NOAA 2017 temperatures

Assessing the Global Climate in 2017

For the globe, 2017 was the third warmest year on record and the warmest year without an El Niño present. The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for 2017 was the third highest since record keeping began in 1880, according to NOAA scientists. December’s combined global land and ocean average surface temperature departure…

China Renewable Energy

China in 2017 Continued to Position Itself for Global Clean Energy Dominance

As U.S. Steps Aside, Beijing’s ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ Gains Traction China continued to be the world’s dominant force in the building and financing of clean energy technology globally in 2017, according to a report published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The report, “China 2017 Review: World’s Second-Biggest Economy…

ozone hole

NASA Study: Proof of Ozone Hole Recovery

For the first time, scientists have shown through direct satellite observations of the ozone hole that levels of ozone-destroying chlorine are declining, resulting in less ozone depletion. Measurements show that the decline in chlorine, resulting from an international ban on chlorine-containing man-made chemicals called chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), has resulted in about 20 percent less ozone depletion…