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  • Greenland’s Melting Ice Nears a ‘Tipping Point,’ Scientists Say

    01/21/2019 3:30:45 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 58 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 21, 2019 | John Schwartz
    Greenland’s enormous ice sheet is melting at such an accelerated rate that it may have reached a “tipping point,” and could become a major factor in sea-level rise around the world within two decades, scientists said in a study published on Monday. The Arctic is warming at twice the average rate of the rest of the planet, and the new research adds to the evidence that the ice loss in Greenland, which lies mainly above the Arctic Circle, is speeding up as the warming increases. The authors found that ice loss in 2012 was nearly four times the rate in...
  • Church of Sol: The Solar Cycle's Potential Impact on Weather and Climate

    01/20/2019 7:26:34 PM PST · by Pontiac · 16 replies
    wunderground.com ^ | 1/20/19 | Bob Henson
    In our last post, we looked at seasonal forecasts that have long been calling for a cold late winter in the central and eastern United States based on various signals, including stratospheric warming and the El Niño/Southern Oscillation. A winter storm dubbed Harper is the first salvo in this transition. This weekend, Harper will bring very heavy snows and widespread ice across large parts of the Northeast. See weather.com for frequent updates on Harper. There’s another player in the seasonal prediction game, and it’s one that many forecasters have long derided or dismissed: the 11-year cycle of solar activity. In...
  • Are electric cars worse for the environment? (sure looks that way)

    01/20/2019 5:42:04 AM PST · by Libloather · 59 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/15/18 | JONATHAN LESSER
    **SNIP** To answer that question, I used the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s most recent long-term forecasts for the number of new electric vehicles through 2050, estimated how much electricity they’d use, and then figured out how much pollution that electricity would generate, looking at three key pollutants regulated under the U.S. Clean Air Act—sulfur dioxide (SO2), oxides of nitrogen (NOX), and particulates—as well as CO2 emissions. I compared them to the emissions of new gasoline-powered vehicles, using the EIA’s “real world” miles-per-gallon forecast, rather than the higher CAFE standard values. What I found is that widespread adoption of electric vehicles...
  • WE HAVE A WINNER: CLIMATE’S TALLEST TALE 2018

    01/19/2019 11:01:58 PM PST · by House Atreides · 16 replies
    The Global Warming Policy Forum ^ | January 18, 2019 | GWPF
    Before Christmas, we asked GWPF readers to send us nominations for our search to find the tallest climate tale of 2018. It’s fair to say that there was a lot of competition, with the catastrophe mongers across the media clearly working hard to ensure that they were in the running for this much sought-after accolade. We particularly enjoyed L. Robertson’s ‘Climate change, weather and road deaths’, a paper in the journal Injury Prevention, which declared that rising concentrations of greenhouse gases was going to cause a rising death toll on the roads unless governments put in ‘major mitigating countermeasure’. We...
  • Climate Hysterics Skyrocket

    01/19/2019 9:24:56 AM PST · by rktman · 42 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 1/19/2019 | Paul Driessen
    Call it climate one-upmanship. It seems everyone has to outdo previous climate chaos rhetoric. The “climate crisis” is the “existential threat of our time,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi told her House colleagues. We must “end the inaction and denial of science that threaten the planet and the future.” Former California Governor Jerry Brown solemnly intoned that America has “an enemy, though different, but perhaps very much devastating in a similar way” as the Nazis in World War II. Not to be outdone, two PhDs writing in Psychology Today declared that “the human race faces extinction” if we don’t stop burning fossil...
  • Will Germany use autobahn speed limits to cut carbon emissions?

    01/18/2019 6:40:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 01.18.2019 | js/sms (dpa, Reuters)
    The German government tasked a commission known as the National Platform on the Future of Mobility with finding ways to lower the country’s carbon emissions in order to meet EU targets. Although a final report is not due to be published until late March, draft proposals seen by news agencies on Friday are likely to face fierce resistance from citizens, industry and politicians fearful of angering either. Among the proposals featured in the paper were a fuel tax hike from 2023 onward, an end to tax breaks for diesel cars, electric and hybrid vehicle quotas, and a 130 kmh (80...
  • The next president must make climate change the top priority

    01/18/2019 7:37:44 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 63 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 17, 2019 | by Jay Inslee, Gov. Washington State
    We are the first generation to feel the sting of climate change, and we are the last generation that can do something about it. The Democratic Party must nominate a candidate who will put fighting climate change at the top of the agenda. And that’s why I’m seriously considering running for president. The science is clear. We have a short period of time to act. And whether we shrink from this challenge, or rise to it, is the biggest question we face, as a nation and as a people. It is also our chance to realize the greatest economic opportunity...
  • New plant-focused diet would ‘transform’ planet’s future, say scientists

    01/18/2019 7:21:17 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 37 replies
    The Guardian ^ | January 16, 2019 | by Damian Carrington
    The first science-based diet that tackles both the poor food eaten by billions of people and averts global environmental catastrophe has been devised. It requires huge cuts in red meat-eating in western countries and radical changes across the world. The “planetary health diet” was created by an international commission seeking to draw up guidelines that provide nutritious food to the world’s fast-growing population. At the same time, the diet addresses the major role of farming – especially livestock – in driving climate change, the destruction of wildlife and the pollution of rivers and oceans. Globally, the diet requires red meat...
  • Study: Climate Change Already Hurting Human Health

    01/18/2019 7:13:37 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    WebMD ^ | January 16, 2019 | by Amy Norton
    Climate change is already having clear effects on human health, according to a new review that describes the situation as a "health emergency." "Climate change is causing injuries, illnesses and deaths now from heat waves, infectious diseases, food and water insecurity, and changes in air quality, among other adverse health outcomes," said Kristie Ebi, one of the report's authors. She directs the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the University of Washington, in Seattle. According to Ebi, "the science is clear" that for each unit increase in global warming, there is an increase in those broad health risks....
  • Teach kids about climate change? A legislative proposal in Connecticut would require it

    01/17/2019 7:31:27 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    The Hartford Courant ^ | January 16, 2019 | By MICHAEL MELIA
    A legislative proposal in Connecticut would mandate instruction on climate change in public schools statewide, beginning in elementary school. Connecticut already has adopted science standards that call for teaching of climate change, but if the bill passes it is believed that it would be the country's first to write such a requirement into law. "A lot of schools make the study of climate change an elective, and I don't believe it should be an elective," said state Rep. Christine Palm, a Democrat from Chester who proposed the bill. "I think it should be mandatory, and I think it should be...
  • 250,000 deaths a year from climate change is a 'conservative estimate,' research says

    01/17/2019 7:19:43 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    CNN ^ | January 16, 2019 | by Jen Christensen
    Climate change could "halt and reverse" progress made in human health over the last century. The grim analysis comes from one of the authors of a new report in the New England Journal of Medicine that suggests rising global temperatures could lead to many more deaths than the 250,000 a year the World Health Organization predicted just five years ago. An editorial accompanying the report urges medical professionals to take this report seriously. Its co-author, Dr. Caren Solomon, suggests doctors have a "special responsibility to safeguard health and alleviate suffering," and that mission should include working quickly to curtail greenhouse...
  • 'Not the greatest crisis': Trump's EPA pick downplays climate threat

    01/16/2019 7:28:11 PM PST · by mdittmar · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/16/2016 | Valerie Volcovici
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump’s new pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency told lawmakers on Wednesday he does not believe climate change is a major crisis, and would continue to undo Obama-era emission limits if confirmed.
  • I'm NOT too old to be president says Mike Bloomberg, 77

    01/16/2019 11:29:47 AM PST · by conservative98 · 69 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/16/2018
    'Climate change could destroy the whole world and kill everyone on it,' he said. 'It's frustrating that a lot of people don't understand that.'
  • California set to seize 1,100 miles of coastline

    01/16/2019 9:10:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 68 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 16, 2019 | Chriss Street
    The California Coastal Commission is set to empower local government to take thousands of properties through eminent domain along 1,100 miles of coastline to prepare for sea level rise. Despite California being battered by 4-8 inches of torrential rain and flooding from an El Niño weather cycle, E&E News reported that the State of California in late January will authorize eminent domain authority for local jurisdictions to implement a “managed retreat” policy that will allow taking and demolishing coastal homes and businesses. […] CCC retreat guidance is expected to also entail dismantling and relocating of dozens of wastewater treatment and...
  • The top 12 climate change 'facts' debunked in 2018

    01/16/2019 7:04:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/16/2019 | Rick Moran
    You'd never know it from media coverage of the climate change issue, but over the past year, several "facts" about global warming have been debunked entirely or were radically altered. Almost all Democratic candidates who ran in the mid term elections tried to push climate change as a major issue. It didn't work, but time after time, Democrats repeated the same half truths and myths that have been used for years to push a radical gobal warming agenda.  The Global Warming Policy Forum, a London-based think tank, supports "open and skeptical" science and policy research, as well as a...
  • Immediate fossil fuel phaseout could arrest climate change - study

    01/15/2019 1:06:35 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 89 replies
    The Guardian ^ | January 15, 2019 | by Damian Carrington
    Climate change could be kept in check if a phaseout of all fossil fuel infrastructure were to begin immediately, according to research. It shows that meeting the internationally agreed aspiration of keeping global warming to less than 1.5C above pre-industrial levels is still possible. The scientists say it is therefore the choices being made by global society, not physics, which is the obstacle to meeting the goal. The study found that if all fossil fuel infrastructure – power plants, factories, vehicles, ships and planes – from now on are replaced by zero-carbon alternatives at the end of their useful lives,...
  • Al Gore to address wine and climate change conference

    01/15/2019 7:56:45 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Decanter Magazine ^ | January 15, 2019 | by Panos Kakaviatos
    Ex-US vice president Al Gore is to address a high-level wine and climate change conference in Porto this year, designed to help wineries and academics share knowledge. Leading academics and wine industry figures will attend a ‘climate change leadership’ conference, in a follow up to the July 2018 ‘Porto Protocol’ – a non-profit initiative uniting the international wine sector to counter the effects of climate change. Barack Obama spoke at the 2018 conference and this year’s symposium will see former US vice-president and Nobel Laureate Al Gore address guests. ‘We are shifting from discussing climate change to sharing solutions,’ said...
  • How science fiction helps readers understand climate change

    01/15/2019 7:46:50 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    BBC "News" ^ | January 15, 2019 | By Diego Arguedas Ortiz
    ... In Kim Stanley Robinson’s novel New York 2140, Manhattan is flooded after unabated climate change causes the sea level to rise by 50ft (15.25m). The amphibian city is now a SuperVenice, a grid of canals populated by vaporettos. Robinson’s 2017 climate-fiction novel belongs to a growing cadre of works about drowned nations, wind farm utopias or scarred metropolises decades into the future. As diplomats draft the rulebook for the global response to the climate crisis and engineers race to produce better solar panels, writers have found their role, too: telling what Robinson calls “the story of the next century”....
  • Ice loss from Antarctica has sextupled since the 1970s, new research finds

    01/14/2019 5:11:28 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 60 replies
    WP ^ | 1 14 2019 | Chris Mooney and Brady Dennis
    Antarctic glaciers have been melting at an accelerating pace over the past four decades thanks to an influx of warm ocean water — a startling new finding that researchers say could mean sea levels are poised to rise more quickly than predicted in coming decades. The Antarctic lost 40 billion tons of melting ice to the ocean each year from 1979 to 1989. That figure rose to 252 billion tons lost per year beginning in 2009, according to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. That means the region is losing six times as...
  • Climate Change Denial - Facing a reality too big to believe.

    01/14/2019 12:35:19 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 51 replies
    Psychology Today ^ | January 12, 2019 | by Sara Gorman, Ph.D., MPH, and Jack M. Gorman, MD
    There are many areas of science and medicine that stimulate reasonable differences of opinion and even controversy. What exactly is dark matter made of? Whose cut-offs for normal blood pressure are the best ones to follow? Is psychoanalytic psychotherapy an evidence-based treatment? But there are also many points that are clear and not subject to legitimate debate. We can affirm without doubt that anthropogenic climate change is a real phenomenon that is already apparent and will, if not mitigated, cause terrible suffering and destruction before this century is over. That a few misguided politicians believe climate change predictions are exaggerated...