2012 was the ninth-warmest year since 1850, and 2001-2012 were all among the top 13 warmest years on record, according to the World Meteorological Organization. [Climate News Network]
Last year was among the ten warmest years since records began more than 160 years ago, the World Meteorological Organisation says.
The WMO says 2012 was the ninth warmest year recorded since 1850, and the 27th consecutive year in which the global land and ocean temperatures were above the 1961-1990 average.
The WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud said the continuing warming was cause for worry, and that it was on track to continue.
The assessment comes in the WMO’s Statement on the status of the global climate in 2012, the latest in an annual series providing information about temperatures, precipitation, extreme events, tropical cyclones, and sea ice extent.
It estimates the 2012 global land and ocean surface temperature during January-December 2012 at 0.45°C (±0.11°C) above the 1961-1990 average of 14.0°C. The years 2001-2012 were all among the top 13 warmest years on record.
Fracking a natural gas well requires up to five million gallons of water at once, and with thousands of wells across the American West, the region’s water supply is threatened by expanded shale gas extraction. [New York Times]
A new Yale poll finds 58 percent of Americans link climate change to recent extreme weather. [NBC News]
Keystone pipeline fan Rep. Lee Terry applauded Mark Zuckerberg’s “immigration” group that has aired ads embracing increased fossil fuel use like approving the Keystone tar sands pipeline. [The Hill]
GM signed onto the joint “climate declaration” statement by which companies like Nike, Starbucks, Timberland, and L’Oreal call on Congress to pass comprehensive climate legislation. [The Hill]
A parched winter has exacerbated Southern California’s vulnerability to wildfires, like the 3000 acre Summit fire being fueled by Santa Ana winds. [LA Times]
John Abraham and Dana Nuccitelli push back on Roy Spencer’s contention that fossil fuels are not expensive, pointing out subsidies and external costs. [Guardian]
Coming on the heels of the first enhanced geothermal plant in the U.S., Australia generated power at its first, appropriately-titled, EGS Habanero plant. [Renew Economy]
HP’s new servers will allow data centers to use 89 percent less energy, take up less space, and cost less. [CleanTechnica]
Old electric car batteries don’t have to be recycled as soon as they leave the car — researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are testing out old Chevy Volt batteries that might not be good for the road, but could be used as energy storage for the electric grid. [EarthTechling]
GROVER, a robot designed by NASA to roam Greenland and take readings of its ice sheet, will be tested on Friday. [Climate Central]