2013 was one of the warmest years since 1880

NASA 2013 annual temperature anomaliesBoth NASA and NOAA – US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – have issued a joint presentation on how climate change made 2013 one of the warmest year ever recorded.

It is worth showing to any climate change deniers you may know. According to NASA : ” NASA scientists say 2013 tied with 2009 and 2006 for the seventh warmest year since 1880, continuing a long-term trend of rising global temperatures. “

” With the exception of 1998, the 10 warmest years in the 134-year record have all occurred since 2000, with 2010 and 2005 ranking as the warmest years on record “

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Death, devastation and climate discussions

Death and devastation in the Philippines Today’s two main topics are closely related, and this albeit they are taking place thousands of kilometers apart. The first one is of course the Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda that left death and devastation in its wake in the Philippines.

To CNN, the Guardian and many other sources, at least 10,000 people have perished. As I write these lines, hundreds of thousands people are now seeking food, water and refuge in the Philippines.

The UN World Food Programme states that at least 4.5 million people have been affected. Haiyan is reported to be likely the largest storm to ever hit land. Until the next…

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Americans connect the dots, demand action

Two recent polls are showing that change might soon take place in the United States. Climate Progress recently noted that 75 % of Americans support regulating carbon dioxide as a pollutant, and that 60 % support a carbon tax.

The same website mentioned shortly afterwards another poll showing that 63% of Americans say  their country should fight global warming regardless what other countries do. This represents an overwhelming majority…

As 80 percent of Americans have already experienced extreme weather events such as dramatic drought, tornadoes and floods, this is no surprise.

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Climate disinformation backfires in the USA

Alanis Morissette once sang it : life can be ironic sometimes. This was especially the case when a few months ago a study paid by the highly polluting conglomerate of the Koch brothers showed that yes, climate change is real. Now a poll in the United States is showing that more and more Americans are … Read more

Global weirding and warming at my doorstep

I wanted to write about how I am witnessing the weirding and warming climate myself. So far, France has seen an incredibly dry spring with dramatic droughts to the point of endangering many cultures. Then, summer came, with rain, a lot of it. It was one of the rainiest summers I had seen. You would … Read more

Are climate change and extreme weather linked ?

To the Independent : ” Climate researchers from Britain, the US (…) have formed a new alliance that aims to investigate exceptional weather events to see whether they can be attributable to global warming caused by greenhouse gas emissions. ” ” They intend to assess each unusual event in terms of the probability that it … Read more

A weirder and weirder climate…

To Climate Progress : ” Is the “Global Weirding” of 2010 and 2011 the new normal? (…) Any one of the extreme weather events of 2010 or 2011 could have occurred naturally sometime during the past 1,000 years. “ ” But it is highly improbable that the remarkable extreme weather events of 2010 and 2011 … Read more

Global weirding is already a reality in the USA

To the Huffington Post : ” Heavy rains, deep snowfalls, monster floods and killing droughts are signs of a “new normal” of extreme U.S. weather events fueled by climate change, scientists and government planners said on Wednesday. “It’s a new normal and I really do think that global weirding is the best way to describe … Read more

Global warming may mean colder winters

Global warming may mean colder winters for the Northern Hemisphere and this albeit we just witnessed the hottest June ever recorded and if desertification spreads faster and faster. As one of the researchers behind this new report notes : “Recent severe winters like last year’s of the one of 2005-2006 do not conflict with the … Read more

A bad omen for the Cancun climate talks

You may not remember it, but the Copenhagen climate talks will be followed by a series of conferences in Cancun, Mexico between November 29 and December 10. Contrary to Copenhagen, little is currently said about the preparations.

And the media aren’t encouraging. To AP : ” In two days of talks, major economic powers discussed ways to move ahead in slowing and coping with climate change, but no one sees a grand global deal anywhere on the horizon “

“(…) no one is expecting or anticipating in any way a legal treaty to be done at Cancun this year.” This situation is puzzling as there are many reasons to act fast and big.

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Youth unemployment hits record highs

Here is a post on a subject not so unrelated to sustainable development. To the International Labour Organization : “ Global youth unemployment has reached its highest level on record, and is expected to increase through 2010 “

The ILO also warns of the “risk of a crisis legacy of a ‘lost generation’ comprised of young people who have dropped out of the labour market, having lost all hope of being able to work for a decent living”.

Meanwhile the triple crisis is looming. And it will hit us even harder when oil prices will be back at their highest levels. This will bring undoubtedly another increase in youth unemployment.

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Global weirding, or the climate gone crazy

I heard that term before as extreme events are unfolding. But two contributors of the Huffington Post believe that what we are witnessing this summer – fires in Russia, floods in Pakistan, heat waves in America – is a sign of global weirding. And they make quite a point as in a few weeks, so … Read more

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