This Week in Environmental News 12-7

2012 is likely to overtake 1998 as the warmest year on record in the U.S., according to a new report from NOAA.  The first 11 months of the year have been the warmest of any in the contiguous United States since the country first started keeping records in 1895, with an average national temperature of 57.1 degrees Fahrenheit.

The DOE and EPA have released their 2013 Fuel Economy Guide, which provides consumers with information on the fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions of vehicles on the market.  "Fuel efficient vehicles help American families save money at the pump, continue to deliver on vehicle performance, and help reduce our dependence on foreign oil while limiting carbon pollution,” said Energy Secretary Steven Chu.  View the guide here.

Research from the University of New Hampshire used in a report by the NRDC and Protect Our Winters found that ski industry revenues are nearly $1 billion less during a bad snow season than during a good snow season, and a poor snow year could mean 13,000 to 27,000 fewer industry jobs.  With projections suggesting that winter temperatures could rise between 4 and 10 degrees Fahrenheit by the close of the century, the snow sports industry in the Northeast could be looking at season that’s only half its current length.