General Oceans

NOAA Reports Record Breaking Global Temperatures; Meltdown for Climate Change Denialists

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released data today (15 July 2010) showing that global temperatures in June -- and for the first six months of the year -- were the highest on record. As climate records continue to fall, attacks on climate science and scientists have been rebuffed by multiple investigations; and the National Academies of Sciences have solidified the scientific basis for action on climate change.

The Planet Feels the Heat as First Half of 2010 Sets Global Temperature Record

Global temperature data released today (9 July 2010) by NASA show that the first half of 2010 was the warmest January-June period in the 130 year record.  June was the warmest on record for the Northern Hemisphere, and tied in third place globally.

Records Toppled as NOAA Releases Latest Surface Temperature Data

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released data today (15 June 2010) confirming what NASA separately reported last week: global surface temperatures this Spring rose to record levels.  NOAA data also indicate that other temperature records are toppling -- all consistent with long-term trends driven largely by rising greenhouse gas emissions.

Senate Subcommittee to Hear Testimony on the Environmental and Economic Impacts of Ocean Acidification

On Thursday (22 April 2010) a U.S. Senate subcommittee will hold a hearing on The Environmental and Economic Impacts of Ocean Acidification. The actress Sigourney Weaver -- narrator of the documentary Acid Test: The Global Challenge of Ocean Acidification -- will be among the witnesses.

Record Breaking Temperatures Continue in March for Southern Hemisphere

NASA reports that record high temperatures in the Southern Hemisphere persisted into March 2010, following the warmest summer (Dec-Feb) on record there -- and its hottest year on record in 2009.  NASA data indicates that globally, surface temperatures were the second highest on record in March.

Online Resources: Climate Change Impacts on Ecosystems and Species

Rising greenhouse gas concentrations are changing the world's climate and acidifying the oceans, and these already are affecting ecosystems and species on all the world's continents and oceans.  Those impacts will rapidly grow during the rest of the 21st century -- and beyond.  We provide a sampling of key online resources on those impacts on natural systems and wildlife.

Podcast: Confronting Ocean Acidification -- The Evil Twin of Climate Change

Erik Stokstad of the journal Science interviews  Edward Miles of the University of Washington, Seattle, about ocean acidification -- the evil twin of climate change.  Listen to the podcast.

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