You don’t need a beautiful mind to spot the pattern in this National Climatic Data Center graph. See where the red squiggly fires up at the far right, kinda like a Jupiter missile? That’s where California’s 2014 average temperature climbs 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit higher than ever before in the state’s recorded history. But the less dramatic orange line is actually scarier. It represents a temperature trend—California has warmed 0.2 degrees per decade since 1895—and it doesn’t seem to be leveling out any time soon.
Other things to know this morning:
Climate change models tell us that wet areas will likely get wetter and dry areas will become drier. What does that mean for areas along the nation’s longest river, the Missouri? Flooding in the Dakotas, drought in Montana and Wyoming, and serious disruptions for agriculture, tourism, and recreation from the northern Rockies to the Great Plains.
A new study reveals that poachers slaughtered 100,000 African elephants in just three years, between 2010 and 2012. By the time the killing hit its peak in 2011, one out of every 12 elephants on the continent lay dead.
Midwesterners and East Coasters enjoyed unseasonably cool summer weather last month, while the rest of the world experienced the fourth-warmest July on record.
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