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NOAA: Through October, 2013 the seventh-hottest year on record

Source: 
The Hill

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found that 2013 is the seventh-warmest year on record through October, The Hill reports.

State-by-state look at storm, tornadoes in Midwest

An unusually large and strong late-season storm system ripped through several states across the Midwest on Sunday, spawning tornadoes and tearing through homes and overturning cars along its path. Here's a snapshot of what is happening, state by state:

Tornadoes, damaging storms sweep across Midwest

WASHINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Dozens of tornadoes and intense thunderstorms swept across the Midwest on Sunday, leaving at least five people dead and unleashing powerful winds that flattened entire neighborhoods, flipped over cars and uprooted trees.

Tense week ahead for UN climate talks

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — U.N. climate talks head into a tense final week Monday after the diplomatic effort to reduce global warming gases was hit by a series of setbacks, including Japan's decision to ditch its voluntary emissions target.

NRDC president to step down in 2014

Source: 
The Hill

Natural Resources Defense Council President Frances Beinecke said she would retire at the end of 2014 after working more than 40 years at the organization, The Hill reports.

US coral task force gathers in Virgin Islands

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Scientists and government officials began a two-day meeting in the U.S. Virgin Islands on Thursday to discuss ways of protecting and, hopefully, restoring severely degraded coral reefs in U.S. waters in the Caribbean and Pacific.

Program designed to help prepare for droughts

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Federal agencies will provide better and more accessible information about matters such as long-term weather prospects and soil moisture levels under a program designed to help communities prepare for future droughts and respond more effectively when they happen, Obama administration officials said Thursday.

6 tons of seized ivory crushed in US

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — U.S. officials on Thursday destroyed more than 6 tons of confiscated ivory tusks, carvings and jewelry — the bulk of the U.S. "blood ivory" stockpile — and urged other nations to follow suit to fight a $10 billion global trade that slaughters tens of thousands of elephants each year.

Report says global warming making oceans more acidic

Source: 
Reuters

An international study released at the United Nations climate talks in Warsaw said global warming could result in ocean waters becoming 170 percent more acidic than Industrial Revolution levels, threatening marine life and ecosystems, Reuters reports.

WMO: 2013 seventh warmest year on record

Source: 
Reuters

The World Meteorological Organization said 2013 is on pace to be the seventh-warmest year since records began in 1850, Reuters reports.

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