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Fairfax, VA
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The feverishly followed games of the World Cup are thrilling soccer (or football) fans around the world. And although the games have an enthusiastic international following, the World Cup, and its organizing body, FIFA, are hardly without controversy. Even in soccer-loving Brazil, a number of protests have been sparked by the tournament, in large part drawing attention to the astronomical amount of energy and capital devoted to infrastructure to the World Cup, while many social programs remain underfunded. Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2014 at Fairfax Climate Watch
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Jun 14, 2014
Chile’s Atacama Desert, an area with exceptionally few clouds, will soon be home to South America’s first and largest solar thermal plant. Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2014 at Fairfax Climate Watch
New EPA emission rules fall short of an actual solution, but perhaps this plan will serve as an icebreaker and open discussion about the climate issue, and that could be productive. There are solutions to global warming. Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2014 at Fairfax Climate Watch
Mudslides are being caused by worsening global climate conditions. Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2014 at Fairfax Climate Watch
So, this vegetarian walks into a barbeque…an awkward hush falls over the party but for the distinct sizzle of meat on the grill. Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2014 at Fairfax Climate Watch
Starfish along the Pacific coast have been dying in considerable numbers since last June, and marine scientists are still struggling to pinpoint the specific reason. Some researchers have suggested a connection to climate change. Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2014 at Fairfax Climate Watch
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May 10, 2014
We are responsible for fighting climate change, not because of our paltry individual carbon emissions, but because we are alive during an unprecedented moment. The greatest catastrophe in history is unfolding on our watch. We can either be bystanders and passive victims, letting climate change happen to us and watching as it horrifically reveals itself, or we can be active agents in fighting for what we hold dear. We can use our skills, talents, relationships, and resources to fight climate change with everything that we possess. Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2014 at Fairfax Climate Watch
Posted Apr 29, 2014 at Fairfax Climate Watch
Arctic air temperature data from the Danish Meteorological Institute shows that the warming trend continues to worsen as we head towards the summer of 2014 Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2014 at Fairfax Climate Watch
The latest report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) paints a bleak picture of the impact global climate change will continue to have on humankind. Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability, the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report, was released Monday after a final approval session in Yokohama, Japan. Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2014 at Fairfax Climate Watch
The national electronics retail chain Best Buy has announced a partnership with the San Mateo, California based solar provider SolarCity to begin offering a solar package to customers—and help customers navigate the transition to home solar. The two corporations piloted the partnership for a trial period in September of 2013 at Best Buy locations in California and New York to assess whether the collaboration was fiscally worth pursuing long-term. Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at Fairfax Climate Watch
Ireland’s unique geography contributes heavily to the country’s rich and singular food culture. Although Ireland lies along the same latitude at parts of Canada and southern Alaska, with the Gulf Stream passing over the island, the climate stays mild year-round, and livestock can feast on Ireland’s notoriously green pastures any time of year. Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at Fairfax Climate Watch
The US East Coast has been experiencing a very cold winter. Or has it? Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2014 at Fairfax Climate Watch
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Mar 3, 2014
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Mar 3, 2014
What happens when America’s produce hub dries out? In the midst of the worst year of a three-year drought, Californians, and the rest of America, are beginning to find out. Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2014 at Fairfax Climate Watch
What does the Greenland firn aquifer discovery mean for sea level rise? And what is the broader context of this aquifer considering global warming's effect on the Greenland ice sheet? Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2014 at Fairfax Climate Watch
This unusual heart-shaped map and animation uses a Bonne map projection. The data is the most recent NOAA weather data showing twice-daily intervals of surface air temperature for 2014, year-to-date. Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2014 at Fairfax Climate Watch
Headlines from this Week's Climate News page - for Sunday, February 9, 2014 Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2014 at Fairfax Climate Watch
My message tonight is simple: we need to reduce carbon emissions drastically starting now. Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at Fairfax Climate Watch
The European Union framework for climate change and energy policies launched by the European Commission last week in Brussels set the most ambitious targets of any region on Earth for greenhouse gas emissions reductions and renewable energy generation. The new framework mandates Europe must cut greenhouse gases by 40% (compared to 1990 levels) and generate 27% of its energy from renewables by 2030. The European agreement comes in advance of a binding global treaty on greenhouse gas emissions slated for the upcoming U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change conference (COP 21) next December in Paris, France. Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2014 at Fairfax Climate Watch
Temperatures continued to climb in 2013. It was 4th warmest year for global air temperature since 1880 (NOAA). And ocean heat content (above) just keeps climbing, rising at the fastest rate since at least the last deglaciation (Rosenthal et al. 2013 - "Pacific Ocean Heat Content During the Past 10,000 Years"). See live climate data in this section of our webpage. Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2014 at Fairfax Climate Watch
This infographic compares 2014 Arctic sea ice thickness to the previous 2 years. Also, could California's drought be caused by the declining sea ice? Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2014 at Fairfax Climate Watch