Temperatures across the United States on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 3 pm. NOAA
Our fingerprints are all over this week’s record-breaking heat...
Climate scientists are used to seeing the range of weather extremes stretched by global warming but few episodes appear as remarkable as this week's unusual heat over the Arctic. Zack Labe, a researcher at the University of California at Irvine, said average daily temperatures above the northern latitude of 80 degrees have broken away from any previous recordings in the past 60 years...Read more
Workers in Rockport repair waterfront condominiums damaged by Hurricane Harvey on Feb. 22, 2018. Eddie Seal for The Texas Tribune
In the six months since state and federal officials decided to use the biggest housing recovery in modern history to rewrite the nation's disaster playbook, neighborly networks and organized charity have buoyed disheartened Texans on the coast...Read more
Trump’s new infrastructure plan is nothing but a climate-wrecking giveaway to big polluters and the 1%.
The proposal would fast-track fossil fuel pipelines and gut bedrock environmental protections — at the expense of frontline communities and working people...Read more
Sean McCabe for Rolling Stone
Extreme weather due to climate change displaced more than a million people from their homes last year. It could soon reshape the nation...Read more
Photograph by WILLIAM WIDMER
For the community of Jean Lafitte, the question is less whether it will succumb to the sea than when — and how much the public should invest in artificially extending its life...Read more
Boats float in the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick at high tide. Larry Montrie
CLIMATE CHANGE: THE BAY OF FUNDY AND GULF OF MAINE...
Polar bear standing upright on pack ice in the Arctic ocean on the North Pole. Image: Arterra/UIG via Getty Images
In what seems to be becoming an annual occurrence, temperatures at the North Pole are about to reach or possibly exceed the freezing point this week as the North Atlantic and the North Pacific Oceans inject unusually mild air into the Arctic...
GENEVA—Attending a conference to discuss alarming new data on rising sea levels, a weary group of top climatologists suddenly halted their presentation Friday, let out a long sigh, and stated that the best thing anyone can do at this point is just try to enjoy the next couple decades as much as possible. “You know what, guys? Just go out there and have a good time—don’t worry about any of this,” said climate scientist Annalisa Feldt who tore in half the report she had compiled and suggested everyone consider traveling to a place they’ve never been before, or taking up a pastime they’ve always imagined might be fun. “Go see a show. Join an intramural sports league. Learn a musical instrument. Have more sex. Try skiing, if you never have, although that’s one you’d better do within the next five years or so.” Reiterating the need for people to live it up while they still can, the climatologists announced that if anyone was interested in joining them, they would be skipping the remainder of the conference to get completely shit-faced at the nearest bar...Read more
Dead saiga antelopes in a field in Kazakhstan. About 20,000 of the species were found dead in one week. Photograph: Reuters
Scientists are alarmed by a rise in mass mortality events – when species die in their thousands. Is it all down to climate change?Read more
The Figure is from paper #24.
A selection of new climate related research articles is shown below...Read more
Nope, that won't do it... Photographer: Carlos Becerra/Bloomberg
Unfortunately, that’s what some scientists think humans will try to do...Read more
Seas Will Rise for 300 Years
And the longer it takes to reduce carbon emissions, the higher they will go...Read more
The temperature difference from normal over the Arctic averaged over the next five days in the GFS model forecast. (University of Maine Climate Reanalyzer)
While the Eastern United States simmers in some of its warmest February weather ever recorded, the Arctic is also stewing in temperatures more than 45 degrees above normal. This latest huge temperature spike in the Arctic is another striking indicator of its rapidly transforming climate...
A study on global warming and its effect on sea-level rise released by scientists in France this week should be cause for concern here in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean...Read more
A local resident walks past a yacht that was washed ashore after Cyclone Debbie hit the northern Queensland town of Airlie Beach in March 2017. Photograph: Reuters
Traditional scale used goes only to five but strength and intensity of storms is increasing, says scientists...Read more
Thermometers registered record highs across the eastern U.S. in mid-February. The map shows temperatures in degrees Fahrenheit on Feb. 21, 2018, at 1 p.m. EST. Credit: National Weather Service
Summer-like temps in February, extreme rainfall, a snow drought. This is happening more often—and in line with what scientists warn to expect with climate change...Read more
Illustration by LOUISA BERTMAN
The Rev. Richard Cizik used to believe climate change was a myth. The science had to be rigged, he thought; those who believed in it were just tree-huggers. But in 2002, a friend convinced Mr. Cizik to go to a conference about climate change, and there, he said, “the scales came off my eyes...”Read more
Floods are set to rise in 85% of UK cities that have a river. (Darren Staples/Reuters)
A new analysis of climate change across Europe found that under several probable future climate scenarios, European cities will be hit harder by floods, droughts, and heat waves than previously understood...Read more
The Eiffel Tower lights up in December 2015 with an advocacy message for the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris. (Michel Euler/AP)
Barely two years ago, after weeks of intense bargaining in Paris, leaders from 195 countries announced a global agreement that once had seemed impossible. For the first time, the nations of the world would band together to reduce humanity’s reliance on fossil fuels in an effort to hold off the most devastating effects of climate change...Read more