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Brace yourself, the polar vortex is shifting. Climate change has hit the Arctic worse than ever over the past few years, but that doesn't mean the Northern Hemisphere is going to be experiencing a mild winter this year.

Brace yourself, the polar vortex is shifting

In fact, a new study shows that the polar vortex is shifting, and it's going to make winters on the east coast of the US and parts of Europe even longer, with exceptionally cold temperatures expected during March. The polar vortex is that lovely zone of cold air that swirls around the Arctic during winter. Warning of Global Havoc as Possible Arctic 'Tipping Points' Pile Up. What is happening in the Arctic will not stay in the Arctic.

Warning of Global Havoc as Possible Arctic 'Tipping Points' Pile Up

In an ominous (though not hopeless) report published Friday, researchers warn that as many as 19 various 'tipping points' could be triggered by the increasingly warm temperatures in the world's northern polar region. "[These rapid Arctic] changes will destabilize the regional and global climate, with potentially major impacts. " —Johan Rockström, Stockholm Resilience Centre The Arctic Resilience Report, produced under the auspices of the Arctic Council by an international team of researchers from multiple institutes and universities, is the first comprehensive assessment of its kind, looking at the unique region from a combined social and ecological perspective.

By surveying and synthesizing a large body of previous research on how both communities and natural systems are responding to global warming, the report offers a worrying conclusion. La Relève et La Peste. Hubert Reeves, célèbre astrophysicien, appelle les citoyens à s’organiser en réseau pour protéger la nature et l’écosystème, via le concept d’ « Oasis Nature ».

La Relève et La Peste

L’idée n’a rien de révolutionnaire : il s’agit de reverdir villes et campagnes à l’échelle de tout un chacun. Mais la force de l’initiative repose sur le réseau et sur une charte de qualité : reverdir oui, mais pas n’importe comment ! L’astrophysicien Hubert Reeves est un touche à tout : à la fois docteur honorifique de plus de douze universités, passionné de musique classique, metteur en scène de spectacles, il est aussi et avant tout un fervent défenseur de l’écologie. Le franco-canadien est un militant écologique actif depuis les années 2000. Les Oasis Nature : un concept… mais qui existe déjà Alors qu’il donne une conférence devant des milliers de personnes, Reeves est interpelé par un jeune homme : « Mais, et nous, à notre échelle, que peut-on faire pour changer les choses ? Une exigence de qualité. Screenings - The science is clear, the future is not. National Geographic.

Go on the set for an exclusive inside-look at the making of Genius, featuring interviews with Ron Howard, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Johnny Flynn, and more.➡ Subscribe: Watch all Genius Clips here: GENIUS PREMIERES TUESDAY APRIL 25 9/8c.

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About Genius:From Executive Producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, National Geographic's first scripted anthology series, GENIUS, will focus on Nobel Prize-winning physicist Albert Einstein. The all-star cast includes Geoffrey Rush, Johnny Flynn, and Emily Watson. Get More National Geographic:Official Site: Mobile.nytimes. Global Temperatures Since 1900. Global Carbon Atlas. Vers la ville “durable et connectée” : un chemin plus tortueux qu’il n’y paraît. L’initiative pour le « développement urbain connecté » (Connected Urban Development, CUD) que promeut Cisco, et qui a tenu conférence à Amsterdam les 23 et 24 septembre 2008, frappe d’abord par son ambition et par le niveau d’engagement qu’elle a obtenu de 7 grandes métropoles mondiales.

Vers la ville “durable et connectée” : un chemin plus tortueux qu’il n’y paraît

Le maire d’Amsterdam a consacré toute une journée à la conférence, celui de Lisbonne a fait le déplacement ; Manoel Barroso, président de la Commission européenne, et Viviane Reding, commissaire européenne à la Société de l’information et aux Médias, ont envoyé un message vidéo. Chacune des villes associées a engagé un ou plusieurs projets de grande ampleur : un réseau de télécentres de proximité, un système de péage urbain, des bâtiments verts, flexibles et intelligents, une production et une distribution d’énergie décentralisées… Si ces projets réussissent, ils peuvent avoir une incidence significative sur la consommation d’énergie, les congestions urbaines, la pollution. Goodbye World: We’ve Passed the Carbon Tipping Point For Good. It’s a banner week for the end of the world, because we’ve officially pushed atmospheric carbon levels past their dreaded 400 parts per million.

Goodbye World: We’ve Passed the Carbon Tipping Point For Good

Permanently. According to a blog post last Friday from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, “it already seems safe to conclude that we won’t be seeing a monthly value below 400 ppm this year—or ever again for the indefinite future.” Their findings are based on weekly observations of carbon dioxide at Hawaii’s Mauna Loa Observatory, where climate scientists have been measuring CO2 levels since 1958. What’s so terrifying about this number? Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say.

The Gulf Stream that helps to keep Britain from freezing over in winter is slowing down faster now than at any time in the past millennium according to a study suggesting that major changes are taking place to the ocean currents of the North Atlantic.

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say

Scientists believe that the huge volumes of freshwater flowing into the North Atlantic from the rapidly melting ice cap of Greenland have slowed down the ocean “engine” that drives the Gulf Stream from the Caribbean towards north-west Europe, bringing heat equivalent to the output of a million power stations. Scientists believe that huge volumes of freshwater flowing into the North Atlantic from the rapidly melting ice cap of Greenland have slowed down the ocean “engine” that drives the Gulf Stream (Getty) Flooding Risk From Climate Change, Country by Country. More than a quarter of Vietnam’s residents live in areas likely to be subject to regular floods by the end of the century.

Flooding Risk From Climate Change, Country by Country

Four percent of China’s residents — 50 million people — live in the same kind of areas. Across the globe, about one person in 40 lives in a place likely to be exposed to such flooding by the end of the century, absent significant changes. These figures are the result of a new analysis of sea levels and flood risk around the world, conducted by Climate Central and based on more detailed sea-level data than has previously been available. The analysis offers country-by-country estimates for populations at risk of regular flooding, accounting for a range of potential emissions reductions and for variations of sea level sensitivity to climate change. Globally, eight of the 10 large countries most at risk are in Asia. What-if-carbon-dioxide-was-pink. Written by Gregg Kleiner.


Here’s one dads desperate attempt to slow climate change by thinking pink… As a father, I often lie awake nights tossing and twisting with worry about the climate crisis and how it will impact the lives of my children, their children, children all over the world. Unexpectedly Widespread Permafrost Melting Could Set Off A Greenhouse Gas Timebomb.

Beneath much of the Arctic resides vast stores of greenhouse gases, locked up for millennia in icy soils.

Unexpectedly Widespread Permafrost Melting Could Set Off A Greenhouse Gas Timebomb

With this in mind, a pair of studies provides a double whammy of bad news: Not only are these frozen reservoirs thawing out more extensively than previously thought, but at this stage, there’s little that can be done about it. Carbon dioxide and methane are indubitably the two most potent greenhouse gases. Worldometers - real time world statistics. David Suzuki "Time is Running Out: Ecology or Economics?" THE SAGAN SERIES - The Pale Blue Dot. Companies & Organizations. Forward, 26° FORWARD is an enterprise creating a positive future for our planet.

We work exclusively on projects that synergise vibrant communities, a healthy environment, and a strong economy. Paul Stamets: 6 ways mushrooms can save the world. If Everyone Lived in an 'Ecovillage', the Earth Would Still Be in Trouble. By Samuel Alexander / We are used to hearing that if everyone lived in the same way as North Americans or Australians, we would need four or five planet Earths to sustain us. Pencils, Pixels and the pursuit of Awesomeness. THIS EXAMPLE SHOWS A traditional walk cycle animation where each frame is drawn completely by hand.

What makes this particular animation advanced is that it requires not only drawing skills, but a sense of rhythm and timing. Äntligen börjar vi (några av oss) förstå framtiden! Forskare: Ny mini-istid kan vara på väg hit. Solen borde vara full av aktivitet. Is our Sun falling silent? "I've been a solar physicist for 30 years, and I've never seen anything quite like this," says Richard Harrison, head of space physics at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire.

He shows me recent footage captured by spacecraft that have their sights trained on our star. The Sun is revealed in exquisite detail, but its face is strangely featureless. CO2, birth & death rates by country, simulated real-time. ENOUGHNESS: Restoring Balance to the Economy in the Most Awesome Way Ever. Many Earth-Like Planets Have Climates Too Hot for Life. Charles Q. Choi An alien planet climate analysis cuts nearly in half the estimated number of habitable planets in our galaxy, scientists reported on Wednesday.

Allan Savory’s key concepts: an infographic cheat sheet. Environment. Glyphosate Found in Human Urine Across Europe. People in 18 countries across Europe have been found to have traces of the weed killer glyphosate in their urine, show the results of tests commissioned by Friends of the Earth Europe and released today. Source: The findings raise concerns about increasing levels of exposure to glyphosate-based weed killers, commonly used by farmers, public authorities and gardeners across Europe.

Earth Open Source: Home. Effects of Colony Collapse Disorder Now Manifesting in California. UCAR - University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. Roll your cursor over any region to view potential impacts Africa Increased water stress for 75–250 million people by 2020 Loss of arable land, reduced growing seasons, and reduced yields in some areas Threats to low-lying coastal areas posed by sea-level rise Further degradation of mangroves and coral reefs Decreased fish stocks in large lakes. African Groups Reject G8 Biotech Food Plan as ‘Colonialism’

The Curse of Fertilizer - Photo Gallery. Earth's Inconstant Magnetic Field. Can Somebody Just Give This Guy A Million Bucks Already? 1-800-Recycling - Find Recycling Center Locations and How To Recycle Specific Items. March 27, 2014 How to Recycle Cell Phones The average American gets a new cell phone every 18 months.

Learn how you can recycle or reuse your older model when you upgrade. March 25, 2014. Global Warming Simulation, Global Warming Interactive, Climate Change Interactive. Study Finds 37 Countries Face Severe Water Shortages. Is Shrinking Sea Ice Behind Chilly Spring? Pole Shift Catastrophe's Coming Soon. Rising Seas - Interactive: If All The Ice Melted. How Many Gigatons of CO2? Monsanto-gmo-do-not-buy.jpg (500×800) Everything Petroleum Does, Hemp Does Better. This Is Why I’m Afraid Of My Couch. Here is my manifesto for rewilding the world. Decline of bees forces China's apple farmers to pollinate by hand. Home - HumanCoral. Environment/Ecology. Alternative Socio-economic systems.