THE BLOG
11/05/2012 08:42 am ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

Climate Change This Week: Burning Farts, Improved Cloud Forecast and More!

Hurricane Sandy, 2012 Climate Change Poster Child, was likely influenced by continuing climate change in 3 ways, reports Andrew Freedman at Climate Central. Abnormally warm eastern coastal waters likely made the hurricane bigger, wetter and fueled its journey north, rising sea levels added to record-breaking storm surges, and a warming, melting Arctic helped create persistent high pressure areas that forced the hurricane into the northeastern U.S. Prepare for more, says New York's governor.

Cloud Forecast Just Got Better -- And So Did Clean Energy Reliability, reports David Ferris at the New York Times. The new model predicts short-term cloud coverage up to 40 percent better than current models. This will help utility managers regulate the flow of clean energy into the grid, and also help weather forecasting.

Burning Methane Farts - Another Big Way Fossil Fuels Fuel Climate Change, reports John Vidal at the UK Guardian. The flaring burn-off of methane from fossil fuel drilling worldwide contributes as much to climate change as a major economy like Italy. And with the US boom in gas shales, it's on the upswing.... Pass me another drought, please...

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Extreme Weather Coming Your Way? Rising seas dramatically increase the odds of damaging floods from storm surges. Click here or on the rain cloud above to track the risk of flooding in your area at Climate Central, searching by city, state or zip code.

Got Milk? Not As Much, Under Climate Change, as zooming feed prices, due to severe drought enhanced by climate change, will send over 100 California dairies into bankruptcy by 2013, reports Stacy Finz at the San Francisco Chronicle. Drink it while you can...

Washington, D.C., The New American Venice Under Climate Change? Possibly by 2050, reports Bill Blakemore at ABC News, as the rate of sea level accelerates; the rate has doubled in just the past 15 years. Buy your gondolas while they're cheap!

Do you know of a good video or graphic connected with climate change? Do you have a cool "Every day is Earth Day" nature picture of yours you'd like to share with us? Put a weblink to it in the comments section below, and we'll see if we can post it.

Every day is Earth Day, folks, as I was reminded by this delicate cup fungus in an Ecuadorian rainforest a few years back. Making the U.S. a global clean energy leader will ensure a heck of a lot more jobs, and a clean, safe future. If you'd like to join the increasing numbers of people who want to TELL Congress that they will vote for clean energy candidates you can do so here. For more detailed summaries of the above and other climate change items, audio podcasts and texts are freely available.

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