Climate & Energy

NCDC: Second hottest June on record — and El Nino “to threaten previous record highs”

Fast on the heels of the fourth warmest May on record, NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center reports: Based on preliminary data, the globally averaged combined land and sea surface temperature was the second warmest on record for June, and the …

Sorry, Buzz Aldrin, we’re not sending people to Mars by 2029

The second man to walk on the moon has an odd op-ed in the Washington Post today, “Time to Boldly Go Once More.”  Not surprisingly, he wants to go to Mars, but a key reason he offers – to study …

The dangerous myth that the EPA’s endangerment finding can stop dangerous warming

Over and over again, in e-mails and comments and blog posts, I hear some enviros saying that it doesn’t matter if Waxman-Markey fails, since EPA can use the endangerment finding to regulate CO2 as well or better.  That dangerously mistaken …

Nuclear Bombshell: $26 Billion cost — $10,800 per kilowatt! — killed Ontario nuclear bid

We knew new nukes were absurdly expensive (see “Areva has acknowledged that the cost of a new reactor today would be as much as 6 billion euros, or $8 billion, double the price offered to the Finns.”).  Now we know …

Tim Wirth to natural gas executives: "We're in deep trouble…"

UPDATE: Here is the video of the speech (courtesy of Clean Skies). It is worth seeing since Wirth does not keep to his text and he is very blunt in the Q&A: I have been running a multipart series on …

RealClimate debunks myth while advancing another (that warming is linear)

The climate science deniers’ favorite myths are about cooling. They have cooling myths about the past — see “Killing the myth of the 1970s global cooling scientific consensus.” They have cooling myths about the present (asserting that we’ve been cooling …

Help for the hurting Potomac

  A plastic 55-gallon barrell is seen amongst piles of driftwood and mud along the Potomac River in Cropley, MD. The main culprits for the river’s deteriorating health are agricultural runoff and suburban sprawl due to a booming local population.  …

Tracking where senators stand on climate legislation

Tim Johnson (D-S.D.)

Tim Johnson South Dakota’s sole U.S. representative, Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D), voted against the climate bill in the House, and Sen. Tim Johnson may do the same in the Senate. His vote will depend in part on how the final …

"Once-In-A-Century" droughts stunt crops and bring mental health problems

  ‘Once-in-a-century’ drought sending campers indoors and stunting crops North Texas has had average rainfall this year, and three “cool” days this week felt like Christmas in July. But don’t tell your friends in Central and South Texas, because they …