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November 10, 2016

Human Footprint ‘Increasingly Visible’ in Our Climate, Says U.N. Report

Source: Time.com

Climate scientists say the report underscores the need for governments to boost efforts to fight climate change beyond their pledges for the Paris Agreement.

(Marrakesh, Morocco) — Hot and wild and with an “increasingly visible human footprint” — that’s how the U.N. weather agency sums up the global climate in the past five years.

In a report released Tuesday at international climate talks in Morocco, the World Meteorological Organization said 2011-2015 was the hottest five-year period on record.

That comes as no surprise as WMO’s annual reports have showed record average temperatures in 2014 and 2015. But the agency said the five-year report provides a better overview of warming trends and extreme events such as prolonged droughts and recurrent heatwaves.

November 4, 2016

The world is racing to stop climate change. But the math still doesn’t add up

Source: Washington Post

The entire globe is moving fast to stop climate change. The Paris climate agreement enters into legal force on Friday, and then shortly afterwards comes a first global meeting to start implementing it in Marrakech, Morocco. (Yes, there’s also a U.S. election in there somewhere that could, er, complicate things.)

October 21, 2016

The Debates Were a Failure of Journalism

Source: NY Times

Tonight wrapped up three weeks of presidential campaign debates. It was also a three-week period in which cities in at least 34 states reported record-high temperatures. New York reached 80 degrees today, and Nashville nearly hit 90.

This year is all but guaranteed to be the planet’s hottest on record, just as 2015 and 2014 were. The damage from climate change is now speeding up.

September 9, 2016

Obama on Climate Change: The Trends Are ‘Terrifying’

Source: NY Times

MIDWAY ATOLL — Seventy-four years ago, a naval battle off this remote spit of land in the middle of the Pacific Ocean changed the course of World War II. Last week, President Obama flew here to swim with Hawaiian monk seals and draw attention to a quieter war — one he has waged against rising seas, freakish storms, deadly droughts and other symptoms of a planet choking on its own fumes.

Bombs may not be falling. The sound of gunfire does not concentrate the mind. What Mr. Obama has seen instead are the charts and graphs of a warming planet. “And they’re terrifying,” he said in a recent interview in Honolulu.

September 9, 2016

Flooding of Coast, Caused by Global Warming, Has Already Begun

Source: NY Times

NORFOLK, Va. — Huge vertical rulers are sprouting beside low spots in the streets here, so people can judge if the tidal floods that increasingly inundate their roads are too deep to drive through.

Five hundred miles down the Atlantic Coast, the only road to Tybee Island, Ga., is disappearing beneath the sea several times a year, cutting the town off from the mainland.

September 9, 2016

America’s First Offshore Wind Farm May Power Up a New Industry

Source: NY Times

ASHTON HAYES, England — This small village of about 1,000 people looks like any other nestled in the countryside.

But Ashton Hayes is different in an important way when it comes to one of the world’s most pressing issues: climate change. Hundreds of residents have banded together to cut greenhouse emissions — they use clotheslines instead of dryers, take fewer flights, install solar panels and glaze windows to better insulate their homes.

September 9, 2016

English Village Becomes Climate Leader by Quietly Cleaning Up Its Own Patch

Source: NY Times

ASHTON HAYES, England — This small village of about 1,000 people looks like any other nestled in the countryside.

But Ashton Hayes is different in an important way when it comes to one of the world’s most pressing issues: climate change. Hundreds of residents have banded together to cut greenhouse emissions — they use clotheslines instead of dryers, take fewer flights, install solar panels and glaze windows to better insulate their homes.

September 9, 2016

An epic Middle East heat wave could be global warming’s hellish curtain-raiser

Source: Washington Post

BAGHDAD — Record-shattering temperatures this summer have scorched countries from Morocco to Saudi Arabia and beyond, as climate experts warn that the severe weather could be a harbinger of worse to come.

In coming decades, U.N. officials and climate scientists predict that the mushrooming populations of the Middle East and North Africa will face extreme water scarcity, temperatures almost too hot for human survival and other consequences of global warming.

September 9, 2016

From now on, every government agency will have to consider climate change

Source: Washington Post

In the past several weeks alone, the Obama administration has made multiple new moves to fight climate change. The administration announced new steps to help fill U.S. roadways with electric vehicles. It ruled that greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft endanger human health and welfare. And on the international stage, it moved the world closer to a deal to phase out super-polluting HFCs, chemicals in refrigerants and other industrial substances that warm the climate.

July 8, 2016

Exxon Touts Carbon Tax to Oil Industry

Source: Wall Street Journal

Exxon Mobil Corp. is ramping up its lobbying of other energy companies to support a carbon tax, marking a shift in the oil giant’s approach to climate change as the industry faces growing pressure to address the politically charged issue.

July 8, 2016

Extreme Heat Could Kill 3,300 New Yorkers a Year by 2080

Source: Time

That’s a spike from around 600 annually just a few years ago

Heat related deaths could kill as many as 3,300 New Yorkers annually by 2080, according to new research.

Researchers behind the study, published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, evaluated how a combination of rising temperatures due to climate change and changing population patterns would contribute to a spike in heat-related deaths. The projection represents a sharp spike from the average of around 640 annual heat-related deaths between 2000 and 2006.

July 8, 2016

30 years ago scientists warned Congress on global warming. What they said sounds eerily familiar

Source: Washington Post

It was such a different time — and yet, the message was so similar.

Thirty years ago, on June 10 and 11 of 1986, the U.S. Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works commenced two days of hearings, convened by Sen. John H. Chafee (R-R.I.), on the subject of “Ozone Depletion, the Greenhouse Effect, and Climate Change.”

July 8, 2016

Global Warming Cited as Wildfires Increase in Fragile Boreal Forest

Source: New York Times

Scientists have been warning for decades that climate change is a threat to the immense tracts of forest that ring the Northern Hemisphere, with rising temperatures, drying trees and earlier melting of snow contributing to a growing number of wildfires.

July 8, 2016

Resettling the First American ‘Climate Refugees’

Source: New York Times

ISLE DE JEAN CHARLES, La. — Each morning at 3:30, when Joann Bourg leaves the mildewed and rusted house that her parents built on her grandfather’s property, she worries that the bridge connecting this spit of waterlogged land to Louisiana’s terra firma will again be flooded and she will miss another day’s work.

July 8, 2016

Dominoes fall: Vanishing Arctic ice shifts jet stream, which melts Greenland glaciers

Source: The Washington Post

Investigating the factors affecting ice melt in Greenland — one of the most rapidly changing places on Earth — is a major priority for climate scientists. And new research is revealing that there are a more complex set of variables affecting the ice sheet than experts had imagined. A recent set of scientific papers have proposed a critical connection between sharp declines in Arctic sea ice and changes in the atmosphere, which they say are not only affecting ice melt in Greenland, but also weather patterns all over the North Atlantic.

April 18, 2016

Drought Sends U.S. Water Agency Back to Drawing Board

Source: NYtimes

FOLSOM, Calif. — Drew Lessard stood on top of Folsom Dam and gazed at the Sierra Nevada, which in late spring usually gushes enough melting snow into the reservoir to provide water for a million people. But the mountains were bare, and the snowpack to date remains the lowest on measured record.

April 11, 2016

Schwarzenegger to Climate Change Deniers: “I Don’t Give a Damn”

Source: Fortune

They should still care about clean energy, he wrote.

Arnold Schwarzenegger doesn’t give a damn if you believe in climate change.

In a Facebook post Monday, the former California governor and Terminator wrote a tirade in response to the comments and questions he gets from climate change skeptics— “even those of you who use four letter words.” He asked readers to put aside their doubts about climate change and consider other impacts of carbon emissions. “I don’t give a damn if you believe in climate change,” he wrote, arguing that a commitment to alternative energy doesn’t require agreeing with climate change.

March 23, 2016

These Scientists Say Sea Levels Could Rise Much More Than We Thought

Source: Time

Current research may dramatically underestimate the severity of sea level rise thanks to climate change in the coming decades, a group of scientists warned this week.

March 23, 2016

Scientists Warn of Perilous Climate Shift Within Decades.

Source: The New York Times

…leading climate scientists warned on Tuesday that permitting a warming of that magnitude would actually be quite dangerous.

February 19, 2016

2015 Was Hottest Year in Historical Record, Scientists Say

Source: New York Times

Scientists reported Wednesday that 2015 was the hottest year in the historical record by far, breaking a mark set only the year before — a burst of heat that has continued into the new year and is roiling weather patterns all over the world.

February 19, 2016

Four billion people face severe water scarcity, new research finds

Source: The Guardian

At least two-thirds of the global population, over 4 billion people, live with severe water scarcity for at least one month every year, according to a major new analysis.

 

January 7, 2016

What is Climate Change

Source: BBC News
January 7, 2016

Climate change wiping out crop production

Source: New York Times

Drought and heat took a heavy tool on crops – 10% loss.

January 7, 2016

The Science of Climate Change from NASA

Source: NASA

For up to date science news from NASA

January 7, 2016

Fighting climate change requires more than soothing fantasies

Source: The Washington Post

It will take all of us to survive climate change.

January 7, 2016

Here’s one of the best experiments we’ve seen yet to describe climate change

Source: Business Insider

A must watch for a simple explanation of what is happening.

December 21, 2015

Renewable Energy After COP21

Source: PostCarbon.com

Renewable Energy after COP21

November 21, 2015

Capitalism vs. Climate: Naomi Klein’s New Film

Source: Yes Magazine

Capitalism vs Climate takes us from the current crisis to the world we want.