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WMO Greenhouse Gas Bulletin: The State of Greenhouse Gases in the Atmosphere Based on Global Observations Through 2014

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

Latest annual report on the rising levels of greenhouse gases in the earth’s atmosphere. Reports atmospheric abundances and rates of change of the most important greenhouse gases—carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide—and provides a summary of the other gases. From the World Meteorological Organization


Greenhouse Gas Concentrations Hit Yet Another Record

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

Press release on the latest greenhouse gas measurements from an international monitoring organization. In Spring 2015 the global average concentration of carbon dioxide exceeded the symbolically significant 400 ppm level. Includes links to the full report. From the World Meteorological Organization


Climate at a Glance

Categories: Maps/Geography,Statistics,Weather/Disasters

Interactive mapping interface which displays data for each of 344 climate divisions in the U.S. Climate Divisional Database. View maps of monthly or yearly values, ranks, or anomalies for temperature, precipitation, heating and cooling degree days, and drought indices. From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

Categories: Headlines,Russia,Transportation,Weather/Disasters

The Dutch government’s investigation report on the flight which concludes that the plane was shot down by a warhead fired from a Buk surface-to-air missile system. Also examines the question of why a civilian airliner was flying over a war zone in the Ukraine. From the Dutch Safety Board


Climate Finance in 2013-14 and the USD 100 Billion Goal

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Foreign Assistance,Nongovernmental organizations,Weather/Disasters

Provides an up-to-date estimate of public and private climate financing mobilized by developed countries towards their 2010 Cancun commitment for climate action in developing countries. From the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development


Sedimentological and Radiochemical Characteristics of Marsh Deposits from Assateague Island and the Adjacent Vicinity, Maryland and Virginia, Following Hurricane Sandy

Categories: Environment,Science/Technology,Weather/Disasters

Hurricanes can have a positive or negative effect on coastal wetlands and marshes. This study focuses on the sediment and other coastal effects of Hurricane Sandy on the Virginia coastline. From the U.S. Geological Survey


Temporary Protected Status: Current Immigration Policy and Issues

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,Immigration/Migration,Syria,Weather/Disasters

Describes what conditions allow for temporary protected status for foreign nationals in the U.S., how many foreign nationals are currently receiving such status, and the specific concerns related to six countries including Syria. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


NOAA 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook

Categories: Science/Technology,Weather/Disasters

Includes an updated forecast which calls for a 90% probability of a below normal Atlantic hurricane season due to the strength of the El Nino conditions in the Pacific.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


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