Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.
Japan Meteorological Agency is the first of 4 major global temperature recordkeepers to release their data for 2014, notes Brian Kahn at Climate Central.
OO 2014 Was The Hottest Year On Record Globally By Far – says the Japan Meteorological Agency; NOAA and NASA are expected to concur soon.
Climate Change’s Connection to Extreme Weather Is Ever More Evident,reports Andrea Thomspon at Climate Central, as studies increasing show firm connections between climate change and extreme weather, especially extreme heat. The results support predictions of ever worsening heat, both globally and locally, and worsening extreme weather.
OO New Treelike Wind Turbine Is Small, Silent, Ideal for Cities says NewWind, the French company producing them. Small green plastic wind turbines on the treelike trunk harness power from the smallest breezes blowing through the Wind Tree.
Climate Change in 2014: The Heat Is On reports Brian Kahn at Climate Central. Given the recent history – a staggering string of hottest years ever recorded on Earth with 2014 the hottest yet – it’s likely that the heat will keep increasing, worsening the climate change already under way.
@@ Featured New Video: ‘Sumatra Burning’ – the second of two hard-hitting documentaries illustrating the connection between climate change and the palm oil in the processed foods we eat.
Producing palm oil is nasty in many ways:
> destroying forest for palm oil plantations releases huge amounts of greenhouse gases
<> it destroys the cheapest way to keep massive amounts of carbon stored
><> it robs us of unique and important biodiversity
> it robs local communities of water supplies, weather conditioning, and tourism opportunities
<> palm oil is hazardous to your health
This film focuses on Sumatra, an Indonesian island experiencing some of the highest deforestation rates on the planet, as palm oil plantations spread.
OO 2014: The Year Climate Change Undeniably Arrived – the hottest year on record provided the setting for conclusive scientific findings as a mushrooming climate movement pressed world leaders to act.
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For more on Climate Change, check out my weekly column at the HuffingtonPost, Climate Change This Week
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