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  • Here’s a Weather Forecast for 2100
    What is The Weather Forecast for The Year 2100?

    Feb. 16, 2018 -For anyone paying attention, the impacts of global temperature rise are starting to get a little scary, especially if you live on the coast. Any coast. You have to wonder where is this going and what will the world look in the near future say 2100? A team at Princeton University has some answers.

    Heat waves are among the deadliest and most common of environmental extremes. As the earth continues to warm due to the buildup of greenhouse gases, heat waves are expected to become more severe, particularly for cities, where concrete and a dearth of trees create what’s known as the urban heat island effect.

    Click now to read more(if you can
    stand it?) from  Solar Thermal Magazine.

  • Must-See Climate Change Films
    6 Climate Change Movies You HAVE To See

    July 11, 2018 -Six deeply engaging and thought-provoking films shine a light on the realities of the climate crisis today – and imagine what it means for our tomorrow.

    Truly great films about the climate crisis are tough to come by. Allusions to environmental destruction are very familiar in the futuristic dystopias Hollywood churns out like clockwork, but they rarely get the science right – or they abandon it entirely in favor of skipping straight to some post-apocalyptic CGI extravaganza.

    The list includes: Interstellar, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Chasing Coral, Snowpiercer, An Inconvenient Truth and An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

    Click now for the trailers
    from CleanTechnica.

  • Family Planning & Climate Change
    How Family Planning
    Can Slow Climate Change

    No matter where she lives, reproductive health is her right. Our work expands possibilities for women worldwide by making sure contraceptives stay on shelves, doctors can do their jobs, and women can reach the care they want and need.

    Click now for much more
    from  PAI.org.

  • Bird Future in Our National Parks
    How Climate Change Will Affect Birds in Our
    Country’s Most Treasured Natural Places

    On average, one-quarter of bird species found in a given national park could be completely different by 2050 if carbon emissions continue at their current pace. New research, led by the National Audubon Society and National Park Service and published in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS ONE, underscores the need to safeguard and manage protected lands for birds and wildlife in a changing world.

    Click now for complete story
    from the  Audubon Society.

  • Taking a Leaf Out of Thoreau’s Book
    Climate Data That Transcends Time

    Apr. 11, 2018- As our planet warms up, the seasons are shifting in many parts of the world. Spring often arrives earlier, autumn often comes later. And not all species are adjusting their own seasonal habits at the same rate. Some flowers are now blooming before their pollinators emerge. Some birds are arriving at their breeding grounds after the insects they normally feast on have peaked.

    When different species fall out of sync like this, scientists call it a phenological mismatch. And, as Livia Albeck-Ripka and I reported last week, researchers have already found a few troubling examples where mismatches are having negative consequences for birds and animals, from the pied flycatcher in Europe to the caribou in western Greenland.

    Click now for more
    from the NY Times Climate Forward.

  • Reducing Your Carbon Footprint
    Carbon Footprint Explained

    -A carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions that come from the production, use and end-of-life of a product or service. It includes carbon dioxide — the gas most commonly emitted by humans — and others, including methane, nitrous oxide, and fluorinated gases, which trap heat in the atmosphere, causing global warming. Usually, the bulk of an individual’s carbon footprint will come from transportation, housing and food.

    You can start the process by calculating your carbon footprint here. You will need to know the following:

    • Approximately how many miles you travel by car, bus, train and plane. • The energy usage in your home. • How much you spend shopping. • The composition of your diet.

    Click now for much more from
    from the New York Times.

  • A Conversation with “Her Deepness” An Account by a Senior Citizen Deep Environmentalist

    Mar. 21, 2018 -Sylvia Earle, 82, is an oceanographer who has spent thousands of hours underwater studying corals, algae and wildlife. She was the first person to walk untethered on the ocean floor a quarter of a mile deep and once lived underwater for two weeks in a NASA experiment. She also spent two years as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s chief scientist.

    Click to read more from Climate Forward.
    Scroll down 'till you reach the article.

  • U.S. Climate Change Litigation If Climate Change Wrecks Your City, Can It Sue Exxon?

    Feb. 20, 2018 -Scientists can now link disasters to climate change, opening the door to lawsuits against fossil fuel companies

    Last summer, Ryan Coonerty, a county supervisor in Santa Cruz, got word that the neighboring county of San Mateo was about to take a bold step in adapting to climate change. Rising seas are already eroding San Mateo’s coast, and the county will need to spend billions of dollars on new sea walls and other infrastructure to protect itself in the years to come. So in July, San Mateo, along with Marin County and the city of Imperial Beach, sued 37 fossil fuel companies, arguing that they should help pay for the damage their products cause.

    Click to learn more from theVerge.com.

  • Download a Climate Change Free eBook Learn How to Make Climate Change Points

    All you need to know to make your argument with climate change skeptics.

    Every new year seems to arrive on the heels of another unfortunate climate record set. And 2017’s is among the most startling: Climate-related and other natural disasters caused a staggering $306 billion in total damages in the US, making 2017 by far the most expensive year on record for disasters in the country.

    Click now for free the eBook
    from The Climate Reality Project.

  • Oh, the Seas, They Are Arising Easter Island Is Critically Vulnerable

    Mar. 15, 2018 -Nicholas Casey, a New York Times correspondent based in Colombia, and Josh Haner, a Times photographer, traveled 2,200 miles off the coast of Chile to see how the ocean is erasing the island’s monuments.

    HANGA ROA, EASTER ISLAND — The human bones lay baking in the sun. It wasn’t the first time Hetereki Huke had stumbled upon an open grave like this one.

    For years, the swelling waves had broken open platform after platform containing ancient remains. Inside the tombs were old obsidian spearheads, pieces of cremated bone and, sometimes, parts of the haunting statues that have made this island famous.

    Click now for whole the story
    from NY Times Interactive.

  • A Louisiana Village Fights for Time The Community of Lafitte Faces Rising Tides

    Feb. 24, 2018 -JEAN LAFITTE, LA. — From a Cessna flying 4,000 feet above Louisiana’s coast, what strikes you first is how much is already lost. Northward from the Gulf, slivers of barrier island give way to the open water of Barataria Bay as it billows toward an inevitable merger with Little Lake, its name now a lie. Ever-widening bayous course through what were once dense wetlands, and a cross-stitch of oil field canals stamp the marsh like Chinese characters.

    Saltwater intrusion, the result of subsidence, sea-level rise and erosion, has killed off the live oaks and bald cypress. Stands of roseau cane and native grasses have been reduced to brown pulp by feral hogs, orange-fanged nutria and a voracious aphid-like invader from Asia. A relentless succession of hurricanes and tropical storms — three last season alone — has accelerated the decay. In all, more than 2,000 square miles, an expanse larger than the state of Delaware, have disappeared since 1932.

    Click now for this interactive article from the New York Times.

  • Never Too Late to Change Your Mind
    How Six Americans Changed Their
    Minds About Global Warming

    Feb. 21, 2018 - by Livia Aleck-Ripka - The Rev. Richard Cizik used to believe climate change was a myth. The science had to be rigged, he thought; those who believed in it were just tree-huggers. But in 2002, a friend convinced Mr. Cizik to go to a conference about climate change, and there, he said, “the scales came off my eyes.”

    Click now to read about five others who’ve also come to their senses, from NY Times Climate.

  • Climate and Environmental Justice They Go Together With Local Activism

    Jan. 25, 2018 -Jacqui Patterson, the director of the NAACP’s Environmental and Climate Justice Program, joined ILSR co-founder and Waste to Wealth initiative researcher Neil Seldman and ILSR’s Communications Manager Nick Stumo-Langer for the latest edition of our Building Local Power podcast.

    The discussion centers on the practical implications of environmental justice and how she balances her work at a national non-profit with the needs of 2200 branches and local chapters of the NAACP. The trio also delves into the difficulties facing local communities that attempt to make local ownership of energy resources a reality. Finally, Jacqui explains how her work intersects with a number of other activist spaces including organizing around women’s issues and racial justice in order to create a healthier environment and a vibrant local community.

    Click to listen and learn fromISLR.

  • Defending Climate Against Deniers How to Talk to a Climate Change Denier

    Jan. 11, 2018 - by Daniel Peterschmidt - Many of us have debated the threat of climate change with our friends, family, and strangers on the internet. But not everyone believes that anthropogenic climate change exists or views it as a problem relevant to their everyday lives. And, as we’ve seen lately in the political world, facts aren’t always enough.

    Click now for much more from Science Friday.

  • Arctic Warming and Crazy-Cold Winter
    How to Explain the Conflict

    Jan. 3, 2018 - How it works: A number of climate scientists, including Jennifer Francis at Rutgers, believe that rising temperatures and declining sea ice in the Arctic may create a more meandering jet stream. That, in turn, allows elongated troughs of cold air usually trapped in the polar vortex above the North Pole to extend down into the mid-latitudes, creating persistent cold spells and a greater likelihood of snowstorms.

    Click now for article from
    M.I.T. Technology Review.

  • 2017: The Year in Climate Stories the NY Time Covered in 2017

    Dec. 6, 2017 - A range of topics is presented.

    Click now to read about them.

  • Coastal Cities That Can Disappear Which Cities Are in the Most Jeopardy?

    Apr. 24, 2016 - Maps show coastal and low-lying areas that would be permanently flooded, without engineered protection, in three levels of higher seas. Percentages are the portion of dry, habitable land within the city limits of places listed that would be permanently submerged.

    Click for this story from the
    NY Times, including graphics.

  • What Alaskan Permafrost?
    Alaska’s Permafrost Is Thawing

    YUKON DELTA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, Alaska — The Arctic is warming about twice as fast as other parts of the planet, and even here in sub-Arctic Alaska the rate of warming is high. Sea ice and wildlife habitat are disappearing; higher sea levels threaten coastal native villages..

    Click for the NY Times story with graphics.

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Easy to Understand Summation of
Climate Change and What it Could Bring
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  • Floating Ice Melt Will Raise Sea Level
    Presented by the National
    Snow & Ice Data Center

    When ice on land slides into the ocean, it displaces ocean water and causes sea level to rise. People believe that when this floating ice melts, water level doesn’t rise an additional amount because the freshwater ice displaces the same volume of water as it would contribute once it melts. Similarly, people also think that when ocean water freezes to form sea ice and then melts, the water is merely going through a change of state, so it won’t affect sea level. However, in a visit to NSIDC in May, Dr. Peter Noerdlinger, a professor at St. Mary’s University in Nova Scotia, Canada, suggested otherwise.

    Click for the complete article.

  • Climate Law Institute
    Saving Life on Earth

    Waging innovative legal and grassroots campaigns to protect people, wildlife and ecosystems from climate change and the dirty and dangerous fossil fuel industry. We work to eliminate greenhouse pollution and speed the just transition to 100 percent clean, renewable energy.

    Click now for more from
    the Center for Biological Diversity.

  • Tropical Forests Role
    Tropical Forests Once Absorb Carbon. Not Any More

    Apr. 16, 2018 - Since humans began to worry about having put too much carbon in the atmosphere, we’ve considered tropical forests an important “carbon sink.” Their fast growth rate, dense vegetation, and rich soils sucked more carbon out of the atmosphere then they produced. In other words, tropical forests were a natural greenhouse-gas vacuum. Except now, just when the world most needs them to be, they’re not.

    Click now for more from the  World Economic Forum.

  • A Climate Change Debate
    Presented at a Meeting of the
    Humanists of Sarasota Bay,
    Sarasota, FL. on Nov.1, 2017

    Nov. 3, 2017 - Barry Zack, the editor of this website made his ideas known to a group of sophisiticated attendees. His opponenet is a PhD with different ideas as to what is really responsible for Climate Change, and all of its ramifications.

    Click to read the presentation.

  • Climate Change in Photographs
    Photo Collections From
    The Climate Reality Project

    Aug. 25, 2017 - A collection of photos by the Climate Reality team - a nonprofit organization leading the fight against the climate crisis.

    To view it, click now.

  • The Importance of Mangroves
    Carbon-Rich Mangroves
    Help Control Climate Change

    Better protecting the world’s fast-disappearing mangroves could have big economic, social and environmental benefits, experts said at the U.N. climate talks in Lima back in 2014.

    Besides protecting shorelines from extreme weather and providing fish a safe place to breed, mangroves could play a big role in trapping climate-changing carbon emissions, something that has so far been largely overlooked, they said.

    Click for the complete article.

  • The Climate Accountability Scorecard Ranking Major Fossil Fuel Companies on
    Climate Deception, Disclosure, and Action

    An in-depth analysis of eight leading fossil fuel companies finds that none of them has made a clean break from disinformation on climate science and policy.

    Click to read the report
    from the Union of Concerned Scientists

  • Graph: The Relentless Rise in CO2View the NASA Graph Showing CO2 Rise

    The current warming trend is of particular significance because most of it is extremely likely (greater than 95 percent probability) to be the result of human activity since the mid-20th century and proceeding at a rate that is unprecedented over decades to millennia.

    Earth-orbiting satellites and other technological advances have enabled scientists to see the big picture, collecting many different types of information about our planet and its climate on a global scale. This body of data, collected over many years, reveals the signals of a changing climate.

  • Antarctica Like You've Never Seen It 100-Year-Old Photos Reveal
    Antarctica Like You've Never Seen It

    July 14, 2017 -With our polar regions rapidly shrinking—and more bad news this week—it can make one nostalgic for an Antarctica that was, well, intact.

    The windiest, coldest, and driest place on Earth, the continent has long attracted explorers on a quest for adventure. National Geographic Magazine in particular has a history of fascination with Antarctica, publishing its first story on the region in 1894.

    Click now for the show.

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  • What Can We Do for the Climate
    Ask Not What Your Climate
    Can Do for You. Ask What
    You Can do for Your Climate

    From the Humanist.com, June, 2017: While the federal government is becoming a follower rather than a leader on climate change, we can fight on the state, local, and personal levels to achieve huge reductions in greenhouse gases.

  • Predicting San Francisco in 2075
    View a Map After a
    Catastrophic Rise in Sea Levels

    Far in the future, San Francisco's Divisadero Street is a cruise-ship harbor, taco trucks have become taco boats, and the Mission District is a beloved site for scuba diving. That's the waterlogged vision of cartographer Brian Stokle and Bay Area blog Burrito Justice, who've made a fantasy map of the city post-200 feet of sea-level rise.

    Is it just a fantasy? Click and have a look.

  • Peatlands and Climate Change
    The Role of Peatlands
    to Combat Climate Change

    The human impact on global climate and the role of peatlands has been widely studied and debated in media, but also within a scientific audience and peatland experts during recent years.

  • SRQ Climate Change Meet Up Sarasota Climate Change Meet Up

    Are you concerned about climate change? Do you suspect you’re the only one? Join us and learn you’re not alone. Got answers about climate change? Share them. We want to hear. Got questions about climate change? Share them. Maybe there’s an answer. Is anybody in Sarasota doing anything about climate change? If so, what? If not, why not? Got ideas? Let’s talk about them.

  • 6 Climate Leaders Tell Their Story
    Discover Your Purpose
    Learn from the Leaders

    Trained by The Climate Reality Project Founder and Chairman Al Gore and renowned climate scientists and communicators from around the world, our Climate Reality Leaders shape the conversation on climate science in forums from family dinners to international summits to tell the story of the climate crisis and build a twenty-first century movement for solutions.

  • Climate Change by the Numbers
    Climate Change by the Numbers
    You Just Need to Do the Math

    Nov 29, 2016 - Michio Kaku Explains, in this YouTube, why he Is no longer a Climate Change denier: Global Warming Is Real!.

  • CC & GW: Conservative Approach
    Republic EN - A Conservative
    Approach to Climate Change

    Policy Statement: Members of republicEn are conservatives, libertarians, and pragmatists of diverse political opinion. We stand together because we believe in American free enterprise. We believe that with a true level playing field, free enterprise can deliver the innovation to solve climate change. But America's climate policy needs to change. Change requires that conservative leaders step-up and lead.

  • U.S. and Climate Change Thinking
    Six Maps Help Tell the Story

    Mar. 21, 2017 -Americans overwhelmingly believe that global warming is happening, and that carbon emissions should be scaled back. But fewer are sure that the changes will harm them personally. New data released by the Yale Program on Climate Communication gives the most detailed view yet of public opinion on global warming.

    Click for the maps and
    article from the NY Times.

NOAA Sea-Level Rise Viewer

And if anyone should know
about that, it's NOAH.

Use this web mapping tool to visualize community-level impacts from coastal flooding or sea level rise (up to 6 feet above average high tides). Photo simulations of how future flooding might impact local landmarks are also provided, as well as data related to water depth, connectivity, flood frequency, socio-economic vulnerability, wetland loss and migration, and mapping confidence.
Click here to learn what else you need to know.

 

What are the Causes and
Consequencesof Climate Change?

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Animal Consumption


An analysis of meat, egg, and milk production encompasses not only the direct rearing and slaughtering of animals, but also grain and fertilizer production for animal feed, waste storage and disposal, water use, and energy expenditures on farms and in transporting feed and finished animal products, among other key impacts of the production process as a whole.
• It takes 2,500 gallons of water, 12 pounds of grain, 35 pounds of topsoil and the energy equivalent of one gallon of gasoline to produce one pound of feedlot beef
• Because of over-consumption of fish, all 17 of the world’s major fishing areas have reached or exceeded their natural limits. One-third of the world’s fish catch is fed directly to livestock
• 70% of US grain production is fed to livestock
• 5 million acres of rainforest are felled every year in South and Central America alone to create cattle pasture
• Roughly 20% of all currently threatened and endangered species in the US are harmed by livestock grazing
• Animal agriculture is a chief contributor to water pollution. America’s farm animals produce 10 times the waste produced by the human population.

 

Possible Solutions

Consume less meat and dairy products, and focus on plants and grains. Call on government to end subsidies for meat production.
See Resources for more information.

Carbon Pollution

Coal burning is responsible for nearly one-third of U.S. carbon emissions — the air pollution that is the main contributor to climate disruption. This according to the Sierra Club.

 

Possible Solutions

Make carbon more expensive to consume, by instituting a revenue-neutral carbon tax (but please don't call it a tax!). This would go a long way in making renewable energy competitive with cheap, dirty and unhealthy fossil fuels.
See Resources for more information.

 

Concrete's Carbon Footprint

According to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (see Resources), ‘Concrete is the most widely used material on earth apart from water, with nearly three tons used annually for each man, woman, and child.

 

Possible Solutions


Come up with a concrete alternative. Do what the Romans do (resources).
 

Deforestation

Action for Our Plant (AFOP) describes the result of the decline of rainforests. Countries that are particularly poor try to grow their economies at the expense of this vital resource.

Possible Solutions


Incentivize these countries by rewarding them for protecting what are in reality, world resources.



What not to do
A better plan: See Resources.

Melting of the Polar Ice Caps


The polar ice caps have melted faster in last 20 years than in the last 10,000. A comprehensive satellite study confirms that the melting ice caps are raising sea levels at an accelerating rate.

See Sea Level Rise

Possible Solutions

Reduce the Greenhouse gas effect (GHGE), which traps CO2 and methane in the atmosphere by the use of fossil fuels, encouraging Green Building, smarter transportation and lower population. See Resources.

Population Growth


People around the world are beginning to address the problem by reducing their carbon footprint through less consumption and better technology. But unsustainable human population growth can overwhelm those efforts, leading us to conclude that we not only need smaller footprints, but fewer feet. -As reported by the Center for Biological Diversity.

Possible Solutions


This should be a no-brainer. Provide the tools and education for the poorest nations to reduce their birth rates. The Obama administration is already doing that, unlike his predecessor, who just said 'no' (See Resources). In the United States, women should be able to decide if and when to bear children. Religious leaders should not encourage motherhood when it's ill affordable.

 

Poor Regulation


The nature of greenhouse gases, or GHGs, makes international cooperation a must if the world hopes to prevent and avoid the experts’ predictions of widespread negative environmental effects. Because each state only incurs a fraction of the total cost of its own emissions, as GHGs act on a global rather than regional scale, the emission of GHGs has created a tragedy of the commons: each state has an incentive to overuse, even though the optimal solution is for each and every state to limit its emissions.

Possible Solutions


Appeal to your elected representatives to protect the environment and not the polluters. The U.S. helped to create the Kyoto Protocol, but America never signed on to it. As a world leader, WE should be setting examples for the rest of the world to follow. We should discourage business from nations with poor environmental records, but we'd better straighten out first. Keep our protection agencies funded, something that Congress likes not to do. Resources
 

Sea-Level Rise

Greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere will continue to increase unless the billions of tons of our annual emissions decrease substantially. Increased concentrations are expected to:
• Increase Earth's average temperature
• Influence the patterns and amounts of precipitation
• Reduce ice and snow cover, as well as permafrost
• Raise sea level
• Increase the acidity of the oceans

Global Warming Denial Mythology


1. Carbon dioxide "literally cannot cause global warming." People have tried to deny climate science in a lot of ways, but it's hard to beat a complete rejection of well-established atmospheric physics. Joe Bastardi, a meteorologist appearing on Fox News, argued that CO2 "literally" cannot cause warming because it doesn't "mix well in the atmosphere" (it does). He's also claimed that warming would violate the First Law of Thermodynamics, which states that energy can neither be created nor destroyed. (In fact, global warming has nothing to do with newly created energy, but with the atmosphere trapping energy that's already around.)

2. "Snow skiing will be hurt – but water skiing will benefit."
In 1990, as the world was beginning to grapple with the devastating predictions of climate models, a Yale economist set out to determine how much was a reasonable amount to spend on combating the problem. Not that much, he concluded, since "Humans thrive in a wide variety of climate zones. Cities are increasingly climate-proofed by technological changes like air-conditioning and shopping malls." Further, he argued, the hardest-hit sectors – like, say, agriculture – are relatively small parts of the economy anyway. And economic growth in other sectors could compensate: "Snow skiing will be hurt – but water skiing will benefit." How reassuring!

The Fossil Fuel Resistance:
Meet the New Green Heroes


RS contributor Bill McKibben lambasted this analysis in his 2007 book, Deep Economy. "It's nice to have microelectronics; it's necessary to have lunch," wrote McKibben. "If global warming 'only' damages agriculture, the rest may not matter much."

3. "We must demand that more coal be burned to save the Earth from global cooling." The "global cooling" myth is another favorite of climate deniers, despite broad scientific consensus that the planet is in fact warming. But it's got to be an especially appealing fiction when you're the CEO of a coal company – this statement is from a tweet by Don Blankenship, then the head of Massey Energy.

4. Climate change is impossible because "God's still up there." In 2012, U.S. Sen. James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) contended that acceptance of climate science was at odds with Christianity – never mind that many Christian leaders and institutions take climate change very seriously. "My point is, God's still up there," he told Voice of Christian Youth America. "The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous." A close runner-up in this category: In 2009, Rep. John Shimkus (R-Illinois) cited God's post-flood promise to Noah as evidence we shouldn't be worried. "The Earth will end only when God declares it's time to be over," he declared. "Man will not destroy this Earth." Well, that must be nice to know.

5. God buried fossil fuels "because he loves to see us find them." Bryan Fischer, a director at the American Family Association, compared efforts to burn less fossil fuels to telling a friend that you don't like their birthday present. "That's kind of how we're treating God when he's given us these gifts of abundant and inexpensive and effective fuel sources," he observed. "God has buried those treasures there because he loves to see us find them." And everyone knows it's bad manners to turn down a divine treasure hunt.

6. "The President was wearing a trench coat it was so cold, but he's talking about global warming." This gem, from U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) in reference to President Obama's 2013 inauguration speech, is part of a long, confused tradition: The conviction that anecdotally observed cold weather of any kind debunks the science of climate change. See also the igloo that James Inhofe's family built on the National Mall (they called it "Al Gore's new home") or the ad from the Virginia Republican Party, aired before the same snowstorm, advising voters to call legislators who supported climate actions and "tell them how much global warming you get this weekend. Maybe they'll come help you shovel." With probably thousands of articles out there now explaining the simple fact that weather is not the same thing as climate, this joke gets dumber every time it's made.

7. "I thought it must be true until I found out what it cost." Yes, Sen. Inhofe gets two entries. Speaking to Rachel Maddow in 2012, he admitted that his rejection of climate science began with realizing how expensive mitigation would be. Not only is it flatly nonsensical to deny that a problem exists because you don't like its cure, delaying climate action is actually the more expensive course. The International Energy Agency has estimated that for every year the world delays taking significant action to curb climate change, we'll end up paying an additional $500 billion later on.

8. Safeguarding the climate is "a worldview that elevates the Earth above man." Rick Santorum was a front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination when he called climate science a "phony theology" – "a worldview that elevates the Earth above man and says that we can't take those resources because we're going to harm the Earth." (Santorum has also said, "We were put on this Earth as creatures of God to have dominion over the Earth, to use it wisely and steward it wisely, but for our benefit not for the Earth's benefit.") This people-vs.-planet idea is another common refrain from climate skeptics. They rarely seem to have considered the fairly obvious point that functioning human society depends on a healthy planet.

9. "100 years is a long time . . . There is an extremely high chance that the very nature of human society itself will have changed by that time in ways that render this entire issue moot." This novel bit of reasoning is from an essay called "In Praise of Dirty Energy: There Are Worse Things Than Pollution and We Have Them," by economist and blogger Karl W. Smith, now a writer for Forbes. Smith accepts the science of climate change – but argues that we should burn more fossil fuels anyway, in order to spur economic growth. As the climate changes, he believes that people will simply build new cities or move north to Siberia, and build a society so technologically advanced it's somehow progressed beyond the need for a stable climate. Piece of cake!

10. "I have a theory about global warming and why people think it's real. Go back 30, 40 years when there was much less air conditioning in the country. When you didn't have air conditioning and you left the house, it may in fact have gotten a little cooler out there, because sometimes houses become hot boxes. Especially if you're on the second or third floor of a house in the summer time and all you've got is open windows and maybe a window fan. Or you have some servant standing there fanning you with a piece of paper. When you walked outside, no big deal, it's still hot as hell. Now, 30, 40 years later, all this air conditioning, and it's a huge difference when you go outside. When you go outside now, my golly, is it hot. Oh. Global warming. It's all about the baseline you're using for comparison."

Oh, OK: All those scientists who have confirmed a pattern of long-term climate change were just getting confused by their air conditioning. Right. Thanks, Rush Limbaugh, for the low-hanging fruit.
New Math: Commentary by Bill McKibben
 

Climate Change/Global Warming News Stories

The Past 3 Months

  • Are East-Coast Tornadoes Another Thing to Worry About?
    Tornadoes on the East Coast
    May Be a Sign of Things to Come

    Aug. 8, 2018 -A tornado, albeit a weak one, touched down in New York City last Thursday, in the College Point neighborhood of Queens. A few days earlier, a stronger tornado was spotted near the town of Douglas, in central Massachusetts. And a few days later a whirlwind ripped through nearby Webster, displacing dozens of people from their damaged homes.

    The storms were far from the region in the middle of the country known as Tornado Alley, where the bulk of the nation’s tornadoes occur. In a summer already marked by simmering heat that researchers have linked to global warming, is climate change also making tornadoes more common in places where they once were infrequent?

    Click now to read more from
    The NY Times Climate Forward.

  • Another of the Many Ways Climate Change is Taking Its Toll
    Our Climate Plans are In Pieces
    As Killer Summer Shreds Records

    Aug. 5, 2018 -Deadly fires have scorched swaths of the Northern Hemisphere this summer, from California to Arctic Sweden and down to Greece on the sunny Mediterranean. Drought in Europe has turned verdant land barren, while people in Japan and Korea are dying from record-breaking heat.

    Climate change is here and is affecting the entire globe -- not just the polar bears or tiny islands vulnerable to rising sea levels -- scientists say. It is on the doorsteps of everyday Americans, Europeans and Asians, and the best evidence shows it will get much worse.

    Click now to read more from CNN.

  • NY Times Dedicates an Entire Sunday Magazine to Climate Change
    Capitalism Killed Our Climate
    Momentum, Not “Human Nature”

    Aug. 3, 2018 -The entire New York Times Magazine (Aug. 4th) was composed of just one article on a single subject: the failure to confront the global climate crisis in the 1980s, a time when the science was settled and the politics seemed to align.

    Written by Nathaniel Rich, this work of history is filled with insider revelations about roads not taken that, on several occasions, made me swear out loud. And lest there be any doubt that the implications of these decisions will be etched in geologic time, Rich’s words are punctuated with full-page aerial photographs by George Steinmetz that wrenchingly document the rapid unraveling of planetary systems, from the rushing water where Greenland ice used to be to massive algae blooms in China’s third largest lake.

    Click now to read more from The Intercept.

  • Records Set for the Highest Ocean Temperatures in Over a Century
    San Diego Researchers Measure The Highest Ocean
    Surface Temperature In A Century

    Aug. 3, 2018 -At a pier in San Diego, researchers on Wednesday recorded the warmest sea surface temperature since record-keeping began there in 1916.

    Every day, researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego collect data — by hand — from the Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier.

    Click now to read more from Oregon Public Radio.

  • Hello East Antarctica - Welcome to Climate Change
    Previously Stable Zones of Antarctica are Now Falling Victim to Climate Change

    Aug. 1 , 2018 -Unlike its counterpart, West Antarctica, which has long been decimated by melting ice caps, East Antarctica used to be a safe zone – something scientists could depend on as a constant while they solved the more pressing destruction in the western part of the continent. Unfortunately, this is no longer the case. According to research unveiled last week in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, despite the higher elevation and colder temperatures found in the eastern portion of the Antarctic continent, warm ocean currents and rising global temperatures are now destabilizing two of its glaciers.

    The research has chronicled the lives of two glaciers in the coldest region on Earth for the past 15 years. These glaciers shield the Eastern zone’s land ice, descending from the ice directly toward the sea. This creates a naturally formed dam that, if disturbed, would affect the ice that covers the rest of the region by subjecting it to the warming ocean waters.

    Click now to read more
    from Inhabitat, and view a slideshow.

  • Is Climate Change to Blame for the Carr (Reading) Fire?
    The Carr Fire, the 7th Most Destructive in
    California History, Rages On

    July 31, 2018 -California is burning, with at least 16 big wildfires statewide. The largest, in and around the northern city of Redding, has killed at least six people and burned more than a thousand homes and other structures.

    Fires are nothing new in the state this time of year. It’s fire season, after all, as it is elsewhere in the West. But something feels different this time, perhaps because, following the Santa Rosa fire last October, this is the second year in a row in which fire has destroyed large parts of a city.

    Click now to see the article
    from The NY Times Climate Forward.

  • A City and Its Suburbs of of 14 Million Face Climate Dangers
    Kolkata (Calcutta), India
    Is Becoming a Climate Casualty

    July 31, 2018 -Somoni Sengupta writes:I wanted to glimpse the future in the city where I was born. So, this summer I returned to India for a firsthand look at the way climate change is affecting Kolkata.

    I spent the first seven years of my life in this delta city, close to where the Ganges pours into the sea. In my memory, it was a city of steam and sweat, rice and fish, of languid, muggy afternoons. A city of water. Lots and lots of water.

    On this trip, in the era of global warming, I found a city at profound risk.

    Click now for more from
    The NY Times Climate Forward.

  • Record Heat Reported on Four Continents
    How Record Heat Wreaked Havoc on 4 Continents

    July 30, 2018 -Expect more. That’s the verdict of climate scientists to the record-high temperatures this spring and summer in vastly different climate zones.

    The contiguous United States had its hottest month of May and the third-hottest month of June. Japan was walloped by record triple-digit temperatures, killing at least 86 people in what its meteorological agency bluntly called a “disaster.” And weather stations logged record-high temperatures on the edge of the Sahara and above the Arctic Circle.

    Click now to read the disturbing
    article from The NY Times Climate Forward.

  • Hot Time in the Old Canadian Forest, Tonight
    Fires, Floods and Satellite Views:
    Modeling the Boreal Forest’s Future

    July 25, 2018 -The Arctic is warming faster than any other region on Earth, and as it does, environmental scientists expect large fires to increase in frequency and intensity. But they have struggled to understand these fires’ effect on ecosystems and ultimately carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas, meaning that it helps trap heat in the Earth’s lower atmosphere. More carbon dioxide in the atmosphere means more trapped heat, causing global temperatures to rise.

    Click now to read more from
     the Environmental News Network.

  • Is it Becoming Too Hot to Live?
    Global Warming Risk: Rising Temperatures
    from Climate Change Linked to Rise In Suicides

    July 23, 2018 -Rising temperatures linked to human-caused climate change could lead to increasing suicide rates in the U.S. and Mexico, a study suggested Monday.

    By comparing historical temperature and suicide data going back decades, researchers found a strong correlation between warm weather and increased suicides, according to new research published in Nature Climate Change, a peer-reviewed British journal.

    Click now to learn more from
     USA Today.

  • A Trapped Iceberg Off Antartica is Stuck
    The Giant Iceberg that Broke From
    Antarctica’s Larsen C Ice Shelf is Stuck

    July 23, 2018 -The chunk is threatening to destabilize more of the continent’s ice

    About a year ago, a massive iceberg roughly the size of Delaware broke off from the Larsen C ice shelf, and it hasn’t moved much since The chunk of ice traveled just about 45 kilometers northeast before getting stuck behind an elevated ice promontory called the Bawden ice rise.

    Click now to learn more from
     Science News.

  • The Earth Has Become Too Hot to Trot
    An Increasingly Warmer World Is
    Changing Sporting Events

    July 21, 2018 -After four weeks of fanfare, the 2018 World Cup has come to a close. France’s victory in Sunday’s final marked the end of a summer filled with thrilling victories, surprise defeats, national pride (and disappointment), penalty kick-induced panic and many other emotions associated with soccer.

    Fans, unfortunately, will have to wait longer than usual to experience it all over again. That’s because the next FIFA World Cup in 2022 will be held in winter, not summer, due to the sweltering climate of the next host country, Qatar.

    Click now to learn more
    from CleanTechnica.

  • No Lifetime Guaranty for the Cedars of Lebanon
    Climate Change Is Killing the Cedars of Lebanon

    July 16, 2018 -Walking among the cedars on a mountain slope in Lebanon feels like visiting the territory of primeval beings. Some of the oldest trees have been here for more than 1,000 years, spreading their uniquely horizontal branches like outstretched arms and sending their roots deep into the craggy limestone.

    They flourish on the moisture and cool temperatures that make this ecosystem unusual in the Middle East, with mountaintops that snare the clouds floating in from the Mediterranean Sea and gleam with winter snow.

    Click now to for more
    from The NY Times Climate Forward.

  • Alternative Ways to Fight Sea-Level Rise
    As Seas Rise, Americans Use
    Nature to Fight Worsening Erosion

    July 14, 2018 -The grassy yard behind Jennifer McPeak’s house was slipping into Marler Bayou, its edge giving way as waves beat against it. She planned to stem the losses with a $14,000 seawall until a Florida permitting official suggested an alternative — marsh seedlings and bags of oyster shells arranged to blossom into a “living shoreline.”

    A few years later, crabs and snails crawl among the oysters and grasses in McPeak’s living shoreline, which occupies nearly the width of her shoreline. Fish school in it when the tide is up. The effects of years of erosion have been reversed; sand is being trapped in the yard when storms and floods hit instead of being washed away.

    Click now to read more from Climate Central.

  • The Nights Are Hot, by a Lot
    Nights Are Warming Faster Than Days,
    and Why That’s Dangerous

    July 11, 2018 -July kicked off with searingly hot temperatures for most Americans this year.

    New daily, monthly and all-time record highs were set across the country last week, with more than 100 million people sweating it out under heat warnings or advisories. But the low nighttime temperatures that usually provide a crucial respite from scorching summer days have been more quietly making history.

    Click now for more from
    The NY Times Climate Forward.

  • Milkweed-Dependent Butterflies Risks Multiplied by Climate Change
    Bloodflowers’ Risk to Monarchs
    Could Multiply As Climate Changes

    July 10, 2018 -Climate change could make a showy invasive milkweed called a bloodflower even more of a menace for monarch butterflies than it already is.

    Monarch caterpillars, which feed on plants in the milkweed family, readily feast on Asclepias curassavica. Gardeners in the southern United States plant it for its showy orange blooms, yet the species “is turning out to be a bit of a nightmare,” says Mark Hunter of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

    Click now for more from Science News.

  • It Doesn’t Take Much to Make Sea-Levels Rise
    Past Warming Shows 2°C Brink May Be Close

    July 10, 2018 -Even if the world’s nations keep their promise to contain global warming to within 2°C, past warming shows that the Earth will still change visibly – and perhaps sooner than science currently expects.

    Sea levels could rise by six metres (20 ft). Large tracts of the polar ice caps could collapse. The Sahara could become green. The edges of what are now tropical forests could turn into savannah, to be seared and maintained by regular outbreaks of fire. The northern forests could move 200 km nearer the north pole and, ahead of them, the tundra.

    Click now for the the story
    from The Climate News Network.

  • Update on Global Warming Reality
    Global warming Could Be Far Worse
    Than Predicted, New Study Suggests

    July 6, 2018 -Collapsing polar ice caps, a green Sahara Desert, a 20-foot sea-level rise.

    That's the potential future of Earth, a new study suggests, noting that global warming could be twice as warm as current climate models predict.

    The rate of warming is also remarkable: “The changes we see today are much faster than anything encountered in Earth’s history. In terms of rate of change, we are in uncharted waters,” said study co-author Katrin Meissner of the University of New South Wales in Australia.

    Click now for the story
    from USA Today.

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  • Burlington Vermont’s Record-Breaking Heat Spell
    What You Need to Know About
    Burlington's Historic Heat Wave

    July 4, 2018 -Burlington is near the end of a historic and historically broad heat wave, one that's receiving notice far from the shores of Lake Champlain.

    The Vermont city has never experienced a warmer June 30, July 1 and July 2 than it did this year. Saturday's 93-degree high and Sunday's 96-degree heat tied the record high for those dates, according to the National Weather Service.

    Click now for the the story
    from The Burlington Free Press.

  • Czech Your Fossil Fuels at the Door, Please
    Impressions from the Second Czech Climate Camp

    June 30, 2018 -The Czech Climate Camp is the first of a wave of camps and mass actions planned to rise up against the root causes of the climate crisis across Europe in the coming months.

    The number of participants more than double those of last year’s. The last of what had been almost 3 full days of trainings were coming to a close and there was calmness and clarity of purpose in the air.

    Click now for more from 350.org.

  • Migration Is Another Reason to Fight Climate Change
    Central America’s Climate Refugees

    June 29, 2018 -Climate change is a key factor forcing families to flee from Central America and Mexico. And already deadly droughts, hurricanes, floods, and mudslides are projected to intensify further in the region as warming increases, and will hit small farmers especially hard. Author and journalist Todd Miller shares with Host Steve Curwood the stories of immigrants journeying from Central America to the US. They tell why climate impacts have them seeking new homes farther North and South.

    Click for more on this story from
    Living On Earth, or listen to the podcast.

  • That Corn on the Cob We Love Could Be in Trouble
    Climate Will Drive Corn Crop Failure

    June 29, 2018- Corn, also known as Maize, is the world’s most produced food crop. But it is headed for trouble as the world warms. A new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds that climate change increases the risk of simultaneous corn crop failures. Lead scientist Michelle Tigchelaar explains to Host Savannah Christiansen how different climate warming scenarios could impact global maize production.

    Click now for more from
    Living On Earth, or listen to the podcast.

  • 800 Million Asians at Risk from Global Warming
    Global Warming in South Asia:
    800 Million at Risk

    June 28, 2018 -Climate change could sharply diminish living conditions for up to 800 million people in South Asia, a region that is already home to some of the world’s poorest and hungriest people, if nothing is done to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, the World Bank warned Thursday in an ominous new study.

    Click for more from The NY Times Climate
    Forward
    , and some graphics.

  • Not Just Green Ed., But Ed. Making It Green
    UK’s First Energy Positive Classroom
    Produces 1.5X The Energy It Uses

    June 29, 2018- After one year in operation, the numbers are in: the United Kingdom‘s first energy-positive classroom is capable of producing 1.5 times the amount of energy it needs to operate. Known as the Active Classroom, the energy-producing classroom stands as a shining example of what is possible as the U.K. and other nations attempt to transform their energy systems in response to climate change.

    The building was designed by experts at SPECIFIC, a U.K. Innovation and Knowledge Center led by Swansea University, whose “research focuses on developing solar technologies and the processing techniques that take them from the lab to full-scale buildings,” according to its research director Dave Worsley. Currently, 40 percent of British energy is consumed by buildings.

    Click now for more of this story from
    Inhabitat, including a slideshow.

  • San Francisco & Oakland Lose to Big Oil As Case is Thrown Out
    Judge Throws Out Sf and Oakland
    Climate Suits Against Big Oil

    June 25, 2018 -A federal judge Monday tossed out two groundbreaking lawsuits by San Francisco and Oakland that sought to hold some of the world’s largest oil companies liable for climate change.

    In an exhaustive, 16-page ruling that touched on such scientific matters as the ice age and early observations of carbon dioxide, U.S. District Judge William Alsup acknowledged the problem of a warming planet but said it is just too big for the courts to solve.

    Click now for more
    from The San Francisco Chronicle.

  • N.Y. Sets Target Of 1500 MW of Energy Storage By 2025
    NY’s Energy Storage Roadmap
    to Fight Climate Change

    June 22, 2018 - If you can’t count on the federal government to protect its citizens from the ravages of climate change, then you have to count on the states to step up. With the sixth largest economy on planet Earth, California has led the way in vehicle electrification, EPA emissions standards, solar homes mandates, and many other energy policy efforts to thwart climate change.

    Not to be outdone, however, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the release of the state’s comprehensive Energy Storage Roadmap to guide New York toward a “nation-leading” energy storage target. NY’s Roadmap sparks the development of clean energy technology while supporting the Governor’s energy storage target of 1,500 megawatts by 2025.

    Click now for more from
    CleanTechnica.

  • Rising Sea-Levels Now Affecting S.E. Florida Real Estate
    Miami-Dade Home Values Influenced By Rising Seas

    June 22, 2018 - Single-family homes near sea level in Miami-Dade County are increasing in value at a slower rate than ones at elevation, according to a new research study published in Environmental Research Letters. Titled Climate gentrification: from theory to empiricism in Miami-Dade County, Florida, the study was conducted by Jesse M Keenan, Thomas Hill, and Anurag Gumber.

    “This article has demonstrated that the elevation of one’s home in MDC could matter in terms of long-term price appreciation. The findings would suggest that a consumer preference may exist in favor of higher elevation properties,” stated the study authors.

    Click now to read more
    from CleanTechnica.

  • Cities Could Be in Real Peril by 2050
    Cities Face Dramatic Rise in Heat,
    Flood Risks By 2050, researchers say

    June 19, 2018 - In just 30 years, cities around the world will face dramatically higher risks from extreme heat, coastal flooding, power blackouts and food and water shortages unless climate-changing emissions are curbed, urban researchers warned Tuesday.

    Today, for instance, over 200 million people in 350 cities face stifling heat where average daily peak temperatures hit 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) for three months of the year, according to a study released by C40 Cities, a network of major world cities pushing climate action.

    Click now to read more
    from Thomson Reuters Foundation.

  • Hurricanes and Cyclones Slow Down (Not In a Good Way)
    Slowing Tropical Cyclones Bring More Mayhem

    June 15, 2018 -Tropical cyclones are slowing down. Hurricanes have lost their hurry. Paradoxically, this is bad news: they have more time to work their mischief.

    Tropical cyclones are moving more slowly. As temperatures rise, the pace at which a hurricane storms across a landscape has slowed perceptibly in the last 70 years. But the slowdown means each hurricane has more time to do more damage and deliver more flooding.

    Click now for more on
    this story from The Climate News Network.

  • Another Way to Deal With Climate Change?
    As Nuclear Struggles, A New Generation
    of Engineers is Motivated by Climate Change

    June 15, 2018 -The number of people graduating with nuclear engineering degrees has more than tripled since a low point in 2001, and many are passionate about their motivation.

    "I'm here because I think I can save the world with nuclear power," Leslie Dewan told the crowd at a 2014 event as she pitched her company's design for a new kind of reactor.

    Click now for more from NPR.

  • Large Church Group Considers Carbon Fee and Dividend Support
    Presbyterians to Consider
    CF&D at General Assembly in June

    June 7, 2018 - At the national level, Presbyterian action on climate change goes back to 1981 and has been discussed and debated at most General Assembly (GA) meetings since. The Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA), a 1.5 million member denomination, has long acknowledged the realities of climate change, the adverse impacts on the poorest communities and people of color, and the urgent need to reduce fossil fuel consumption.

    Click now to read more
    from Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

  • Can Giant Walls and Cooling Tunnels Save Polar Ice?.
    Two Audacious Plans to Save the World's Ice Sheets

    May 28, 2018 -For years, scientists have been exploring ways to save the vast sheets of ice covering Greenland and Antarctica, which as the climate warms are melting and falling into the ocean.

    They’ve proposed all sorts of possible fixes, from seeding the atmosphere with sunlight-blocking chemicals to cool the planet to pumping seawater onto the ice with the hope that it will freeze and replenish lost ice. But these ideas have been widely criticized for their exorbitant cost — thought to be in the hundreds of billions of dollars a year — and the risks involved.

    Click now to learn about a different
    approach from NBC News Mach Science.

  • Are Bees to Be? Can They Survive Climate Change?
    Bee-keepers Issue Urgent Appeal
    After Finding Stricken Hives

    May 24, 2018 -BEE populations have been decimated on the east coast of Canada, prompting bee-keepers to ask the public to plant wildflowers.

    Beekeepers in New Brunswick have reported hives losing between 30 and 80 percent of bee populations. They put the losses down to climate change and the late spring.

    Click now for more of the story
    from Greener Ideal.

  • How European Cities Plan Tackling Climate Change
    885 European Cities’ Plans to Tackle
    Climate Change – What Was Learned

    May 17, 2018 - Around the world, cities endeavor to cut greenhouse gas emissions, while adapting to the threats – and opportunities – presented by climate change. It’s no easy task, but the first step is to make a plan outlining how to meet the targets set out in the Paris Agreement, and help limit the world’s mean temperature rise to less than two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

    The good news is that 66% of EU cities have a mitigation or adaptation plan in place. The top countries were Poland – where 97% of cities have mitigation plans – Germany (81%), Ireland (80%), Finland (78%) and Sweden (77%). In Finland, 78% of cities also had a plan for adapting to climate change.

    Click now for the story
    from The Energy Collective.

  • We Don’t Need No Stinking’ Old Ice
    In the Arctic, the Old Ice Is Disappearing

    May 14, 2018 -In the Arctic Ocean, some ice stays frozen year-round, lasting for many years before melting. But this winter, the region hit a record low for ice older than five years.

    This, along with a near-record low for sea ice over all, supports predictions that by midcentury there will be no more ice in the Arctic Ocean in summer.

    Click now for the story
    from The NY Times Climate Forward.

  • Even Alaska Gets It on Climate Change
    ‘Impossible to Ignore’: Why Alaska Is Crafting
    a Plan to Fight Climate Change

    May 15, 2018 -In the Trump era, it has mainly been blue states that have taken the lead on climate change policy, with liberal strongholds like California and New York setting ambitious goals for cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

    Now, at least one deep-red state could soon join them: Alaska, a major oil and gas producer, is crafting its own plan to address climate change. Ideas under discussion include cuts in state emissions by 2025 and a tax on companies that emit carbon dioxide.

    Click now for the story
    from the  NY Times Climate Forward.

  • Alaska Young People Not Standing By
    Alaska Youth Sue to Fight Climate Change

    May 11, 2018 -16 young people are suing their home state of Alaska for failing to protect their constitutional right to a healthy environment. They argue the state must reduce greenhouse gas emissions though most of Alaska’s earnings depend on oil production. Host Steve Curwood discussed how this complicated suit might develop with Vermont Law School Professor, Pat Parenteau.

    Click now for a transcript
    from Living On Earth podcast.

  • Other Problems Traced to Climate Change
    The Surprising Link Between Climate
    Change and Human Trafficking

    May 7, 2018 -The rise in forced labor, sexual exploitation and other types of trafficking would be driven by many of the effects of climate change that are already well known and widely documented. Greenhouse gas emissions are making our oceans more acidic and destroying coral reefs, affecting communities’ access to fish and other food.

    Rising temperatures are causing the glaciers to shrink and contribute to sea-level rise, pushing people away from their homes. And intense heat waves and droughts are drastically impacting the livelihoods of farmers who depend on agriculture for their survival.

    Click now for the
    complete story from the Revelator.

  • What a 3°C Rise Could Mean For Droughts
    Europe’s Drought Risk Could Double

    May 4, 2018 - If average global temperatures rise by just 3°C, then Europe’s drought risk could increase to double the area faced with drying out. Right now, just 13% of the continent can be counted as a drought-prone region. As the thermometer soars, this proportion could rise to 26%.

    And 400 million people could feel the heat as the water content in the European soils begins to evaporate. The worst droughts will last three to four times longer than they did in the last decades of the last century.

    Click now for the story
    from The Climate News Network.

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    Earlier Stories (2018)

  • Tackling Thwaites Glacier Issue - a Race Against Time British & American Scientists Join Forces to
    Research the Melting of an Antarctic Glacier

    Apr. 30, 2018 - An international team of scientists is mounting an ambitious research programme to find how soon a vast Antarctic glacier may collapse, with implications for sea levels worldwide.

    The Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica could significantly affect global sea levels. It already drains an area roughly the size of Britain or the US state of Florida, accounting for around 4% of global sea-level rise, an amount that has doubled since the mid-1990s. Its collapse would destabilize other parts of the ice sheet.

    Click now for more from The Climate News Network.

  • Greenland Ice Melting Away for a Variety of Reasons
    What's Eating Away at the Greenland Ice Sheet?

    Apr. 29, 2018 -A living carpet of microbes, dust and wind-blown soot is exacerbating ice melt as Arctic temperatures rise, and it's raising alarms about sea level rise.

    In the high-stakes race against sea level rise, understanding what's causing the Greenland Ice Sheet to melt is critical. The problem isn't just rising temperatures: soot from ships, wildfires and distant power plants, as well as dust and a living carpet of microbes on the surface of the ice, are all speeding up the melting.

    Click now to learn more
    from  Inside Climate News.

  • Sea Levels Rising - We’re Shocked!
    Sea Levels Rising Rapidly,
    New Satellite Research Shows

    Apr. 19, 2018 -Melting ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are speeding up the already fast pace of sea level rise, new satellite research shows.

    At the current rate, the world's oceans on average will be at least 2 feet (61 centimeters) higher by the end of the century compared to today, according to researchers who published in Monday's Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences.

    Click now to read more
    from India-based Deccan Chronicle.

  • Inland Cities Suing Fossil Fuel Companies
    Climate Lawsuits, Once
    Limited to the Coasts, Jump Inland

    Apr. 18, 2018 -Until recently, communities suing fossil fuel companies over the costs of climate change have been located on the coasts: cities and counties in California, and New York City. But now, the litigation has jumped inland.

    Boulder and San Miguel Counties in Colorado, along with the city of Boulder, filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against two oil companies, Exxon Mobil and Suncor Energy, the Canadian giant. The suit, filed in state court, argues that fossil fuels sold by the companies contribute to climate change, which in turn has exacerbated wildfires, droughts, severe storms and other symptoms of a warming planet that have far-ranging effects on agriculture and tourism.

    Click now to read more
    from he NY Times.

  • World is Running AMOC   Atlantic Ocean Current Slowing Down Due  
      To Global Warming: Here's What Could Happen  

    Apr. 16, 2018 - California and a coalition of 16 other states and the District of Columbia sued the Trump administration on Tuesday over its plan to roll back greenhouse gas emissions standards for cars, trucks and S.U.V.s.

    Look up AMOC on our Glossaries page

    Click now for more from Tech Times.

  • The U.N. Gets It on Climate Change U.N. Body Adopts Climate Change Strategy for Shipping

    Apr. 13, 2018 -Nations meeting at the United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London have adopted an initial strategy on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships, setting out a vision to reduce GHG emissions from international shipping and phase them out, as soon as possible in this century.

    The vision confirms IMO’s commitment to reducing GHG emissions from international shipping and, as a matter of urgency, to phasing them out as soon as possible.

    Click now to read more
    from International Maritime Organization.

  • Taking a Leaf Out of Thoreau’s Book
    Climate Data That Transcends Time

    Apr. 11, 2018- As our planet warms up, the seasons are shifting in many parts of the world. Spring often arrives earlier, autumn often comes later. And not all species are adjusting their own seasonal habits at the same rate. Some flowers are now blooming before their pollinators emerge. Some birds are arriving at their breeding grounds after the insects they normally feast on have peaked.

    When different species fall out of sync like this, scientists call it a phenological mismatch. And, as Livia Albeck-Ripka and I reported last week, researchers have already found a few troubling examples where mismatches are having negative consequences for birds and animals, from the pied flycatcher in Europe to the caribou in western Greenland.

    Click now for more
    from the NY Times Climate Forward.

  • Equal Opportunity Polar Ice Melting
    Polar Ice Melting Fast In North And South

    Apr 10, 2017 -New studies have confirmed, once again, the rapid melting of the polar ice in both hemispheres.

    A British team has used satellite data to reveal that the retreat of the all-important grounding line of many Antarctic glaciers has accelerated to five times the historic level. And US scientists have confirmed that in Arctic waters the West Greenland ice sheet is now melting faster than at any time in the last 450 years.

    Click now to read more from
    the Climate News Network.

  • How Clueless Are U.S. Conservatives on CC?
    American Conservatives Are Still
    Clueless About
    The 97% Expert Climate Consensus

    Apr. 5, 2018 -Gallup released its annual survey on American perceptions about global warming last week, and the results were a bit discouraging. While 85–90% of Democrats are worried about global warming, realize humans are causing it, and are aware that most scientists agree on this, independents and Republicans are a different story. Only 35% of Republicans and 62% of independents realize humans are causing global warming (down from 40% and 70% last year, respectively), a similar number are worried about it, and only 42% of Republicans and 65% of independents are aware of the scientific consensus – also significantly down from last year’s Gallup poll.

    Click now for more on this story from the Guardian.

  • A Dutch Solution to Climate Change
    Floating Cities Could Be Answer to Global Warming.

    Mar. 24, 2018 -With fears of artic melting and flooding taking place on more frequent basis some people are thinking into the future. Floating houses have been around for a while but just recently has there been a lot of development in foundation technology that will float whole city blocks. You can only image the possibilities.

    The Dutch are gearing up for climate change with amphibious floating houses. If rivers rise above their banks, the houses simply rise upwards as well. Such innovation could be good news for hurricane and flood-stunned America. But are water lovers prepared to live on swimming family arks?

    Click to read more from AboutMyPlanet.com.

  • Big Climate Refugee Problem
    Climate Refugees May Reach Many Millions by 2050

    Mar. 20, 2018 -Climate refugees, people fleeing climate change’s impacts by moving to new homes, may number over 140 million by 2050, the World Bank reports.

    The number of climate refugees – people migrating to escape the effects of the warming climate – could reach many millions in barely 30 years from now, the World Bank says.

    The total is a conservative one: it is based on just three regions of the developing world, and considers only people migrating within their own countries, not those seeking a new life abroad.

    Click to read more from Climate Network News.

  • Climate Change Threatens Easter Island
    Sea-Level Rise is to Blame

    Mar. 16, 2008 -Easter Island has long served as a reminder of what happens to a civilization when the environment it depends upon collapses. Now, the iconic remains of that civilization are under threat from a new environmental challenge: global climate change.

    The article, written by Nicholas Casey with photographs by Josh Haner, launches a series by the Times called Warming Planet, Vanishing Heritage which examines "how climate change is erasing cultural identity around the world."

    In the case of Easter Island, Haner photographed one moai that had fallen over and lies just yards from the edge of an eroding cliff; Casey reported on a stone wall that stood between some platforms and the coast and had partly collapsed due to powerful waves.

    Click now for more on this story from EcoWatch.

  • NASA Confirms Sea Levels Are Rising
    Climate Change Driving Dramatic
    Rise in Sea Levels: NASA study

    Mar. 3, 2018 -The sea level may rise twice as high by 2100 as previously estimated as a result of climate change, a new NASA study says.

    According to the findings detailed in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, rise in sea level may increase by up to 65 centimeteres in the next 80 years, enough to cause significant problems for coastal cities, Space.com reported on Friday.

    Click now for the story and from one
    govt. agency still allowed to report the truth.

  • Record Breaking Temperatures For the North Pole
    Drastic Arctic Warm Event Stuns Scientists

    Feb. 27, 2018 -On Feb. 25, that weather station remained above freezing for about 24 hours, which is virtually unheard of during February, when there is no sunlight reaching the ground there.

    Arctic sea ice in the Bering Sea and to the north of Greenland actually declined during February, a time when sea ice usually expands toward its seasonal maximum in early to mid-March.

    Arctic scientists are poring over data coming in from the vast, normally frozen region, after the North Pole's version of a heat wave swept across the area…

    Click to read more from Mashable on AOL.

  • Nantucket Shores Up Crumbling Beaches
    Sea Levels Rise is to
    Blame for Nantucket's Problem

    Feb. 21, 2018 - 30 miles off the coast of New England, Nantucket Island is a historical gem and an upscale haven for summer vacationers. But erosion and rising seas are threatening some of its most expensive real estate. Living on Earth’s Jenni Doering reports that homeowners are funding an extensive engineering project – but some locals worry that it could have ecological consequences.

    Click now to read or listen to the story,
    from the Living On Earth Podcast.

  • Here’s a Weather Forecast for the Year 2100
    What is The Weather Forecast for The Year 2100?

    Feb. 16, 2018 -For anyone paying attention, the impacts of global temperature rise are starting to get a little scary, especially if you live on the coast. Any coast. You have to wonder where is this going and what will the world look in the near future say 2100? A team at Princeton University has some answers.

    Heat waves are among the deadliest and most common of environmental extremes. As the earth continues to warm due to the buildup of greenhouse gases, heat waves are expected to become more severe, particularly for cities, where concrete and a dearth of trees create what’s known as the urban heat island effect.

    Click now to read more (if you can
    stand it?) from  Solar Thermal Magazine.

  • Methane More Warming Than We Thought
    New Science Suggests Methane Packs More
    Warming Power Than Previously Thought

    Feb. 12, 2018 -It’s long been known that methane is a major contributor to global warming, responsible for roughly a quarter of the warming we’re experiencing today and second only to carbon dioxide in its impact on the current climate.

    But research suggests methane has an even more potent warming effect on the climate than scientists previously thought.

    Click now for more from The Energy Collective.

  • Drill, Baby, Drill - Still?
    U.S. Added 38% More Oil and Gas Rigs Last Year

    Feb. 9, 2018 -The number of oil and gas rigs in the United States has increased an astonishing 38 percent over the past year. That’s according to S&P Global Platts Analytics, which reported this week that the country had 1,070 rigs at the end of January, up from just 773 a year earlier.

    Click now for more from The Revelator.

  • New Research Reveals New Climate Threats
    How Nuclear Weapons Research
    Revealed New Climate Threats

    Feb. 8, 2018 -After atmospheric scientist Ivana Cvijanovic began pushing a computerized climate simulation to its limits, she noticed a disturbing result: as Arctic sea ice nearly disappeared, massive high-pressure systems built up thousands of miles away, off the west coast of the United States.

    Click now for the story
    from M.I.T. Technology Review.

  • Challenges in Keeping the Planet Cool
    The Outlandish, Scary Schemes
    Being Studied to Cool the Planet

    Feb. 5, 2018 -Plan B is coming out of the shadows in the global-warming debate. The question on the table: With hope dimming that humankind can effectively curb carbon emissions, is it time to strong-arm nature to turn the thermostat down?

    To scientists who study geoengineering, this is within the realm of possibility. The idea is to manipulate the climate, by planting millions of trees to clear the air or -- at the other extreme -- creating a mirror of chemicals in the heavens to reflect the sun’s heat away from Earth. Some of the schemes are outlandish, if not downright scary. A small though increasingly vocal band of experts in the field contends the options must at least be explored.

    Click now for more from Bloomberg News.

  • Climate Change Could Hold Back Population
    No Children Because of Climate Change?
    Some Are Considering It

    Feb. 5, 2018 - Add this to the list of decisions affected by climate change: Should I have children?

    It is not an easy time for people to feel hopeful, with the effects of globalwarming no longer theoretical, projections becoming more dire and governmental action lagging. And while few, if any, studies have examined how large a role climate change plays in people’s childbearing decisions, it loomed large in interviews with more than a dozen people ages 18 to 43.

    Click now for the piece from the New York Times.

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  • Swallowed by the Sea
    How to Make Islands Disappear

    Jan. 19, 2018 -KUTUBDIA, Bangladesh — Anyone who doubts climate change should come to this lovely low-lying island, lapped by gentle waves and home to about 100,000 people.

    But come quickly, while it’s still here.

    Click now for the story from the NY Times.

  • Warming, Water Crisis = Unrest
    How Iran Fits an Alarming Pattern

    Jan. 18, 2018 - Nigeria. Syria. Somalia. And now Iran.

    In each country, in different ways, a water crisis has triggered some combination of civil unrest, mass migration, insurgency or even full-scale war.

    Click now for the NY Times Climate Fwd story.

  • 2017 - One of the Hottest Years
    2017 Was One of the Hottest Years on
    Record. And That Was Without El Niño.

    Jan. 18, 2018 - Scientists at NASA on Thursday ranked last year as the second-warmest year since reliable record-keeping began in 1880, trailing only 2016. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which uses a different analytical method, ranked it third, behind 2016 and 2015.

    Click now for more from the NY Times Climate Team.

  • Bomb Cyclone Explained
    What Is This “Bomb Cyclone” Threatening the U.S.?

    Jan. 5, 2018 - New England is nervously awaiting heavy snow and strong winds as “Winter Storm Grayson” barrels up the U.S. Atlantic coast. Already, the storm has hit regions not accustomed to severe winter weather—Florida, Georgia, Virginia and the Carolinas—with a mixture of snow and rain, according to news reports. This is no typical winter storm—meteorologists have been predicting Grayson will soon turn into a particularly intense system called a “bomb cyclone.”

    Click now for the article from Portside..

  • When C.C. Spun Out of Control
    The Year Climate Change Began
    to Spin Out of Control

    Jan. 4, 2018 - For decades, scientists have warned that climate change would make extreme events like droughts, floods, hurricanes, and wildfires more frequent, more devastating, or both. In 2017, we got an up-close look at the raw ferocity of such an altered world as high-category hurricanes battered the East and Gulf coasts, and wind-whipped fires scorched the West

    Click now to read more.

  • Amphibious Architecture
    A Floating House to
    Resist the Floods of Climate Change

    Jan. 3, 2018 - In the summer of 2017 alone, Hurricane Harvey dumped more than fifty inches of rain over Texas, a monster monsoon season damaged more than eight hundred thousand homes in India, and flash floods and mudslides claimed at least five hundred lives in Sierra Leone. In the past two decades, the world’s ten worst floods have done more than a hundred and sixty-five billion dollars’ worth of damage and driven more than a billion people from their homes.

    Click now for atricle in The New Yorker.

  • Cold Winter, But Climate Change is Not Over
    The Science Linking Arctic
    Warming to This Crazy-Cold Winter

    Jan. 3, 2018 - It’s well known that the rapidly warming Arctic is melting sea ice, thawing permafrost, and accelerating sea-level rise. But a growing body of research suggests, counterintuitively, that it could also be amplifying cold snaps, much like the brutal one now freezing the East Coast.

    If you’re a climate skeptic,
    click now for a reality check.

  • Curbing Climate Change
    Curbing Human-Caused Climate Change

    Jan. 2, 2018 - Humans may be the dominant cause of global temperature rise, but they may also be a crucial factor in helping to reduce it, according to a new study that for the first time builds a novel model to measure the effects of behavior on climate.

    Click now for more on this
    Environmental News Network story.

  • Arctic Warming and Crazy-Cold Winter
    How to Explain the Conflict

    Jan. 3, 2018 - How it works: A number of climate scientists, including Jennifer Francis at Rutgers, believe that rising temperatures and declining sea ice in the Arctic may create a more meandering jet stream. That, in turn, allows elongated troughs of cold air usually trapped in the polar vortex above the North Pole to extend down into the mid-latitudes, creating persistent cold spells and a greater likelihood of snowstorms.

    Click now for article from
    M.I.T. Technology Review.

  • The Unfrozen Arctic
    And How It Will Affect All of Us.

    Dec 26, 2017 - The region is now definitively trending toward an ice-free state, with wide-ranging ramifications for ecosystems, national security, and the stability of the global climate system. On its current path, civilization is engaged in an existential gamble with the planet’s life-support system.

    Click now to read the rest from Mother Jones.

  • Jakarta is Sinking
    It's Sinking So Fast, It Could End Up Underwater

    Dec. 21, 2017 - With climate change, the Java Sea is rising and weather here is becoming more extreme. Earlier this month another freakish storm briefly turned Jakarta’s streets into rivers and brought this vast area of nearly 30 million residents to a virtual halt.

    Click for the NY Times story and supporting graphic.

  • Companies Keeping Company With Countries
    3 Things Companies Can Do in
    2018 to Push Global Climate Action

    Dec. 19, 2017 - Companies stepped up on climate change in 2017. In 2018, they need to bring countries with them.

    It is fantastic that there are now more than 300 companies committed to set science-based targets to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Hundreds of others have committed to use 100 percent renewable energy, put a price on carbon and lobby for strong climate policies.

    Click now for the Renewable Energy World story

  • Keeping an Satellite Eye on Declining Glaciers
    Cold War-Era Satellites Spy on Himalayan Glaciers

    Dec. 14, 2017 - Using declassified spy satellite data, researchers have created 3D images of glaciers across the Himalayas, scientists said. These maps provide the first consistent look at 40 years of glacier change across Asia's high-mountain region. Early results from these models were presented here Monday (Dec. 12) at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union.

    Click now for the article from Live Science.

  • California: Get Feady for More Fire
    In a Warming California, a Future of More Fire

    Dec. 7, 2017 - Severe wildfire seasons like the one that has devastated California this fall may occur more frequently because of climate change, scientists say.

    Click for the rest of the NY Times story.

  • What you Probably Don't Know About Greenland's Ice
    It's Not What You Might Have Thought

    Dec. 5, 2017 - In the summer of 2015, two New York Times journalists joined a team of researchers in Greenland that was conducting a unique experiment: directly measuring a river of meltwater runoff on the top of the ice.

    Now, the scientists have published the results of that work. A key finding — that not as much meltwater flows immediately through the ice sheet and drains to the ocean as previously estimated — may have implications for sea-level rise, one of the major effects of climate change.

    Click now for this thorough
    NY Times piece with great gaphics.

  • How Global Warming Could Harm Children
    Global Warming May
    Harm Children for Life

    Dec. 4, 2017 - growing body of research concludes that rising global temperatures increase the risk of heat stress and stroke, decrease productivity and economic output, widen global wealth disparities, and can trigger greater violence.

    Click for the distrubing article
    in the M.I.T. Technology Review

  • What Happens When the Andes Glaciers Are Gone?
    In Peru’s Deserts, MeltingcGlaciers
    Are a Godsend (Until They’re Gone)

    Nov. 29, 2017 - Accelerating glacial melt in the Andes caused by climate change has set off a gold rush downstream, letting the desert bloom. But as the ice vanishes, the vast farms below may do the same.

    Click for the NY Times article.

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  • Lost Ice Means Lost Hope
    What's In Store For an Inuit Village

    Nov, 25, 2017 - Rigolet, a town on Canada’s eastern edge, has no roads leading in or out. Lakes, rivers and streams, if they freeze over, become what the town’s 300 residents call their “highway” — a lifeline to nearby towns and places to fish, trap and hunt.

    But as the climate has warmed, these ice roads have become unreliable, breeding isolation, and, some studies suggest, elevated mental stress.

    Click now for the NY Times article.

  • Earning Trust in Climate Talks
    Is the World Losing Faith in America?

    Nov. 22, 2017 - After the George W. Bush administration rejected the Kyoto Protocol, Mr. Stern, the Obama climate negotiator promised America would “make up for lost time.”

    Now another president has vowed to abandon another climate pact, the Paris agreement of 2015. But Mr. Stern and other Democrats who traveled to the climate conference in Bonn, Germany, last week said they were certain the United States would stay in the deal in the long run. Even if President Trump makes good on his promise to withdraw from the Paris agreement, they said, a future president will one day rejoin it.

    Click for the not so encouraging story.

  • China Wants to Lead on Climate, but...
    But Clings to Coal (for Now)

    Nov. 14, 2017 - Last October, in a landmark speech to the Communist Party congress, President Xi Jinping of China promised that his country would take a “driving seat in international cooperation to respond to climate change.”

    But can China really be in the “driving seat” when it is burning so much coal that its carbon emissions are forecast to rise this year?

    Click for the NY Times story.

  • U.S. is Now Alone on Climate Accord
    America is Now the Only
    Country That Hasn't Signed On

    Nov. 7, 2017 - Syria has become a signatory of the Paris climate agreement, leaving the US as the only country in the world not to support the framework deal to combat greenhouse gas emissions.

    Click now to read the
    article from the Indpendent

  • U.S. Report and Trump Officials Disagree
    U.S. Report Says Humans Cause Climate
    Change, Contradicting Top Trump Officials

    Nov. 3, 2017 - Directly contradicting much of the Trump administration’s position on climate change, 13 federal agencies unveiled an exhaustive scientific report on Friday that says humans are the dominant cause of the global temperature rise that has created the warmest period in the history of civilization.

    Click for the NY Times
    article and the report.

  • Moving the Paris Climate Deal Forward
    The U.S. Steps Back and...

    Nov. 3, 2017 - Delegates from more than 190 nations begin meeting in Bonn, Germany November 6th to work on implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement during the 23rd annual meeting of the UN Climate Convention.

    The nation of Fiji is president of this meeting called COP23, which also includes a major civil society and business gathering focused on fighting global warming. Delegates from more than 190 nations begin meeting in Bonn, Germany November 6th to work on implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement during the 23rd annual meeting of the UN Climate Convention.

    Click to read the LOE article.

  • Look Out Pine Island and Thwaites
    Antarctic Glacier Problem

    Oct. 20, 2017 - Two of the frozen continent’s fastest-moving glaciers are shedding an increasing amount of ice into the Amundsen Sea each year.

    The Pine Island and Thwaites glaciers are among the most critical in the world. They are currently holding back ice that, if melted, would raise the world’s oceans by nearly four feet over centuries, an amount that would put many coastal cities underwater.

    Click for the NY Times
    story with vivid graphics.

  • Iceland Tries to Recover Its Forests
    Vikings Razed the Forests.
    Can Iceland Regrow Them?

    OCT. 20, 2017 - The country lost most of its trees more than a thousand years ago, when Viking settlers took their axes to the forests that covered one-quarter of the countryside. Now Icelanders would like to get some of those forests back, to improve and stabilize the country’s harsh soils, help agriculture and fight climate change.

    Click now for the NY Times story.

  • Climate Change and the California Fire
    Did Climate Change Fuel California’s
    Devastating Fires? Probably

    October 12, 2017 - The cause of the fires remains under investigation, but some local media reports raised the possibility that downed power lines may have played a role. Regardless of what produced the initial sparks, however, there’s a good chance that human-induced climate change made it easier for those fires to spread.

    Click to read Technology Review's
    take on the subject.

  • Greenland Melt Could Cause Unextpected Problens
    Suprprising and Worrisome
    Sea-Level Rise Could Ensure

    Oct. 9, 2017 - Thanks to rapid climate change, scientists are beginning to take the full measure of all the earth, rock and ice in a place that’s now raising seas by nearly a millimeter every single year.

    Two new studies of Greenland, using sophisticated technologies and large scientific teams to pull together and process the data, have now gone further in taking the full measure of the island through that ever-so-basic scientific act: mapping.

    Click to read on.

  • Degrading Forests Add ot Climate Change Threat
    Alarm As Study Reveals World’s Tropical
    Forests Are Huge Carbon Emission Source

    Sept. 28, 2017 - The world’s tropical forests are so degraded they have become a source rather than a sink of carbon emissions, according to a new study that highlights the urgent need to protect and restore the Amazon and similar regions.

    Click to learn more.

  • Squelch the Belch to Fight Climate Change
    Gassy Cows Warm The Planet.
    Scientists May Have a Solution

    September 22, 2017 - Cattle pass a lot of gas, and the methane from their flatulence and especially, their belches, is an expanding burden on the planet. The greenhouse gas has a warming potential 25 times that of CO2.

    Livestock account for 14.5 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, with over half of that coming from cattle, according to a 2013 report from the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization. Given that, some environmentalists might choose to eschew milk and beef, but scientists think they've figured out a way for us to one day have our cattle and eat them, too — gas-free.

  • The NY Times Answers CC Questions
    Climate Change Is Complex.
    We’ve Got Answers to Your Questions.

    Sept. 19, 2017 - Questions in Three Parts


    1. What is Happening?

    2. How Much Trouble Are We In?

    3. What Can We Do?

    These questions answered: Click now.

  • Several Months Back

  • Could Climate Change Cause a Societal Collapse?
    New study Shows a 1-in-20
    Chance It Could Happen

    Sept. 18, 2017 - Most of the world’s human population, and the health of ecosystems across the planet, could face an existential threat by the end of the century if rapid, forceful action is not taken to combat climate change.

    According to a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, there is now a 1-in-20 chance that climate change will cause an “existential/unknown” warming effect, defined in the study as a global temperature rise of 5 degrees Celsius over pre-industrial levels, that would have a devastating impact on humanity while wiping out 20 percent of life on Earth.

    Click for the InHabitat Story.

  • Heat Waves to Hurricanes
    What We Know About Extreme
    Weather and Climate Change

    Sspt. 15, 2017 - It’s been a hectic end to summer, meteorologically speaking.

    Back-to-back hurricanes raked Texas, Florida and the Caribbean. A Labor Day heat wave broke temperature records in San Francisco and strained California’s electricity grid. Wildfires continue to rage in the Pacific Northwest.

    This string of extreme events has brought new focus to a familiar question: Is climate change to blame?

    Clicj to read the NY Times
    article, and find out.

  • Why is It Getting Cloudier in the Arctic?
    Clouds Trap Warm Air
    -The Last Thing the Arctic Needs

    Sept. 15, 2017 - Clouds are an important part of the Arctic climate because they trap warm air at the surface like a blanket. There has been a continuous increase in cloud cover over the Arctic for the past two decades and this is driving big changes on land and in the ocean. The increasing cloud cover has exacerbated the Arctic amplification and is a major reason why the Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet.

    Click to learn more.

  • Hey Alaska: Somehing Wrong With Your Instruments?
    Something Doesn't Compute

    Dec. 13, 2017 - Average air temperatures were so high last month at a monitoring station on the north coast of Alaska that computers rejected the readings as flawed. But there was nothing wrong with the data or the instrument that recorded it. Rather, temperatures had soared because of shrinking sea ice in the Arctic Ocean, one of the more obvious effects of climate change.

    Click now for the NY Times article.

  • Big Companies Step Up to Fight Climate Change
    Gen. Motors, Disney, Shell
    and 1,200 Others Are Taking Steps

    Sept. 12, 2017 - More than 1,200 global businesses, are moving to embrace a carbon price — even if President Trump isn’t, according to a new report by a Washington climate think tank.

    Click to read the WashPo story.

  • Soil Health and the Climate Crisis
    It's Right Under Our Feet

    Sept.11, 2017 - When it comes to the consequences of climate change, some have a way of seizing the headlines.

    Global temperatures increasing steadily at their fastest rates in millions of years?

    Very scary. Glaciers calving and collapsing into the sea? Hard to miss. The Atlantic Ocean lapping down the streets of Miami? Front page news almost everywhere.

    Click now for more
    and to download the eBook.

  • When Rising Seas Hit Home
    Hard Choices Ahead for Hundreds
    of US Coastal Communities (2017)

    August 30, 2017 - There comes a threshold of chronic flooding that makes normal routines impossible and forces communities to make difficult, often costly choices.

    For much more information,
    including maps, click now.

  • Harvey Shows How We Underestimate Flooding Risks
    Hurricane Harvey Shows How We
    Underestimate Flooding Risks In Coastal Cities

    August 29, 2017 - In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, an event deemed “unprecedented” by the National Weather Service, catastrophic floodwater has swept the Houston metropolitan area.

    The flooding can be attributed to a combination of long-lasting rains, which pumped extra water into the coastal waterways, and storm surge, which prevented the excess water from draining back into the ocean — a devastating set of simultaneous effects.

  • China Now Leads on Climate Change Action
    Trump Veers U.S. Off-Course

    August 23, 2017 - As the Trump administration actively dismantles and passively lets atrophy the U.S. government’s painstakingly constructed systems for addressing climate change at home and encouraging sustainable development worldwide, it is reassuring to observe China confidently moving ahead with its ambitious plans to restructure its economy, revolutionize its energy sector and live up to its commitment to aggressively address climate change.

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  • Exxon Misled Public on Climate Science
    This According to Harvard Researchers

    Aug. 23, 2017 - Two Harvard University researchers said in a study published on Wednesday they had collected data proving that Exxon Mobil Corp made "explicit factual misrepresentations" in newspaper ads it purchased to convey its views on the oil industry and climate science.

    In an article in the journal Environmental Research Letters, researchers Geoffrey Supran and Naomi Oreskes said they examined 187 documents, including internal memos, peer-reviewed papers by Exxon scientists and "advertorials" that ran in The New York Times - paid advertisements in the style of opinion pieces. The researchers said they used a social science analysis method to turn statements in the documents into data points that could be counted and compared to each other.

  • Pittsburgh Handles Climate Change
    And That City Did Not Vote for Trump

    Aug. 23, 2017 -Until earlier this summer, the city of Pittsburgh may not have come immediately to mind when you thought of major cities leading the climate fight. Indeed, anyone outside of western Pennsylvania could be forgiven for having a dated idea about Steel City. Its very name calls to mind blast furnaces bellowing clouds of smoke into the air. Then there’s the “Pittsburgh coal bed,” the thickest and most extensive coal bed in the Appalachian Basin.

    Click to read much more.

  • When PermaFrost is No Longer Permanent
    Alaska’s Permafrost is Thawing

    Aug. 23, 2017 - The Arctic is warming about twice as fast as other parts of the planet, and even here in sub-Arctic Alaska the rate of warming is high. Sea ice and wildlife habitat are disappearing; higher sea levels threaten coastal native villages.

    For the rest of the NY Times
    article, click now.

  • Climate Change is Coming for Your Pizza
    Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You

    Aug. 16, 2017 - There’s no question that climate change will have a major impact on our ability to grow and produce food. Farms depend on reliable seasons and predictable, consistent temperatures and precipitation to grow specific crops in specific regions. And the increasing risk and severity of extreme weather globally means farms everywhere are in greater and greater danger from drought or devastating floods, which can wipe out their yields entirely in the blink of an eye

    Which got us thinking: Won’t someone think of the pizza!

    Click to see what is and
    what is not in the oven.

 

Resources

• Carbon Tax Center • Take the Fun out of Funding
• Here's the Beef • Food Choices & the Planet
• Do What the Romans Do • Come Together - Right Now
• Warming Oceans - Melting Ice • Taxing What Hurts our Planet
• GHGE - It's a Gas • Just Say 'Maybe'