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The Past 5 Years Were the Arctic’s Warmest on Record

The Past 5 Years Were the Arctic’s Warmest on Record

The Arctic is still warming at twice the rate of anywhere else on Earth, and the region’s air temperatures in the past five years between 2014-2018 have exceeded all previous records since 1900, according to a peer-reviewed report released by the U.S. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Tuesday. The agency’s 13th annual Arctic […]

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    New England Seal Die-Off Could be Linked to Chemical Pollution

    New England Seal Die-Off Could be Linked to Chemical Pollution

    Researchers think a mysterious die-off of seals along the Maine coast could be linked to chemical pollution, the Portland Press Herald reported Sunday. More than 400 dead or stranded seals have washed up on the Maine coast so far this year, more than in any of the past seven years, according to National Oceanic and […]

    After Plastic Straws, Are Balloons Next to Go?

    After Plastic Straws, Are Balloons Next to Go?

    We get it. Balloons are fun and make great decorations. But we hate to burst your bubble—balloons can be a big problem when they are deliberately released into the environment. The litter is not only a blight on landscapes, waterways, trees and power lines, but balloons and balloon strings can entangle, choke or kill marine […]

    NOAA Proposes Opening Marine Monuments to Fishing Within 90 Days

    NOAA Proposes Opening Marine Monuments to Fishing Within 90 Days

    When reports surfaced in June that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) might shift the language of its mission statement away from climate and conservation and towards security and the economy, acting head Rear Admiral Timothy Gallaudet rushed to reassure reporters that the agency’s mission would remain unchanged. But a copy of the presentation […]

    NASA Climate Scientist Warned Us About Warming 30 Years Ago

    NASA Climate Scientist Warned Us About Warming 30 Years Ago

    Climate science marks a troubling anniversary this week: in June of 1988, NASA scientist James Hansen told Congress that global warming had already begun to affect the world and would only get worse. A sweeping AP analysis finds that in the decades since Hansen’s testimony, global temperatures have risen nearly 1 degree F, while the […]

    Hottest Month of May Ever Recorded in U.S.

    Hottest Month of May Ever Recorded in U.S.

    By Jake Johnson Surpassing a mark set during the peak of the Dust Bowl in 1934, the continental U.S. just had its hottest May on record thanks in large part to the human-caused climate crisis, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced on Wednesday. “For May, the average contiguous U.S. temperature was 65.4°F, 5.2°F […]

    2017 Broke Records for Number of Flooded Days on U.S. Coasts

    2017 Broke Records for Number of Flooded Days on U.S. Coasts

    Due to the combined impacts of climate change and upcoming El Niño conditions, coastal high tide flooding in the U.S. will be up to 60 percent more frequent in 2018 than it was 20 years ago, the most recent high tide flooding report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), announced Wednesday, projected. The […]

    We Just Experienced 400 Straight Months of Unusual Warmth

    We Just Experienced 400 Straight Months of Unusual Warmth

    April 2018 was the 400th consecutive month of global temperatures above the 20th century average, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ( NOAA) announced Thursday. That means the last time Earth was cooler than that average was December 1984—the same month Band Aid released “Do They Know It’s Christmas.” This three-decade streak is not some […]