Monday, May 29, 2017

Climate history

In this Sept. 6, 2016 file photo, a youth takes a drink on a hill overlooking the city after a long hot day in Madrid, Spain. (AP Photo/Paul White, File)

BY SETH BORENSTEIN WASHINGTON (AP) — Even without an El Nino warming the world’s waters, Earth in February sizzled to its second hottest temperature on record, behind only last year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration calculated that February 2017 ...
In this Feb. 28, 2017 file photo, daffodils bloom in New York's Central Park. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

BY SETH BORENSTEIN WASHINGTON (AP) — A freakishly balmy February broke more than 11,700 local daily records for warmth in the United States, but it didn’t quite beat 1954 for the warmest February on record, climate scientists said. The average ...
In this July 21, 2016, file photo, the sun sets beyond visitors to Liberty Memorial on Thursday, July 21, 2016, as the temperature hovers around 100 degrees in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

BY SETH BORENSTEIN WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth sizzled to a third-straight record hot year in 2016, government scientists said Wednesday. They mostly blame man-made global warming with help from a natural El Nino, which has since disappeared. Measuring global temperatures ...
In this Aug. 12, 2016 file photo, visitors from Korea shield themselves from the early morning sun as they tour the Capitol in Washington, with temperatures lingering in upper 90s. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

BY SETH BORENSTEIN WASHINGTON (AP) — With steamy nights, sticky days and torrential downpours, last year went down as one of the warmest and wildest weather years on record in the United States. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced ...
In this photo provided by Dirk Notz, taken April 24, 2009, ice floats in the Arctic near Svalbard, Norway. (Dirk Notz via AP)

BY SETH BORENSTEIN WASHINGTON (AP) — A new independent study shows no pause in global warming, confirming a set of temperature readings adjusted by U.S. government scientists that some who reject mainstream climate science have questioned. The adjustments , made ...
In this May 18, 2015 file photo, irrigation pipes sit along a dry irrigation canal on a field farmed by Gino Celli, who relies on senior water rights to water his crops, near Stockton, California.

BY ALICIA CHANG LOS ANGELES (AP) — Already dealing with parched conditions, the U.S. Southwest faces the threat of megadroughts this century as temperatures rise, says a new study that found the risk is reduced if heat-trapping gases are curbed. ...
This image released by NASA's Earth Observatory Team from data collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), an instrument on NASA's Terra and Aqua satellites, shows the land surface temperature as observed by MODIS in Thailand, center, and surrounding countries between April 15 to April 23, 2016.

BY SETH BORENSTEIN WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study paints a picture of an Earth that is warmer than it has been in about 120,000 years, and is locked into eventually hitting its hottest mark in more than 2 million ...
In this Dec. 16, 2015 file photo, professor Stephen Hawking listens to a news conference in London.

BY SETH BORENSTEIN WASHINGTON (AP) — Another month, another global heat record smashed. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Tuesday said August’s temperature of 61.74 degrees (16.52 Celsius) was .09 degrees (.05 Celsius) warmer than the old August record ...
In this May 24, 2015 file photo, a man pours water on his face during a hot summer day in Hyderabad, India.

BY SETH BORENSTEIN WASHINGTON (AP) — Man-made global warming may have started a few decades earlier than scientists previously figured, a new study suggests. Instead of the late 1800s, a slight almost imperceptible warming can now be tracked to around ...
In this June 8, 2016, file photo, children cool off under water fountains on a sunny day, in Pamplona northern Spain.

BY SETH BORENSTEIN WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth’s persistent record 2016 heat is now dancing near levels that a world agreement is trying to avoid, federal scientists said. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Tuesday that globally, June was the ...
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