Kentucky Earns “D” on Climate Preparedness

Climate Central and ICF International have created a climate preparedness “report card” with the purpose of improving states’ efforts to combat future changes in climate threats. The report is the first-ever national analysis of state-level preparedness for climate-driven threats which takes into account the actions the states are currently taking, their specific threat levels, and a comparison […]

BOEM Approves Arctic Drilling Plan

President Obama made an announcement Monday giving conditional approval to Shell to resume drilling in the Arctic Ocean. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management approved Shell’s plan to drill for oil in the waters of the Chukchi Sea, located off the Alaskan coast. Environmentalists and industry officials agree that this area is one of the most dangerous […]

Carbon Dioxide Levels Hit Significant Benchmark

This past March, carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere hit the significant benchmark number of 400 parts per million. The Arctic reached 400 ppm in 2012, but now that number represents the global average CO2 concentration, according to the latest results from NOAA. Michael Oppenheimer, a professor at Princeton University, explains that 400 ppm is […]

U.S.-China Climate Deal

This past Wednesday, President Barack Obama and the president of China, Xi Jinping, made a historic move in the battle against climate change. The two leaders reached a joint agreement to reduce and limit emissions of greenhouse gases. For the first time, China set a deadline of 2030 to stop its emissions growth, which is […]

Record Antarctic Sea Ice

Antarctic sea ice set an all time record daily high according to NOAA’s Climate center. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean global warming is a joke either. According to an article from NOAA: “When Arctic sea ice extent dips to its yearly low, Antarctic sea ice extent climbs to its yearly high.” In the same article, Ted […]

Earth’s Hottest & Coldest Times

Recently, NOAA Climate researchers released an article regarding some of the Earth’s hottest times in history. This is an interesting read that uses historical geologic evidence in addition to fossils and other scientific clues that can help determine past climates. The article stretches from Earth’s earliest days; when temperatures could reach hundreds of degrees Fahrenheit, to […]