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July 26, 2010

Report: More than One Out of Three U.S. Counties Face Water Shortages Due to Climate Change

Filed under: Climate Change — Matt Dernoga @ 10:32 pm
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A report came out last week about the threat global warming poses to local counties in the US.  I think this is a significant report because a lot of the time when we hear about the impacts of global warming, they’re explained in an international context.  Local problems that apply to a specific county or state should bring the impacts a little closer to terms the average person can understand.  Below is the press release from NRDC. (more…)

July 17, 2010

Hottest Half Year on Record, Foretells More Climate Change Impacts

Filed under: Climate Change,National Politics — Matt Dernoga @ 12:13 pm
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I mentioned a couple days ago that the first half of the year has been the hottest on record.  This press release from the desk of Congressman Ed Markey explains what the impacts are.

Hottest Half Year on Record, Foretells More Climate Change Impacts

As global temperatures reach new highs, the National Academies warn of severe impacts

July 16, 2010 – Last month was the hottest June on record and completed the hottest first half of a year dating back to 1880. The record-breaking temperatures were reported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). All of the years since 2001 have been in the top 10 hottest and this latest temperature check shows that between increased greenhouse gases and the tail end of El Nino, 2010 will be another scorcher.

“The only person in America not running from the heat this summer is LeBron James,” said Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.). “The record breaking temperature is another warning siren that should serve as a wake up call to Congress to take action to reduce carbon pollution and add clean energy jobs so we can mitigate the impacts of climate change.”

Meanwhile, Arctic sea ice has continued its rapid decline, driving polar bears closer to extinction and threatening other Arctic wildlife. Arctic sea ice extent in June was the lowest since records began in 1979, according to NOAA. That’s now the 19th straight June with below average ice.

The record-breaking temperatures come as the National Academies release their latest assessment of global warming today. The study finds that for each degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) of global warming, there will be approximately a 25% decline in the extent of Arctic sea ice in September, a 5 – 15% reduction in the yields of corn and other food crops, and up to a 2 to 4 fold increase in the area damaged by wildfire in areas of western North America.

The report concludes that these impacts can be mitigated with significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. The report makes clear that the more we use clean sources of energy that produce less carbon pollution, the healthier the planet.

July 16, 2010

Record Hot June, 1st Half of Year Temp is on Record Pace

Filed under: Climate Change — Matt Dernoga @ 12:23 am
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Below are the highlighted statistics from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and we have another record hot month in June, along with a record 1st half of the year.  Based on the hot days I’ve been canvassing in for July, along with a recent news article I saw about Europe and Russia seeing record highs, July is shaping up to follow in the footsteps of the previous 6 months.

Global Highlights

  • The combined global land and ocean average surface temperature for June 2010 was the warmest on record at 16.2°C (61.1°F), which is 0.68°C (1.22°F) above the 20thcentury average of 15.5°C (59.9°F). The previous record for June was set in 2005.
  • June 2010 was the fourth consecutive warmest month on record (March, April, and May 2010 were also the warmest on record). This was the 304th consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average. The last month with below-average temperature was February 1985.
  • The June worldwide averaged land surface temperature was 1.07°C (1.93°F) above the 20th century average of 13.3°C (55.9°F)—the warmest on record.
  • It was the warmest April–June (three-month period) on record for the global land and ocean temperature and the land-only temperature. The three-month period was the second warmest for the world’s oceans, behind 1998.
  • It was the warmest June and April–June on record for the Northern Hemisphere as a whole and all land areas of the Northern Hemisphere.
  • It was the warmest January–June on record for the global land and ocean temperature. The worldwide land on average had its second warmest January–June, behind 2007. The worldwide averaged ocean temperature was the second warmest January–June, behind 1998.
  • Sea surface temperature (SST) anomalies in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean continued to decrease during June 2010. According to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, La Niña conditions are likely to develop during the Northern Hemisphere summer 2010.

July 5, 2010

Heat Wave to Bake Eastern Seaboard

Filed under: Climate Change — Matt Dernoga @ 4:07 pm

If you live on the East Coast like me, you’re in for a real treat this week.  Temperatures in my state of Maryland are going to be in the range of 97-103 degrees this week, which high humidity to accompany it.  A standalone week of heat isn’t enough to point to and say “global warming!” but I have no qualms reminding people it follows the warmest combined land+ocean surface temperatures on record from January-May, this is shaping up to be a record year for temperature highs.  This is very dangerous for the elderly and the young.  See excerpts below.

“Temperatures are expected to top 100 degrees this week in cities from New York to Washington as an intense summer heat wave hits the Eastern Seaboard and brings hot and steamy weather to New England, the Midwest and southward to the Carolinas.

The National Weather Service has issued heat advisories and excessive heat warnings for today through late Wednesday in New York, New Jersey, southeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware, predicting that temperatures could spike to 102 degrees in some areas.”

“The heat will be compounded by increasingly high humidity levels, the National Weather Service said, explaining on its website that “surface high pressure over the mid-Atlantic states will keep hot and increasingly more humid conditions across the area through mid-week.””

June 2, 2010

Record Temperatures in India and Pakistan

Filed under: Climate Change — Matt Dernoga @ 4:06 pm

Check out these astonishing temperatures in India and Pakistan, a couple of excerpts are below…

“Record temperatures in northern India have claimed hundreds of lives in what is believed to be the hottest summer in the country since records began in the late 1800s.

The death toll is expected to rise with experts forecasting temperatures approaching 50C (122F) in coming weeks. More than 100 people are reported to have died in the state of Gujarat where the mercury topped at 48.5C last week. At least 90 died in Maharashtra, 35 in Rajasthan and 34 in Bihar.

Hospitals in Gujarat have been receiving around 300 people a day suffering from food poisoning and heat stroke, ministers said. Officials admit the figures are only a fraction of the total as most of the casualties are found in remote rural villages.

Wildlife and livestock has also suffered with voluntary organisations in Gujarat reporting the deaths of bats and crows and dozens of peacocks reported dead at a forest reserve in Uttar Pradesh.

“Because of the heat, lakes and other water bodies have been reduced to parched land, making dehydration common in such birds,” said Neeraj Srivastava, a wildlife campaigner.”


“A hellish heat wave hit Pakistan last week, sending the mercury to an astonishing 53.5°C (128.3°F) at the town of MohenjuDaro on Wednesday May 26, reported the Pakistani Meteorological Department. While this temperature reading must be reviewed by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) for authenticity, not only is the 128.3°F reading the hottest temperature ever recorded in Pakistan, it is the hottest reliably measured temperature ever recorded on the continent of Asia. This information comes to me courtesy of Chris Burt, the author of Extreme Weather, who is probably the world’s foremost expert on extreme weather records. In a collaborative effort with weather record researchers Maximiliano Herrera and Howard Rainford, Mr. Burt has painstakingly researched the extreme weather records for every country on Earth. They list the previous reliable record high for Asia as the 52.7°C (127°F) temperature measured on June 12, 1919, in the Sindh province of Pakistan. Temperatures exceed 120°F in this region of Pakistan nearly every year, in the late May/early June time frame before the monsoon arrives. Last week’s heat wave killed at least 18 Pakistanis, and temperatures in excess of 50°C (122°F) were recorded at nine Pakistani cities on May 26, including 53°C (127.4°F) at Sibi.”

May 19, 2010

Warmest April, January-April on Record

Filed under: Climate Change — Matt Dernoga @ 9:17 pm
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Here is the latest temperature update from the NOAA, with new temperature records being set, on course for a record-breaking 2010.  It’s also pasted below.  To see past NOAA updates, see here.

Global Highlights

  • The combined global land and ocean average surface temperature for April 2010 was the warmest on record at 14.5°C (58.1°F), which is 0.76°C (1.37°F) above the 20thcentury average of 13.7°C (56.7°F). This was also the 34th consecutive April with global land and ocean temperatures above the 20th century average.
  • The worldwide ocean surface temperature was 0.57°C (1.03°F) above the 20th century average of 16.0°C (60.9°F) and the warmest April on record. The warmth was most pronounced in the equatorial portions of the major oceans, especially the Atlantic.
  • The April worldwide land surface temperature was 1.29°C (2.32°F) above the 20thcentury average of 8.1°C (46.5 °F)—the third warmest on record.
  • For the year-to-date, the global combined land and ocean surface temperature of 13.3°C (56.0°F) was the warmest January-April period. This value is 0.69°C (1.24°F) above the 20th century average.

May 16, 2010

Africa’s lake Tanganyika warming fast, life dying

Filed under: Climate Change — Matt Dernoga @ 9:31 pm
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It’s good to see when the media gets it right.  The Reuters covers the impact of rising global temperatures on a lake in Africa that 10 million people depend on.  Notable excerpts below.

“Africa’s lake Tanganyika has heated up sharply over the past 90 years and is now warmer than at any time for at least 1,500 years, a scientific paper said on Sunday, adding that fish and wildlife are threatened.

The lake, which straddles the border between Tanzania in East Africaand the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is the world’s second largest by volume and its second deepest, the paper says.”

“Geologists at Rhode Island’s Brown University used carbon dating to measure the age of sediments on the lake floor. They then tested fossilized micro-organisms whose membranes differ at various temperatures to gauge how hot it was at times past.

The results were published in Nature Geoscience on Sunday.

“Lake Tanganyika has experienced unprecedented warming in the last century,” a press release accompanying the paper said. “The warming likely is affecting valuable fish stocks upon which millions of people depend.”

April 15, 2010

NOAA: Global Temps Push Last Month to Hottest March on Record

Filed under: Climate Change — Matt Dernoga @ 4:17 pm
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This information according to NOAA.  For previous posts on the science around global warming, see here.  Expectations are 2010 will set a new global temperature record.

The world’s combined global land and ocean surface temperature made last month the warmest March on record, according to NOAA. Taken separately, average ocean temperatures were the warmest for any March and the global land surface was the fourth warmest for any March on record. Additionally, the planet has seen the fourth warmest January – March period on record.

The monthly National Climatic Data Center analysis, which is based on records going back to 1880, is part of the suite of climate services NOAA provides government, business and community leaders so they can make informed decisions.

Global Temperature Highlights – March 2010

  • The combined global land and ocean average surface temperature for March 2010 was the warmest on record at 56.3°F (13.5°C), which is 1.39°F (0.77°C) above the 20th century average of 54.9°F (12.7°C).
  • The worldwide ocean surface temperature was the highest for any March on record –1.01°F (0.56°C) above the 20th century average of 60.7°F (15.9°C).
  • Separately, the global land surface temperature was 2.45°F (1.36°C) above the 20th century average of 40.8 °F (5.0°C) — the fourth warmest on record. Warmer-than-normal conditions dominated the globe, especially in northern Africa, South Asia and Canada. Cooler-than-normal regions included Mongolia and eastern Russia, northern and western Europe, Mexico, northern Australia, western Alaska and the southeastern United States.
  • El Niño weakened to moderate strength in March, but it contributed significantly to the warmth in the tropical belt and the overall ocean temperature. According to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, El Niño is expected to continue its influence in the Northern Hemisphere at least through the spring.
  • For the year-to-date, the combined global land- and ocean-surface temperature of 55.3°F (13.0°C) was the fourth warmest for a January-March period. This value is 1.19°F (0.66°C) above the 20th century average.
  • According to the Beijing Climate Center, Tibet experienced its second warmest March since historical records began in 1951. Delhi, India also had its second warmest March since records began in 1901, according to the India Meteorological Department.

    Other Highlights

    • Arctic sea ice covered an average of 5.8 million square miles (15.1 million square kilometers) during March. This is 4.1 percent below the 1979-2000 average expanse, and the fifth-smallest March coverage since records began in 1979. Ice coverage traditionally reaches its maximum in March, and this was the 17th consecutive March with below-average Arctic sea ice coverage. This year the Arctic sea ice reached its maximum size on March 31st, the latest date for the maximum Arctic sea ice extent since satellite records began in 1979.
    • Antarctic sea ice expanse in March was 6.9 percent below the 1979-2000 average, resulting in the eighth smallest March ice coverage on record.
    • In China, the Xinjiang province had its wettest March since records began in 1951, while Jilin and Shanghai had their second wettest March on record. Meanwhile, Guangxi and Hainan provinces in southern China experienced their driest March on record, according to the Beijing Climate Center.
    • Many locations across Ontario, Canada received no snow, or traces of snow, in March, which set new low snowfall records, according to Environment Canada.

    Scientists, researchers, and leaders in government and industry use NOAA’s monthly reports to help track trends and other changes in the world’s climate. This climate service has a wide range of practical uses, from helping farmers know what and when to plant, to guiding resource managers with critical decisions about water, energy and other vital assets.

    NOAA understands and predicts changes in the Earth’s environment, from the depths of the oceans to surface of the sun, and conserves and manages our coastal and marine resources.

March 31, 2010

‘Climategate’ Prof. Didn’t Distort Data, Report Says

Filed under: Climate Change — Matt Dernoga @ 1:17 pm

Yes, as I wrote last winter, there is no climate gate controversy or global warming scandal in the hacked CRU e-mails.  Just desperate global warming deniers tripped up on caffeine.

The British House of Commons launched an investigation, and the scientists in question are cleared.  You can read the report clearing scientist Phil Jones, whose actions were in question.  Here are three central conclusions of the report.

“Conclusion 1:  The focus on Professor Jones and CRU has been largely misplaced. On the accusations relating to Professor Jones’s refusal to share raw data and computer codes, we consider that his actions were in line with common practice in the climate science community. We have suggested that the community consider becoming more transparent by publishing raw data and detailed methodologies. On accusations relating to Freedom of Information, we consider that much of the responsibility should lie with UEA, not CRU.

Conclusion 2:  In addition, insofar as we have been able to consider accusations of dishonesty—for example, Professor Jones’s alleged attempt to “hide the decline”—we consider that there is no case to answer. Within our limited inquiry and the evidence we took, the scientific reputation of Professor Jones and CRU remains intact. We have found no reason in this unfortunate episode to challenge the scientific consensus as expressed by Professor Beddington, that “global warming is happening [and] that it is induced by human activity” It was not our purpose to examine, nor did we seek evidence on, the science produced by CRU. It will be for the Scientific Appraisal Panel to look in detail into all the evidence to determine whether or not the consensus view remains valid.

Conclusion 3:  A great responsibility rests on the shoulders of climate science: to provide the planet’s decision makers with the knowledge they need to secure our future. The challenge that this poses is extensive and some of these decisions risk our standard of living. When the prices to pay are so large, the knowledge on which these kinds of decisions are taken had better be right. The science must be irreproachable.”

March 24, 2010

Island in Bay of Bengal Submerged

Filed under: Climate Change — Matt Dernoga @ 2:45 pm
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It’s got to be hard to deny the planet is warming when an island is submerged by rising sea levels…right?

“For nearly 30 years, India and Bangladesh have argued over control of a tiny rock island in theBay of Bengal. Now rising sea levels have resolved the dispute for them: the island’s gone.

New Moore Island in the Sunderbans has been completely submerged, said oceanographer Sugata Hazra, a professor at Jadavpur University in Calcutta. Its disappearance has been confirmed by satellite imagery andsea patrols, he said.

“What these two countries could not achieve from years of talking, has been resolved by global warming,” said Hazra.”

“Bangladesh, a low-lying delta nation of 150 million people, is one of the countries worst-affected by global warming. Officials estimate 18 percent of Bangladesh’s coastal area will be underwater and 20 million people will be displaced if sea levels rise 1 meter (3.3 feet) by 2050 as projected by some climate models.”

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