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Cigarettes and booze have long carried warnings about the personal and second hand risks of their use. How about warning labels for coal plants and other climate destabilizers about the risks they pose to individuals and populations?  
(Source: The Washington Post via Climate Progress) 

Cigarettes and booze have long carried warnings about the personal and second hand risks of their use. How about warning labels for coal plants and other climate destabilizers about the risks they pose to individuals and populations?  

(Source: The Washington Post via Climate Progress

The ‘2010 State of the Climate’ Report: 
Indicators show a “clear and unmistakable signal” that our world continues to warm, making extreme weather events more likely
From The Washington Post:

The world’s climate is not only continuing to warm, it’s adding heat-trapping greenhouse gases even faster than in the past, researchers said Tuesday.
Indeed, the global temperature has been warmer than the 20th century average every month for more than 25 years, they said at a teleconference.
“The indicators show unequivocally that the world continues to warm,” Thomas R. Karl, director of the National Climatic Data Center, said in releasing the annual State of the Climate report for 2010.
“There is a clear and unmistakable signal from the top of the atmosphere to the depths of the oceans,” added Peter Thorne of the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites, North Carolina State University.
Carbon dioxide increased by 2.60 parts per million in the atmosphere in 2010, which is more than the average annual increase seen from 1980-2010, Karl added. Carbon dioxide is the major greenhouse gas accumulating in the air that atmospheric scientists blame for warming the climate.
The warmer conditions are consistent with events such as heat waves and extreme rainfall, Karl said at a teleconference. However, it is more difficult to make a direct connection with things like tornado outbreaks, he said.
“Any single weather event is driven by a number of factors, from local conditions to global climate patterns and trends. Climate change is one of these,” he said. “It is very likely that large-scale changes in climate, such as increased moisture in the atmosphere and warming temperatures, have influenced — and will continue to influence — many different types of extreme events, such as heavy rainfall, flooding, heat waves and droughts.
The report, being published by the American Meteorological Society, lists 2010 as tied with 2005 for the warmest year on record, according to studies by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA. A separate analysis, done in Britain, lists 2010 as second warmest.
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For more, check out the rest of the article, the full report, its highlights and colourful press briefing slides. 
(Image credit: NOAA)

The ‘2010 State of the Climate’ Report:

Indicators show a “clear and unmistakable signal” that our world continues to warm, making extreme weather events more likely

From The Washington Post:

The world’s climate is not only continuing to warm, it’s adding heat-trapping greenhouse gases even faster than in the past, researchers said Tuesday.

Indeed, the global temperature has been warmer than the 20th century average every month for more than 25 years, they said at a teleconference.

“The indicators show unequivocally that the world continues to warm,” Thomas R. Karl, director of the National Climatic Data Center, said in releasing the annual State of the Climate report for 2010.

“There is a clear and unmistakable signal from the top of the atmosphere to the depths of the oceans,” added Peter Thorne of the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites, North Carolina State University.

Carbon dioxide increased by 2.60 parts per million in the atmosphere in 2010, which is more than the average annual increase seen from 1980-2010, Karl added. Carbon dioxide is the major greenhouse gas accumulating in the air that atmospheric scientists blame for warming the climate.

The warmer conditions are consistent with events such as heat waves and extreme rainfall, Karl said at a teleconference. However, it is more difficult to make a direct connection with things like tornado outbreaks, he said.

“Any single weather event is driven by a number of factors, from local conditions to global climate patterns and trends. Climate change is one of these,” he said. “It is very likely that large-scale changes in climate, such as increased moisture in the atmosphere and warming temperatures, have influenced — and will continue to influence — many different types of extreme events, such as heavy rainfall, flooding, heat waves and droughts.

The report, being published by the American Meteorological Society, lists 2010 as tied with 2005 for the warmest year on record, according to studies by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA. A separate analysis, done in Britain, lists 2010 as second warmest.

For more, check out the rest of the articlethe full report, its highlights and colourful press briefing slides

(Image credit: NOAA)

Infographic: Countries that set extreme heat records in 2010 
(Sources: Weather Underground and Climate Central)

Infographic: Countries that set extreme heat records in 2010 

(Sources: Weather Underground and Climate Central)

Washington Post cartoonist Tom Toles points to the ultimate ‘inconvenient truth’ for climate change deniers. They can’t hold back the flood anymore. Their arguments have too many holes. They are being overcome. By reality.

Washington Post cartoonist Tom Toles points to the ultimate ‘inconvenient truth’ for climate change deniers. They can’t hold back the flood anymore. Their arguments have too many holes. They are being overcome. By reality.

A Climate Science Hip Hop Video… starring Climate Scientists!

In what may be a first, here’s a hilarious and NSFW climate science themed hip hop video featuring real climate scientists. The video and song were produced for an Australian TV show that combines ”journalism, comedy and the reportage of weird.” You can read the lyrics on the show’s website, but in the mean time here’s a salty, one verse sample:

Feedback is like climate change on crack 

The permafrosts subtracts: feedback 

Methane release wack : feedback 

Write a letter then burn it: feedback 

Denialists deny this in your dreams 

Coz climate change means greater extremes, 

Shit won’t be the norm 

Heatwaves bigger badder storms 

The Green house effect is just a theory sucker (Alan Jones) 

Yeah so is gravity float away muther f**cker 

Boo ya!

'Here's what Earth was like last time CO2 was this high'… 3 million years ago, in the Pliocene era
From Skeptical Science, via Grist

'Here's what Earth was like last time CO2 was this high'… 3 million years ago, in the Pliocene era

From Skeptical Science, via Grist

This polar bear must have read the news that:

Scientists who predicted a few years ago that Arctic summers could be ice-free by 2013 now say summer sea ice will probably be gone in this decade. 

(Cartoon credit: Mike Lukovitch)

This polar bear must have read the news that:

Scientists who predicted a few years ago that Arctic summers could be ice-free by 2013 now say summer sea ice will probably be gone in this decade. 

(Cartoon credit: Mike Lukovitch)