2013 was the second-hottest year without an El Niño since before 1850

The Guardian: According to the global surface temperate data set compiled by Kevin Cowtan and Robert Way, which achieves the best coverage of the rapidly-warming Arctic by filling in data gaps between temperature stations using a statistical method called kriging, 2013 was the 5th-hottest year on record (since 1850). The top three hottest years (2010, 2005,…

If There’s Global Warming … Why Is It So Cold?

It’s that time of year, the perennial “It’s snowing so it can’t be warming” season – or, as scientists call it, “winter”. Depends on where you’re standing, actually — I stood on a frozen lake with Dr. Jeff Masters to discuss the current planetary changes, but at the same time, in Alaska, historic warm temperatures…

NASA’s AIRS Sees Polar Vortex Behind U.S. Big Chill

Published January 2014: The chilling weather phenomenon that hit much of the U.S. in January is explained by scientist Eric Fetzer using data from NASA’s AIRS instrument.

Climate Science in Action

From researching the pace of Alaskan glacier melt to how changes in Arctic sea ice affect our weather, climate scientists go to some of the most remote areas on Earth to help us understand our environment. The Juneau Icefield Research Program (JIRP) brings scientists and students together annually to study glaciers. Jeff Barbee reports on…

Arctic Death Spiral 1979-2013 ( Sea Ice Decline / Deglaciation)

Monthly averages from January 1979 – 2014 (Jan). Data source via the Polar Science Center (University of Washington) URL.  Data visualisation by Andy Lee Robinson.   Arctic Death Spiral by Andy Lee Robinson is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Based on a work at http://haveland.com/share/arctic-death-spiral.png. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may…

Davos: Many have called for a price on carbon Now we must act #Energy #Agenda 2014

Leading the Global Climate and Energy Agenda: This week, some 2,500 CEOs, politicians, academics and journalists descend on the Swiss village of Davos for the 44th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum. We’ll be posting video from the most interesting sci-tech events here in Forum. Related Industry Awakens to Threat of Climate Change By Coral Davenport,…

2013 Is the Fourth Hottest Year on Record

By Phil Plait (Slate):  It’s official: 2013 is the fourth hottest year since records started being kept in 1880. It ties with 2003 for that dubious honor. This result was just announced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It uses global annual land and sea surface temperatures to make the call, and in 2013 these two measures combined…

Michael E Mann: If You See Something, Say Something

If You See Something, Say Something http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/19/opinion/sunday/if-you-see-something-say-something.html and http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2014/01/if-you-see-something-say-something/ The ‘Clear and Present Danger’ of Climate Change Interview by KCRW 21 Jan, 2014: Almost 100% of climate scientists now say global warming is caused by human behavior and that action now is a moral imperative for future generations. But public perception is moving the other way,…

Australia: Top temperature forecast to reach 46C | Heat stress | Power outages | Wildfires

Adelaide could break its 75-year-record for its hottest day – a searing 46.1C in January 1939 – after its warmest night in five years. The mercury only dropped to 29.9C just before 6:30am, with the temperature still above 35C at 2:00am. Acting regional director at the Bureau of Meteorology, John Nairne, says a new record…

UK and Poland announce plans to push fracking across Europe

David Cameron tells Polish Prime Minister that he will cooperate to prevent EU legislation that could slow down fracking industry By Sophie Yeo | Release URL  The UK and Poland have pledged to work together against any EU regulation that could threaten the shale gas industry. Speaking to Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk on the phone, David…

What has the West Virginia chemical spill to do with climate change?

Both involve the Koch Brothers In 2008, Freedom Industries was specially selected by Georgia-Pacific Chemicals as a distributor of G-P’s Talon brand mining reagents for West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Minnesota, Kentucky and Michigan. Georgia-Pacific Chemicals is, of course, a subsidiary of Georgia-Pacific, which was acquired by Koch Industries in 2005.  URL Billionaire oilman David Koch used to joke that…

Australia’s 2014 Heat Wave Picks Up Where 2013 Left Off

The U.S. may just be climbing out of the freezer, but Australia has been sweating through a major heat wave to start the year. Heat records fell across a large part of the country in the first week of the New Year. The warm weather is currently centered over sparsely populated Western Australia, but it could hit major population centers…

Mass Extinction: Let’s Not

Notice: The original video is no longer available. Published on Sep 28, 2013: “Last Hours” is the first in a series of short films that explore the perils of climate change and the solutions to avert climate disaster. Each subsequent film will highlight fact-based challenges facing the human race, and offer solutions to ameliorate these…