2014 officially the hottest year on record

NASA and NOAA scientists report 2014 was 0.07F (0.04C) higher than previous records and the 38th consecutive year of above-average temperatures

The numbers are in. The year 2014 – after shattering temperature records that had stood for hundreds of years across virtually all of Europe, and roasting parts of South America, China and Russia – […]

Ocean Life Faces Mass Extinction, Broad Study Says

New York Times, By Carl Zimmer, January 15

A team of scientists, in a groundbreaking analysis of data from hundreds of sources, has concluded that humans are on the verge of causing unprecedented damage to the oceans and the animals living in them.

“We may be sitting on a precipice of a major extinction event,” […]

The Methane Monster Roars

Truthout, By Dahr Jamail, January 13

During a recent hike in Washington State’s Olympic National Park, I marveled at the delicate geometry of frost-covered ferns. White crystalline structures seemed to grow from the green leaves, encasing them in a frozen frame of temporary beauty.

Progressing further up into the mountains, I stopped to lunch and […]

Coal Companies Are Selling Coal To Themselves To Get More Government Subsidies

Climate Progress, By Claire Moser, January 7

In what is being described as a fundamental shift in how the coal industry does business, over 40 percent of all coal produced in Wyoming is now being first sold not to a power plant or a utility, but to a subsidiary of the same company that mined […]

By ‘Editing’ Plant Genes, Companies Avoid Regulation

New York Times, By Andrew Pollack, January 1

Its first attempt to develop genetically engineered grass ended disastrously for the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company. The grass escaped into the wild from test plots in Oregon in 2003, dooming the chances that the government would approve the product for commercial use.

Yet Scotts is once again developing […]

Obama Just Blew A Chance to Crack Down on Coal

The disposal of cancer-causing coal ash will be lightly regulated, the EPA decided.

Mother Jones, By Ben Adler, December 23

On Friday, the Obama administration quietly passed up an opportunity to make the coal industry clean up its act.

The EPA issued a final rule on the disposal of coal ash, a byproduct of coal […]

This Is The Climate Report South Carolina Spent Years Hiding

Business Insider, By Chelsea Harvey, December 29

With the recent release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s newest climate report, the pressure is on localities more than ever to understand, expect, and curb emissions ahead of our planet’s future warming.

While the United States has pledged to cut down on its carbon output, the […]

Almost 7,000 UK properties to be sacrificed to rising seas

Properties worth over £1bn will be lost to coastal erosion in England and Wales over the next century, with no compensation for homeowners, as it becomes too costly to protect them.

The Guardian, By Damian Carrington, December 28

Almost 7,000 homes and buildings will be sacrificed to the rising seas around England and Wales over […]

Natural gas flaring in Eagle Ford Shale already surpasses 2012 levels of waste and pollution

AP, December 21

San Antonio — Gas flaring in the most profitable shale field in the U.S. is on pace to surpass to 2013 levels of waste and pollution in South Texas, according to a newspaper analysis of state records published Sunday.

The Eagle Ford Shale burned off more than 20 billion cubic feet of […]

Scientists are worried Greenland might melt even faster than expected

Washington Post, By Chris Mooney, December 15

Just two weeks ago, we learned from twin scientific publications that the massive ice sheet of West Antarctica, which could cause over 10 feet of sea level rise, may be less stable than previously thought.

And now, this week, two studies suggest virtually the same thing about the […]

Last-minute deal reached at U.N. climate talks

CBS/AP, December 14

Lima, Peru – After late-night wrangling at U.N. talks in Peru, negotiators early Sunday reached a compromise deal that sets the stage for a global climate pact in Paris next year.

The main goal for the two-week session in Lima was relatively modest: Reach agreement on what information should go into the […]

Bolivia after the floods: ‘the climate is changing; we are living that change’

Bolivia’s worst floods in 60 years submerged villages, ruined crops and destroyed homes. Some indigenous communities in the jungle are adapting to a more resilient way of living; others are forced out to the cities

The Guardian, By Sam Jones, December 8

Rurrenabaque, Bolivia – Nature used to give those who live along the river […]

California drought the worst in 1,200 years, new study says

Mercury News, By Paul Rogers, December 5

The last three years of drought were the most severe that California has experienced in at least 1,200 years, according to a new scientific study published Thursday.

The study provides the state with breathtaking new historical context for its low reservoirs and sinking water tables, even as California […]

Congress gives Native American lands to foreign mining company with new NDAA

RT, December 04

Congress is poised to give a foreign mining company 2,400 acres of national forest in Arizona that is cherished ancestral homeland to Apache natives. Controversially, the measure is attached to annual legislation that funds the US Defense Department.

This week, the House and Senate Armed Services Committees quietly attached a provision to […]

Will Lima climate talks pave way for a binding treaty in Paris in 2015?

Failure will condemn developing countries to unchecked climate change for another generation, and the poorest countries will be worst hit

The Guardian, By John Vidal, November 30

When, on Monday morning in Peru, 4,000 diplomats from the world’s 196 countries start their mammoth session to negotiate a new legally-binding global climate deal, they will know […]

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