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January 21, 2014

The globally-averaged temperature for 2013 tied as the fourth warmest year since record keeping began in 1880, according to NOAA scientists. It also marked the 37th consecutive year with a global temperature above the 20th century average. The last below-average annual temperature was 1976. Including 2013, all 13 years of the 21st century (2001-2013) rank among the 15 warmest in the 134-year period of record. The three warmest years on record are 2010, 2005, and 1998.

Most areas of the world experienced above-average annual temperatures. Over land, parts of central Asia, western Ethiopia, eastern Tanzania, and much of southern and western Australia were record warm, as were sections of the Arctic Ocean, a large swath of the southwestern Pacific Ocean, parts of the central Pacific, and an area of the central Indian Ocean. Only part of the central United States was cooler than average over land. Small regions scattered across the eastern Pacific Ocean and a region of the Southern Ocean south of South America were cooler than average. No region of the globe was record cold during 2013.

UCAR/NCAR David Hosansky
January 13th, 2014

BOULDER – Even though few people live in the western tropical Pacific

Ocean, these remote waters affect billions of people by shaping climate
and air chemistry worldwide. Next week, leading scientists will head to
the region to better understand its influence on the
atmosphere—including how that may change in coming decades if storms
over the Pacific become more powerful with rising global temperatures.

With the warmest ocean waters on Earth, the western tropical Pacific
fuels a sort of chimney whose output has global reach. The region feeds

Americans have become increasingly familiar with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) designation for buildings from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED gives building owners and operators a framework for implementing green building design, including energy efficient solutions. But what about the land outside of the building?

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) was selected to join the pilot program for the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES)—a new certification system for sustainable landscaping. Not only did NREL participate in the pilot, but the lab recently joined 15 other projects that have received SITES certification for sustainable site design, construction, and maintenance. NREL's rating came in at three out of a possible four stars.

NCAR/UCAR Media Relations
December 29th, 2013

BOULDER -- In the annual battle to keep roads clear of snow and ice,

snowplows are about to get much more intelligent.

Officials in four states this winter are deploying hundreds of plows
with custom-designed sensors that continually measure road and weather
conditions. The new digital intelligence system, funded by the U.S.
Department of Transportation and built by the National Center for
Atmospheric Research (NCAR), is designed to reduce accidents and save
states millions of dollars in winter maintenance costs.

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Fellow and Nobel laureate David Wineland has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), an organization founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors working at universities and nonprofit research organizations.

The 143 NAI Fellows of 2013 include 26 presidents and senior leadership of research universities and nonprofit research institutes, five inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, six recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, two recipients of the National Medal of Science, and nine Nobel laureates. Election as an NAI fellow honors those who have “demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions and innovations that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.” The new fellows will be honored in a ceremony at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Va., in March 2014.