Global Warming

Australia’s fires will get worse before they get better

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NASA’s new video is grim

By Mark Kaufman2020-01-15 21:07:39 UTC NASA has some unsettling news.  In 140 years of modern record-keeping, 2019 was the second hottest year on record, which means that 19 of the last 20 years are now the warmest in recorded history. In a video just over one-minute long, NASA gives a succinct rundown of climate trends…

Congratulations, 2019 was the second hottest year on record

Temperatures above average in Nov. 2019. Image: nasa giss By Mark Kaufman2020-01-08 15:29:48 UTC Shocking nobody, 2019 was officially the second warmest year ever recorded. The European Union’s earth observing agency, Copernicus, announced the warming record Wednesday morning, along with the fact that December 2019 tied 2015 for the warmest December in recorded history. That…

There Is No Safe Global Warming

Photo: GettySafety is something we all crave. It’s human nature. And so perhaps it’s not surprising that we’ve spent the past decade or so outlining what a “safe” level of global warming is. Language reflecting the conception of “safe” global heating abounds in scientific literature, climate negotiations, and the press. The Paris Agreement enshrined the…

This Was the Decade Climate Scientists Stopped Being Polite

Decade’s EndDecade’s EndGizmodo, io9, and Earther look back at our passing decade and look ahead at what kind of future awaits us in the next ten years.Scientific warnings about the risks of unchecked global warming have reached a crescendo in the past couple of years, with urgent messages from researchers on social media, in congressional…

‘Total disconnect’: Voices from marathon Madrid climate summit

(Contains profanity in paragraph 20) MADRID (Reuters) – A U.N. climate summit closed on Sunday with major states snubbing calls for tougher action to combat global warming, prompting sharp criticism from smaller countries and environmental activists. Here are some key quotes from the final days of the COP25 summit: U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres: “The international…

A stark tally of the heat records that fell in 2019

Some 26,000 weather stations around the planet constantly feed the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data on land temperatures. And separately, a fleet of ships, buoys, floats, and marine rigs take readings of the globe’s sprawling oceans.  Taken together, the agency has a firm understanding of the global climate. It’s warming.  2019 is a…