Warmest May ever in the US, and temps 3 degrees F (1.7 C) over the 20th century average in June. 30% of states in drought. 401st consecutive month with above avg temps worldwide

By Christie Aschwanden, in Five Thirty Eight, July 19, 2018 A man cools off in the spray of a fire hydrant during a heatwave in Philadelphia this month. JESSICA KOURKOUNIS / GETTY IMAGES It’s only July, but it has already been a long, hot spring and summer. The contiguous U.S. endured the warmest May ever recorded, and in June, the average temperature was 1.7 degrees Celsius (3.0 …

Dandelion Energy Has Built The Tesla of Residential Thermal Management With Plans For World Domination

July 9th, 2018 by Kyle Field on Clean Technica Cutting right to the chase, Dandelion plans to change the world of residential geothermal, and it is heading down that long road of transformation starting in the state of New York. Dandelion Energy spun off from Google parent company Alphabet’s X labs last year, and with so many claims floating around about transformative technologies …

Heatwave seems to make manmade climate change real for Americans: The record-breaking high temperatures across much of North America appear to be shaping people’s thinking, a survey finds

By Oliver Milman in New York, Wed 11 Jul 2018   Two people feel the heat in a park in Montreal on 5 July. About 70 deaths have been blamed on the heatwave in and around the Canadian city. Photograph: Canadian Press/Rex/Shutterstock The warm temperatures that have scorched much of the US appear to be influencing Americans’ acceptance of climate science, with a new …

Federal reserve bank finds with continued business-as-usual, rising temperatures could depress U.S. economic growth by up to a third

Climate Progress, 4 May 2018 Failure to stop business-as-usual global warming will deliver a severe economic blow to Southern states, a recent paper by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond finds. Remarkably, this ground-breaking study, “Temperature and Growth” concludes that “under the business-as-usual scenario, the projected trends in rising temperatures could depress U.S. economic growth by up to a third.” As the Wall …

Kids are suing Gov. Rick Scott to force Florida to take action on climate change

By Alex Harris, aharris@miamiherald.com, April 16, 2018 Florida Gov. Rick Scott doesn’t talk about climate change. He notoriously declared “I’m not a scientist” when asked his thoughts on humanity’s well-documented impact on the warming planet, banned the phrase in his administration (a charge he denies) and backed up President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris accord. On Monday, an unusual group sued Scott for ignoring the …

Climate change and wildlife impacts

 In 2015, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds published a study indicating that worldwide seabird populations had dropped by 70% over a sixty-year period. The WWF published a study saying overall, vertebrate species had declined 60% in forty years.  In 2017, a study in German wildlife sanctuaries documented a 75% drop in flying insect populations over 35 years. In …

Heat extremes increasing faster than global average temperature increase

Science Daily 24 Jan 2018 “The global average annual temperature has increased over the past three decades at a rate of 0.20 degrees Celsius per decade, but we have found that the maximum temperature of the year has climbed at a much faster rate — two to three times higher in such regions as Eurasia and parts of Australia and …

Scorching Heat Melts Highway in Australia

By Lorraine Chow, January 2018  Extreme weather is blasting opposite ends of the globe. As the northeastern U.S. faces freezing winds and record snowfall, a “catastrophic” heat wave in Australia has prompted warnings of dangerous bushfire and has literally melted part of a busy highway. According to the New York Times, triple-digit temperatures reached “life-threatening levels” over the weekend in many parts of the …

Rising Wet Bulb Temperatures Could Make Parts Of Asia, Middle East, Africa, & South America Uninhabitable For Humans

By James Ayre on Clean Technica, 29 Dec 2017  Rising humidity levels will greatly increase and worsen the effects of rising temperatures on people in many parts of the world — up to the point of precluding the possibility for survival in the regions in question — according to a new study from the Earth Institute at Columbia University. To be more particular, heat …

World Temperatures To Rise By Up To 15% More By 2100 Than Previously Thought, Study Finds

December 11th, 2017 by James Ayre Clean Technica  Earlier estimates may have understated the extent by which world temperatures will rise by 2100 by up to 15%, according to a new study published in the journal Nature. In other words, if the current goal of limiting climate warming to under 2° Celsius (3.6° Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels by 2100 (which is considered by many …