Global Temperatures Rising on a Devastating Trajectory

May 30, 2012 • Climate Change & Mitigation, United States, Daily Email Recap

Greetings from upstate New York, where the “Dog Days of May” have caused sweltering consternation for many. Below you will find an Inter Press Service article, which points out that the International Energy Agency has concluded that global carbon emissions increased by 3.2%, year over year in 2011, setting a record high. First, a simple Google News scan for “heat” and “weather” resulted in many results, of which I choose a few to help contextualize the IPS article.

Heat Grips Much of US (with video news report)
Transcript snippets: At the Indianapolis 500, temperatures got so hot, they had to treat 700 people… all these dots represent record highs. Some of them all-time, across 17 states. 95 degrees in Chicago, the hottest Memorial Day ever in the history of weather records in the city…  Little Rock: 96 degrees; Pensacola: 93. Midland, Texas: a forecast high of 104 degrees.

Stormy weather to follow excessive heat
Today’s high could edge yesterday’s 91 in Philadelphia, with humidity that could make conditions feel like the mid-90s, according to an excessive heat warning issued by the National Weather Service for the city, its surrounding counties on both side of the Delaware River, as well as the Wilmington and Trenton areas.

Heat May Be Concentrated in Central U.S. Next Week
Temperatures between the Rocky Mountains and the Mississippi River are expected to be 5 to 8 degrees Fahrenheit (2.8 to 4.4 Celsius) above normal from June 3 to June 7.

Thunderstorms to cool off scorching heat

The combination of the temperatures and dew points in the 60’s will lead to a heat index in the lower to mid 90’s, which is very unusual for this time of year.


Global Temperatures Rising on a Devastating Trajectory

UXBRIDGE, Canada, May 25, 2012 (IPS) – Climate-heating carbon emissions set a record high in 2011, in a 3.2 percent increase over the previous year, the International Energy Agency reported this week. The main reason for this dangerous increase is that governments are failing to implement policies to prevent catastrophic increases of global temperatures.

A new report released on the last days of international climate talks in Bonn, Germany this week reveals that the planet is heading to a temperature rise of at least 3.5 degrees Celsius, and likely more, according to the Climate Action Tracker (CAT), despite an international agreement to keep global temperature rise below two degrees Celsius.

Not only are pledges inadequate, but countries are unable to fulfill even those pledges, a new CAT analysis shows. CAT is a joint project of Dutch energy consulting organisation Ecofys, Germany’s Climate Analytics, and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.

“When we compared the emission reduction pledges of countries like Brazil, Mexico and the U.S., we found they did not have the policies in place to meet those pledges,” said Niklas Höhne, director of energy and climate policy at Ecofys.

Höhne told IPS that they looked only at the policies of a few countries, but no country’s policies were enough to meet their targets.

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