Climate Refugees: The Human Face of Climate Change

Much as polar bears and walruses must move ashore as Arctic sea ice recedes in response to climate change, people around the world also must move as climate change raises sea levels, changes precipitation patterns and otherwise forces them from their homes and communities.  The film documentary Climate Refugees: The Human Face of Climate Change, vividly illustrates the consequences.

NOAA: Global Average Surface Temperatures in January are 4th Warmest on Record

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released today (12 February 2010) data indicating that January 2010 was the fourth warmest on record.  Land surface temperatures were the highest on record in the Southern Hemisphere; and global ocean surface temperatures were the second warmest on record.

U.S. Agency: 82 Coral Species "may be threatened or endangered"

In a notice published yesterday (10 February 2010), the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service concluded that 82 species of coral may be "threatened or endangered."  Among the threats cited by the agency were ocean acidification and elevated sea-surface temperatures -- both driven by the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

Climate Denial Crock of the Week: "It's cold. So there's no Climate Change"

With Washington, DC, and other parts of the U.S. experiencing a relatively snowy winter -- and in some cases seeing record snowfall amounts for the season -- climate change denialists are recycling the tired old argument that such conditions contradict the science behind climate change.  Greenman Studio responds to such arguments in this video from its series, "Climate Denial Crock of the Week."

Changing Climate a Factor in Oddball Winter Weather in Northern U.S., Says Report

According to a report by the National Wildlife Federation, winters in the northern U.S. are becoming milder and shorter -- as they are punctuated by heavy snowstorms. "Large economic uncertainty and potential losses are in store for many communities," the report says, "especially in regions where winter recreation provides significant tourism revenue."

Global Temperatures in 2009 Were Fifth Warmest on Record, Continuing Accelerated Pace of Warming Over Last 3 Decades

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported today (15 January 2010) that global land and ocean surface temperatures in 2009 were tied with 2006 as fifth warmest in the 130 year record.  NOAA says that global surface temperatures have increased at a rate of 0.29°F/decade during the past 30 years and that this is "a rate comparable to the rates of warming projected to occur during the next century with continued increases of anthropogenic greenhouse gases."

For First Decade of the 21st Century, U.S. Annual Temperatures Remain Above Normal

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released yesterday (8 January 2010) temperature and precipitation data for the year 2009.  The temperature for the continguous U.S. was above normal, continuing the unprececented series of 13 years with above normal temperatures -- and continuing the longer term warming trend.  The last year for which the temperature was below normal was 1996.

As Climate Changes, Species Must Race across Landscape to Adapt

The scientific journal Nature a few weeks ago (24 December 2009) published an important and interesting letter on the rapid pace of climate change -- and the rate at which species must move across the landscape just to remain within the same temperature conditions as these shift away from them. Two of the coauthors, Chris Field and Scott Loarie of Stanford University, explain in a short video.

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