NOAA Global Summary Information - December 2015

The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for 2015 was the highest among all years since record keeping began in 1880. During the final month, the December combined global land and ocean average surface temperature was the highest on record for any month in the 136-year record.

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Marine Life Can’t Keep Up With Climate Change

"If you want an idea of what oceans around the world may be like in the not-too-distant future, look to the Pacific Ocean off the West Coast of the United States.

That’s the message from a team of scientists who analyzed dozens of recent research papers on climate change’s impact on ocean conditions. Their work was published in in the journal BioScience.

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Nixon, Ricketts to lead Governors' Biofuels Coalition

"The Governors' Biofuels Coalition announced Friday that Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will become chairman and Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts will become vice chairman of the group for 2016.

For more than 20 years, the Governors' Biofuels Coalition has worked to strengthen American energy independence and create jobs in rural communities."

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DOE awards $13.5 million to enhance sorghum for biofuel

"The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center announced that it will be part of a major collaborative research project to improve sorghum's productivity under resource-limited conditions. The research should lead to strategies to increase plant biomass as well as more water use- and nutrient-efficient sorghum crop systems. The five- year $13.5 million project is funded by the the U.S. Department of Energy and will be led by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln."

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RFA analysis shows more automakers have approved E15

"An analysis of 2016 model year (MY) warranty statements and owner’s manuals conducted by the Renewable Fuels Association shows that auto manufacturers explicitly approve E15 (15 percent ethanol 85 percent gasoline) use in more than 70 percent of new vehicles. This is up from 2015, when just over 60 percent of MY 2015 automobiles were clearly approved for E15."

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How Close Are We to 'Dangerous' Planetary Warming?

"In the wake of the COP 21 UN Climate Summit in Paris (see this recent Huffington Post piece for my take on the agreement), a number of important questions still remain unanswered. Take for example the commitment reached by the 197 participating nations to limit warming below the "dangerous" level of 2C relative to pre-industrial time (neglecting for the time being the aspirational goal of a substantially lower 1.5C limit acknowledged in recognition of the danger posed to low-lying island nations). The question immediately arises: How much time do we have until we reach the danger zone? How close are we to the 2C warming limit?"

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