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NASA, NOAA Find 2014 Warmest Year in Modern Record

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

http://www.nasa.gov/press/2015/january/nasa-determines-2014-warmest-year-in-modern-record/index.html#.VLlfqWOa-JY

2014 was the warmest to date and 9 of the 10 warmest years on record have occurred since 2000.  Argues the warming trend increases the importance of climate study and the impacts of human activity.  From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 

State of the Climate Summary Report 2014

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Statistics,Weather/Disasters

http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/national/2014/13

 

Reports that average U.S. temperatures in 2014 exceeded the 20th Century average for the 18th consecutive year.  Provides information on temperature, precipitation and significant weather events for 2014.  From the National Climatic Data Center

 

From the Extreme to the Mean: Acceleration and Tipping Points of Coastal Inundation from Sea Level Rise

Categories: Climate Change,Statistics,Weather/Disasters

 http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2014/20141218_sealevelrise.html

Predicts that sea level rise from global warming will threaten a majority of U.S. coastal areas with 30 or more days of flooding each year by 2050.  Lists coastal cities such as Norfolk and Washington and when they will surpass the tipping point for flooding.  Press release with links to text of article in academic journal.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Arctic Report Card: Update for 2014

www.arctic.noaa.gov/report14/ArcticReportCard_full_report.pdf

 

Warns that the Arctic region is warming at twice the rate of anywhere else on Earth.  Covers the air temperature, snow cover, sea ice, Greenland Ice Sheet, the status of polar bears and more.  See also links for previous Arctic report cards.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Federal Lands and Natural Resources: Overview and Selected Issues for the 113th Congress

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Climate Change,Energy,Geology/Mining,Govt Finance,Natural Resources,Recreation/Travel

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43429.pdf

Discusses issues involved in questions of federal land acquisition and management.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

USGS Repeat Photography Project Documents Retreating Glaciers in Glacier National Park

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Natural Resources

http://www.nrmsc.usgs.gov/repeatphoto/

Documents climate change effects via repeat photographs in Montana’s Glacier National Park since the establishment of the park in the early 20th Century.  From the U.S. Geological Survey

 

U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Recent Trends and Factors

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Science/Technology

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43795.pdf

Discusses recent progress in reduction of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, what causes GHG emissions, and the challenge of estimating future emissions accurately.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Climate Change Indicators in the United States, 2014

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Statistics,Weather/Disasters

http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/pdfs/climateindicators-full-2014.pdf

Presents data on 30 key indicators of the environment including U.S. and global temperature/precipitation, ocean heat and acidity, sea level, length of growing season, and more. From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

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