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Climate Change Information Project - February 2013 Digest Vol. 8

Thousands at climate rally in Washington call on Obama to reject Keystone pipeline

Sun, Feb 17 2013

By Valerie Volcovici

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters gathered on the Washington's National Mall on Sunday calling on President Barack Obama to reject the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline proposal and honor his inaugural pledge to act on climate change.

Organizers of the Forward on Climate event estimated that 35,000 people from 30 states turned out in cold, blustery conditions for what they said was the biggest climate rally in U.S. history.

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Below are articles from the Climate Change Information Project.  The focus of the project is to get scientifically-based articles relating to climate change disseminated to the broader public. Currently, most of this information tends to stay within the scientific community.


2012 Sustained Long-Term Climate Warming Trend, NASA Finds

Jan. 15, 2013 — NASA scientists say 2012 was the ninth warmest of any year since 1880, continuing a long-term trend of rising global temperatures. With the exception of 1998, the nine warmest years in the 132-year record all have occurred since 2000, with 2010 and 2005 ranking as the hottest years on record. For complete story


Increases in Extreme Rainfall Linked to Global Warming

 Feb. 1, 2013 ­ A worldwide review of global rainfall data led by the University of Adelaide has found that the intensity of the most extreme rainfall events is increasing across the globe as temperatures rise. For complete story go to


Unprecedented Glacier Melting in the Andes Blamed On Climate Change

Jan. 22, 2013 ­ Glaciers in the tropical Andes have been retreating at increasing rate since the 1970s, scientists write in the most comprehensive review to date of Andean glacier observations. The researchers blame the melting on rising temperatures as the region has warmed...For complete aticle


Loss of Arctic Sea Ice Speeds Domino Effect of Warming Temperatures at High Latitudes

Jan. 23, 2013 ­ Melting Arctic sea ice is no longer just evidence of a rapidly warming planet -- it's also part of the problem.
Alan Werner, professor of geology at Mount Holyoke College, said that decreasing amounts of Arctic snow and ice in summer will lead to a greater degree of heat absorption at the North Pole. For complete story:


Sunlight Stimulates Release of Climate-Warming Gas from Melting Arctic Permafrost

 Feb. 11, 2013 ­ Ancient carbon trapped in Arctic permafrost is extremely sensitive to sunlight and, if exposed to the surface when long-frozen soils melt and collapse, can release climate-warming carbon dioxide gas into the atmosphere much faster than previously thought. For complete article


Heat Waves, Storms, Flooding: Climate Change to Profoundly Affect U.S. Midwest in Coming Decades

Jan. 18, 2013 ­ In the coming decades, climate change will lead to more frequent and more intense Midwest heat waves while degrading air and water quality and threatening public health. Intense rainstorms and floods will become more common, and existing risks to the Great Lakes will be exacerbated. For complete article


Predictions of the Human Cost of Climate Change

Feb. 8, 2013 ­ A new book, Overheated: The Human Cost of Climate Change, predicts a grim future for billions of people in this century. It is a factual account of a staggering human toll, based on hard data. For complete article:


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