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Philippines: UN: ‘Yolanda’ tops extreme events 2013

Inquirer: Rather than an act of nature, the devastation of Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) in central Philippines last year is consistent with “human-induced climate change,” according to the Annual Statement on the Status of the Climate of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The WMO, the United Nations’ authoritative voice on the state and behavior of the Earth’s atmosphere, oceans and climate, placed Yolanda at the top of its list of key climate events in 2013. The WMO report...

Is Arctic permafrost the ‘sleeping giant’ of climate change?

Inquirer: Flying low and slow above the pristine terrain of Alaska's North Slope research scientist Charles Miller of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory surveys the white expanse of tundra and permafrost below. On the horizon, a long, dark line appears. His plane draws nearer, and the mysterious object reveals itself to be a massive herd of migrating caribou, stretching for miles. It's a sight Miller won't soon forget. "Seeing those caribou marching single-file across the tundra puts what we're doing here...

Philly voices at today’s climate change rally in D.C.

Inquirer: More than 500 people headed out this morning from Southeastern Pennsylvania and central New Jersey, planning to take part in a climate change rally in Washington, D.C. I'll be posting some of their quotes here throughout the afternoon. Meanwhile, a bit of background: Organizers are expening about 20,000 or more people to converge on Washington to voice their support for action on climate change and their opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline that would transport oil from the Tar Sands of...