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Sep 10, 2012

In U.S., 2012 so far is hottest year on record

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The first eight months of 2012 have been the warmest of any year on record in the contiguous United States, and this has been the third-hottest summer since record-keeping began in 1895, the U.S. National Climate Data Center said on Monday.

Each of the last 15 months has seen above-average temperatures, something that has never happened before in the 117 years of the U.S. record, said Jake Crouch, a climate scientist at the data center.

Jul 25, 2012

Greenland melts, open water in Arctic Ocean -scientists

WASHINGTON, July 25 (Reuters) – For a few days this month,
NASA’s images of the Greenland ice sheet turned red, indicating
that for a while, almost the entire surface of the vast frozen
island was melting.

The big melt in Greenland is part of an overall picture of
an unusually warm season across the Arctic, with much of the sea
route from Western Europe to the Pacific as free of ice in July
as it normally would be by summer’s end, the chief of the U.S.
National Snow and Ice Data Center said on Wednesday.

Jul 20, 2012

Grain prices set records as drought, food worries spread

CHICAGO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Grain prices pushed to record highs on Thursday as scattered rains in Midwest did little to douse fears that the worst drought in half a century will end soon or relieve worries around the world about higher food prices.

Government forecasters did not rule out that the drought in the U.S. heartland could last past October, continuing what has been the hottest half-year on record.

Jul 19, 2012

Drought could go through October: forecasters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hotter-than-normal temperatures are expected through October over most of the contiguous 48 U.S. states, with below-average precipitation for Midwest areas already hit by the worst drought in a half century, government forecasters said on Thursday.

Experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration did not rule out drought that could continue past October, and they noted that there was a chance of an El Nino pattern that could mean more excessive heat and dry conditions by the end of 2012.

Jul 19, 2012

U.S. drought could go through October – forecasters

WASHINGTON, July 19 (Reuters) – Hotter-than-normal
temperatures are expected through October over most of the
contiguous 48 U.S. states, with below-average precipitation for
Midwest areas already hit by the worst drought in a half
century, government forecasters said on Thursday.

Experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration did not rule out drought that could continue past
October, and they noted that there was a chance of an El Nino
pattern that could mean more excessive heat and dry conditions
by the end of 2012.

Jul 18, 2012

Iceberg twice Manhattan’s size breaks off Greenland glacier

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An iceberg twice the size of Manhattan broke free from Greenland’s massive Petermann Glacier, which could speed up the march of ice into northern waters, scientists said on Wednesday.

This is the second time in less than two years that the Petermann Glacier has calved a monstrous ice island. In 2010, it unleashed another massive ice chunk into the sea.

Jul 12, 2012

Green Party’s Stein at ‘ground zero,’ aiming for debates

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Dr. Jill Stein, expected to be chosen as the presidential candidate of the Green Party on Saturday, acknowledges her ultra-long-shot status in this year’s White House race.

“We don’t have to win the election in order to win the day,” the Harvard-trained physician said on Thursday in a telephone interview. “The whole reason we’re in this race is to ensure that everyday people have a voice in this election and a choice at the polls.”

Jul 10, 2012

Texas drought, British heat linked to climate change

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Climate change increased the odds for the kind of extreme weather that prevailed in 2011, a year that saw severe drought in Texas, unusual heat in England and was one of the 15 warmest years on record, scientists reported on Tuesday.

Overall, 2011 was a year of extreme events – from historic droughts in East Africa, northern Mexico and the southern United States to an above-average cyclone season in the North Atlantic and the end of Australia’s wettest two-year period ever, scientists from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the United Kingdom’s Met Office said.

Jul 9, 2012

Continental U.S. breaks heat record in first half of 2012

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Scorching temperatures in June’s second half helped the continental United States break its record for the hottest first six months in a calendar year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said on Monday.

The last 12 months also have been the warmest since modern record-keeping began in 1895, narrowly beating the previous 12-month period that ended in May 2012.

Jul 5, 2012

This just in: Mermaids are NOT real, U.S. agency says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – This may not be much of a surprise, but mermaids aren’t real. No less an authority than the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has debunked the existence of the legendary half-woman, half-fish creatures.

NOAA’s National Ocean Service came out against the reality of mermaids after a documentary-style science fiction program on the Discovery Channel’s Animal Planet suggested in May that the body of a mermaid had been found on a beach.

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      "I started with Reuters in 1986 in New York City, moving to Washington DC two years later. I've covered the Winter Olympics in Calgary and Salt Lake City, a couple wars, the State Department, White House, Pentagon, several long trials and a presidential sex scandal. Since 2006, I've been reporting on the environment and climate change."
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