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Antarctica Losing More than 24 cubic Miles of Ice Annually -- and the Pace is Accelerating

NASA reports that the mass of ice in Antarctica has been declining by around a hundred cubic kilometers (24 cubic miles) annually since 2002. Furthermore, the rate at which the continent is losing ice is accelerating.

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.

10 species to watch in 2010

This year’s watch list includes five species directly impacted by climate change.

Looking for Above Normal Temperatures? They are in the Arctic.

Despite the cold air gripping much of the U.S., Europe and Asia, there is a very large area in the Northern Hemisphere where temperatures are well above normal: the Arctic.  The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) reported yesterday (5 January 2010) that "average air temperatures over the Arctic Ocean were much higher than normal" during December 2009.  The extraordinary atmospheric conditions may be tied to climate change and  to the rapid decline in Arctic sea ice, as well as other factors that cause climate to vary.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Reports on Pacific Walrus and Polar Bear Stocks in Alaska

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) on Wednesday (30 December 2009) released stock assessment reports for the Pacific Walrus and polar bears in Alaska.  The reports note the growing impacts of climate change on both species.

Don't be Fooled by Weather's Ups and Downs: The Climate is Warming -- Rapidly

Even with global temperatures flirting with the record books as the earth warms in response to higher concentrations of greenhouse gases, the weather will vary.  But don't be misled by short-term and local variations.  The long-term global trends persist, and the odds of below normal temperatures will rapidly diminish as global warming continues.

Texas Congressman in Copenhagen Dismisses Climate Science: "We don’t have an icecap in Texas"

Texas Congressman Joe Barton, along with most members of a Republican delegation from the U.S. House of Representatives, on Friday (18 December 2009) in Copenhagen dismissed mounting evidence that climate is rapidly changing, that the impacts already are evident, and that it is being driven by rapidly increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases emissions from human activities.  "We don’t have an icecap in Texas," said Barton, apparently suggesting that melting polar ice was not a concern in his state.

President Obama Announces Breakthrough in Copenhagen Climate Change Negotiations

Full transcript and video of an announcement made by President Barack Obama from the climate change negotiations in Copenhagen, Denmark, late Friday evening 18 December 2009.

WWF's Keya Chatterjee: "How is the United States going to stand behind these commitments?"

Keya Chatterjee, Acting Director, Climate Change Program, reacts  to President Obama's speech just after noon on Friday, 18 December 2009, at the international climate negotiations in Copenhagen, Denmark.  “What we did not hear today was how – how is the United States going to stand behind these commitments?” She adds that “we really need to hear from the President that this is going to be a legislative priority for him.” 

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