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Climate Science Special Report: Fourth National Climate Assessment, Vol. 1

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Science/Technology,Weather/Disasters

The first of two volumes.  States that global temperatures have warmed by 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit since 1901 and it is “extremely likely” that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are the dominant cause.  Includes sections on climate models, scenarios, precipitation and temperature changes, extreme storms, sea level rise, and more.  From the U.S. Global Change Research Program.


State of the Climate in 2016

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Science/Technology,Statistics,Weather/Disasters

Annual summary of global weather conditions.  Surface temperature and carbon dioxide concentration set new highs during 2016.  From the American Meteorological Society and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


State of the Global Climate in 2016

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

2016 was the warmest year on record: 1.1 degrees Centigrade above the pre-industrial period and 0.06 above the previous record set in the previous year.  Covers key findings in temperature, oceans, greenhouse gases, precipitation, sea ice and glaciers, and extreme events.  From the World Meteorological Organization


State of the Climate in 2015

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Science/Technology,Statistics

The 26th edition of the annual assessment of the earth’s climate.  Summarizes the record warmth in the global climate for 2015.  Emphasizes the relationship between a changing climate and its impact on living systems.Sections on the global climate, oceans, tropics, Arctic, Antarctic, and regional climates.  From the American Meteorological Society and NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information


Interior Issues Final Regulations to Raise Safety and Environmental Standards for Any Future Exploratory Drilling in U.S. Arctic Waters

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

Press release summarizing the main points of new final regulations relating to any future exploratory drilling in the Chukchi and Beaufort Sea areas of the U.S. Arctic Outer Continental Shelf.  From the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management of the Department of the Interior


Oil and Gas and Sulfur Operations on the Outer Continental Shelf: Requirements for Exploratory Drilling on the Arctic Outer Continental Shelf

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

Test of final regulations issued to ensure that any future exploratory energy drilling on the U.S. Arctic Outer Continental Shelf would be conducted under the highest safety and environmental standards.  From the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management of the Department of the Interior


GEO-6: Global Environment Outlook: Regional Assessment for North America

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,United Nations,Urban Issues

One of six regional assessments on the state of the global environment released on the occasion of the second U.N. Environment Assembly in Nairobi.  From the United Nations Environment Programme.


Remains of Lost 1800s Whaling Fleet Discovered Off Alaska’s Arctic Coast

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,History,Science/Technology

Press release on the discovery of two whaling ships which were among a fleet of 33 ships which were trapped and crushed in ice in September 1871. Global warming is credited with making the discovery of the ships possible. Also describes the rescue of the trapped sailors and the import of the event. From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


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