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  • Looming Water Crisis Affects
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  • Climate Change / Global Warming News Stories

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    • Melting Ice Sheets Could and Global Sea Level Rise
      Climate Change is Altering the
      Ice Balance In Greenland and Antarctica

      (ZME SCIENCE), -Sept. 18, 2020, The ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica could together contribute nearly 40 cm to global sea-level rise by 2100, if greenhouse gas emissions continue at their current growing levels, according to a new study led by NASA. The findings are in line with previous projections and highlight the effects of climate change.

      More than 60 scientists from three dozen international institutions generated new estimates of how much of an impact Earth’s melting ice sheets could have on global sea levels. The ice caps have enough frozen waters to lift oceans 65 meters, according to previous estimates.

      The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which groups leading climate researchers, said in a report last year that Greenland would contribute 8 to 27 cm to global sea-level rise between 2000-2100, while Antarctica could contribute 3 to 28 cm. Meltwater from ice sheets contribute to a third of global sea-level rise, it said.

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    • It's Not Just the American West That's Ablaze
      We'll Show You the Other Places

      (NY Times Climate Forward), -Sept. 16, 2020, Wildfires are devastating the American West, but the United States isn’t the only place on Earth that’s burning. This year, other countries have also experienced their worst wildfires in decades, if not all of recorded history.

      In each case, the contributing factors are different, but an underlying theme runs through the story: Hotter, drier seasons, driven by the burning of fossil fuels, have made the world more prone to erupt in flames.

      “We don’t have a fire problem; we have many fire problems,” said Stephen J. Pyne, an emeritus professor at Arizona State University who studies wildfires and their history. “One, obviously, is a deep one. It has to do with fossil fuels and climate.”

      Click now to read all about it.
    • Oregon Faces Down A ‘Once-In-A-Generation’ Crisis
      Wildfires Are Raging On

      (National Geographic), -Sept. 14, 2020, Skies above this small town—located so far east it nearly touches the border with Idaho—were clear on Friday morning. But locals across the eastern part of the state saw signs that the disaster consuming western and southern Oregon would soon head their way. A waitress at a café pointed at the haze that had settled over the Wallowa mountains, turning them into a blue silhouette. The winds had started to blow east, and soon the picturesque main street of B&Bs and gift shops would be covered in ash and smoke. By Sunday the café could no longer seat patrons outside.

      Six months into the coronavirus pandemic, after a summer of protests over police brutality and racism, Oregon faces a third crisis: wildfire sparked by climate change.

      Click now to learn more.
    • Forecasters Are Running Out of Names This Hurricane Season
      What Happens Then?

      (NY Times Climate Forward), -Sept. 15, 2020, MIAMI — Not long before Hurricane Sally landed in Alabama as a Category 2 storm early Wednesday, Tropical Storms Teddy and Vicky were designated in the Atlantic as the season’s 19th and 20th named storms, each moving closer to the end of the alphabet.

      The Atlantic hurricane season this year has stirred up storms at such a rapid rate that there is now only one entry — Wilfred — left on the 21-name list that meteorologists use for each season.

      Forecasters say they are likely to exhaust the current list, given that this is the height of the season, which began on June 1 and ends on Nov. 30. This week, there were five named storms at once in the Atlantic, a phenomenon that has not happened since 1971, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

      Click now to read all about it.
    • More Than a Billion Face Displacement by 2050

      A Group of Over 30 Countries
      Aren't Resilient Enough To Cope
      With Growing Ecological Threats

      (ZME SCIENCE), -Sept. 11, 2020, More than one billion people could be displaced over the next 30 years due to lack of access to food and water, increased exposure to natural disasters and rapid population growth, according to a new report, which analyzed the global ecological threats, with some countries more affected than others.

      The international think-tank the Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP) said in its Ecological Threat Register (ETR) report that 1.2 billion people living in 31 countries aren’t sufficiently resilient to endure ecological threats. The report combines measures of resilience with comprehensive ecological data from the UN and other organizations.

      Click now for the full story.

    • The Warming of Thwaites Glacier’s Icy Underbelly
      The Glacier Could Melt From Below

      (Science News)-Sept. 9, 2020, New seafloor maps reveal the first clear view of a system of channels that may be helping to hasten the demise of West Antarctica’s vulnerable Thwaites Glacier. The channels are deeper and more complex than previously thought, and may be funneling warm ocean water all the way to the underside of the glacier, melting it from below, the researchers found.

      Scientists estimate that meltwater from Florida-sized Thwaites Glacier is currently responsible for about 4% of global sea level rise. A complete collapse of the glacier, which some researchers estimate could happen within the next few decades, could increase sea levels by about 65 centimeters. How and when that collapse might occur is the subject of a five-year international collaborative research effort.

      Click now for the whole story.

    • Why So Many California Wildfires?
      Climate is the Key Culprit

      (NY Times Climate Forward)-Sept. 8, 2020 Again, California is aflame — and it isn’t close to being over yet.

      As of Tuesday, more than two million acres have burned across the state so far in 2020, which makes this a record year, surpassing 2018, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. About 200 Labor Day visitors to the Sierra National Forest had to be evacuated by helicopter after being trapped by the Creek Fire, and Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in five counties.

      High temperatures and strong winds have made the situation even worse. A heat wave baked Southern California over the weekend (Los Angeles County hit a record 121 degrees) and Death Valley recently reached 130 degrees, which, if confirmed, would be the highest temperature ever reliably recorded on the planet.

      Click now to read all about it.

    • Bering Sea Winter Ice Sets Record Low
      It's the Lowest Recorded
      Level in 5,500 Years

      (Science News)-Sept. 3, 2020, Sea ice in the Bering Sea, on the southern margin of the Arctic Ocean, dwindled to its smallest wintertime expanse in 5,500 years in 2018, new data show.

      Summertime sea ice loss due to climate change has captured headlines, but winter ice in the region has also shown recent signs of decline. In both February 2018 and February 2019, the extent was 60 to 70% lower than the average February-to-May extent from 1979 to 2017. However, researchers thought that those declines might be linked to unusual short-term atmospheric conditions.

      Instead, the new study suggests that human-caused climate change is also helping to shrink Bering Sea ice during the winter. The findings, by geologist Miriam Jones of the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, Va., and colleagues, were published September 2 in Science Advances.

    • What’s Behind August's Extreme Eeather?
    • Earth Is Losing Ice At an Alarming Rate
      28 Trillion Tons In Less Than 30 Years

      The Guardian, Aug. 23, 2020 -A total of 28 trillion tonnes of ice have disappeared from the surface of the Earth since 1994. That is stunning conclusion of UK scientists who have analysed satellite surveys of the planet’s poles, mountains and glaciers to measure how much ice coverage lost because of global heating triggered by rising greenhouse gas emissions.

      The scientists – based at Leeds and Edinburgh universities and University College London – describe the level of ice loss as “staggering” and warn that their analysis indicates that sea level rises, triggered by melting glaciers and ice sheets, could reach a meter by the end of the century.

      Click now for the whole story.

    • Climate Threatens U.S. Nuclear Reactors
      An Unforseen Result of Climate Change

      Scientific American, Aug. 20, 2020 -Soaring temperatures, intensified flood risks and heightened water stress will threaten 57 U.S. nuclear plants over the next 20 years, forcing operators to take additional resiliency measures, according to a new report.

      “The consequences of climate change can affect every aspect of nuclear plant operations—from fuel handling and power and steam generation to maintenance, safety systems and waste processing,” said the analysis, which was published yesterday by Moody’s Investors Service.

      Analysts used data from Four Twenty Seven, a Moody’s affiliate that provides climate risk intelligence, to examine threats to operating nuclear plants.

    • Greta Thunberg Condemns Climate Inaction
      Two Years From Her
      First School Strike, Activist
      Attacks ‘Ignorance And Unawareness’

      NY Times Climate Forward, Aug. 19, 2020 -Two years on from Greta Thunberg’s first solo school strike for the climate, she says the world has wasted the time by failing to take the necessary action on the crisis.

      Thunberg’s strike inspired a global movement, and on Thursday she and other leading school strikers will meet Angela Merkel, the chancellor of Germany, which holds the rotating presidency of the European council. They will demand a halt to all fossil fuel investments and subsidies and the establishment of annual, binding carbon budgets based on the best science.

    • Greenland’s Recent Ice Sheet Loss
      197 Billion Tons In July 2020

      INHABITAT , Aug. 19, 2020 -What melts faster than an ice cream cone on a sweltering summer day? Greenland’s ice sheet. In July, the world’s second biggest ice sheet lost 197 billion tons of ice and increased sea levels by about half a millimeter. On August 15 alone, Greenland’s ice sheet had a major meltdown, losing 11 billion tons of surface ice to the ocean, scientists reported.

      While it’s not unusual for Greenland’s ice sheet to melt during the summer, it usually starts at the end of May but began weeks earlier this year.

      Meteorologists reported that July has been one of the hottest months around the world ever recorded. For instance, global average temperatures for this July are in line with and possibly higher than July 2016, which holds the current record, according to preliminary data reported by the Copernicus Climate Change Program.

      Click now for the story and a slideshow.

    • Temperatures in Death Valley Hit 130 Degrees
      Possibly Competing For the Highest Temperature on Earth

      ZME SCIENCE, Aug. 17, 2020 -As the US west coast is dealing with a heatwave, the temperatures at Death Valley National Park in California reached 130 Fahrenheit (54.4ºC) on Sunday, possibly breaking the record for the highest temperature ever (reliably) recorded on Earth.

      The reading, obtained at 3:41 PM, is now being verified by the United States Weather Service, although climate experts are confident it will be confirmed. It would not only be the hottest temperature recorded in the US since 1913, but also break the world’s temperature record.

      The current record for the hottest temperature on Earth is also held by Death Valley, at 134 Fahrenheit (56.6ºC), recorded on July 10, 1913. But the measurement is disputed and considered erroneous by modern weather experts.

    • Species Escaping Ocean Heat Waves
      Species May Swim Thousands of kilometers to Escape Them

      Science News], Aug. 10, 2020 -When an intense heat wave strikes a patch of ocean, overheated marine animals may have to swim thousands of kilometers to find cooler waters, researchers report August 5 in Nature.

      Such displacement, whether among fish, whales or turtles, can hinder both conservation efforts and fishery operations.

      “To properly manage those species, we need to understand where they are,” says Michael Jacox, a physical oceanographer with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA) based in Monterey, Calif.

      Marine heat waves — defined as at least five consecutive days of unusually hot water for a given patch of ocean — have become increasingly common over the past century. Climate change has amped up the intensity of some of the most famous marine heat waves of recent years, such as the Pacific Ocean Blob from 2015 to 2016 and scorching waters in the Tasman Sea in 2017

    • New Zealand’s Glaciers Are Melting Faster Than Ever
      They've Lost Almost 80%
      of Their Historical Volume.

      [ZME SCIENCE], Aug. 10, 2020 -New Zealand is running out of ice, a new study finds. Glaciers in the country’s Southern Alps have lost around 77% of their maximum volume, which was reached around 400 years ago (at the end of the Little Ice Age).

      The team also found that the rate of loss has doubled since that time, promoted by man-made climate change. In absolute terms, these glaciers have lost more ice than they still retain today.

      Such a development is worrying not only from a global level — mountain glacier and ice cap melt account for around 25% of sea-level rise — but also for local communities and ecosystems. Glacier melt is often a key resource for plants, animals, and humans living downstream, providing irrigation, drinking water, and powering dams.

    • Ocean Warming Threatens Coral Reefs
      It Could Soon Be harder to Restore Them

      Aug. 7, 2020,-Anyone who’s tending a garden right now knows what extreme heat can do to plants. Heat is also a concern for an important form of underwater gardening: growing corals and “outplanting,” or transplanting them to restore damaged reefs.

      The goal of outplanting is to aid coral reefs’ natural recovery process by growing new corals and moving them to the damaged areas. It’s the same idea as replanting forests that have been heavily logged, or depleted farm fields that once were prairie grasslands.

      Click now to learn
      more from The Conversation.

    • Canadian Ice Shelf Area Bigger Than Manhattan Collapses
      Rising Temperatures is the Reason

      Aug. 7, 2020,(The Guardian)-The last fully intact ice shelf in the Canadian Arctic has collapsed, losing more than 40% of its area in just two days at the end of July.

      The Milne Ice Shelf is at the fringe of Ellesmere Island, in the sparsely populated northern Canadian territory of Nunavut.

      “Above normal air temperatures, offshore winds and open water in front of the ice shelf are all part of the recipe for ice shelf break up,” the Canadian Ice Service said in a tweet earlier this week.

    • Worry Over COVID19 Doesn't Mean Climate Change is Not a Problem
      Focused Attention On Coronavirus
      is Pushing Climate Change
      Out of Our Minds

      Aug. 7, 2020,(ZME SCIENCE)-The coronavirus has taken over headlines across the world, with people focused on following the evolution of the pandemic. But while this might seem reasonable, it has also led to a drop in news coverage of environmental issues, which could mean bad news for the planet, according to a new study.

      Humans have a limited capacity for attention to risk, naturally programmed to prioritize one threat at a time, according to previous studies. Instead of thoughtfully calculating how risky something actually is, we tend toward intuitive risk perception, or how threatening something feels in the moment.

      Click now to learn more.

    • What's Happening to the Canadian Ice Caps?
      Two Have Completely Disappeared

      Aug. 5, 2020,(CNN)-"I can't say I was terribly surprised because we knew they were going, but it has happened really fast," Mark Serreze, director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center, told CNN. Serreze co-authored a paper in 2017 estimating the ice caps would be gone within five years.

      The two ice caps were located on the Hazen Plateau of northeastern Ellesmere Island in Nunavut. Data from 1959 suggests the area of the larger cap was 3 square miles and the smaller one 1.1 square miles, declining ever since.

      Scientists estimate the glaciers, which likely formed around 5,000 years ago, would have been significantly larger between the 16th and the 19th centuries, a time frame known as the "Little Ice Age."

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    • The Dire Rising Temperature Death Toll Prediction
      It Will Cause More Deaths
      Than All Infectious Diseases

      Aug. 4, 2020,(The Guardian)-The growing but largely unrecognized death toll from rising global temperatures will come close to eclipsing the current number of deaths from all the infectious diseases combined if planet-heating emissions are not constrained, a major new study has found.

      Rising temperatures are set to cause particular devastation in poorer, hotter parts of the world that will struggle to adapt to unbearable conditions that will kill increasing numbers of people, the research has found.

      The economic loss from the climate crisis, as well as the cost of adaptation, will be felt around the world, including in wealthy countries.

      Click now for more of the story.

    • Severe Coastal Flooding By 2100
      Severe Coastal Floods Could Affect
      287 Million by End of Century

      Aug. 3, 2020,( INHABITAT )-A recent study published in the journal Scientific Reports has revealed that more than 4% of the world’s population could be exposed to severe flooding by the end of the century.

      The study was inspired by a continuous rise in the number of coastal floods across the world, and it builds upon previous research from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Currently, about 148 million people experience flooding events across the world, but this could increase to 287 million by 2100. Many of the floods are related to the rise in sea levels caused by melting glaciers.

      Click for the story and a slideshow.

    • Rising Seas Could Menace Millions
      It Can Extend Beyond the Shorelines

      NY Times Climate Forward, July 30, 2020 -As global warming pushes up ocean levels around the world, scientists have long warned that many low-lying coastal areas will become permanently submerged.

      But a new study published Thursday finds that much of the economic harm from sea-level rise this century is likely to come from an additional threat that will arrive even faster: As oceans rise, powerful coastal storms, crashing waves and extreme high tides will be able to reach farther inland, putting tens of millions more people and trillions of dollars in assets worldwide at risk of periodic flooding.

      The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, calculated that up to 171 million people living today face at least some risk of coastal flooding from extreme high tides or storm surges, created when strong winds from hurricanes or other storms pile up ocean water and push it onshore.

      Click now to read all about it.

    • US Media Still Giving Anti-Climate Opinions More Visibility
      Climate Change Denial
      Gets a Ton of Attention

      ZME SCIENCE, July 28, 2020 -Almost 99% of scientists agree climate change is real and caused by human action. Nevertheless, media in the United States is giving more press coverage to organizations that take a stand against climate action than to those who want to tackle the issue, a new study showed.

      Brown University researcher Rachel Wetts looked at almost three decades of national news articles and press released related to climate change. She found that 14% of the press releases that opposed climate action or rejected climate science got major national news coverage, compared to 7% of those that had a pro-climate stand. This produces a distorted image for the population, as people are artificially fed more information about climate denial.

      Click now for more of the story.

    • The Antarctica Woes Are 'Aplenty
      Bad News For Antarctica, as Climate Change Continues to Kick In

      July 23, 2020,(ZME SCIENCE)- Climate change is bringing more bad news to Antarctica — according to not one, but two recent studies published this week.

      In one study, scientists found the first active leak of methane gas from the Antarctic seafloor. In the second, they learned that the ice sheet is less stable than previously thought.

      Click now for the rest of the story.

    • Big Tech Versus Climate Change
      How Tech Companies Can
      Help Slow Global Warming

      July 23, 2020,(NY Times)- A growing share of Americans are concerned about the environment, and the big U.S. tech companies would seem to be in a position to lead the way on fighting climate change.

      They’re rich and staffed with smart people, and they have generally pledged to do more to reduce the carbon emissions that warm the planet.

      Click now to read all about it.

    • Relationship Between Cardio and Climate Change
      Climate Change IncreasesHeat
      -Related Cardiovascular Hospitalizations

      July 22, 2020,(ZME SCIENCE)- Over the past two decades, the impact of high temperatures on hospitalizations due to cardiovascular diseases has increased in Queensland, Australia, a new study concludes.

      If this is any indication, the world can expect more climate-induced health problems in the near future.

      Cardiovascular diseases are the main cause of mortality and morbidity worldwide. Extreme temperatures, both hot and cold, are a well-established risk factor for this type of disease, and climate change is already increasing the duration and intensity of such extreme temperatures.

    • Global Warming and CO2 Relationship
      How Much Will the Planet
      Warm if CO2 Levels Double?

      July 22, 2020,(NY Times Climate Forward)- How much, exactly, will greenhouse gases heat the planet?

      For more than 40 years, scientists have expressed the answer as a range of possible temperature increases, between 1.5 and 4.5 degrees Celsius, that will result from carbon dioxide levels doubling from preindustrial times. Now, a team of researchers has sharply narrowed the range of temperatures, tightening it to between 2.6 and 4.1 degrees Celsius.

      Steven Sherwood, a climate scientist at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and an author of the new report said that the group’s research suggested that these temperature shifts, which are referred to as “climate sensitivity” because they reflect how sensitive the planet is to rising carbon dioxide levels, are now unlikely below the low end of the range.

      Click now to read all about it.

    • Not a Good Century to be a Polar Bear
      Polar Bears After 2100? Not
      With “Business As Usual” Emissions

      July 21, 2020,(ZME SCIENCE)- If humans don’t greatly reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in the following years, most of the populations of polar bears will struggle to survive beyond 2100, according to a new study.

      Some populations are already close to their survival limits as the Arctic sea continues to shrink.

      Images of polar bears desperately looking for food have become the poster child for the effects of climate change — and for good reasons. Polar bears are the largest terrestrial carnivores on Earth, and they’re in major climatic trouble.

    • Australia: Tackle Climate Change - Create Jobs
      Plan that Tackles Recession
      and Climate Change Could Create
      76,000 Australian Jobs

      July 21, 2020,(The Guardian)- Nearly 80,000 jobs could be quickly created through a stimulus plan that aims to rebuild the Australian economy from recession while tackling the climate crisis, an analysis commissioned by the Climate Council says.

      The report by the consultants AlphaBeta says 76,000 positions could be created over three years through nearly $22bn of combined public and private investment. It focuses on 12 areas including creating large-scale renewable energy projects, restoring degraded ecosystems, better dealing with organic waste, retrofitting inefficient public buildings and expanding electric vehicle networks.

      Could this be a lesson for America?

    • Antarctic Methane Leaks
      First Active Leak of Sea-Bed
      Methane Discovered in Antarctica

      July 21, 2020,(The Guardian)- The first active leak of methane from the sea floor in Antarctica has been revealed by scientists.

      The researchers also found microbes that normally consume the potent greenhouse gas before it reaches the atmosphere had only arrived in small numbers after five years, allowing the gas to escape.

      Vast quantities of methane are thought to be stored under the sea floor around Antarctica. The gas could start to leak as the climate crisis warms the oceans, a prospect the researchers said was “incredibly concerning”.

      Click now to read more.

    • EU Leaders Boost Climate Spending Target
      At Least Some Leaders Are

      July 21, 2020,(reNEWS.BIZ)-EU heads of state and government have agreed to increase the bloc's climate action spending target to 30%, instead of 25%, as they reached agreement on a new seven-year budget and €750bn COVID recovery fund.

      The target will apply to both COVID recovery funding - the Next Generation EU instrument - will be in addition to budget spending worth €1,074bn in the European Commission’s revised Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027.

      EU leaders also agreed that spending from the package, totaling €1,824bn, will comply with the EU's 2050 climate neutrality target.

    • Greta Is Not Just In It For Herself
      Greta Thunberg Gives €1M
      Award Money To Climate Groups

      July 20, 2020,(The Guardian)- Greta Thunberg has been awarded a Portuguese rights award and promptly pledged the €1m ($1.15m) prize to groups working to protect the environment and halt climate change.

      “That is more money than I can begin to imagine, but all the prize money will be donated, through my foundation, to different organizations and projects who are working to help people on the front line, affected by the climate crisis and ecological crisis,” the Swedish teenager said in a video posted online on Monday.

      Click now to read or listen.

    • What Climate Change Brings to California
      Both More Flooding and More Drought
      by the End of the Century

      July 17, 2020,(ZME SCIENCE) -The entire state of California could see a 54% increase in rainfall variability by the end of the century, according to a new study, which predicts fluctuations in extremely dry and wet weather in the entire West Coast of the United States.

      Wenyu Zhou, a postdoctoral researcher at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and his team focused their research on the Madden-Julian oscillation (MJO) — an atmospheric phenomenon that influences rainfall in the tropics and can trigger everything from cyclones over the Indian Ocean to heatwaves, droughts, and flooding in the United States.

      Click now for the story from ZME Science.

    • Outdoor Ice Hockey and Climate Change Don't Mix
      Outdoor Ice Hockey - a Thing of the Past?

      July 16, 2020,-A study conducted linear and change-point analyses of historical trends since 1942 in the length and number of days suitable for skating on backyard rinks in the “Original Six” National Hockey League cities of Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Montreal, New York, and Toronto. Analysis is based on the relationship between ambient air temperatures and the probability of skating, using thresholds identified through the RinkWatch citizen science project.

      In all cities, coefficient estimates suggest the number of high-probability skating days per winter is declining, with easternmost cities displaying notable declines and growing inter-annual variability in skating days in recent decades.

      Click now to read more from the
      Canada-Based Wiley Online Library article.

    • A Possible Climate Change Fighting Mechanism
      A Solution May Lie
      In Rocks Beneath Our Feet

      July 16, 2020,(The Conversation) -Why has Earth’s climate remained so stable over geological time? The answer just might rock you.

      Rocks, particularly the types created by volcanic activity, play a critical role in keeping Earth’s long-term climate stable and cycling carbon dioxide between land, oceans and the atmosphere.

      Scientists have known for decades that rock weathering – the chemical breakdown of minerals in mountains and soils – removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and transforms it into stable minerals on the planet’s surface and in ocean sediments. But because this process operates over millions of years, it is too weak to offset modern global warming from human activities.

      Click now to learn more from The Conversation.

    • Climate Change and Siberia’s Heat Wave
      It Made Siberia’s Heat Wave At
      Least 600x More Likely

      July 15, 2020,(Science News) -The intense heat wave that gripped Siberia during the first half of 2020 would have been impossible without human-caused climate change, a new study finds. Researchers with the World Weather Attribution Network report that climate change made the prolonged heat in the region from 600 to 99,000 times more likely.

      “We wouldn’t expect the natural world to generate [such a heat wave] in anything less than 800,000 years or so,” climate scientist Andrew Ciavarella of the U.K. Met Office in Exeter, England, said July 14 in a news conference. It’s “effectively impossible without human influence.”

    • Loke COVID, Climate Denial Spreads on Facebook
      Scientists Are Paying the Price
      (and so are we)

      July 14, 2020,(NY Times Climate Forward) -As Covid-19 spread across the globe early this year, Facebook went into action to combat potentially dangerous disinformation on its site. The company labeled and suppressed misleading content, removed disinformation and directed users to reputable sources, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

      This swift action stood in sharp contrast to Facebook’s stance on another divisive and complex danger: climate change. That’s because, under the company’s guidelines, climate content can be classified as opinion and therefore exempted from fact-checking procedures.

      Click now to see how FaceBook
      could make a Face Shnook out of you.

    • An ‘Extraordinary’ Rise in U.S. Coastal Flooding
      New Data Confirms It

      July 14, 2020,(NY Times Climate Forward) -Parts of the United States saw record levels of high-tide flooding last year as rising seas brought water further into coastal homes and infrastructure, government scientists reported Tuesday.

      The increase in high-tide flooding along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts since 2000 has been “extraordinary,” the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported, with the frequency of flooding in some cities growing fivefold during that time. That shift is damaging homes, imperiling the safety of drinking water, inundating roads and otherwise hurting coastal communities, the agency said.

      If anyone should know about flooding, it's NOAA.

      Click now to learn much more.

    • When Will Earth Cool Down After Slashing Emissions
      Answer: It Could Take Decades

      July 9, 2020,(ZME SCIENCE) -Global warming is perhaps the ultimate hurdle humanity will have to overcome in our lifetime. Researchers from Norway are helping us get a better idea of what that process would entail.

      The study was published by three researchers at the CICERO Center for International Climate Research in Oslo, Norway.

      According to their work, it could take decades after we reduce greenhouse emissions for the planet to start cooling down. While the idea that it takes time to alter climate patterns — known as ‘climate inertia’ — isn’t new, the study does offer a more in-depth estimation of how such a process would unfold.

    • Can the Paris Agreement Goals Be Met?
      New Climate Report Highlights
      'Enormous Challenge Ahead

      July 8, 2020,(NBC News)- The world is struggling to slow the effects of climate change, according to a report released Wednesday by the World Meteorological Organization that outlines new projections for rising temperatures over the next five years.

      The so-called Global Annual to Decadal Climate Update states that global average temperatures are likely to be at least 1 degree Celsius above preindustrial levels each year from 2020 to 2024. The new forecasts also show that there is a 20% chance that global average temperatures could exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius in at least one of those years.

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    • A Story That 'Rings' True
      Tree Rings Reveal Extreme Weather is
      On the Rise in South America

      July 8, 2020,(ZME SCIENCE) -Since the mid-20th century, South America has seen unprecedented widespread and intense droughts as well as unusually wet periods, according to a new study. The authors claim that the increased volatility could be explained by climate change and atmospheric pollution.

      Researchers have recently published the South American Drought Atlas, reconstructing over 600 years of changes in soil moisture in southern and central South America. The atlas is the result of field collection of three-ring records in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru and southern Brazil.

      Ring widths usually reflect yearly changes in soil moisture...

      Click now to read all about it.

    • Arctic Wild Fires = Arctic Pollution
      Intense Arctic Wildfires Set a Pollution Record

      July 7, 2020,(NY Times Climate Forward) -Intense wildfires in the Arctic in June released more polluting gases into the Earth’s atmosphere than in any other month in 18 years of data collection, European scientists said in a report Tuesday.

      These fires offer a stark portrait of planetary warming trends.

      The Arctic is warming at least two and a half times faster than the global average rate. Soils in the region are drier than before. Wildfires are spreading across a large swath. In June, fires released 59 million metric tons of planet-warming carbon dioxide, greater than all the carbon emissions produced by Norway, an oil-producing country, in a year.

    • Algae in the Alps - What Does it Mean?
      Italian Alps Turning Pink, Raising
      Concerns Over Rapid Melting

      July 6, 2020,( ZME SCIENCE) -Citizens and tourists in Italy were surprised by the appearance of pink glacial ice in the Alps, a phenomenon that is usually caused by algae that speed up climate change. Researchers will now study the algae to better understand where it came from.

      Biagio Di Mauro, a scientist at Italy’s National Research Council, said the pink snow observed on parts of the Presena glacier is likely caused by a plant that had been previously found in Greenland. He said the algae is not dangerous and described it as a natural phenomenon that happens in middle latitudes and at the Poles.

    • What Is Happening With Heatwaves?
      They're Getting Hotter, Longer, More Frequent Globally

      July 6, 2020,( ZME SCIENCE) -A worldwide analysis of heatwave patterns on the regional level reveals that these have been increasing in length and frequency in the last 70 years. Cumulative heat — the total amount of heat in individual heatwaves and heatwave seasons — has also been increasing. This property signifies the intensity of the heatwave season and represents “the product of all seasonal heatwave days and average heatwave intensity.”

      “Not only have we seen more and longer heatwaves worldwide over the past 70 years, but this trend has markedly accelerated,” said lead author Dr. Sarah Perkins Kirkpatrick from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes in Australia.

    • UK - Get Ready For Never-Before-Seen Temperatures
      Temperatures in the UK Could
      Exceed 40°C(104C) By 2021

      June 30, 2020,(ZME SCIENCE) -Temperatures exceeding 40°C in the UK sounds unfathomable today, but this could become the new norm by the end of the century under current greenhouse gas emissions trends. Researchers at the Met Office in the UK devised a mathematical model that suggests temperatures in excess of 40°C may be reached every 3.5 to 15 years by 2100.

      In 2019, the UK registered its highest ever temperature, when weather stations in Cambridge recorded 38.7°C. Typically, Britons would only see this kind of dramatic heat during their summer trips to Spain or Italy. Now, heatwaves are hitting closer to home than many would have liked — and the consequences can be devastating.

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