Ocean Warming is Accelerating …

... Faster than Thought, New Research Finds by Kendra Pierre-Louis https://www.nytimes.com (January 10 2019) https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/01/10/climate/11CLI-OCEANTEMPS-p1/10CLI-OCEANHEAT2-superJumbo.jpg Rising ocean temperatures can bleach corals, like these off of Papua New Guinea.CreditJurgen Freund/NPL/Minden Pictures Image Scientists say the world's oceans are warming far more quickly than previously thought, a finding with dire implications for climate change because almost all … Continue reading Ocean Warming is Accelerating …

Is it Time to Charge Passengers …

... the True Cost of Flying? by Lloyd Alter https://www.treehugger.com (January 29 2019) https://media.treehugger.com/assets/images/2019/01/IMG_1548.jpg.860x0_q70_crop-scale.jpg CC BY 2.0 Ready go fly from Haida Gwaii/ Lloyd Alter If it weren't so subsidized, it would be a lot more expensive, and people might fly a lot less. When you fill your car at a gas pump, a big … Continue reading Is it Time to Charge Passengers …

Climate Change is Complex

We've Got Answers to Your Questions by Justin Gillis Illustrations by Jon Han https://www.nytimes.com (September 25 2017) We know. Global warming is daunting. So here's a place to start: Seventeen often-asked questions with some straightforward answers.   Part 1 What is happening? 1. Climate change? Global warming? What do we call it? Both are accurate, … Continue reading Climate Change is Complex

Understanding Positive (increasing warming) Feedback Loops …

... That May Promote Runaway Global Warming by Ken Mazlen https://www.gw2016legacy.org (undated) Rather than define feedback loops (or reciprocal associations), and positive versus negative feedback loops in general terms, below are simplified, key examples of positive (increasing warming) feedback loops that may promote runaway global warming. Note: For these purposes, where the term "positive feedback … Continue reading Understanding Positive (increasing warming) Feedback Loops …

Major Climate Report

Describes a Strong Risk of Crisis as Early as 2040 by Coral Davenport The New York Times (October 07 2018) https://static01.nyt.com/images/2018/10/08/climate/08cli-heat1/merlin_141839034_fbe42137-8a08-406c-966d-915fe9f49913-superJumbo.jpg Harry Taylor, 6, played with the bones of dead livestock in Australia, which has faced severe drought. Credit: Brook Mitchell/Getty Images INCHEON, South Korea - A landmark report from the United Nations' scientific panel … Continue reading Major Climate Report

Insect Collapse

"We are destroying our life support systems" Scientist Brad Lister returned to Puerto Rican rainforest after 35 years to find 98% of ground insects had vanished by Damian Carrington, Environment editor https://www.theguardian.com (January 15 2019) El Yunque national forest in Sierra de Luquillo, Puerto Rico. Photograph: Stuart Westmorland/Corbis/Getty Images "We knew that something was amiss … Continue reading Insect Collapse

Russia, China, India, and Iran

The Magic Quadrant that is Changing the World by Federico Pieraccini Strategic Culture Foundation (January 25 2019) https://www.strategic-culture.org/images/news/2019/01/25/or-42125.jpg With the end of the unipolar moment, which saw Washington dominate international relations, the richest and most powerful Eurasian countries are beginning to organize themselves into alliance structures and agreements that aim to facilitate trade, development, and … Continue reading Russia, China, India, and Iran

Extreme Wealth is a Planet Killer

by Sam Pizzigati https://www.counterpunch.org (January 25 2019) We either keep fossil fuels in the ground, or we fry. That's the conclusion of another new blockbuster study {1} on climate change, this one from the National Academy of Sciences. Our fossil-fuel industrial economy, the study details, has made for the fastest climate changes our Earth has … Continue reading Extreme Wealth is a Planet Killer

How to Adapt to the End of the World

Researchers are thinking about social collapse and how to prepare for it. by Christopher Flavelle Bloomberg Businessweek (September 26 2018) https://assets.bwbx.io/images/users/iqjWHBFdfxIU/iUuLCGrW0yOM/v3/1800x-1.jpg A home damaged by Hurricane Maria stands abandoned in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, on September 17 2018. PHOTOGRAPHER: XAVIER GARCIA/BLOOMBERG At the end of 2016, before Puerto Rico's power grid collapsed, wildfires reached the Arctic, … Continue reading How to Adapt to the End of the World

On a Planet Four Degrees Celsius Hotter …

... All We Can prepare for is Extinction There's no "adaptation" to such steep warming. We must stop pandering to special interests, and try a new, post-Kyoto strategy by Oliver Tickell The Guardian (August 11 2008) We need to get prepared for four degrees Celsius of global warming, Bob Watson told The Guardian last week. … Continue reading On a Planet Four Degrees Celsius Hotter …