The uncontrolled release of the natural gas into the water, and then into the air, is significant because natural gas emissions contribute to global warming. Natural gas consists primarily of methane, which is an even more powerful greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. [...]
According to the latest report from the World Meterological Organization, the per-decade rate of global temperature increase from the last decade of the 20th century to the first decade of the 21st century was the fastest on record, far above the average decadal rate of temperature change since 1880. [...]
Barack Obama’s Secretary of State John Kerry is now attending an international Arctic Ministerial Summit on climate issues in Sweden. While there, he plans to do… not very much. Obama’s Arctic policy is to marginalize environmental issues, opening up Arctic waters to oil drilling and authorizing hunts against wolves from airplanes.
The Green Party this [...]
In reality, after his big speeches were done, Obama has been more listless than tireless in addressing the problem of climate change. [...]
This week, for the first time in human history, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has gone above 400 parts per million. Carbon dioxide acts to trap energy from solar radiation in our planet’s atmosphere. Increasing concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide have thus been resulting in higher atmospheric temperatures all over the Earth.
Nick Rahall’s bill would ban an entire category of action to confront climate change, with the goal of protecting the dirty energy dominance of fossil fuels corporations. [...]
If Harry Binswanger can’t see how the weather has changed over the last generation, it’s because he’s too busy gazing in adoration at a portrait of his hero, Ayn Rand. [...]
For years, the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) has been sharing daily updates of the area (“extent”) of sea ice coverage in the Arctic ocean, charting current conditions in comparison to the 1979-2000 average for purposes of comparison. Current levels consistently lie two standard deviations below that long-term average, making the NSIDC Arctic [...]
Max Baucus is from Montana, a state where, because of global warming, all the glaciers in Glacier National Park are melting away. Senator Baucus ought to know how serious climate change has become, so why did Senator Baucus vote against legislation to create a restraint on carbon dioxide pollution? [...]
If the surface area of sea ice in the Arctic is the same as it was at the beginning of last year’s record-breaking melt, but the ice is thinner than it was then, the conclusion is clear. There’s even less volume of ice in Arctic waters right now than there was at this time last year, meaning that less energy will be required to melt it down to last year’s record-low surface area. [...]
NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies has released its readings regarding temperature from stations across the globe over land and sea in January 2013. Their finding: January 2013 was the 6th warmest January in its record, which stretches back over 130 years to January 1880.
Every one of the 5 hottest Januaries takes place after [...]