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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • How to Win at Climate Change Protecting Earth's Tropical Forests

    "How to Win on Climate Change and the Extinction Crisis." Chris Searles, founder of BioIntegrity.net, explains the importance of biodiversity to our modern lives, how biodiversity and our climate system are interrelated, and how powerful, beneficial and easy protecting Earth's most biodiverse ecosystems can be. Filmed at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX.

    Click for more, including a great video.

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  • 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.

  • 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!.

  • An A.V That Gives a Real Buzz LISTEN: 58 Years Of Climate
    Change In One Minute

    Oct. 25, 2016  -Climate change is a gradual process, driven by invisible pollution. So it can be hard to wrap your brain around.

    But atmospheric scientists at the University of Washington have made it possible to listen to the planet changing.

  • 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 ThinkingSix 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.

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What are the Causes and
Consequencesof Climate Change?



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.

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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).

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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.

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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

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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

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Climate Change(CC) and Global Warming News Stories

The Past 4 Months

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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..

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Earlier Stories (2017)

  • 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.

  • Hey Alaska: Nothing 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 NOAA article.

  • 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 Lifee

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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: Nothing 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.

    • 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.

    • The Day We Passed the Climate Tipping Point Climate Change Isn't a Temporary
      Fad, and It Isn't Going Away

      August 14, 2017 - May 9, 2013 was the day the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere exceeded 400 PPM for the first time in recorded history. It may even be that 5/9 will be seen as the long-anticipated tipping point at which human impacts caused irrevocable harm to our planet.

      Or perhaps not. There’s still time to take the concrete, immediate actions experts suggest — along the minimum efforts laid out in the 2015 Paris accord that amplified suggestions made by President Barack Obama in his June 25, 2013 speech at Georgetown University — that would ensure a sustainable, high-quality future.

    • Climate Change is Triple Risk to Europe The Heat is On, Lives At Risk
      and Floods are Arriving Earlier

      August 13, 2017 - Researchers have just issued three separate climate warnings to the citizens of Europe on the same day, in three different journals – a triple risk salvo.

      One group warns that, if humans go on burning fossil fuels at an ever increasing rate, heatwave temperatures could reach an intolerable 55°C (131° F) in many parts of the globe, including some parts of continental Europe.

    • It's Already Happening Despite "Hoax" Label U.S. Already Feeling Consequences of
      Global Warming, Draft Report Finds

      Aug. 10, 2017 - A draft government report on climate says the U.S. is already experiencing the consequences of global warming. The findings sharply contrast with statements by President Trump and some members of his Cabinet, who have sought to downplay the changing climate.t

      Click to learn more including
      the National Climate Assessment.

    • China: Trying Geoengineering to Fight Climate Change China Builds One of the World’s Largest
      Geoengineering Research Programs

      August 2, 2017 - During the last three years, China has assembled one of the largest federally funded geoengineering research programs in the world, marking another area where it's forging ahead of other nations on climate matters.

      Click now for the article.

    • Challenge: Avoiding ‘Dangerous’ Global Warming We Have Only a 5% Chance
      to Stop Dangerous Global Warming

      July 31, 2017 - In recent years, it has become increasingly common to frame the climate change problem as a kind of countdown — each year we emit more carbon dioxide, narrowing the window for fixing the problem, but not quite closing it yet. After all, something could still change. Emissions could still start to plunge precipitously. Maybe next year.

      Click for the complete WashPo story.

    • Tampa Bay's Coming Storm Buckle Up, Tampa Bay

      July 28, 2017 - Tampa Bay is mesmerizing, with 700 miles of shoreline and some of the finest white sand beaches in the nation. But analysts say the metropolitan area is the most vulnerable in the United States to flooding and damage if a major hurricane ever scores a direct hit.

      Click for the article and pictures
      that can show what might happen.

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    • U.S. Exiting Paris Accords Might Have Little Effect The Impact of the US Withdrawal
      from the Paris Agreement

      July 27, 2017 - While the Trump administration's decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement has environmentalists concerned and fossil fuel supporters cheering, its true impact is yet to be determined. However, based on industry trends and market shifts, there are a few key predictions that can be made for the coming months and years.

      Click to see those predictions.

    • Climate Change - Time May Be Runing Out We Have Less Time to Address
      Climate Change Than Scientists Thought

      July 25, 2017 - The temperature baseline used in the Paris climate agreement may have discounted an entire century's worth of human-caused global warming, a new study has found.

      Countries in the Paris climate agreement set a target of keeping warming below 2 degrees Celsius by curbing carbon emissions compared to their preindustrial levels. But a new study shows that the preindustrial level used in the agreement, based on temperature records from the late 19th century, doesn't account for a potential century of rising temperatures caused by carbon dioxide emissions. Accounting for those gases, released from about 1750 to 1875, would add another one-fifth of a degree to the baseline temperature, the study found.

    • Permafrost & Swiss Cheese - Not a Good Combo Methane Seeps Out as Arctic Permafrost
      Starts to Resemble Swiss Cheese

      July 19, 2017 -Global warming may be unleashing new sources of heat-trapping methane from layers of oil and gas that have been buried deep beneath Arctic permafrost for millennia. As the Earth's frozen crust thaws, some of that gas appears to be finding new paths to the surface through permafrost that's starting to resemble Swiss cheese in some areas, scientists said.

      Click for the story and a
      photo from NASA's Earth Observatory.

    • California to Host Major Global Climate Summit in 2018 On the Eve of the G20 Summit
      in Germany, California Once Again Makes
      International Waves On Climate Change

      July 06, 2017 - Set in California, which enacted the toughest greenhouse gas emissions targets in North America last year, the summit will provide a major opportunity for a diverse set of subnational leaders to pledge concrete climate actions in the wake of President Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Agreement.

      Additionally, the summit will be critical to ensuring that national governments—emboldened by their own mayors, governors, and business leaders—come back to the table in 2020 as scheduled with stronger climate commitments as part of the Paris Agreement’s system to continually ratchet up efforts over time.

    • Kids to Take Trump to Court Over Climate Policy Our Children’s Trust Takes Trump
      to Court Over Climate Change

      July 4, 2017 - Surely you’ve heard of it: there’s a bunch of kids bringing some sort of lawsuit against the government about climate change.

      But that might be all you’ve heard. Details like, “Wait, who are they actually bringing the lawsuit against?” and “How can we tackle something as big as climate change in court?” might escape you.

      Click now to learn more.

    • New Data Shows How Fast the Climate is Warming Corrected Satellite Data Shows
      140% Faster Warming Since 1998

      July 1, 2017 - A new paper published in the Journal of Climate reveals that the lower part of the earth's atmosphere has warmed much faster since 1979 than scientists relying on satellite data had previously thought.

      Researchers from Remote Sensing Systems (RSS), based in California, have released a substantially revised version of their lower tropospheric temperature record.

    • Satellite Data Corrects Warming Stats Major Correction to Satellite Data
      Shows 140% Faster Warming Since 1998

      June 26, 2017 -A new paper published in the Journal of Climate reveals that the lower part of the earth's atmosphere has warmed much faster since 1979 than scientists relying on satellite data had previously thought.

      Researchers from Remote Sensing Systems (RSS), based in California, have released a substantially revised version of their lower tropospheric temperature record.

    • Where Have All the Islands Gone? No Man's an Island—but
      Our Species Is Sinking Lots of Them

      June 19, 2017 - “Your island has been there for hundreds of years, and I believe your island will be there for hundreds more,” President Trump recently told the mayor of Virginia’s Tangier Island in response to reports that the Island is losing fifteen feet of land each year to rising sea levels.

      Trump’s “don’t worry, be happy” assurance to Mayor James Eskridge contradicts the messages of scientists in the US Army Corps of Engineers, whose research shows that all 700 residents will need to abandon the island within the next fifty years. “Climate change is upon us,” the report warns, “and that adaption to climate change is ‘not optional.’”

    • 1/3 of the World Facing Deadly Heat Waves by 2100 It Could Be Nearly 3/4 Facing
      Dealy Heat Waves By 2100

      June 19, 2017 - Nearly one-third of the global population suffers deadly levels of heat for at least 20 days during the year, new research suggests. And by the end of the century, thanks to climate change, this number could climb above 70%.

    • Our Sinking Islands No Man Is an Island—but
      Our Species Is Sinking Lots of Them

      June 19, 2017 -“Your island has been there for hundreds of years, and I believe your island will be there for hundreds more,” President Trump recently told the mayor of Virginia’s Tangier Island in response to reports that the Island is losing fifteen feet of land each year to rising sea levels.

      Trump’s “don’t worry, be happy” assurance to Mayor James Eskridge contradicts the messages of scientists in the US Army Corps of Engineers, whose research shows that all 700 residents will need to abandon the island within the next fifty years. “Climate change is upon us,” the report warns, “and that adaption to climate change is ‘not optional.’”

    • Challenge for Canadian Arctic Scientists Icebergs Freeze Climate Research Plans

      June 17, 2017 - Off the coast of Canada climate change has forced scientists into a drastic change of course as icebergs freeze climate research they had planned.

      Scientists have abandoned their plans to explore the impact of climate change on the Hudson Bay because global warming in the Arctic has brought iceberg hazard to shipping off the coasts of Newfoundland.

    • Dutch Solution to Rising Seas The Dutch Have Solutions to Rising Seas.
      The World Is Watching.

      June 15, 2017 - In the waterlogged Netherlands, climate change is considered neither a hypothetical nor a drag on the economy. Instead, it’s an opportunity.

    • Norway: Climate Leader, Oil Giant, or Both? Both Climate Leader and
      Oil Giant? A Norwegian Paradox

      June 17, 2017 -Norway hopes that only electric cars will be sold in the country by 2025 — a surprising goal, given that it means kicking the nation’s powerful oil industry in the shins.

      But Norway’s big electric push on cars does not mean the nation is abandoning fossil fuels, revealing what critics call a notable contradiction in its climate policy.

    • Climate Change and the World's Coasts Climate Change Effects: Louisiana's
      Coast Is Sinking Faster than Anyone Thought

      June 15, 2017 -From Antarctica, where a research expedition was canceled due to rising temperatures, to the Arctic Sea, where ice continues to melt, the effects of climate change are being felt around the globe. In the United States, temperatures are rising and coastlines are disappearing. One of the areas that has been affected the most is Louisiana, the coastline of which has been in danger for years.

      According to a new study reported on by the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the danger is greater than anyone realized.

    • Exxon Fights Back (at us) With Bare Knuckles and Big $$, Exxon
      Fights Climate Probe to a Legal Stalemate

      June 5, 2017 - Ted Wells, one of the nation's most prominent litigators for big corporations, was about to win again as he sat with his team in a Dallas courtroom last fall, representing ExxonMobil. U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade looked their way and joked, "Y'all have 300 lawyers on your side."

      Read the story and take your own action. Exxon Mobil is not the only gas station in town.

    • Bloomberg Steps Up to Make Up for Trump's Withdrawal Bloomberg Promises $15 Million
      to Help Make Up For
      Withdrawal From Climate Deal

      June 2, 2017 -Michael Bloomberg is pledging to fill a funding gap created by President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, offering up to $15 million to support the U.N. agency that helps countries implement the accord.

    • W.Coast Ocean Acidification Rates Poses Real Threat West Coast Ocean Acidification
      Rates Among Highest In World

      June 2, 2017- The United States is stepping away from the Paris Climate Agreement, but the consequences of climate change will be more difficult to leave behind. Take ocean acidification, a major emerging threat to West Coast fisheries.

    • Most Important Climate Solution You’ve Never Heard Of On Trump's Chopping Block:
      The Most Important Climate
      Solution You’ve Never Heard Of

      May 25, 2017- Supercritical CO2 promises a quantum leap in greenhouse gas reduction, with benefits for coal power, nuclear and solar. Trump’s budget threatens to choke it off.

    • Antarctic Warming Threatens 2nd Largest Ice Shelf Antarctic Warming Threatens World's
      Second Largest Ice Shelf

      May. 22, 2017 - German scientists have worked out the process that could destroy an Antarctic ice shelf the size of Iraq.

      They predict that, in a few decades, the oceanographic machinery that keeps the Ronne-Filchner ice shelf in the Weddell Sea will fail. A warm ocean will begin to eat away at the 450,000 square kilometer sheet of floating ice.

    • Before and After Images These Before and After Images Show the
      Startling Effects of Climate Change

      May 22, 2017 - A U.N.-backed study, published in January, concluded that unless we take swift action to curb greenhouse gas emissions, coral bleaching events — like the one that resulted in a major die-off at Australia’s Great Barrier Reef — will soon decimate nearly all of the world’s coral reefs.

      Click for the story and a slideshow.

    • And We Thought Eating Beans Gave Us Gas Research Suggests Eating Beans
      Instead of Beef Would
      Sharply Reduce Greenhouse Gasses

      May 22, 2017 - A team of researchers from four American universities says the key to reducing harmful greenhouse gases (GHG) in the short term is more likely to be found on the dinner plate than at the gas pump.

    • U.N. Food Security Guidelines Amidst Climate Change U.N. Agricultural Agency Links
      Food Security and Climate
      Change in New Guidelines

      May 12, 2017 - The United Nations agricultural agency today unveiled guidelines to help Governments balance the needs of farming and climate change when making decisions, such as whether to refill a dried up lake or focus instead on sustainably using the forest on its shore.

    • We Could Surpass Major Climate Threshold Very SoonEarth Could Surpass Major Climate
      Threshold In Next Decade

      May 10, 2017 - Global temperatures could increase by 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels within just nine years, according to a new study.

      The report, published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, indicates the new temperature would cross the first threshold under the Paris climate agreement.

    • A Warning from China to Trump on Paris SummitChinese President Xi Jinping
      Warns Trump Not to Abandon
      The Paris Climate Agreement

      May 10, 2017 - Flexing new muscles as the undisputed leader in global climate action, China is making it clear that, if the Trump administration follows through on its threat to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, there will be an angry international backlash and a tangible geopolitical price to pay.

    • Radical Idea Could Restore Ice in the Arctic OceanRadical Idea Are
      Needed for Melting Artic Ice

      May 2, 2017 - The answer to making thicker ice more quickly? Suck up near-freezing water from under the ice and pump it directly onto the ice’s surface during the long polar winter. There, the water would freeze more quickly than underneath the ice, where it usually forms.

    • The 'Climate-Proofing' of RotterdamRotterdam Needs 'Climate-Proofing'

      May 2, 2017 - Facing increased flood risks as the world’s climate changes, Rotterdam is implementing a comprehensive flood-protection strategy.

      Although accessibility to the sea and navigable inland waterways are largely responsible for Rotterdam’s prosperity, the city’s location makes it especially vulnerable to rising seas and extreme weather.

    • Climate Change and Human MigrationHow a Warming Planet
      Drives Human Migration

      April 19, 2017 - Climate change is not equally felt across the globe, and neither are its longer term consequences. This map overlays human turmoil — represented here by United Nations data on nearly 64 million “persons of concern,” whose numbers have tripled since 2005 — with climate turmoil, represented by data from NASA’s Common Sense Climate Index.

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