Tag Archives: global warming

SCOTUS Strikes Down EPA Rules On Greenhouse Gases

USA Today reports: The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled against an Environmental Protection Agency effort to regulate power plant emissions, dealing a blow to the Biden administration in one of the most significant climate cases decided by the high court in more than a decade. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion for a 6-3 majority. The court’s three liberal …

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NOAA Forecasts Up To Six Major Hurricanes For 2022

Via press release from NOAA: Forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service, are predicting above-average hurricane activity this year — which would make it the seventh consecutive above-average hurricane season. NOAA’s outlook for the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season, which extends from June 1 to November 30, predicts a 65% chance of an above-normal season, …

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Antarctica Temps Are 50 To 90 Degrees Above Normal

The Washington Post reports: The coldest location on the planet has experienced an episode of warm weather this week unlike any ever observed, with temperatures over the eastern Antarctic ice sheet soaring 50 to 90 degrees above normal. The warmth has smashed records and shocked scientists. “This event is completely unprecedented and upended our expectations about the Antarctic climate system,” …

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Exxon Mobil Argues Its Climate Disinfo Is Free Speech

Courthouse News Service reports: One of the world’s biggest oil and gas companies appeared to be running on fumes Wednesday in its bid to avert liability for publicly downplaying both the risks of climate change and how its business contributes to global warming. The steady disintegration of the appeal began only moments into oral arguments at the Supreme Judicial Court …

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STUDY: Drought In Southwest Is Worst In 1200 Years

The Washington Post reports: The extreme heat and dry conditions of the past few years pushed what was already an epic, decades-long drought in the American West into a historic disaster that bears the unmistakable fingerprints of climate change. The long-running drought, which has persisted since 2000, can now be considered the driest 22-year period of the past 1,200 years, …

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“Imperfect” Agreement Struck At UN Climate Summit

The New York Times reports: With the bang of a gavel, diplomats from nearly 200 countries on Saturday struck a major agreement aimed at intensifying efforts to fight climate change, by calling on governments to return next year with stronger plans to curb their planet-warming emissions and urging wealthy nations to “at least double” funding by 2025 to protect the …

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POLL: 75% Of Republicans Say Humans Don’t Cause Climate Change, Most Say It’s Due To Natural Changes

Vice News reports: Nearly half of Americans still don’t think climate change is caused by human activities, but Democrats were far less likely than Republicans to hold those views, a new VICE News and Guardian poll has found. This year was marked by several unprecedented natural disasters, including a “heat dome” marked by sweltering temperatures of up to 113 F …

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UN: Greenhouse Gas Levels At Record High In 2020

Reuters reports: Greenhouse gas concentrations hit a record last year and the world is “way off track” on climate goals, the U.N. weather agency said on Monday, showing the scale of the task facing governments scrambling to avert dangerous levels of warming. A report by the World Meteorological Organization showed that carbon dioxide levels surged to 413.2 parts per million …

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Climate Change Scientists Share Nobel Prize In Physics

From the Nobel Prize Committee: Complex systems are characterised by randomness and disorder and are difficult to understand. This year’s Prize recognises new methods for describing them and predicting their long-term behaviour. One complex system of vital importance to humankind is Earth’s climate. Syukuro Manabe demonstrated how increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere lead to increased temperatures at …

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Forecasters Are Again Nearly Out Of Hurricane Names

Newsweek reports: Atlantic storm names are set to run out for the second year running, with only two left on the official list. The 2021 season has seen a “record-setting” start, with 19 named hurricanes forming in the Atlantic basin so far. “Teresa is the 19th storm to form in the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane season, which is well above normal. …

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NOAA: July 2021 Was Hottest Month Ever Recorded

NBC News reports: July was the hottest month ever recorded, according to data released Friday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration — an “unenviable distinction” that could ratchet up anxiety about climate change. “In this case, first place is the worst place to be,” NOAA Administrator Rick Spinrad said in a statement. “July is typically the world’s warmest month …

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United Nations Climate Panel Issues Dire Report

ABC News reports: A United Nations climate panel has confirmed — in its strongest language ever — that the impacts of human-caused climate change are severe and widespread, and that while there is still a chance to limit that warming, some impacts will continue to be felt for centuries. “It is unequivocal that human influence has warmed the atmosphere, ocean …

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Last Month Was Hottest June Ever For North America

The New York Times reports: Last month was the warmest June on record in North America, researchers said Wednesday, confirming the suspicions of millions of people who endured some of the hottest temperatures ever experienced on the continent. The Copernicus Climate Change Service, an agency supported by the European Union, said that average surface temperatures for June in North America …

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Antarctica Saw Record High Temperature In 2020

The Washington Post reports: On Feb. 6, 2020, the mercury stood at 64.9 degrees on a thermometer at Esperanza Base on the Trinity Peninsula at Antarctica. After more than a year of investigation, scientists with the World Meteorological Organization have confirmed the reading as accurate, establishing a new all-time temperature record for the world’s coldest continent. The announcement of their …

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LIVE VIDEO: Biden Hosts Global Climate Summit

The New York Times report: President Xi Jinping of China, the United States’ biggest rival on the world stage, has said he will attend the virtual summit. So have Presidents Vladimir V. Putin of Russia and Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, with whom the Biden administration is trying to negotiate a plan to protect the Amazon rainforest. A number of prominent …

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Forecasters: Expect “Above-Normal” Hurricane Season

USA Today reports: After the most ferocious hurricane season on record in 2020, top hurricane forecasters on Thursday said we should expect another active, above-normal season again this year. For the season, which begins June 1, meteorologist Phil Klotzbach and other experts from Colorado State University – among the nation’s top seasonal hurricane forecasters – predict 17 named tropical storms …

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Study: Earth Is Heading Towards Six-Month Summers

Changing America reports: New research posits that the seasons changing ahead of time could be a result of climate change and the warming of average global temperatures, resulting in a prolonged summer. These balance shifts could have dangerous implications for agriculture and natural environments, as well as human health. Published in the journal of Geophysical Research and Letters, the study …

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TODAY: 100 Million Under Winter Weather Warning

The Associated Press reports: Blame the polar vortex, a weather pattern that usually keeps to the arctic, but is increasingly visiting lower latitudes and staying beyond its welcome. Scientists say global warming caused by humans is partly responsible for making its southward escapes longer and more frequent. More than 100 million people live in areas covered Wednesday by some type …

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LIVE VIDEO: Biden Addresses Climate Change Issues

CNBC reports: President Joe Biden on Wednesday is set to sign several executive orders to tackle climate change and transition the country to a clean energy economy, the White House said. The executive actions include establishing climate change as a national security priority, conserving at least 30% of federal land and oceans by 2030 and canceling new oil and gas …

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UN Leader: We Must Declare A “Climate Emergency”

Reuters reports: World leaders should declare states of “climate emergency” in their countries to spur action to avoid catastrophic global warming, U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres said in opening remarks to a climate summit on Saturday. More than 70 world leaders were due to address the one-day virtual gathering aimed at building momentum for much steeper cuts in planet-warming emissions …

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