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The National Climate Assessment is the definitive analysis of current and future impacts of carbon pollution on the United States. The picture it paints is stark: Continued inaction will devastate much of the arable land of the nation’s breadbasket — and ruin a livable climate for most Americans.
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.
Signs are increasingly pointing to the formation of an El Niño in the next few months, possibly a very strong one. When combined with the long-term global warming trend, a super El Niño means 2015 (and possibly even 2014) is likely to become the hottest year on record.