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2017 was the hottest year on record without an El Niño, thanks to global warming

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Firefighters lighting backfires as they try to contain the Thomas wildfire in Ojai, California on on December 09, 2017. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

Climate scientists predicted the rapid rise in global surface temperatures that we’re now seeing

January 3, 2018 — 2017 was the second-hottest year on record according to Nasa data, and was the hottest year without the short-term warming influence of an El Niño event: Continue reading 2017 was the hottest year on record without an El Niño, thanks to global warming

Unprecedented Hurricane Season Sees Widespread Damage

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An image from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s GOES-16 satellite of Hurricane Maria making landfall on the island of Dominica on Tuesday, the day before it struck Puerto Rico. Credit: NOAA

This hurricane season has broken multiple records already

September 22, 2017 — On top of powerful winds and flooding, there was darkness. It came when the entire island of Puerto Rico lost power after Hurricane Maria’s onslaught Wednesday. The category 4 storm’s winds ripped through Puerto Rico starting around 7 a.m. Eastern time that Continue reading Unprecedented Hurricane Season Sees Widespread Damage

‘Extreme’ El Niños to double in frequency under 1.5C of warming, study says

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Aerial view of homes submerged in floodwaters along the Pearl and Leaf Rivers after record breaking storms dumped rain across the deep south, 13/03/2016, St Tammany Parish, Louisiana. Credit: US Army Photo/Alamy Stock Photo.

The El Niño event of 2015-16 was one of the strongest on record, bringing flooding to much of South America, southern US and East Africa, and severe drought to Australia and southeast Asia

July 24, 2017 — Now a new study, published in Nature Climate Change, suggests that similar “extreme” El Niño events could become more frequent as global temperatures rise. Continue reading ‘Extreme’ El Niños to double in frequency under 1.5C of warming, study says

Australia’s summer heat hints at worse to come

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A couple shelter from the heat at Sydney’s Bondi Beach. Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty

If the third warmest January on record occurred during a La Niña event, scientists are asking what El Niño has in store

February 27, 2017 — Right now south-eastern Australia is having an unbearable summer. Temperatures in Sydney have regularly been in the upper 30s in recent weeks, while inland areas have had several days in the mid-40s. Continue reading Australia’s summer heat hints at worse to come

How much does El Niño affect global temperature

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Sunset over Tokyo, Japan (CC0).

Every day, thousands of measurements are taken across the world by weather stations, ships, satellites, floating buoys and weather balloons. Scientists combine these different data sources together to take the Earth’s temperature and see how it is changing over time

January 20, 2017 — The graph below shows the average temperature of the Earth’s surface since 1951, as measured by the US National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA). Continue reading How much does El Niño affect global temperature

Conservative media can’t stop denying there was no global warming ‘pause’

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July 2016 Was the Hottest Month on Record In 136 years of modern record-keeping, according to a monthly analysis of global temperatures by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS). Photograph: GISS/NASA

In the Spectator, the GWPF keeps denying facts and reality

January 10, 2017 — Scientists have proven time and time again that global warming continues unabated. Most recently, a study published last week showed that over the past two decades, the Continue reading Conservative media can’t stop denying there was no global warming ‘pause’

Only 1 in 10 LGUs has plan on how to respond to natural disasters

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VULNERABLE. Rice and corn farmers may go deeper into poverty because of climate change. Photo by Vincent Go / Greenpeace

Climate Change Commission Secretary Emmanuel de Guzman urges local officials to create their own action plan by the end of 2017

MANILA, Philippines (July 7, 2016) — Seven years after the Climate Change Act of 2009 was passed, only 1 in 10 local government units (LGUs) in disaster-prone Philippines has complied with the law’s requirement of drafting local climate change action plans (LCCAP).  Continue reading Only 1 in 10 LGUs has plan on how to respond to natural disasters

Hour-long heavy rain causes flooding in Cebu

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SUBMERGED. Cars are submerged in water on AS Fortuna Street in Mandaue City, at around 1 pm, after a sudden downpour on Saturday, July 2, in Cebu. Photo by Gail Gajudo Lim

Today’s floods come less than 24 hours after a heavy downpour hit Metro Cebu on Friday, July 1, causing massive flooding and gridlock across the city

CEBU CITY, Philippines (July 3, 206) — Heavy rains hit Metro Cebu noontime Saturday, July 2, and by 1 pm, several areas reported flooding.

Continue reading Hour-long heavy rain causes flooding in Cebu

El Niño is Earth’s rechargeable heat battery

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Rechargeable batteries. Photograph: Linda Nylind for the Guardian
El Niño has a major impact on energy within Earth’s climate

April 18, 2016 — The recent El Niño has been in the news of late because the warm waters in the Pacific have helped lift Earth’s temperatures to new records. Recent research is helping to track energy flows between the ocean waters and the atmosphere as the Continue reading El Niño is Earth’s rechargeable heat battery

Earth is Experiencing a Global Warming Spurt

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High temperatures are bleaching corals, such as this bent sea rod off Florida. Credit: U.S. Geological Survey/Flickr
Cyclical changes in the Pacific Ocean have thrown earth’s surface into what may be an unprecedented warming spurt, following a global warming slowdown that lasted about 15 years.

January 7, 2016 — While El Niño is being blamed for an outbreak of floods, storms and unseasonable temperatures across the planet, a much slower-moving cycle of the Pacific Ocean has also been playing a role in record-breaking warmth. The recent effects of both ocean cycles are being amplified by climate change.

Continue reading Earth is Experiencing a Global Warming Spurt