May 2013 Earth’s 3rd Warmest May; Central European Floods Cost $22 Billion

By Jeff Masters / Wunderground: May 2013 was the globe’s 3rd warmest May since records began in 1880, according to NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). NASA rated it the 10th warmest May on record. The year-to-date period of January – May has been the 8th warmest such period on record. May 2013 global land…

Heatwaves blamed on Global Warming

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Central West Antarctica among the most rapidly warming regions on Earth

There is clear evidence that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is contributing to sea-level rise. In contrast, West Antarctic temperature changes in recent decades remain uncertain. West Antarctica has probably warmed since the 1950s, but there is disagreement regarding the magnitude, seasonality and spatial extent of this warming. This is primarily because long-term near-surface temperature…

Retrospective look at the Hockey Stick controversy

Especially on topic starting at 34:30 min in. Le professeur Bradley est l’invité du comité de vie scientifique de l’Association étudiante du Centre Eau Terre Environnement (AECETE). Professeur éminent au Département de géosciences et directeur du Climate System Research Center de l’Université du Massachussetts à Amherst (États-Unis), le professeur Bradley étudie les changements climatiques depuis…

3.5 mil years ago, summer temps were ~8°C warmer than today, CO2 was ~400 ppm

Two recent studies on past temperatures… Pliocene Warmth, Polar Amplification, and Stepped Pleistocene Cooling Recorded in NE Arctic Russia Understanding the evolution of Arctic polar climate from the protracted warmth of the middle Pliocene into the earliest glacial cycles in the Northern Hemisphere has been hindered by the lack of continuous, highly resolved Arctic time…

Last 12 Years Were Among 13 Warmest On Record, World Meteorological Organisation Confirms

By Alex Kirby / Climate News Network.

The year just past confirmed the Earth’s warming trend, which will continue and is reason for concern, says the World Meteorological Organisation.

LONDON, 2 May – Last year was among the ten warmest years since records began more than 160 years ago, the World Meteorological Organisation says.

The WMO says 2012 was the ninth warmest year recorded since 1850, and the 27th consecutive year in which the global land and ocean temperatures were above the 1961-1990 average.

The WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud said the continuing warming was cause for worry, and that it was on track to continue.