Climate change: Earth's giant game of Tetris - Joss Fong. The Coming ‘Instant Planetary Emergency’ Waves wash over a roller coaster from a Seaside Heights, New Jersey, amusement park that fell in the Atlantic Ocean during Superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo) This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive the latest updates from TomDispatch.com. I grew up planning for my future, wondering which college I would attend, what to study, and later on, where to work, which articles to write, what my next book might be, how to pay a mortgage, and which mountaineering trip I might like to take next.
Now, I wonder about the future of our planet. The reason, of course, is climate change—and just how bad it might be came home to me in the summer of 2010. The route had changed dramatically enough to stun me. I haven’t returned to Mount Rainier to see just how much further that glacier has receded in the last few years, but recently I went on a search to find out just how bad it might turn out to be. The Sleeping Giant Stirs. This Is Probably The Funniest, Most Effective Way To Deal With People Who Ignore Science Facts Ever.
No Pressure. Already Dangerous 1. Climate research nearly unanimous on human causes, survey finds | Environment. A survey of thousands of peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals has found 97.1% agreed that climate change is caused by human activity. Authors of the survey, published on Thursday in the journal Environmental Research Letters, said the finding of near unanimity provided a powerful rebuttal to climate contrarians who insist the science of climate change remains unsettled. The survey considered the work of some 29,000 scientists published in 11,994 academic papers. Of the 4,000-plus papers that took a position on the causes of climate change only 0.7% or 83 of those thousands of academic articles, disputed the scientific consensus that climate change is the result of human activity, with the view of the remaining 2.2% unclear.
The study described the dissent as a "vanishingly small proportion" of published research. Public opinion continues to lag behind the science. "There is a gaping chasm between the actual consensus and the public perception," Cook said in a statement. A grand solar minimum would barely make a dent in human-caused global warming. Posted on 14 August 2013 by dana1981 The Maunder Minimum was a period of very low solar activity between 1645 and 1715, and the Dalton Minimum was a period of low (but not as low as the Maunder Minimum) solar activity between 1790 and 1830.
Solar research suggests that we may have a similar period of low solar activity sometime this century. 400 years of sunspot observations data, via Wikipedia Recent articles in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten (translation available here) and in the Irish Times both ran headlines claiming that another grand solar minimum could potentially trigger an "ice age" or "mini ice age" this century. These articles actually refer to the Little Ice Age (LIA) – a period about 500 to 150 years ago when global surface temperatures were about 1°C colder than they are today.
"I can imagine that it will become 0.2°C colder. The short answer is, 'No.' Fortunately, Solar Output is Stable Peer-Reviewed Research Says Global Warming will Continue. IPCC Third Assessment Report - Climate Change 2001 - Complete online versions | GRID-Arendal - Publications - Other. Jasper Kirkby: The CLOUD experiment at CERN. The great global warming swindle - Full version. Burtrutan/downloads/EngrCritiqueCAGW-v4o3.pdf. Carbon Omissions: how the UK outsourced its carbon footprint – video animation | Environment.
Do the Math - The Movie. Food and climate change: the forgotten link. Climate change endangers food security in Himalayan communities such as Dunche, in Nepal’s Rasuwa District. In this photo Tamang women pound and sift wheat. (Photo credit: Minority Rights Group/Jared Ferrie) Food is a key driver of climate change. How our food gets produced and how it ends up on our tables accounts for around half of all human-generated greenhouse gas emissions. A new food system could be a key driver of solutions to climate change. Most studies put the contribution of agricultural emissions – the emissions produced on the farm - at somewhere between 11 and 15% of all global emissions. What often goes unsaid, however, is that most of these emissions are generated by industrial farming practices that rely on chemical (nitrogen) fertilizers, heavy machinery run on petrol, and highly concentrated industrial livestock operations that pump out methane waste.
Emissions from agriculture account for only a portion of the food system's overall contribution to climate change. n85re.AuSt.79.jpg (620×413) Arctic Sea Ice: What, Why and What Next | Guest Blog. On September 19th, NSIDC, the National Snow and Ice Data Center, announced that Arctic sea ice has shrunk as far as it will shrink this summer, and that the ice is beginning to reform, expanding the floating ice cap that covers the North Pole and the seas around it. The Arctic Sea Ice extent this September was far smaller than the previous record set in 2007.
At 3.4 million square kilometers of ice coverage, this year’s Arctic minimum was 800,000 square kilometers smaller than the 2007 record. That difference between the previous record and this year’s is larger than the entire state of Texas. An ice-free summer in the Arctic, once projected to be more than a century away, now looks possible decades from now.
Some say that it looks likely in just the next few years. What’s happening in the Arctic? Why is it happening? Figure 1 - Ice in the Arctic is increasingly melting, exposing dark waters below. Conditions in the Arctic change dramatically through the seasons. Is that plausible? 1. An interview with Kevin Anderson: “Rapid and deep emissions reductions may not be easy, but 4°C to 6°C will be much worse” 2 Nov 2012 An interview with Kevin Anderson: “Rapid and deep emissions reductions may not be easy, but 4°C to 6°C will be much worse” Kevin Anderson is the Deputy Director of the UK Tyndall Centre and is an expert on greenhouse-gas emissions trajectories. He will be giving the annual Cabot Institute lecture, ‘Real Clothes for the Emperor’ on 6th November in Bristol, which has already sold out.
I was hoping to be able to go and report on it for you here, but no longer can, so instead, I spoke to Kevin last week, by Skype. I am very grateful for his time, and for a powerful, honest and thought-provoking interview. Could you share with us your analysis of where you think we find ourselves in terms of climate change and what’s our current trajectory if we carry on as we are? It’s not just about our emissions now. Can we for definite, in your opinion, say that this year’s extreme weather can be linked to climate change? Certainly not. Yes, I think that would be a fair comment. How to Make Alternative Energy. Www.iisd.org/pdf/2009/rising_temps_middle_east.pdf.