Entries in 2012 (3)


NOAA: 2012 Hottest Year on Record for Contiguous US

Burke/Triolo Productions/Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Last year was a brutally hot one in the contiguous U.S.

Not only did the average temperature of 55.3 degrees prove to be the hottest recorded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, beating the 1998 record by one degree, but that same temp was 3.2 degrees higher than the 20th-century average.

Dialing it back to the previous year, NOAA said the 16-month stretch from June 2011 through September 2012 featured above normal temperatures during each of those months -- the longest period of higher-than-normal heat since records started being kept in 1895.

And if you're thinking this has something to do with climate change, federal scientists are telling Americans to go right ahead and think that because it's what they believe too.

Thomas R. Karl, who directs NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center, says we should expect to see periods of sustained warmth from here on in, adding, "That doesn’t mean every season and every year is going to be breaking all-time records, but you’re going to see this with increasing frequency."

This also means that a pledge by world leaders in 2009 to keep global temperatures from rising above pre-industrial levels by 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit before the end of the century is likely not possible.

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US Population Will Grow to Nearly 312.8 Million on New Year’s Day

Hemera/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- As the clock strikes midnight this Saturday night, the total number of Americans living in the U.S. will jump to 312,780,968, the Census Bureau projected Thursday.

The rise in population would mark a 0.7 percent increase from New Year’s Day 2011.

Come January, the agency expects the U.S. birth rate to exceed the death rate by four seconds, with one baby being born every eight seconds and someone dying every 12.

When factoring in net international migration in 2012 -- one person added every 46 seconds -- along with deaths and births, the Census Bureau predicts the country's population will grow by one person every 17 seconds.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Lady Gaga Attends Obama Fundraising Event

ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(ATHERTON, Calif.) -- Lady Gaga was among the guests at a $35,800 per couple Obama fundraiser Sunday night at the home of Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and David Goldberg in Atherton, Calif.

At the event, which took place under a tent in Sandberg’s yard, a source said Gaga asked a question during the Q&A session. She first thanked the president for what he’s accomplished, then read from what she said was a letter from a fan about the suicide of another fan who had been subjected to bullying.

She thanked Obama for hosting his anti-bullying conference with Michelle Obama, and then made a general plea to everyone in the room, including the president, to do what they can to prevent bullying.

Obama thanked her, spoke about his administration’s anti-bullying campaign, and then more generally about the importance of values and who we are as Americans.

Before the dinner, Gaga came through the photo line with her manager. She and Obama reportedly spoke for two minutes, with many others in the room.

Gaga’s attendance at the fundraising event comes after the singer tweeted that she would be meeting the president and intended to discuss youth bullying with him in relation to the suicide of Jamey Rodemeyer, the 14-year-old student who took his own life last week after years of bullying.

“I am meeting with our President. I will not stop fighting. This must end. Our generation has the power to end it. Trend it #MakeALawForJamey,” the singer posted to twitter.

Gaga dedicated the song “Hair” to Rodemeyer at the iHeartRadio Festival this weekend in Las Vegas. The performance included a video tribute to Rodemeyer.

Earlier in the week, the pop singer, who Rodemeyer idolized, spoke out about the situation via twitter: “The past days I’ve spent reflecting, crying, and yelling. I have so much anger. It is hard to feel love when cruelty takes someones life.”

She added, “Bullying must become illegal. It is a hate crime.”

Rodemeyer took his life on Sept. 18. In his final Twitter message he referenced Lady Gaga, writing “thank you for all you have done.”

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