With just two weeks left, it’s a cinch that 2014 will end up the hottest year on record

What we have here is bad news on two counts — or, putting it another way, it’s bad news and worse news. It’s bad news for the climate-change deniers who remain convinced that all this talk of global warming is just a bunch of pseudo-scientific hooey. It’s worse news for the people around the world who will have to deal with the consequences of an increasingly warm planet. John Abraham has more on the matter HERE: [A]ccording to those who deny the basic physics and our understanding of climate change, this year wasn’t...

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Most Americans say global warming is happening, and half say humans are causing it

Greg Sargent of The Washington Post says Democrats would do well to talk more about the issue of climate change. He bases that advice on a new Associated Press POLL that was funded by Yale University: The key findings are that Americans believe by 56-20 that global warming is happening; 72 percent are very or moderately worried about it; and 50 percent say human activity is a key cause. (Snip) Americans say by 61-34 that the “United States should be a leader on global warming, even if meant taking action when others do not.” Republicans like...

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Globally, last month was the hottest October on record

In light of the current cold snap here in the American heartland, THIS probably seems counterintuitive: The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) reports that last month was the hottest October in more than 120 years of record-keeping — by far. This follows the hottest September, August, June and March-May in JMA’s records! Projections by NOAA make clear 2014 is increasingly likely to be hottest year on record. And these records occurred despite the fact we’re still waiting for the start of  El Niño. It is usually the combination of the...

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Conservatives tend to accept global-warming forecasts if they don’t mind the solutions

A new study  from Duke University clearly demonstrates the intellectual inconsistency among Republican global-warming deniers. If you tell conservatives that global temperatures are expected to rise 3.2 degrees through the rest of the century, most of them won’t disagree with that forecast — as long as the measures to do deal with the situation are acceptable. But if those measures are not acceptable to them, three-fourths of the conservatives will say they simply don’t believe the forecast. How dumb is that? There’s...

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Republicans who say they’re not scientists are creating an escape hatch on global warming

You’ve probably noticed that Republican politicians increasingly have been prefacing their remarks on global warming lately with the disclaimer that they’re not scientists. What you may not have noticed is that this stratagem is a way of mapping a path these pols can take if and when they have to backtrack on the issue of climate change. Extremists like Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma have denied themselves any such path. Inhofe has long since declared that global warming is a “hoax” and that God will save us all from any...

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