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How Climate Change Ensures Hotter Weather as New Normal for Boston Marathon

Crowd watching runners pass during the 2010 Boston Marathon

The 121st Boston Marathon has come and gone, and once again temperatures rose above normal, a perennial concern for runners hoping to hit fast times in this historic Patriot's Day race.

When the gun went off for the elite women's race at 9:30 a.m. ET, it was 70 degrees Fahrenheit, and by the time the winner crossed the finish line on Boylston Street 2 hours 21 minutes and 52 seconds later, the mercury had creeped into the low 70's. The average high for Boston in April is 56 degrees F.

Scientific studies have shown that ideal marathon racing conditions range between roughly 40 and 45 degrees F. Warmer weather and higher humidity makes it more physiologically difficult to maintain a consistent pace.

But this year was not an aberration. Last year's starting temperature was also high, hitting 71 degrees F. The 2012 race began at 65 degrees and 2015 at 61. And as scientists have pointed out, high temperatures could be the new normal for this famous race, meaning its days of breaking running records could become much rarer.

Media Matters Report Shows Stunning Lack of Climate Change Coverage on TV Networks in 2016

TV news vans

A new report from Media Matters for America details the astounding lack of coverage of climate change from major U.S. television news outlets in 2016. According to the report, there was an overall decrease in coverage, dropping about 66 percent from the previous year.

News outlets that included ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox News Sunday spent a combined total of 50 minutes discussing the issue of climate change on nightly and Sunday morning news programs in 2016.

Rick Perry

Rick Perry

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  • Rick Perry graduated Texas A&M University in 1972. He majored in animal science. [1]

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Mick Mulvaney

Mick Mulvaney

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  • B.S.F.S., Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. (1989). [1]
  • J.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C. (1992). [1]

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Jack N. Gerard

Jack N. Gerard

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  • Bachelor’s degree in political science and a juris doctor from George Washington University. [1]

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Scott Pruitt

Scott Pruitt

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  • Juris Doctor (J.D.), University of Tulsa College of Law (1990-1993). [1]
  • Bachelor's Degree, Political Science and Communications (1990). [1]

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Roger Pielke Jr.

Roger Pielke Jr.

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  • Ph. D., Political Science, University of Colorado (1994). [1]
  • M.A., Public Policy, University of Colorado (1992). [1]
  • B.A., Mathematics, University of Colorado (1990). [1]

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Will Rex Tillerson Come Clean About What #ExxonKnew, As Company Itself Has Been Ordered To Do?

Caricature of Rex Tillerson

Update 1/19/2017: Our Children's Trust, a legal NGO helping represent the youth case, posted that Rex Tillerson's deposition is being delayed while the case's lawyers meet to resolve a dispute.

Former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of State, is set to be deposed today by lawyers for a group of 21 young plaintiffs, aged 9 to 20, who filed a lawsuit claiming the U.S. government failed to protect their rights to life, liberty, and property by not taking action to halt global warming.

The deposition comes just one day before Trump is to be inaugurated as U.S. president — and a little more than a week after a Massachusetts judge ruled that Exxon must hand over more than 40 years of its internal research on climate change, denying the oil giant’s request for a protective order that would have blocked Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey's subpoenas.

Marlo Lewis, Jr.

Marlo Lewis, Jr.

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  • Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University and a B.A. in Political Science from Claremont McKenna College. [1]

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David Rose

David Rose

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  • BA, University of Oxford, Modern History (1978 - 1981). [1]

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