A NOAA-led study refutes the much-publicized idea that there has been a recent slowdown or “hiatus” in the rate of global warming . The study finds that global warming during the last 15 years has progressed as fast or faster than during the latter half of the 20th century.
PostedJan 16, 2015
Oceans, Physical Climate, Observations, International
2014 ranks as Earth’s warmest since record keeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by scientists at NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
PostedSep 10, 2014
Oceans, Observations, International, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Carbon Cycle
According to the UN’s World Meteorological Organization (WMO), a surge in carbon dioxide levels drove the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere to a record high in 2013. Greenhouse gas levels rose more between 2012 and 2013 than at any time in the last 30 years.
PostedAug 21, 2014
Physical Climate, Observations, Modeling, Mitigation, Carbon Cycle
New NASA research shows that Earth's atmosphere contains an unexpectedly large amount of carbon tetrachloride (CC14), an ozone -depleting chemical that was banned worldwide decades ago. According to the study, global emissions of CCl4 average 39 kilotons per year—approximately 30 percent of peak emissions prior to its banning.
PostedJun 25, 2014
Physical Climate, Observations, Human Health, Extreme Events
Both NASA and NOAA have ranked May 2014 as the planet’s hottest May since records began in 1880. UPDATE: Since this article was published, June 2014, August 2014, September 2014, and October 2014 have also set records for monthly average temperatures.
PostedMay 29, 2014
Oceans, Physical Climate, Observations, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Education, Indicators, Human Health
A new EPA report presents a set of 30 indicators that track the causes and effects of climate change . Written for general audiences, the report aims to help readers understand long-term climate-related trends observed across the atmosphere, oceans, snow and ice, ecosystems, and public health.
PostedNov 26, 2013
Adaptation, Agriculture & Food, Extreme Events, Modeling, Observations
As part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan, the Administration recently announced an interagency National Drought Resilience Partnership to help communities better prepare for future droughts and reduce the impact of drought events on livelihoods and the economy.
PostedMay 15, 2013
Physical Climate, Observations, Carbon Cycle
On May 9, 2013, the daily mean concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere surpassed 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time since measurements began in 1958 at Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii.
PostedFeb 6, 2013
Physical Climate, Observations
The latest State of the Climate National Overview report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NOAA's National Climatic Data Center reveals that 2012 was the United States’ warmest year on record by a wide margin.
PostedAug 15, 2012
Physical Climate, Observations, Extreme Events
The average global temperature for July 2012 was more than 1Fahrenheit above the 20th-century average, making it the fourth warmest July since record keeping began in 1880.