming and Utah.

Let me reiterate yet again, global warming (aka global weirding) = extreme floods AND extreme drought.

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