Evangelical climate scientist Dr. Katharine Hayhoe has just been named to TIME magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world! A featured star on Showtime’s landmark climate series, “Years Of Living Dangerously,” Hayhoe joins such one-namers as Beyonce and Hillary.
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.
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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.
A major new study finds “there is a traceable anthropogenic warming footprint in the enormous intensity of the anomalous ridge during winter 2013-14, the associated drought and its intensity.” So as long as we fail to reverse carbon pollution trends, California droughts will keep getting worse.
The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report finds that stabilizing at 2°C (3.6°F) reduces the median annual growth of consumption over this century by a mere 0.06%. You read that right, 0.06%. And that "cost" doesn't even count the economic benefit of avoiding climate catastrophe.