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Why some scientists are worried about a surprisingly cold ‘blob’ in the North Atlantic Ocean. January–August 2015 Blended Land and Sea Surface Temperature Percentiles.

Why some scientists are worried about a surprisingly cold ‘blob’ in the North Atlantic Ocean

(NOAA) It is, for our home planet, an extremely warm year. Indeed, last week we learned from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that the first eight months of 2015 were the hottest such stretch yet recorded for the globe’s surface land and oceans, based on temperature records going back to 1880. Why Not Start Today: Backyard Carbon Sequestration Is Something Nearly Everyone Can Do. Part one of a series about using regenerative gardening techniques to enhance carbon storage while improving soil health.

Why Not Start Today: Backyard Carbon Sequestration Is Something Nearly Everyone Can Do

To make it simple as a crayon sketch, there are two ways to mitigate climate change that, in tandem, could work. One is to lower emissions. To decarbonize, if you will—and de-nitrous oxide-ize, de-methane-ize, and de-soot-ize as well. It is true that to keep the earth’s average temperature from warming more than 2° C (3.6° F), emissions will have to fall. Drastically. Trying To Follow What Is Going On In Syria And Why? This Comic Will Get You There In 5 Minutes. That warning has become a global alert.

Trying To Follow What Is Going On In Syria And Why? This Comic Will Get You There In 5 Minutes.

Since the uprising against Assad in March 2011, over 240,000 people have been killed, 4 million Syrians have fled their country, and over 7 million have been displaced. Do the Math - The Movie. The Point of No Return: Climate Change Nightmares Are Already Here. Historians may look to 2015 as the year when shit really started hitting the fan.

Climate change information in Scotland. A range of websites, mainly funded by the Scottish Government through its agencies and programmes, contain climate change information for Scotland.

Climate change information in Scotland

This includes our own Climate Change pages. These websites do not have mutually excluding target audiences and they all need separate updates. We are working with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), Sniffer, Adaptation Scotland and ClimateXChange on this. How can we better utilise the resources put into developing and updating Scottish climate change information websites? Fossil fuel divestment is rational, says former Shell chairman. The former chairman of Shell has said that investors moving their money out of fossil fuel companies is a rational response to the industry’s “distressing” lack of progress on climate change.

Fossil fuel divestment is rational, says former Shell chairman

Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, who spent almost four decades at Shell and rose to be its chairman, also said the big oil and gas companies had been calling for a price to be put on CO2 emissions for 15 years but had done little to make it happen. His striking remarks are the most supportive of divestment made by any senior figure in the fossil fuel business. They will also be chastening for Shell. Drought urgency hits rain country: Washington governor declares state emergency. Washington Gov.

Drought urgency hits rain country: Washington governor declares state emergency

Jay Inslee declared a statewide drought Friday — citing historically low snowpack, dwindling rivers and rising temperatures that have plunged nearly the entire West Coast into official emergency status. It Only Took Four Months For China To Achieve A Jaw-Dropping Reduction In Carbon Emissions. By Ari Phillips Posted on Share this: "It Only Took Four Months For China To Achieve A Jaw-Dropping Reduction In Carbon Emissions"

It Only Took Four Months For China To Achieve A Jaw-Dropping Reduction In Carbon Emissions

8 Reasons for Climate Optimism, From Teen Rapper and Activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez. Young Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, rapper and climate change activist, is part of the generation that will inherit what is being wrought on Mother Earth right now.

8 Reasons for Climate Optimism, From Teen Rapper and Activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

With scientists warning of various tipping points, cautioning about the continued extraction and use of fossil fuels, and raising the alarm about melting ice and rising seas, the outlook would seem to be dire. Yet Xiuhtezcatl, 14, sees at least eight reasons to be optimistic about the human race’s ability to persevere. Gormley climate change artwork shown for first time in the Guardian. Doubt over climate science is a product with an industry behind it. It’s a product that you can find in newspaper columns and TV talk shows and in conversations over drinks, at barbecues, in taxi rides and in political speeches.

Doubt over climate science is a product with an industry behind it

You can find this product in bookstores, on sponsored speaking tours, in the letters pages of local newspapers and even at United Nations climate change talks. This product is doubt - doubt about the causes and impacts of climate change, the impartiality of climate scientists, the world’s temperature records, the height of the oceans and basic atmospheric physics. There’s doubt too about the “agenda” of policy makers and government environment agencies and a continued attempt to politicise climate science as “leftist”. Could the 2C climate target be completely wrong? In a nondescript conference centre five years ago, as temperatures fell to freezing outside in the streets of Copenhagen and protesters gathered, world leaders did something remarkable: they put a limit on how high temperatures should be allowed to rise as man-made global warming takes hold.

Could the 2C climate target be completely wrong?

It was the first time the nearly 200 countries in the UN climate talks process had put a number on what constituted the limit for dangerous climate change (Germany had done it years before, followed by the EU). And with hindsight, is one of the signal agreements of a summit that was widely derided as a failure. Mainstream French Newspaper Covers Toxic Climate Engineering Fallout. Our gratitude to the mainstream media in France for covering what US corporate media won’t, the ongoing climate engineering and the toxic fallout it produces. The article below was translated for geoengineeringwatch.org. For the original article in French, click the source link. Climate Change Has Found a New Victim: Gravity. The news: If you're still having trouble believing climate change is a real thing, here is another item on the list of things affected by global warming: gravity. According to the latest report by the European Space Agency, detailed satellite imaging has shown that "the loss of ice from West Antarctica between 2009 and 2012 caused a dip in the gravity field over the region.

" While gravity might seem like a fixed concept, it actually varies across the Earth's surface depending on planetary rotation, latitude, altitude and geology. And while this latest shift is nothing to be alarmed about (penguins aren't suddenly going to drift into space), it is a big indication of how much ice we are quickly losing in West Antarctica. 5 Dire Climate Change Predictions. Photo via Flickr user South Bend Voice The streets of New York were flooded with demonstrators sounding the alarm on climate change last Sunday. An estimated 310,000 people took part in the People's Climate March, alongside famous faces like the U.N. Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon and actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo. How a 3-Minute Film Is Making a Long-Term Difference on Climate Change  This is the story of how a three-minute film watched by over 120 world leaders at the United Nations this morning was produced by a newly empty nested mother of three who had never produced a minute of film before.

It began 26 years ago when my friend, Cindy Horn, and I were pregnant with our first born and concerned about what the scientific community was telling us about the man-made threat to the planet that was soon to welcome our innocent babies. Our concern soon translated into the start of the Environmental Media Association, whose mission was to get writers, producers and directors to include environmental issues into the content of their stories. Climate change is a global emergency. Stop waiting for politicians to sound the alarm.

7 charts that help make sense of this week's UN climate summit. On Sunday, an estimated 300,000 people gathered in New York City to demand action on climate change. What Ecologists Are Most Worried About Right Now: 5 Emerging Trends in Climate Change Ecology  When scientists publish an analysis of the impacts of climate change on species, ecosystems and people, the language used can sound terribly distant and cold. The Politics of Climate Change. Study Finds Indigenous Land Management Highly Effective in Combating Climate Change by David Kaimowitz. The study highlights the story of Brazil, where increasing indigenous rights to the rainforest helped cut carbon emissions by 3.2 billion tons. posted Jul 28, 2014. Climate-change summary and update. Updated frequently, and most recently 20 December 2013. ** Latest additions are flagged with two asterisks on each side.

Arctic News: Focus on Methane. By Malcolm Light. Climate Change: The Bigger Picture. I’ve noticed some parallels among three defining institutions of our civilisation: money, war, and mainstream religion. Youths sue U.S. government over climate inaction. Young people across the country are suing several government agencies for failing to develop a climate change recovery plan, conduct that amounts to a violation of their constitutional rights, says their lawyer Julia Olson. Rising Seas - Interactive: If All The Ice Melted. KRNV News 4 - Timeline Photos. Green Party launch 10 point flood response plan. Climate change warning labels on gas pumps? - Fossils & Photons – Energy and Clean Tech.

100,000 Bats Fall from the Sky in Australia Due to Extreme Heat Wave.