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WMO: 2015 likely to be Warmest on Record, 2011-2015 Warmest Five Year Period

News release: “The global average surface temperature in 2015 is likely to be the warmest on record and to reach the symbolic and significant milestone of 1° Celsius above the pre-industrial era. This is due to a combination of a strong El Niño and human-induced global warming, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The years 2011-2015 have been the warmest five-year period on record, with many extreme weather events – especially heatwaves – influenced by climate change, according to a WMO five-year analysis. “The state of the global climate in 2015 will make history as for a number of reasons,” said WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud. “Levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached new highs and in the Northern hemisphere spring 2015 the three-month global average concentration of CO2 crossed the 400 parts per million barrier for the first time. 2015 is likely to be the hottest year on record, with ocean surface temperatures at the highest level since measurements began.  It is probable that the 1°C Celsius threshold will be crossed,” said Mr Jarraud. “This is all bad news for the planet.”

Climate Central – Rain Needed to Bust the Drought

“The ongoing California drought…is so entrenched that it’s now well into its fourth year. This drought has repercussions nationwide, particularly in the availability and cost of food. According to the USDA, in 2014 California accounted for 60 percent of the U.S. production for fresh-market vegetables, and 73 percent of processed vegetables.”

GAO Reports – Medicare Part B, Government Cybersecurity, Federal Real Property, Climate Change, Bulk Fuel Pricing

Medicare Part B: Expenditures for New Drugs Concentrated among a Few Drugs, and Most Were Costly for Beneficiaries, GAO-16-12: Published: Oct 23, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 20, 2015. Critical Infrastructure Protection: Sector-Specific Agencies Need to Better Measure Cybersecurity Progress, GAO-16-79: Published: Nov 19, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 19, 2015. Federal Real Property: Additional Authorities andContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Critical Infrastructure Protection, Federal Real Property, Climate Change, Fuel Pricing

Critical Infrastructure Protection: Sector-Specific Agencies Need to Better Measure Cybersecurity Progress, GAO-16-79: Published: Nov 19, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 19, 2015. Federal Real Property: Additional Authorities and Accountability Would Enhance the Implementation of the Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act of 2010, GAO-16-39: Published: Oct 20, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 19, 2015. Highlights of a Forum:Continue Reading

Global Concern about Climate Change, Broad Support for Limiting Emissions

“Nearly three-quarters of Americans see global climate change as a “very serious” (45%) or “somewhat serious” (29%) threat, and two-thirds (66%) say people will have to make major changes in the way they live to reduce the effects of climate change, according to a Pew Research Center report released earlier this month. People have received all sorts of adviceContinue Reading

Managing the Impacts of Climate Change on Poverty

Hallegatte, Stephane, Mook Bangalore, Laura Bonzanigo, Marianne Fay, Tamaro Kane, Ulf Narloch, Julie Rozenberg, David Treguer, and Adrien Vogt-Schilb. 2016. Shock Waves: Managing the Impacts of Climate Change on Poverty. Climate Change and Development Series. Washington, DC: World Bank. doi:10.1596/978-1-4648-0673-5. License: Creative Commons Attribution CC BY 3.0 IGO. “Ending poverty and addressing climate change areContinue Reading

G20 subsidies to oil, gas and coal production

Oil Change International – “This research discovers that G20 country governments’ support to fossil fuel production marries bad economics with potentially disastrous consequences for climate change. In effect, governments are propping up the production of oil, gas and coal, much of which cannot be used if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change. TheContinue Reading

Do trees help or hinder air quality in big cities?

Do Trees Really Help Clean the Air in Our Cities? Rob MacKenzie – “…First things first; it is not trees that pollute the air of cities in the developed world. As car manufacturers are all too guiltily aware, it is mainly road vehicles that cause pollution. And their impacts are compounded by the choices weContinue Reading

Pew – Global Concern about Climate Change

“In a few weeks, world leaders will gather in Paris to negotiate a climate change agreement that will frame the global agenda on this issue for the next decade and beyond. As a new Pew Research Center survey illustrates, there is a global consensus that climate change is a significant challenge. Majorities in all 40Continue Reading

CRS – Is Violent Crime in the United States Increasing?

Is Violent Crime in the United States Increasing? Nathan James, Analyst in Crime Policy, October 29, 2015. “On August 31, 2015, the New York Times ran an article with the headline “Murder Rates Rising Sharply in Many U.S. Cities.” The story highlighted double-digit percent age increases in homicide rates in several cities, and came onContinue Reading

GAO Reports – InfoTech Acquisitions, K-12 Education, DoD and Sexual Assault, Aviation Security, 2020 Census, Climate Change, Medicaid, TARP

Information Technology: Implementation of Reform Legislation Needed to Improve Acquisitions and Operations, GAO-16-204T: Published: Nov 4, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 4, 2015. K-12 Education: Internal Controls for Program Management and Oversight Can Help Ensure the Success of School Choice Programs, GAO-16-212T: Published: Nov 4, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 4, 2015. Sexual Assault: Actions Needed toContinue Reading

Vehicle standards around the world aim to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions

“Nine countries and regions, which together account for 75% of global fuel consumption by light-duty vehicles, have adopted mandatory or voluntary standards for increasing fuel economy and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The intent and structure of these emissions policies vary widely around the world. Because fuel economy and GHG emissions policies have large effectsContinue Reading