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‘The Saddest Thing Is That This Won’t Be Breaking News’: Concentration of CO2 Hits Record High of 416 ppm

“Emissions from fossil fuels and deforestation need to be reduced to ZERO to stop this trend!”

By Jessica Corbett, staff writer for Common Dreams. Published 2-12-2020

Bush fire at Captain Creek central Queensland Australia. Photo: Lithgowlights/CC

The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hit a record high Monday, a reading from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that elicited fresh calls from climate activists and scientists for the international community to end planet-heating emissions from fossil fuels and deforestation.

According to NOAA’s Mauna Loa Observatory, an atmospheric baseline station in Hawaii, the daily average of CO2 levels on Feb. 10 was 416.08 parts per million. In recent years, soaring rates of CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere have signaled that the world is not ambitiously addressing the climate crisis. Continue reading

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With 14 ‘Billion-Dollar Disasters’ and Record-Breaking Heat in Alaska and Across South, 2019 Was a Year of Climate Extremes for US

“Americans are put at risk by the serious consequences of the climate crisis.”

By Julia Conley, staff writer for Common Dreams. Published 1-8-2020

A fire burns near the Getty Center in Los Angeles. Screenshot: ABC News

Underscoring the need for urgent climate action, a new report on the climate of the United States in 2019 sheds light on numerous weather and temperature extremes that were observed throughout the year and the record amounts of money spent on weather disasters.

Alaska was among the states which recorded unusually high temperatures in 2019, according to an annual summary released Wednesday by NOAA ahead of its full U.S. Climate Report, which is scheduled to be released next week. Continue reading

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Deep Trouble for Arctic and Beyond: NOAA Climate Report Warns of Feedback Loop That ‘May Already Be Underway’

“If this were an annual health check-up, I think we’d have to say that the Arctic is chronically sick and getting worse.”

By Jessica Corbett, staff writer for Common Dreams. Published 12-11-2019

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s 14th annual Arctic Report Card includes a section that features commentary from Indigenous Peoples living along the Bering Sea. (Photo: NOAA/YouTube)

In addition to warning that “the feedback to accelerating climate change may already be underway,” the U.S. government’s latest report on conditions in the Arctic reveals that temperatures in the region are persistently warming, leading to land and sea ice melting, permafrost thawing, species being threatened with extinction, and putting Native communities at risk.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Tuesday published its 14th annual Arctic Report Card (pdf), which warns that “the Arctic marine ecosystem and the communities that depend upon it continue to experience unprecedented changes as a result of warming air temperatures, declining sea ice, and warming waters.” Continue reading

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Global Temps Continue to Soar Upward as NOAA Confirms July 2019 Was Hottest Month Since Records Began in 1880

“We are seeing record after record after record.”

By Julia Conley, staff writer for Common Dreams. Published 8-15-2019

NOAA revealed Thursday that July 2019 was the hottest month on record since the U.S. government began recording temperature date in the lat 19th century. Photo: Martin/flickr

As climate scientists raise alarm over hotter and hotter global temperatures, a top U.S. weather agency reported on Thursday that July 2019 was the hottest month the planet has ever experienced since the government began recording global temperatures nearly 140 years ago.

NOAA’s monthly Global Climate Report revealed that last month the average worldwide temperature was 1.71 degrees Fahrenheit above the average temperature observed in the 20th century. Continue reading

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‘Single Most Important Stat on the Planet’: Alarm as Atmospheric CO2 Soars to ‘Legit Scary’ Record High

“We should no longer measure our wealth and success in the graph that shows economic growth, but in the curve that shows the emissions of greenhouse gases.”

By Jake Johnson, staff writer for Common Dreams. Published 6-5-2019

Photo: Martin/flickr

In another alarming signal that the international community is failing to take the kind of ambitious action necessary to avert global climate catastrophe, NOAA released new data Tuesday showing that atmospheric carbon dioxide levels—which environmentalist Bill McKibben described as the “single most important stat on the planet”—reached a “record high” in the month of May.

“The measurement is the highest seasonal peak recorded in 61 years of observations on top of Hawaii’s largest volcano and the seventh consecutive year of steep global increases in concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2),” NOAA said in a statement on Tuesday. “The 2019 peak value was 3.5 PPM higher than the 411.2 PPM peak in May 2018 and marks the second-highest annual jump on record.” Continue reading

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Hottest Four Years Ever? 2015. 2016. 2017. 2018?

“The impacts of climate change are no longer subtle”

By Common Dreams. Published 7-28-2018

The Carr fire. Screenshot: ABC News

According to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 2018 is on pace to be the fourth hottest year on record. Only three other years have been hotter: 2015, 2016 and 2017.

“The impacts of climate change are no longer subtle,” Michael Mann, a climate scientist and director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University, told CNN.

“We are seeing them play out in real time in the form of unprecedented heat waves, floods, droughts and wildfires. And we’ve seen them all this summer,” he said. Continue reading

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Climate Change is Here and Now, Dire NOAA Report Warns

‘The impacts of climate change are no longer subtle. They are playing out before us, in real time’

By Nadia Prupis, staff writer for Common Dreams. Published 8-2-2016

Last year's record heat was fueled by a combination of the effects of global warming and one of the strongest El Niño events on record since at least 1950. (Photo: Project LM/flickr/cc)

Last year’s record heat was fueled by a combination of the effects of global warming and one of the strongest El Niño events on record since at least 1950. (Photo: Project LM/flickr/cc)

Environmental records of all kinds are being shattered as climate change takes effect in real time, scientists warned on Tuesday.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) released its annual State of the Climate report with the dire warning that 2015 was the hottest year on record since at least the mid-to-late 19th century, confirming the “toppling of several symbolic milestones” in global temperature, sea level rise, and extreme weather.

“The impacts of climate change are no longer subtle,” Michael Mann, a leading climate scientist at Penn State, told the Guardian. “They are playing out before us, in real time. The 2015 numbers drive that home.” Continue reading

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The ‘Absolutely Disturbing’ New Normal: Earth Just Smashed Another Climate Record

‘Global temperature records are piling up,’ says NOAA

By Andrea Germanos, staff writer for Common Dreams. Published 4-20-2016

Map: Land and ocean temperature departure from average for March 2016. (NOAA NCEI)

Map: Land and ocean temperature departure from average for March 2016. (NOAA NCEI)

Our ever-warming planet just passed another climate record.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said Tuesday that March 2016 was the warmest March since records began in 1880.

It also marked an 11-month of streak of record-breaking global temperatures.

And at 1.22°C (2.20°F) above the 20th century average of 12.7°C (54.9°F), March 2016 distinguished itself from all 1,635 months on record by having the highest monthly temperature departure. Meteorologists Jeff Masters and Bob Henson wrote, “This is a huge margin for breaking a monthly global temperature record, as they are typically broken by just a few hundredths of a degree. The margin was just a shade larger than NOAA’s previous record for any month of 1.21°C (2.18°F) above average, set in February 2016.” Continue reading

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With Underwater Blasting Plans, ‘Unacceptable Risk’ Awaits Atlantic Marine Life

Though Obama administration dropped plans for Atlantic offshore drilling, possibilty of dangerous seismic airgun blasting remains

By Andrea Germanos, staff writer for Common Dreams. published 3-30-2016

North Atlantic right whales. (Photo: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, NOAA Research Permit # 665-1652)

North Atlantic right whales. (Photo: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, NOAA Research Permit # 665-1652)

When the Obama administration announced earlier this month that it was reversing its plans to open the mid- and south-Atlantic to oil and gas drilling, environmental groups cheered.

But, as a new set of maps from ocean conservation group Oceana shows, “entire marine communities” in those waters from Delaware to Florida are still under threat. Continue reading

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Living in FEARS

Photo By Marvin Nauman (This image is from the FEMA Photo Library.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Photo By Marvin Nauman (This image is from the FEMA Photo Library.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

In a coordination agency move, the Department of Homeland Security, together with the Department of Health and Human Services announced this morning a new open enrollment program for the first national FEMA Education And Recreational Supercamp (FEARS).

The camps are free to any that qualify. Anyone that receives public assistance, the homeless, families that have experienced foreclosure, anyone who has filed bankruptcy, those with credit scores below 750, anyone not earning a higher education degree, artists, teachers, union members, disabled, LGBT community members, political activists and members of any community organization are encouraged to take advantage of the early enrollment period.

Those that enroll early will be able to take advantage of several perks. There are only a limited number of permanent support structures resembling buildings, and only those who enroll early will be allowed to participate in a lottery for space in these structures. “As the camp grows in the coming future, these spaces will be the focal point and areas of envy for new arrivals,” explains Eva Braun, DHHS. Another advantage is preferred treatment once the program becomes mandatory. Those who liquidate any assets will receive lifetime membership once those assets are surrendered to FEARS in exchange for no more fear.

After the pilot programs were rated as overwhelming successes, the government was compelled to add fencing around the camp boundaries. Studies indicated that once the popularity of the camps are realized, people will try to sneak in, or surge the entrances in ways that would disrupt the order of those inside.

“We’ve thought of everything, and no expense has been spared. Our campers can relax, knowing they are secure with the drones patrolling the air above them. They can bask in the sense of well being as we take care of food, medicine and clothing for them. They are lifted from the burden of stress and struggle, knowing they will spend tomorrow in the sameness of today, thus all fear has been eliminated. They have no need for education, employment or self determination, as our decisions on their behalf are always what is best,” reads the FEARS posting.

Photo By Patsy Lynch (This image is from the FEMA Photo Library.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Photo By Patsy Lynch (This image is from the FEMA Photo Library.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Supercamps will feature all the expected camp schedules, including standing roll calls 3 times a day, flag ceremonies, nature awareness, survival training, campfires and sporting activities. Ilse Koch, Director of Crafts and Hobbies for the camps, plans to introduce “Theme Weeks,” where new projects focusing on a central theme will help campers learn new skills while enriching their lives.

The camps are located primarily in the western states in vast lands currently owned by the federal government. With miles of no-man lands established around the perimeter of these camps, the hope is to make those who have previously crossed borders illegally feel more at home, while preventing prying eyes from discovering the joys of FEARS living prior to their own enrollment.

Encouraging early enrollment, President Obama used his power of Executive Order to circumvent the opposition being waged for the program in Congress. He plans to acquire the needed funding by diverting funds from the Pentagon’s discarded plans to build a military base on the north pole to better monitor world security. Those plans sank with the increased global warming that depleted the ice cap before the base could be built and after it was determined there were too many leaks within the project’s administrative staff.

April Fools!  But what if…

Editor’s Note: Satire is fun, but here’s the reality check: It is my belief that the factual reason the federal government is increasing funding for FEMA camps is mostly due to the expected increase in natural disasters as climate change threatens our planet. Meanwhile, the House will attempt to pass a bill today pulling funding from research related to climate change, including NOAA. I really wish that was a joke.

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