With the average temperature on Earth in October becoming the 332nd consecutive month at a higher-than-normal mark, we’re defining the new normal for a whole generation.
And that’s not a “new normal” that we should be okay with. Because a warming Earth with frequent droughts and supercharged storms could make Hurricane Sandy look like an afternoon sprinkle.
The Osborne Reef, a man-made reef consisting of 2 million tires, rots on the ocean floor.
Daily chart: which country consumes the most trees? The average American uses the paper equivalent of almost six 40-foot (12-metre) trees a year. In Belgium paper consumption is pushed up by the EU bureaucracy in Brussels.
Anote Tong, the Kiribati President, said he was in talks with Fiji’s military government to buy up to 2000 hectares of freehold land on which his 113,000 countrymen could resettle.
”This is the last resort, there’s no way out of this one,” Mr Tong said. ”Our people will have to move as the tides have reached our homes and villages.”
It’s time to start seriously talking about climate change. It should have never gotten to this point.
Yah, GOP candidates, what were you saying again about this all being a scam cooked up by liberal scientists?
Earth’s clouds got a little lower — about one percent on average — during the first decade of this century, finds a new NASA-funded university study based on NASA satellite data. The results have potential implications for the future global climate.
A consistent reduction in cloud height would allow Earth to cool to space more efficiently, reducing the surface temperature of the planet and potentially slowing the effects of global warming. This may represent a “negative feedback” mechanism — a change caused by global warming that works to counteract it. Scientists suspect this may be due to a change in the circulation patterns that give rise to cloud formation at high altitude.
Global average cloud height declined by around one percent over the decade, or by around 100 to 130 feet (30 to 40 meters). Most of the reduction was due to fewer clouds occurring at very high altitudes. And while the record is too short to be definitive, it provides a hint that something quite important might be going on.
Hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil have been leaking continuously into the Gulf of Mexico from a well damaged by Hurricane Ivan for over seven years, a lawsuit brought against Taylor Oil by the Waterkeeper Alliance reveals. Aided by satellite and overflight imagery from SkyTruth and SouthWings, the plaintiffs “filed suit to stop the spill and lift the veil of secrecy surrounding Taylor Oil’s seven-year long response and recovery operation.”
70% Of Plastic Ends Up In The Sea!
Some of these long-lasting plastics end up in the stomachs of marine birds and animals, and their young, including sea-turtles and black-footed Albatross. Besides the particles’ danger to wildlife, on the microscopic level the floating debris can absorb organic pollutants from seawater. Aside from toxic effects, when ingested, some of these are mistaken by the endocrine system as estradiol, causing hormone disruption in the affected animal. These toxin-containing plastic pieces are also eaten by jellyfish, which are then eaten by larger fish. Many of these fish are then consumed by humans, resulting in their ingestion of toxic chemicals. Marine plastics also facilitate the spread of invasive species that attach to floating plastic in one region and drift long distances to colonize other ecosystems.
Why resistance was needed yesterday:
North Atlantic sea ice in areas where harp seals breed has declined as much as 6 percent every 10 years since 1979, according to scientists from Duke University and the International Fund for Animal Welfare. As a result, in low-ice years, entire populations of brand-new seal pups die, reports Yale e360.
According to Canada’s Fisheries and Oceans department, as many as 80 percent of seal pups born in 2011 may have died because of a lack of sea ice.
More and more people and organizations are saying this. It is out of the realms now of conspiracy theorists and doomers.
Reblogged because everyone seems to have forgotten this. I wish this was worded a bit differently because “doomsday” rhetoric has proven to be ineffective at getting through to people but there is no issue more vitally important than climate change. Why? Check my archives.
Oh, you don’t “believe” in it? If you do not, please, suspend that belief system for just a few minutes and take a look at what the major scientific organizations in this country say.
The tinder-dry conditions in Texas also fueled wildfires that burned a million acres. The Bastrop fire over Labor Day weekend was the state’s most destructive on record. Overall, it was the hottest summer Texas has ever seen. Wichita Falls had more than 100 consecutive days of 100-degree readings.
Nationwide, more than 6,000 heat records have been broken this year. On average, the U.S. has three or four events every year that are considered major natural disasters. But, this year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration counted at least a dozen such events. Based on reports to date, damages are expected to exceed $52 billion.
Weather around the world showed equal extremes. Australia was hit with record flooding, followed by one of its worst tropical cyclones ever. Floodwaters also ravaged parts of Thailand and China, while the Horn of Africa suffered its worst drought in decades.
And of course the first comment at the source is dismissive, claiming this nothing but marketing on behalf of the “waning global warming movement”.