An El Niño appears increasingly likely according to NOAA and Australia's Bureau of Meteorology. If it starts soon, 2014 could well be the hottest year on record, but if it is a strong El Niño, as many currently expect, then 2015 would likely break all previous global records.
Governor Tom Corbett's administration has proposed new regulations designed to bring the state's air quality up to national standards, but some coal plants will be able to pollute 40 percent more than they do now.
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Those concerned about California's record-breaking drought received four pieces of bad news this week: The drought is as bad as ever, the snowpack is melting rapidly, the drought is projected to persist or worsen in the next three months, and climate change appears partly to blame.