WASHINGTON (AP) — The globe cozied up to the fourth warmest January on record this year, essentially leaving just the eastern half of the United States out in the cold.
And the northern and eastern United States can expect another blast of cold weather next week.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Thursday that Earth was 1.17 degrees warmer in January than the 20th century average. Since records began in 1880, only 2002, 2003 and 2007 started off warmer than this year.
Scientists and public health officials are looking at whether increasingly extreme weather patterns that could be linked to climate change may bring more medical problems, including malaria, lyme disease and cholera, E&E reports.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday called climate change perhaps the world's "most fearsome" destructive weapon and mocked those who deny its existence or question its causes, comparing them to people who insist the Earth is flat.
In a speech to Indonesian students, civic leaders and government officials, Kerry tore into climate change skeptics. He accused them of using shoddy science and scientists to delay steps needed to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases at the risk of imperiling the planet.
A day earlier, the U.S. and China announced an agreement to cooperate more closely on combating climate change. American officials hope that will help encourage others, including developing countries like Indonesia and India, to follow suit.
The departing chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality on Friday said she was confident the administration will meet President Barack Obama's aggressive timetable for limiting carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.
Nancy Sutley, speaking on her last day on the job, called the push by the Environmental Protection Agency to write the rules a "big undertaking", but one the agency will finalize by 2015 as mandated by Obama in his Climate Action Plan.
President Barack Obama plans to urge Congress on Friday to fund a new $1 billion program to help communities in water-starved California and other states cope with climate change impacts.
The new Climate Resilience Fund will be part of his fiscal 2015 budget blueprint to lawmakers next month, officials said, and will mark the first time Obama puts a price tag on the community assistance, adaptation research and infrastructure development he included in the Climate Action Plan unveiled last summer.
There may be a link between weather and the risk of suffering a stroke, say researchers who analyzed climate trends and hospital records on millions of Americans.
Cold weather, high humidity and big daily temperature swings seem to land more people in the hospital with strokes. As it got warmer, risk fell — 3 percent for every 5 degrees, the study found.
"Maybe some of these meteorological factors serve as a trigger," said Judith Lichtman, a Yale University stroke researcher who led the study. With global climate change and extreme weather like this week's freak storm in the South, "this could be increasingly important," she said.
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing, "Extreme Weather Events: The Costs of Not Being Prepared." Homeland Security Department Asst. Secretary for Policy David F. Heyman, Asst. Secretary for Infrastructure Protection Caitlin A. Durkovich to testify.
SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt. (AP) — Ski resorts in the New England states of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode island are not well poised to survive at the end of the century as the region is expected to see warmer winters, a National Center for Atmospheric Research scientist said Thursday.
Vermont is less vulnerable because many of resorts are at higher elevations and have invested in new snowmaking technology, Elizabeth Burakowski said at a Vermont Law School symposium on the impact of climate change on the winter sports industry.
To be profitable, resorts need to be open 100 days a season and during holidays and have snowmaking technology, she said.
Large banks, including Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase, face increased pressure from climate-minded investors to disclose their lending to fossil fuel companies and to develop climate-risk strategies, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The Department of Energy has announced measures to cut methane emissions from the country’s natural gas industry including setting efficiency standards for natural gas compressors and offering incentives for infrastructure modernization, StateImpact Pennsylvania reports.
The latest round of sanctions the U.S. and Europe have announced against Russia over its actions in Ukraine, by withholding drilling technology, are aimed at Moscow’s ability to tap its Arctic and shale reserves, The New York Times reports.
With anticipation -– ahead of the release of government data Wednesday –- that stockpiles may have shrunk by more than a million barrels, benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for September delivery was up 47 cents to $101.44 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange, while in London Brent crude dropped 37 cents to $107.35, Bloomberg reports.
Singer Jimmy Rose, invited by Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to testify at an Environmental Protection Agency hearing on its rule to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants, hopes to use his music to make his pro-coal message, National Journal reports.
Green groups -- including the Sierra Club and the Environmental Defense Fund -- rallied outside Environmental Protection Agency headquarters Tuesday to boost support for the EPA’s rule to limit carbon emissions from power plants as hearings about the regulations got underway, E&E reports.
Enterprise Products Partners will have to pay $535.8 million to Energy Transfer partners after backing out of a deal to build a pipeline together, a Dallas judge has determined, although legal experts believe the judgment will be appealed, FuelFix reports.
Second quarter profits for Anadarko Petroleum Corp. – which settled litigation over its Kerr-McGee acquisition for $15.5 billion earlier this year – were reported at $227 million, a 76 percent drop from the period a year earlier and below analysts’ expectations, although $4.44 billion in revenue beat predictions, according to The Wall Street Journal.
An important part of legislation needed to open up Mexico’s energy sector to private investment won approval in the lower house Tuesday, but the measure will need to return to the Senate there for further approval, FuelFix reports.
Federal agencies would have to make public the data they use to determine whether species are endangered, and would have to report to Congress on money and time spent on lawsuits related to the Endangered Species Act, under a bill to amend it that was approved by the House on a 233-190 vote Tuesday, The Hill reports.
Offers outnumbered bids in the first round of the Massachusetts auction of solar renewable energy certificates this year, so the results were scrapped, the terms will be changed and a second round of bidding will be held, Platts reports.