Wednesday, January 9, 2013

US Sees Hottest Year Ever

The hottest year yet... that's what scientists are saying about the US in 2012 after 12 months of droughts, cyclones and wildfires. And these are not just isolated cases. Climate scientists say extreme weather leading to disasters is a fact of our modern world, and global warming is to blame.

Climate Change Fake? The World Has Never Been Hotter

"The numbers are in: 2012, the year of a surreal March heat wave, a severe drought in the Corn Belt and a huge storm that caused broad devastation in the Middle Atlantic States, turns out to have been the hottest year ever recorded in the contiguous United States.

How hot was it? The temperature differences between years are usually measured in fractions of a degree, but last year's 55.3 degree average demolished the previous record, set in 1998, by a full degree Fahrenheit."*

The numbers are in: there has never been a hotter year in recent history than 2012. Can we deny climate change any longer? Why is this story being pushed aside by most media outlets? Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian break it down.

Little Big Cat: Running with a Cheetah Cub

Kito the cheetah cub watches Elephants drinking from a river in Kenya's Masai Mara game reserve, and goes for a run in the sun. Endearing wildlife clip from Cbeebies series, Little Big Cat.

Trials of Life: Cutest Baby Chimp Early Learnings by David Attenborough

David Attenborough observes the behaviour of young Chimpanzees, looking at how they interact with their elders in this clip shot in a forest on the Ivory Coast for the series Trials of Life.

Little Big Cat: Leopard Cubs Learn to Climb

Leopard clubs Jua and Paka are ready to learn how to climb, and a tree that has collapsed over a river seems like a good place to begin! Cute scenes from children's wildlife series Little Big Cat

Little Big Cat: Leopard cubs in the tree tops

The Leopard cubs Joya and Packa explore their new playground, high in the tree tops of the Masi Mara.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Big Oil Threatens the Spirit Bear Coast

Kevin Bacon calls attention to a proposed pipeline and supertanker traffic that would endanger the world's last 400 Spirit Bears in British Columbia.

Shell Oil Threatens a Birthing Ground of America's Polar Bears

Robert Redford calls on the Obama Administration to stop Shell from drilling this summer off the coast of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge -- our nation's largest onshore birthing ground for polar bears.

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