Friday, June 21, 2013

June 21 News: NOAA Says This Was The Third-Warmest May On Record

Credit: David Goldman / AP

Global average temperatures this past May were the third warmest for any May since record-keeping began in 1880, coming in just behind May 2005 and May 1998. [The Hill]

The combined average surface temperature over land and the ocean was 59.79 degrees Fahrenheit, which is 1.19 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th-century average, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)....

"It... marked the 37th consecutive May and 339th consecutive month [more than 28 years] with a global temperature above the 20th-century average. The last below-average May global temperature was May 1976, and the last below-average global temperature for any month was February 1985," the agency said in its monthly report.

The biggest single donor to the Competitive Enterprise Institute's annual fundraising dinner was Google, with Facebook not far behind. [WaPo]

The L.A. Times editorial board says the rise of extreme weather makes it clear the time to act on climate change is now. [LATimes]

The National Research Council has endorsed a carbon tax as a effective way of combating climate change. [Politico]

Agricultural output is not rising fast enough to meet the food needs of a rapidly growing population, according to a new study. [Guardian]

Poor land management and rising levels of CO2 are causing woody, thorny plants to crowd out African grasslands - spelling trouble for cheetahs. [Guardian]

The EPA is abandoning a draft 2011 study that linked fracking to Wyoming water pollution. [The Hill]

Tens of thousands of people in India are trapped and almost 120 have been killed after heavy flooding and landslides devastated the country this week. [Fox News]

More than half of Americans consider the environment when choosing what to buy, according to a new survey. [L.A. Times]

Heavy flooding in western Calgary, Canada could force 100,000 from their homes, and heavy rain and mudslides have washed out roads and closed highways. [NBC News]

Intense air pollution in Beijing is causing many expatriates to leave the city and country for good. [L.A. Times]

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