If the pictures of those towering wildfires in Colorado haven’t convinced you, or the size of your AC bill this summer, here are some hard numbers about climate change: June broke or tied 3,215 high-temperature records across the United States. That followed the warmest May on record for the Northern Hemisphere – the 327th consecutive month in which the temperature of the entire globe exceeded the 20th-century average, the odds of which occurring by simple chance were 3.7 x 10-99, a number considerably larger than the number of stars in the universe.
Meteorologists reported that this spring was the warmest ever recorded for our nation – in fact, it crushed the old record by so much that it represented the “largest temperature departure from average of any season on record.” The same week, Saudi authorities reported that it had rained in Mecca despite a temperature of 109 degrees, the hottest downpour in the planet’s history. Continue reading →
“Top climate scientist James Hansen tells the story of his involvement in the science of and debate over global climate change. In doing so he outlines the overwhelming evidence that change is happening and why that makes him deeply worried about the future.” Source: TED Talks Continue reading →
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Check out this excellent short film describing the increasingly important issue of ocean acidification and its causes and numerous effects on marine life. Produced by the Plymouth Marine Laboratory: http://www.pml.ac.ukContinue reading →
In a bleak and powerful assessment of the future of the planet, the leading international network of climate change scientists has concluded for the first time that global warming is “unequivocal” and that human activity is the main driver, “very likely” causing most of the rise in temperatures since 1950.
They said the world is already committed to centuries of warming, shifting weather patterns and rising seas, resulting from the buildup of gases in the atmosphere that trap heat. But the warming can be substantially blunted by prompt action, the panel of scientists said in a report released here today. Continue reading →
Global Warming – What You Need to Know, a 2 hour documentary on Discovery Channel last night, made me happy. Happy? Yes. I was happy to see that this issue is getting some attention in the mainstream mass media. This program, in addition to Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” and recent coverage in “Time” magazine, is a good indication that people are starting to wake up and smell the heat.
Global warming is very real and poses a very real threat if we don’t start making changes now. But people still don’t seem to take it seriously. In my full-time job I lobbied hard to be allowed to work from home a few days a week so that I can reduce my CO2-coughing 45 minute commute; they looked at me like I had 3 eyes.
This is no longer a “debate” — it’s real and if the US, who very likely created the “debate” by ignoring the science that was there 20 years ago, doesn’t lead the way by developing the collective will that’s also needed worldwide (yoohoo — China…) then by the end of our lifetimes, the world will be a very unhappy place — mass extinctions, major cities drowned resulting in enormous displaced populations, severe weather far worse than what we’ve seen in recent years, no more coral reefs….the list goes on. It’s so hard to fathom (pardon the pun) cities that are so iconic in the US — gone. New York City, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Boston… Florida! I can’t imagine a world with no beaches. Continue reading →