Friday, March 22, 2013

March 22 News: NOAA Predicts Warmer-Than-Average Spring For Most Of U.S. And Little Drought Relief

NOAA says this spring will be warmer than average for most of the U.S., with expanded drought conditions for large portions of the South and West, and river flooding expected to be worse than last year in the upper Midwest [NPR, Climate Central]

NOAA issued the three-month U.S. Spring Outlook today, stating that odds favor above-average temperatures across much of the continental United States, including drought-stricken areas of Texas, the Southwest and the Great Plains. Spring promises little drought relief for most of these areas, as well as Florida, with below-average spring precipitation favored there. Meanwhile, river flooding is likely to be worse than last year across the country, with the most significant flood potential in North Dakota.

Organizing for America, formed from Obama for America, has asked supporters to to sign a petition for a "clean budget" in the Senate, warning of Republican amendments "designed to destroy environmental protections and set back decades of progress." [The Hill]

Sally Jewell's nomination to become Secretary of the Interior was approved overwhelmingly by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee yesterday. [Washington Post]

Senator Roy Blunt filed a budget amendment requiring a 60-vote threshold for any carbon price legislation. [The Hill]

Another amendment filed by Senator Barasso would stop federal agencies from including greenhouse gas emissions from exporting fossil fuels in carbon rules. [The Hill]

The 2010 Icelandic volcanic eruption seeded the ocean with clouds of iron particles, which some geoengineering supporters say would reduce carbon dioxide levels, but a new study says it did no such thing. [Daily Climate]

Traffic increases carbon dioxide levels, and a new study finds it also increases chronic asthma cases in children. [LA Times]

Apple's largest data center is now running on 100 percent renewable energy, increasing the proportion of renewable energy used by the entire company to 75 percent. [Reuters]

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is urging China - along with other countries with high emissions - to price carbon and stop subsidizing fossil fuels. [Wall Street Journal]

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