June 21 News: NOAA Says This Was The Third-Warmest May On Record

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Global average temperatures this past May were the third warmest for any May since record-keeping began in 1880, coming in just behind May 2005 and May 1998. [The Hill]

The combined average surface temperature over land and the ocean was 59.79 degrees Fahrenheit, which is 1.19 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th-century average, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)….

“It… marked the 37th consecutive May and 339th consecutive month [more than 28 years] with a global temperature above the 20th-century average. The last below-average May global temperature was May 1976, and the last below-average global temperature for any month was February 1985,” the agency said in its monthly report.

The biggest single donor to the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s annual fundraising dinner was Google, with Facebook not far behind. [WaPo]

The L.A. Times editorial board says the rise of extreme weather makes it clear the time to act on climate change is now. [LATimes]

The National Research Council has endorsed a carbon tax as a effective way of combating climate change. [Politico]

Agricultural output is not rising fast enough to meet the food needs of a rapidly growing population, according to a new study. [Guardian]

Poor land management and rising levels of CO2 are causing woody, thorny plants to crowd out African grasslands — spelling trouble for cheetahs. [Guardian]

The EPA is abandoning a draft 2011 study that linked fracking to Wyoming water pollution. [The Hill]

Tens of thousands of people in India are trapped and almost 120 have been killed after heavy flooding and landslides devastated the country this week. [Fox News]

More than half of Americans consider the environment when choosing what to buy, according to a new survey. [L.A. Times]

Heavy flooding in western Calgary, Canada could force 100,000 from their homes, and heavy rain and mudslides have washed out roads and closed highways. [NBC News]

Intense air pollution in Beijing is causing many expatriates to leave the city and country for good. [L.A. Times]

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22 Responses to June 21 News: NOAA Says This Was The Third-Warmest May On Record

  1. prokaryotes says:

    The Sublime of Superman, Man of Steel

    …alien invaders try to inject particulates into earth atmosphere http://climatestate.com/magazine/2013/06/the-sublime-of-superman-man-of-steel/

    • Mulga Mumblebrain says:

      You don’t mean the corporate elite and their ‘think-tanks’ do you? They seem to be the prime pushers of geo-engineering the stratosphere.

  2. prokaryotes says:

    Yesterday you could watch the live stream of CTV on the web, and then they stopped broadcasting. Canada has no emergency broadcasting, unless you signup to a subscription. Appears to be really desperate attempt to hide the scale of the current flooding in Calgary. And just last week there was another flood threatening the very sludge ponds from Tar Sands operation.

  3. prokaryotes says:

    Blind, starving cheetahs: the new symbol of climate change?
    Thorny plants have begun to smother grasslands, transforming rangeland into impenetrable thicket – bad news for the big cats http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/nature-up/2013/jun/21/blind-starving-cheetahs-climate-change

    • Merrelyn Emery says:

      Did you know that cheetas ‘miaow’? I’ve heard them. Probably the ancestors of our domestic cats as they are more easily tamed than other big cats. It will be a sad loss but hey, the crocs will probably last for ever, ME

  4. prokaryotes says:

    Winter storm disrupts air traffic in New Zealand, cuts power to homes and closes schools

    The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research said the waves, measured from a buoy about 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) out to sea, were the largest it had recorded near the capital since it began taking measurements in 1995. The waves washed away parts of some coastal roads and seawalls. http://www.startribune.com/nation/212446701.html

  5. prokaryotes says:

    50,000 trapped by flooding and landslides in ‘Himalayan tsunami’
    Fears that death toll of 150 could soar, with up to 14,000 unaccounted for http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/50000-trapped-by-flooding-and-landslides-in-himalayan-tsunami-8667854.html

  6. Will Fox says:

    Highly effective method for converting CO2 into methanol fuel

    http://www.futuretimeline.net/blog/2013/06/21.htm

  7. Merrelyn Emery says:

    I had settled into expecting a disaster a day but now we are getting huge pile-ups everywhere from Canada to India to Kiwi Land, ME

    • Mulga Mumblebrain says:

      Whatever you do, don’t tell the ‘last fool’. They are the meat and milk of capitalist entrepreneurship.