Global Warming Cited as Wildfires Increase in Fragile Boreal Forest – By JUSTIN GILLIS and HENRY FOUNTAIN

The fire next time: Why did Ft. McMurray burn? We are talking about a tar sands boom town all the way up there toward the Arctic Circle. The fire came in May when the boreal forest that surrounds this northern outpost should still be frozen. And this is a wet year in the west. El Nino is driving moisture up from the tropics. But here are the facts: climate change …continue…

Seas Are Rising at Fastest Rate in Last 28 Centuries By JUSTIN GILLIS – NEW YORK TIMES

The worsening of tidal flooding in American coastal communities is largely a consequence of greenhouse gases from human activity, and the problem will grow far worse in coming decades, scientists reported Monday. Those emissions, primarily from the burning of fossil fuels, are causing the ocean to rise at the fastest rate since at least the founding of ancient Rome, the scientists said. They added that in the absence of human …continue…

2015 Was Hottest Year in Historical Record, Scientists Say – NEW YORK TIMES

Scientists reported Wednesday that 2015 was the hottest year in the historical record by far, breaking a mark set only the year before — a burst of heat that has continued into the new year and is roiling weather patterns all over the world. In the contiguous United States, the year was the second-warmest on record, punctuated by a December that was both the hottest and the wettest since record-keeping began. One result …continue…