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Andrea Germanos – NOAA Issues ‘Jaw-Dropping’ Assessment on ‘Unprecedented’ Arctic Warming

If President-elect Donald Trump’s appointments of a “band of climate conspiracy theorists” weren’t already stoking fears for the ever-warming planet, the latest Arctic Report Cardfrom the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) may well provide the ignition. The annual assessment, released Wednesday, finds that “persistent warming” is driving “extensive changes” to the region. In fact, the average air temperatures were …

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Lauren McCauley – Scientists Racing to Archive Climate Data Before Denier-in-Chief Trump Takes Office

Anticipating the worst under the incoming administration, a group of scientists are frantically trying to archive government climate data before President-elect Donald Trump’s “band of climate conspiracy theorists…storm the castle,” as one put it. On Saturday, Slate meterologist Eric Holthaus posed the question: “Scientists: Do you have a US.gov climate database that you don’t want to see disappear? Add it …

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Nika Knight – Methane Emissions Are Soaring, Report Finds, and Agriculture Is to Blame

Mere months after atmospheric carbon dioxide permanently surpassed a symbolic threshold of 400 parts per million, scientists have more bad news: emissions of methane, a more potent greenhouse gas, have skyrocketed in the past 20 years—and show no sign of slowing. That’s according to a new analysis published Monday in the journal Environmental Research Letters. The report, The Growing Role of …

Orlando Milesi – Coal Mine Threatens Ecological Paradise in Chile’s Patagonia Region

Riesco, the country’s fourth-largest island, at the southern tip of South America, and the waters around it, is home to many species, such as the humpback whale, four kinds of dolphins, elephant seals and penguins, 24 species of land mammals and 136 birds. “I will not leave. But I see the drastic changes,” a worried Gregor Stipicic, one of the …

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Nadia Prupis – Hottest September on Record Basically “Locks In” 2016 as Hottest Year: NASA

Last month was the hottest September on record, which means 2016 is all but locked into being the hottest year on record, according to new NASA statistics released Tuesday. “With data now available through September, 2016 annual record (~1.25ºC above late 19th [century]) seems locked in,” tweeted Dr. Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. By a …

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Nadia Prupis – Hottest September on Record Basically “Locks In” 2016 as Hottest Year: NASA

Last month was the hottest September on record, which means 2016 is all but locked into being the hottest year on record, according to new NASA statistics released Tuesday. “With data now available through September, 2016 annual record (~1.25ºC above late 19th [century]) seems locked in,” tweeted Dr. Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies.   By …

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Andrea Germanos – Methane Emissions From Fossil Fuel Industry May Be 60 Percent Higher Than Estimates: Study

As President Barack Obama heralds the ratification of the Paris climate agreement, a new study shows that methane emissions from the fossil fuel industry are far higher than previously estimated. According to the research published online Wednesday in the journal Nature, they may be as much as 60 percent greater. “Our study shows that leaks from oil and gas activities around the world are responsible for a …

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Alison Rose Levy – In This Election, the Climate Should Trump Everything Else

Remember the good old days when climate change was something that would occur a century or more in the future? Something we could avoid if we played our cards right? As the years rolled by, the time between us and that faraway future bedeviling our great-grandchildren first shortened and then disappeared. In an April 2015 studypublished in Nature, climate scientists wrote …

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Climate change already accelerating sea level rise, study finds

BOULDER, Colo. — Greenhouse gases are already having an accelerating effect on sea level rise, but the impact has so far been masked by the cataclysmic 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines, according to a new study led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). Satellite observations, which began in 1993, indicate that the rate of sea …

Chris D’Angelo – The Results Of Earth’s ‘Annual Physical’ Are A Scary Dose Of Deja Vu

  A devastating dose of long-term climate change combined with a strong El Niño in 2015 seemingly left every major climate record on the books shattered, according to an annual international climate report released Tuesday. The State of the Climate report, led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and described as Earth’s “annual physical,” finds that the health of the planet has, once …