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 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,…

Why pipelines are a bad idea

Published on Jul 31, 2013: A new analysis of oil and gas pipeline safety in the United States reveals a troubling history of spills, contamination, injuries and deaths. Read more at NoKeystone.org. This time-lapse video shows pipeline incidents from 1986 to 2013, relying on publicly available data from the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.…

Polar Vortex to Collapse and Flood Eastern US With Arctic Air

Robert Scribbler: Well, the forecast is in. And it appears we are about to receive yet another helping of winter weather extremes driven by human caused climate change. ECMWF and NOAA models both show mid and upper level warmth increasing over the polar region. This warmth, over the next week, will invade toward the surface, collapsing the…

Time to Wake Up: American Corporations are Taking Climate Change Seriously

January 15, 2014 – In this week’s “Time to Wake Up” speech on the Senate floor, Senator Whitehouse describes how many American companies are planning for climate change. In the speech, Senator Whitehouse shares that companies with internal prices for carbon include Microsoft, Exxon-Mobil, Disney, and Google.   Follow Senator Whitehouse on facebook

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…

BP study: Greenhouse emissions will rise by almost a third in the next 20 years

Fiona Harvey and Terry Macalister from The Guardian, report: Energy firm’s analysis finds switch to other fuels like shale gas will do little to cut carbon emissions In the UK, shale gas has received a boost from David Cameron, who vowed to go all out for shale by offering taxpayer-funded giveaways to companies. But the news that such a move will…