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February Weather Sparks Talk of 'Climate Emergency'

Worldwide, February smashed temperature record by huge margin

(Newser) - The combination of El Niño and man-made global warming added up to the hottest winter on record in the US, according to federal meteorologists. The average temperature for the Lower 48 states from December through February—known as meteorological winter—was 36.8 degrees Fahrenheit, 4.6 degrees above... More »

'Off the Chart' Temperatures Break Records Worldwide

Shocking heat is 'getting to be a monthly thing,' says scientist

(Newser) - Earth dialed the heat up in June, smashing warm temperature records for both the month and the first half of the year. Off-the-charts heat is "getting to be a monthly thing," says Jessica Blunden, a climate scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "This is the... More »

Scientists: Here's Why Climate Change 'Paused'

High winds are forcing heat underwater—at least for now

(Newser) - Global-warming skeptics, en garde: A new study says that the recent pause in global warming is caused by strong trade winds in the Pacific Ocean that will eventually subside, the Guardian reports. According to the study , sharply higher winds in the central and eastern parts of the Pacific have pushed... More »

Odd, New Climate Change Turning Point: 2047

That's when the coldest year will be the hottest on record: study

(Newser) - Feeling the effects of climate change, but not worrying too much yet? Mark this year: 2047. That's when, for most of the world, the coldest year in the future will be hotter than any in recorded history, according to a new study published in Nature . It's sort of... More »

Climate Change Makes Animals, People 'Shrink'

Warmer, drier weather makes plants and animals get smaller

(Newser) - Plants, polar bears, and people are among the living things likely to shrink thanks to global warming, scientists say. Drawing on several scientific papers, the Telegraph reports that warmer, drier weather makes plants and animals get smaller, which reduces food supplies for those higher up the food chain. "The... More »

Okla.'s July Was Hottest US Month on Record

Texas also set its own record for hottest July

(Newser) - Sweltering may have reached a new record last month, as Oklahoma racked up the country's highest monthly average temperature ever. That's the highest average temperature, for any month, for any state, associate Oklahoma state climatologist Gary McManus said. According to automated weather recording instruments, the state's average... More »

NASA: Last Decade Warmest on Record

2009 was second warmest year since 1880

(Newser) - The decade ending in 2009 was the warmest since modern record-keeping began in 1880, according to new data released by NASA. Based on surface temperature, the year 2005 was the hottest on record, followed by 2009. The data showed an upward temperature trend of about 0.36 degrees Fahrenheit per... More »

1,000 Flee Raging SoCal Wildfire

Record temperatures signal worrisome fire season

(Newser) - Roughly 1,000 people abandoned 400 California homes today as firefighters battled a blaze in the Sierra Madre foothills, the Los Angeles Times reports. The fire spread through some 400 acres, and containment is not expected for days. Record-setting temperatures are to blame for the blaze marking an early start... More »

March Land Temperatures Hit Record High

But US has average month

(Newser) - This March was the world's warmest ever on record over land surfaces—and the second warmest overall, AP reports. Land temperatures worldwide averaged 40.8 degrees Fahrenheit, 3.2 degrees above the 20th-century average. Over land and sea, only 2002 saw higher temperatures in 129 years of record-keeping, adding to... More »

Scorching '07 Sets New Global Record

Hottest ever for global lands

(Newser) - Last year was the hottest on record for global land masses, with temperatures almost 2 degrees warmer than usual, according to  the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Scorching heat waves socked Asia, Europe and the USA, where 2,000 daily temperature peaks were busted. It's an undeniable trend with seven... More »

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