2015-2016 Academic Year

News In August 2016

Globally, July 2016 was the hottest month ever recorded on Earth according to NASA and NOAA data; while in New Jersey, July 2016 was the ninth hottest July since reliable records have been available for New Jersey according to RCI affiliate and New Jersey State Climatologist, David Robinson. Robinson also notes that six of the 10 hottest Julys ever recorded in New Jersey occurred during the past 11 years; read more in this nj.com article.

In this nj1015.com article, RCI affiliate, Leonard Bielory discusses how climate change may be increasing allergy problems in New Jersey.

U.S. EPA has released 2016 Climate Change Indicators Report and Excessive Heats Events Guidebook The residents of Shishmaref, Alaska have vote to relocate from their barrier island village which has been affected by erosion and flooding attributed to climate change; read more in thisNew York Times article.

National Academies Press, has recently published: Commercial Aircraft Propulsion and Energy Systems Research and Exploring Disaster Risk Reduction Through Community-Level Approaches to Promote Healthy Outcomes.

RCI affiliate, Jennifer Francis notes the unforeseen surprises of a warming climate in regard to the Siberian Anthrax Outbreak.

RCI affiliate, David Robinson is quoted in this Morristown Green article noting the difficulty in attributing specific severe storms in central New Jersey to directly to climate change.

In this CBS News Philly article, Rutgers Professor Ken Able, notes that New Jersey's coastal waters are warming, bringing southern aquatic species northward as a result of climate change.

This New York Times article discusses the disappearance of the Australian rodent the Bramble Cay melomys as the first documented extinction of a mammal species due to climate change, identifying high tides and sea water from sea-level rise as destroying the species habitat.

In this New York Times article which discusses that June 2016 was the lowest extent of Arctic sea ice on record for June, going back to the beginning of satellite observations in the late 1970s, the RCI affiliate, Jennifer Francis  is quoted regarding a connection between a reduction of sea ice and atmospheric “blocks”  that result in extended periods of warm air in high latitudes .

In this Business Insider article, RCI affiliate, Alan Robock notes it is difficult to ascertain whether attempts to produce rain through cloud seeding are effective.

National Academies Press, has recently published the following reports: Attribution of Extreme Weather Events in the Context of Climate Change and Frontiers in Decadal Climate Variability: Proceedings of a Workshop.

The EPA released an updated State and Local guide to U.S. EPA Climate and Energy Program Resources. Click here to view the document.