Archive for Climate Change
Climate at a Glance from NOAA allows searching across several different data points for climatological factors dating back to 1895 for U.S. states, the nation as a whole, and for global territories. One can see how temperatures have fluctuated over time; each year’s result is available along with its ranking relative to other years’ recordings back to 1895. Highly instructive and a well-spring of data.
Contrary to various reports detailing a “hiatus” in global warming, this article in Science – Possible artifacts of data biases in the recent global surface warming hiatus – states that global warming continues.
This site provides a plethora of data concerning the reality of climate change. Included here are facts, statements from major scientific organizations, causes and effects, graphs and charts.
Various federal agencies are in some phases of adapting for climate change scenarios. This report – Climate Change Adaptation by Federal Agencies: An Analysis of Plans and Issues for Congress – gives an overview of what has transpired and what is planned for some agencies. (The author’s impressive biography is here.) Hundreds of references and a dozen charts add to the utility of this report. Also consult the GAO 2015 “high risk” report Limiting the Federal Government’s Fiscal Exposure by Better Managing Climate Change Risks.
The New York City Panel on Climate Change has just issued its 2015 report; the predictions are less than rosy. It states “Climate risks in the New York metropolitan region are increasing and are projected to continue to increase throughout the 21st century. Higher temperatures, heavy downpours, sea level rise, and intensified coastal flooding are the major climate hazards projected for the region.” (107) Here is its 2010 report.
According to Unprecedented 21st century drought risk in the American Southwest and Central Plains (Science Advances), climate change will have a devastating impact on the West and Southwest from mid-century on. Drought conditions lasting decades are predicted, based on seventeen different computer modeling programs. Here is an overview on this topic from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Persistent drought in North America: a climate modeling and paleoclimate perspective (2014); other worthwhile reads are A 1,200-year perspective of 21st century drought in southwestern North America (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2010); Assessing the Risk of Persistent Drought Using Climate Model Simulations and Paleoclimate Data (Journal of Climate, 2014); Pan-Continental Droughts in North America over the Last Millennium (Journal of Climate, 2014); Megadroughts in North America: placing IPCC projections of hydroclimatic change (Journal of Quarternary Science, 2009); and Severe and sustained drought in southern California and the West: Present conditions and insights from the past on causes and impacts, (Quarternary International, 2007).