April 9 News: 3,200 Tennesseans Urge Governor Haslam to Veto Anti-Science Education ‘Monkey Bill’

Below is our morning round-up of the latest in climate, environment and clean energy. Here is what we’re reading. What are you?

Alaska polar bears are losing their fur and U.S. Geological Survey scientists don’t know why. [Associated Press]

The French energy company Total estimates that its North Sea Elgin field gas well is leaking about 200,000 cubic meters of natural gas per day. If the gas continues escaping at that rate, and all of it reaches the atmosphere, it would approximate the annual global warming impact of 35,000 Americans. [Inside Climate News]

Hundreds of world landmarks from Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate to the Great Wall of China went dark Saturday, part of a global effort to highlight climate change. [Washington Post]

It’s been so warm in the United States this year, especially in March, that national records weren’t just broken, they were deep-fried. [Washington Post]

The price of a barrel of oil remains stable, but the demand for gasoline continues to creep up, with Americans having spent 8.7 percent of their income on gas in March, according to AAA. [ABC News]

The United Kingdom this week launched a €24 million contest to support up to two pilot wave energy projects, with the government aiming to scale up clean technology to power more homes and businesses and curb carbon emissions. [The Malta Independent]

A letter delivered to Gov. Bill Haslam’s office yesterday urges him to veto recently passed legislation that ensures teachers will be permitted to teach the “scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses” of theories like evolution. [Nashville Scene]

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8 Responses to April 9 News: 3,200 Tennesseans Urge Governor Haslam to Veto Anti-Science Education ‘Monkey Bill’

  1. NCDC State of the Climate report is out for March:

    Some highlights:

    •Record and near-record breaking temperatures dominated the eastern two-thirds of the nation and contributed to the warmest March on record for the contiguous United States, a record that dates back to 1895. The average temperature of 51.1 degrees F was 8.6 degrees F above the 20th century average for March and 0.5 degrees F warmer than the previous warmest March in 1910. Of the more than 1,400 months that have passed since the U.S. record began, only one month, January 2006, has seen a larger departure from its average temperature than March 2012.

    •A persistent weather pattern during the month led to 25 states east of the Rockies having their warmest March on record. An additional 15 states had monthly temperatures ranking among their ten warmest. That same pattern brought cooler-than-average conditions to the West Coast states of Washington, Oregon, and California.

    •Every state in the nation experienced a record warm daily temperature during March. According to preliminary data, there were 15,272 warm temperature records broken (7,755 daytime records, 7,517 nighttime records). Hundreds of locations across the country broke their all-time March records. There were 21 instances of the nighttime temperatures being as warm, or warmer, than the existing record daytime temperature for a given date.

    Year-to-Date (January-March)
    •The first three months of 2012 were also record warm for the contiguous United States with an average temperature of 42.0 degrees, which is 6.0 degrees above the long-term average.

    •For the January-March period, 25 states east of the Rockies had three-month average temperatures which were the warmest on record, and an additional 16 states had temperatures for the first-quarter of 2012 ranking among their ten warmest. Numerous cities had a record warm January-March, including Chicago, Boston, and Washington, D.C. No state in the Lower-48 had 3-month temperatures below average.

    •Alaskan temperatures during March, which are not included in the contiguous U.S. average value, ranked as the tenth coolest on record, contributing to Alaska having its ninth coolest January-March period. The Alaskan year-to-date temperature was 5.2 degrees F below average.

  2. Climate Central is also covering the United State’s warmest March on record:

    If a skeptic says this all just normal weather variability, then ask them when was the last time the entire contiguous U.S. had a record cold month. The odds have clearly shifted toward the chances of more record breaking warmth compared to record breaking cold across the nation.

  3. Gasman says:

    I was wondering if the folks @ Climate Progress had seen this article?

  4. prokaryotes says:

    Achim Steiner: ‘We haven’t even begun to understand the damage we are bringing to bear on the sustainability of our planet’
    Achim Steiner, the UN Environment Programme’s boss, fears for our future. But, he tells Michael McCarthy, it is not too late

  5. Mark E says:

    yikes! Thanks for posting. Joe, is this column material?

  6. Gasman says:

    I was hoping Joe, or Stephen, or someone @ Think Progress would respond to Pat Michael’s screed.