NASA TERRA MODIS visible satellite image showing hurricanes Iselle (center) and Julio (far right) as they approach Hawaii (far left).
NASA TERRA MODIS visible satellite image showing hurricanes Iselle (center) and Julio (far right) as they approach Hawaii (far left). Courtesy of NOAA State of the Climate in 2014 Report (Fig. 4.27, p. S111).

2014 is Hottest Year on Record, Says U.S. Government State of the Climate Report

2014 was the hottest year on record, according to NOAA’s annual State of the Climate report, released July 16. Last year also saw record-breaking ocean surface temperatures and sea level rise, said NOAA.
The report was covered by global media including CBS News, U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Business News, all noting that multiple new records were set in 2014.
In other news, The Guardian (7/15) reported on a new Pew Research Center survey that found global climate change to be the top concern of populations in 19 out of 40 countries, with majorities in Latin America and Africa “very concerned” about the issue.
Meantime, Business Green (7/17) reported on the U.N. financing for development summit, held in Addis Ababa, where world leaders re-affirmed their commitment to mobilize $100 billion a year by 2020 to help developing nations adapt to impacts of climate change.
In Washington, The White House (7/7) announced a new initiative to increase access to solar energy for all Americans, with a particular emphasis on expanding access in low and moderate income communities.

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