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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Global warming deniers pooh-pooh new U.S.-China deal on climate change

The bottom line here is rather simple: People who don’t believe in man-made global warming to begin with can hardly be expected to endorse a major international agreement on climate change. Accordingly, THIS should come as no big surprise: The U.S. and China reached a historic deal on climate change Tuesday, an agreement that top conservatives have been quick to criticize. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was one of the first to condemn the deal, which ups the United States’ emissions reduction target to 26 to 28 percent...

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Regarding the persistent myth about global-cooling warnings in the 1970s

Every few days, I run across ridiculous arguments from global-warming deniers to the effect that most climatologists were warning in the 1970s that an Ice Age might be coming soon. The truth is that most peer-reviewed scientific literature of the 1970s was concerned with global warming, not global cooling, as environmentalist Peter Sinclair made clear in this video of five years...

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