The incoming D.C. snowstorm — already dubbed “snowquester” by the Washington Post and the blogosphere — has shut down nearly all of the federal government offices in Washington, and poses numerous hazards across the country. [Climate Central]
The storm was expected to dump up to a foot of snow in Chicago on Tuesday, which would be the Windy City’s largest snowstorm of the year. Snow was also falling on Tuesday in parts of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, and will move into West Virginia by Tuesday evening.
From the Midwest, the storm will slide southeast and eventually coalesce into a powerful coastal storm to the east of the Virginia and Delaware coastlines by Wednesday. Computer-model projections show the coastal storm will rapidly intensify as it meanders to the east-northeast, blasting the vulnerable Delaware and New Jersey shorelines with high winds and battering waves, while dumping as much as 30 inches of snow in the higher elevations to the southwest and west of the nation’s capital.
In Washington, D.C., a city known for all but shutting down when snow is merely mentioned by weather forecasters, projections call for about 6-to-10 inches of snow, possibly more, depending on precipitation rates and surface temperatures.
The amount of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the air jumped dramatically in 2012, by 2.67 parts per million to a final total of just under 395 parts per million, making it very unlikely that global warming can be limited to another 2 degrees as many global leaders have hoped. [Huffington Post]
The Obama Administration has sent documents to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee showing the president’s pick to head the Department of the Interior, REI CEO Sally Jewell, has owned stock in major oil companies. [WSJ]
Hugo Chavez, the President of Venezuela who was often been a thorn in the side of the United States — particularly when it came to heating oil and President George W. Bush — died at the age of 58 on Tuesday, after a bout with cancer. [CNN]
The Environmental Protection Agency and the Energy Department actually have a broad range of options for tackling climate change through executive authority alone. [WaPo]
As the Arctic warms, its sea ice is decreasing, leading to more and stronger storm surges in Canada’s Northwest Territories, among other things. [Climate Central]
BNSF Railway Co. is planning to test a switch to natural gas for powering its locomotives this year. The railroad company is the largest in the U.S., and until now has also been one of the country’s biggest diesel fuel consumers. [WSJ]
China will wait until after this year to introduce a tax on carbon, deferring to concerns that the policy could hurt economic growth, a government researcher said yesterday. [Bloomberg]