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  • Top 10 global weather events of 2010

    A panel of weather and climate experts ranked the the Top 10 global weather and climate events of 2010. Voters considered the scope and unusualness of the event, its immediate human and economic impact, and whether it is emblematic of climate trends or variability. They voted during the first week of December, so the following weeks' extreme winter weather in Europe, which may have deserved a spot in the Top 10, received an honorable mention.
    01/12/2011 07:03 pm

  • Global warming waning? Hardly. 2010 was tied as warmest year on record.

    2010 tied as warmest year ever, NOAA climatologists say. Year's data are consistent with the notion that greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels are contributing to global warming.
    01/12/2011 04:54 pm

  • Northeast US saw record heat in 2010

    Five US cities – Boston, Providence, R.I.; Hartford, Conn.; Concord, N.H.; and Caribou, Maine – broke temperature records in 2010, a new report has found.
    01/10/2011 03:13 pm

  • Grapevine closed by snow: playtime near L.A., but tough work on I-5

    The California Highway Patrol works hard to reopen the Grapevine closed by the winter weather, even as arts students outside Los Angeles frolic in the snow, highly unusual at that low altitude.
    01/03/2011 05:49 pm

  • Top 10 senators seeking earmarks

    Senate leaders decided to scrap a 1,900-page omnibus spending bill that contained $8 billion in home state spending projects – otherwise known as earmarks, pet projects, or "pork." Government spending and the deficit became an issue in the midterm election, and lawmakers are keenly aware of voter anger about large, catch-all bills that are quickly passed. The following senators have been ranked by the monetary value of earmarks they backed, whether alone or with others, in the now-scuttled omnibus spending bill. The earmark process became more transparent with the 2006 Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act, which required creation of a database of all government spending. The watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense used the database to compile this ranking. Sen. Tom Coburn (R) of Oklahoma, who co-sponsored the legislation, also has a list of the disclosed earmarks in the omnibus bill on his website. *This is the amount requested both alone and with other members of Congress.
    12/17/2010 06:52 pm

  • Where polar bears might go if climate change doesn't slow

    If climate change leads to ice collecting in one general area in the Arctic Ocean, it might be enough to provide a last 'refuge' for many Arctic inhabitants, including polar bears.
    12/16/2010 05:33 pm

  • Outside Cancún climate conference, Caribbean Sea testifies to global warming

    2010 was one of the deadliest years on record for coral reefs. The Caribbean Sea just outside the Cancún climate conference offers evidence of global warming's negative effect.
    12/06/2010 09:30 am

  • WikiLeaks: Five more of the strangest stories to emerge

    The WikiLeaks cable dump has uncovered a lot of downright serious allegations: that the State Department pressured Germany into not criminally investigating the CIA's kidnapping of one of its innocent citizens, that the British government secretly allowed the US to keep cluster bombs on its soil in defiance of a treaty, that the US manipulated the Spanish criminal justice system in its investigation of the CIA's torture of its citizens, and so on. And it also uncovered some very weird stories. Earlier this week, we wrote about how Qaddadfi loves flamenco dancing, how King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia likes the idea of surgically implanting people with tracking chips, and how a 75-year-old US citizen fled Iran on horseback. The leaks keep coming. Here are five more of the oddest stories to come out of the leaked State Department cables.
    12/03/2010 04:11 pm

  • Global weather: 2010 in running to be warmest year on record

    If November and December temperatures stay relatively warm, 2010 could capture the record for warmest year, an early analysis shows. This year has also been marked by extreme weather events.
    12/03/2010 11:46 am

  • Global warming: carbon dioxide emissions worldwide fell in 2009

    That's the good news heading into Cancun global warming talks Nov. 29. The bad news is that the carbon dioxide emissions aren't likely to stay down for long.
    11/22/2010 05:01 pm

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