North America

When poverty meets natural disaster & what that means with a changing climate

"The horrifying aftermath from Haiti’s earthquake is a stark example of the vulnerability of poor nations to sudden shifts in their natural environment."

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.

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."

WWF Canada CEO: If Climate Scientists Sound Alarmist, "It is Only Because They are Alarmed"

In a commentary published in the Globe and Mail yesterday (9 February 2010), president and CEO of WWF-Canada Gerald Butts comments on the recent imbroglio surrounding the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's research. "Breathless media claims that the scientific consensus supporting the reality of climate change and its causes has collapsed are simply untrue," Butts says.

US Government Finds that Pika is "Not at Risk" from Climate Change

The U.S. Government will publish on Tuesday (9 February 2010) in the Federal Register a decision to deny protection to the Pika under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Pushed by Climate Change, American Pikas May Follow Polar Bears onto Endangered Species List

“Will the American pika become the first species in the lower 48 states to be listed under the Endangered Species Act owing to climate change?”

Wetlands and Waterfowl in Prairie Pothole Region of North America are "Highly Vulnerable to Climate Warming," Researchers Say

Researchers report in the February 2010 issue of  BioScience that wetlands will dry faster each year under the warmer and drier climate projected for the prairie potholes region of North America. Glenn Guntenspergen, a U.S. Geological Survey researcher and co-author of the article, said it is "difficult to imagine how to maintain today’s level of waterfowl populations in altered climate conditions."

As Nations Sign On to Copenhagen Accord, Path to Low-Carbon Future Becomes Clearer

Nations representing nearly 80 percent of global emissions affirm actions to reduce emissions under copenhagen accord.

New Pentagon report declares climate change and energy as key issues “shaping the future security environment”

The Pentagon today (1 Feb 2010) released its Quadrennial Defense Review for 2010, stating that crafting a strategic approach to climate and energy is a priority. 

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."

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