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The Monthly Climate: March 2011


  In Brief March 2011 began with a major setback to improving NASA climate observation capabilities with the launch failure of the Glory satellite. Intended to improve both solar monitoring and aerosol impacts on global climate, Glory suffered a fate similar to its 2009 predecessor, the Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO), which also experienced a launch … Continue reading

GOP: Questioning Climate Science


Republican Candidates Question Climate Change Science The Republican Party in the United States has now placed itself squarely in opposition to the conclusions of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and other scientific organizations around the world that climatic changes driven by human activities pose a serious environmental and societal threat. Questioning the existence of … Continue reading

Environmental Headlines, Week of July 17, 2010


The continued impacts and actions revolving around the BP oil spill continued to command the majority of headlines this week with BP becoming cautiously optimistic after finally capping the leak that has spilled tens of millions of gallons of oil over the last 4 1/2 months since its Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in the Gulf … Continue reading

Scientific Organizations Acknowledge Human Impact


NOTE: A separate page is now available for the latest updates to this information. Below is a list of scientific organizations around the world that acknowledge the global impact of rising atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations from human activities. While many more organizations could likely be added, the list is limited to organizations that have either … Continue reading

EPA Exposed in Non Cover-up


Conservative blogs, as well as some media outlets, have been busy as of late breaking a non-story about a supposed cover-up within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This one started, as these things usually do, within the domain of a political think tank, this time the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). Sam Kazman, a CEI … Continue reading

National Science Academies Warn of Oceanic Acidifcation


Seventy National Science Academies from around the world have issued a joint statement today warning of increasing oceanic acidification in advance of a conference of governmental representatives from around the world in Bonn, Germany this week to discuss climate change. The Academies urged the participants to include acidification on the agenda for the governmental talks … Continue reading

Governments Meet to Discuss Climate Change


Delegates from 182 countries around the world are meeting in Bonn, Germany this week and next for climate change talks as part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). The talks are intended to lay the groundwork for the comprehensive Copenhagen conference scheduled to take place later this year to establish international … Continue reading

Participate in Earth Hour 2009


Tonight, at 8:30 PM local time, wherever you are on the planet, you are encouraged to participate in “Earth Hour 2009“. For one hour, turn off all unnecessary lights to “VOTE EARTH” and join with like-minded individuals around the world in recognizing the need for action on climate change. Even if you do not believe … Continue reading

Government Brochure Details Climate Science Knowledge


Multiple U.S. governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations have joined together and released a booklet detailing the fundamentals of climate science. The booklet, entitled Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science, is an effort by the contributing organizations to put forward an easily readable and understandable foundation of knowledge on the subject that is shared … Continue reading

Climate Scientists Meet in Copenhagen


Climate scientists from around the world are currently gathering in Copenhagen to discuss the impacts of climate change. The University of Copenhagen is hosting an international scientific congress on climate change under the heading “Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges and Decisions”, 10-12 March 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The congress is organised in cooperation with nine … Continue reading

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173 professional scientific organizations (and counting) around the world acknowledge the global impact of rising emissions of greenhouse gases from human activities

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