Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Friday, January 17, 2014
If you’re too busy to read the evidence presented below, here’s the bottom line: On a planet 4 C hotter than baseline, all we can prepare for is human extinction (from Oliver Tickell’s 2008 synthesis in the Guardian). Tickell is taking a conservative approach, considering humans have not been present at 3.5 C above baseline (i.e., the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, commonly accepted as 1750). According to the World Bank’s 2012 report, “Turn down the heat: why a 4°C warmer world must be avoided” and an informed assessment of “BP Energy Outlook 2030” put together by Barry Saxifrage for the Vancouver Observer, our path leads directly to the 4 C mark. The 19th Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 19), held in November 2013 in Warsaw, Poland, was warned by professor of climatology Mark Maslin: “We are already planning for a 4°C world because that is where we are heading. I do not know of any scientists who do not believe that.” http://guymcpherson.com/2013/01/climate-change-summary-and-update/
Friday, June 14, 2013
Juneau could see record heat this weekend
JUNEAU, Alaska — Juneau could see record high temperatures this weekend after a string of abnormally warm days that have left some residents grumbling about the heat. National Weather Service meteorologist Rick Fritsch says daytime highs this week have run as much as 10-14 degrees above normal at the Juneau airport. He says normal temps for this time of year are around 62 degrees. http://www.adn.com/2013/06/13/2938376/juneau-could-see-record-heat-this.html
Warm Ocean Causing Most Antarctic Ice Shelf Mass Loss
This is a really bad sign. All it takes is a few degrees shift in temp and the currents in the ocean start shifting = massive change in moisture and climate patterns. PASADENA, Calif. -- Ocean waters melting the undersides of Antarctic ice shelves are responsible for most of the continent's ice shelf mass loss, a new study by NASA and university researchers has found. Scientists have studied the rates of basal melt, or the melting of the ice shelves from underneath, of individual ice shelves, the floating extensions of glaciers that empty into the sea. But this is the first comprehensive survey of all Antarctic ice shelves. The study found basal melt accounted for 55 percent of all Antarctic ice shelf mass loss from 2003 to 2008, an amount much higher than previously thought. http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/earth20130613.html
How do oysters spell climate change relief? A-N-T-A-C-I-D
Oyster hatcheries are dropping the equivalent of Tums and other antacids into water to make it easier for naked mollusk larvae to build their shells. The remedy is working, for now, to keep hatcheries in business and oyster bars well stocked with the slimy delicacies, a hatchery scientist said. Heartburn for the shellfish industry comes from ocean waters turning ever more corrosive as they absorb a fraction of the carbon dioxide humans are pumping into the atmosphere. The acidification, in turn, makes it harder for oyster larvae to build their shells. http://science.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/06/12/18919646-how-do-oysters-spell-climate-change-relief-a-n-t-a-c-i-d?lite
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Arctic melt hit record in a stormy 2012: U.N.
GENEVA – Melting of the Arctic’s sea ice reached a record extent in 2012, the ninth-hottest year on record, compounding concerns about climate change, the U.N. weather agency said Thursday. In a report on the situation in 2012, the World Meteorological Organization said that from August to September, the Arctic’s sea ice covered an area of just 3.4 million sq. km. That was a full 18 percent less than the previous record low, set in 2007. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/05/03/world/arctic-melt-hit-record-in-a-stormy-2012-u-n/#.UaYA45xGZAE
United Nations: 2012 was 9th-hottest year since 1850
GENEVA — The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) says that last year was the ninth-warmest since record-keeping began in 1850, despite the cooling effect of the weather pattern called La Nina. The U.N.'s weather agency says this marks the 27th year in a row the global average temperature -- 58 degrees Fahrenheit in 2012 -- surpassed the 1961-1990 average. http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2013/05/03/united-nations-ninth-warmest-year/2132745/
A planet wide hurricane strength storm is coming, climatically speaking--and humans are bickering over who gets to stand under the flimsy umbrellas as the first rain drops hit.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Butterflies Booking It North as Climate Warms
Butterflies from the southern US that used to be rare in the northeast are now appearing there on a regular basis. The trend correlates to a warming climate report the authors of a paper in Nature Climate Change. Subtropical and warm-climate butterflies—including the giant swallowtail (photo above) and the zabulon skipper (photo below)—showed the sharpest population shift to the north. As recently as the late 1980s these species were rare or absent in Massachusetts. http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2013/01/butterflies-booking-it-north-climate-warms
Monday, November 12, 2012
Climate change felt by satellites and space junk
Rising carbon dioxide levels at the edge of space are apparently reducing the pull that Earth's atmosphere has on satellites and space junk, researchers say. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-205_162-57548307/climate-change-felt-by-satellites-and-space-junk/
Hurricane Sandy Floods New York City
http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2012/10/30/hurricane-sandy-floods-new-york-city-photos-show-devastation/ The storm was once Hurricane Sandy but combined with two wintry systems to become a huge hybrid storm whose center smashed ashore late Monday in New Jersey.
Flooding in Venice
Tourists in Venice swap gondolas for wellington boots and swimming costumes as heavy rain floods The Floating City Seventy per cent of central Venice was under water yesterday after rainfall and seas whipped up by strong winds brought the Italian city's high tide mark to its sixth-highest level since records began in 1872. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2231703/Flooding-Venice-Tourists-swap-gondolas-wellington-boots-heavy-rain-hits.html?ito=feeds-newsxml
Wednesday, July 04, 2012
What's Behind The Record Heat?
Heat is beating records around the country: the first five months of 2012 have been the hottest on record in the contiguous United States. And that's not including June, when 164 all-time high temperature records were tied or broken around the country, according to government records. That's unusual, since the most intense heat usually comes in July and August for much of the country, said Jake Crouch, a climate scientist with National Climatic Data Center. For example, only 47 all-time high records were tied or broken in June of last year. http://news.yahoo.com/whats-behind-record-heat-125603530.html
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Colorado wildfires: 32,000 evacuated as blaze jumps perimeter near Colorado Springs
"This is a firestorm of epic proportions," Colorado Springs Fire chief Richard Brown said at a news conference late Tuesday. "From the vantage point of a command post about 10 miles from the path of advancing flames," Reuters said, "the entire community of Mountain Shadows, a northwest subdivision, appeared to be enveloped in an orange glow after dark." Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, who surveyed the fire from the air, said: "It was like looking at the worst movie set you could imagine--it's almost surreal. You look at that, and it's like nothing I've seen before." Hickenlooper added: "This is the worst fire season in the history of Colorado." http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/colorado-wildfires-evacuations-124631601.html
Monday, August 15, 2011
New Zealand Snowstorm Believed To Be Heaviest In 30 Years (VIDEO)
New Zealanders were witnesses to what some forecasters are describing as a once-in-a-lifetime event Monday as the nation was hit with its heaviest snowstorm in 30 years.
Monday, August 01, 2011
Twilight of the Glaciers
the namesake glaciers, which, I had recently learned, might be around for only another decade or so. Given that a century and a half ago there were 150 and now there are 25, the trip makes me an enlistee in the practice known by a somewhat prickly term: last-chance tourism.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
It's official: Record June runoff to swollen Missouri River
Close to home, record spring snowfall led to raging rivers and flood advisories. Boulder Creek, which in mid-July flowed at nearly 1,000 cubic feet per second, spilled out over the adjacent bike path. Fort Collins shut down city access to the Cache La Poudre River, and restrictions were in place on other rivers across the state.