Michael Gove on climate change: "unarguable" it can have a devastating impact, he said back in 2014. *****A simple, 105 year old explanation of climate change (climate change recognised in 1912) Nicaragua withdrew from Paris saying it wasn't ambitious enough. Half of their electricity comes from renewables. Every major scientific/geophysical society & national academy on earth acknowledges that humans are causing #climate change. Here's a list. A great cover from a German magazine. Useful as a visual prompt for Monday? #ParisAccord □ Sweden, Germany and France are the EU’s #climate leaders, says study. Usually conservatives detest Washington, D.C. forcing government on the people. Now the people are going to force government on them. Fact check: Trump's Paris climate speech claims analyzed. So we’re getting out.
But we will start to negotiate, and we will see if we can make a deal that’s fair. And if we can, that’s great. And if we can’t, that’s fine. So that’s that. After months of fevered speculation and lobbying, Trump sticks to his campaign pledge to withdraw the US from the Paris climate accord. Compliance with the terms of the Paris accord and the onerous energy restrictions it has placed on the United States could cost America as much as 2.7m lost jobs by 2025, according to the National Economic Research Associates. Trump’s vision of a hobbled America, ransacked by pointless environmental regulation, draws upon a highly disputed study published in March. The Paris agreement itself places no “energy restrictions” on the US – it’s a voluntary agreement that leaves it up to countries to decide how to cut their emissions. For example, under the agreement, China will be able to increase these emissions by a staggering number of years – 13.
*****Instead of op-ed it's op-art. Captures the moment. Estonian artist Eiko Ojala in @nytimes. Editorial in FT on Trump's Paris decision: "Abdication of responsibility for single biggest threat the world faces" *****5 reasons why Trump's withdrawal from Paris won't have much impact. Who'd have thought a few years back that Arnold Schwarzenegger will be the most reasonable voice in US politics? The US tried to derail climate action before – and it ended in humiliating defeat. A smell of burning coal fills the chilly air as delegates pile into the conference chamber.
Outside, protestors shiver in polar bear suits under threatening skies and forbidding grey concrete; inside, smiles, colourful costumes and a warm glow. If the U.S. left the Paris agreement, it would leave 193 countries and join just Syria and Nicaragua. *****Time magazine cover: Trump's Fox News deputy national security advisor fooled him with climate fake news. As Politico reported, Trump’s deputy national security advisor K.T.
McFarland gave him a fake 1970s Time magazine cover warning of a coming ice age. The Photoshopped magazine cover circulated around the internet several years ago, but was debunked in 2013. Four years later, McFarland put the fake document in President Trump’s hands, and he reportedly “quickly got lathered up about the media’s hypocrisy … Staff chased down the truth and intervened before Trump tweeted or talked publicly about it.” *****Export of carbon emissions: Doing Our Dirty Work. “The United States will be required to more steeply reduce our carbon emissions while China won’t have to reduce anything,” climate change-denying Senator James Inhofe said of last week’s historic U.S.
-China emissions pact. Other critics have joined him in calling the agreement, which puts both nations on a path toward curtailing carbon pollution, fundamentally unfair. China has its own gripes, though, and some of them are pretty persuasive. *****hello, i have traveled far, who do i talk to about your climate policies (iceberg off Newfoundland) *****Wind farms not competing with average cat for bird-deaths. Eruption of Mt St Helens was also the start of the 'volcano gambit' used widely to diminish impacts of pollutants.
Trump 'can't escape climate change' impacts says Fiji PM. Fiji's Prime Minister has issued a coded warning to Donald Trump about the dangers of climate change.
The US leader is due to decide on future US participation in the Paris climate agreement after next week's G7 meeting in Italy. But Frank Bainimarama told delegates here that whether you lived in Miami or New York, you wouldn't be able to escape the rising seas. Fiji will lead the next key UN climate talks later this year. This normally low-profile May meeting of UN delegates has been overshadowed to an extent by the ongoing question of future US involvement in the Paris accord.
While not addressing Mr Trump or the US directly, Mr Bainimarama told the negotiators that he would bring his own experience as a Pacific islander to his role as head of the Conference of Parties. *****The magnificent sculpture, Support in Venice, highlights the threat of climate change to the city. (Image: Lorenzo Quinn, Support, 2017) *****The 1981 TV documentary that warned about global warming.
On the evening of Tuesday, 8 December, 1981, the UK’s only commercial TV channel, ITV, broadcast an hour-long documentary called “Warming Warning”.
It was among the earliest occasions – possibly the earliest – anywhere in the world where a major broadcaster aired a documentary dedicated solely to the topic of human-caused climate change. The documentary, which was made by the now-defunct Thames Television, has sat in the archives largely unseen ever since. Until now. Carbon Brief has tracked down the copyright holder, FremantleMedia Ltd, and persuaded it to release into the public domain a selection of key clips from the documentary. The clips provide a poignant, historical insight into what scientists knew about climate change almost four decades ago – and how the world was beginning to react in terms of the resulting geopolitical, technological and societal ramifications.
Time-capsule. *****Trump makes major change to US climate change narrative. Image copyright Getty Images "This is, I think, one of the most historic attacks on climate and environmental action that the US has ever seen," said Liz Perera from the Sierra Club.
Her words are certain to cheer Trump supporters everywhere. Green "job-killing" regulations limiting energy production have long been a red rag for Donald Trump, as candidate and President. *****Link to value of monitoring: The REF’s focus on linear and direct impact is problematic and silences certain types of research. In the last Research Excellence Framework (REF), the new element of research impact was understood in very linear and direct terms.
Aoileann Ní Mhurchú, Laura McLeod, Stephanie Collins and Gabriel Siles-Brügge consider how accepted definitions of impact may have had the effect of silencing certain types of research. Research and impact should be seen as a two-way street, where academics engage with their research subjects as part of a process of co-production. Moreover, impact must be thought of as a collective endeavour that captures the broader social and cultural benefits of academic work.
*****Macron invites scientists to France: I have a message for you guys. #ScienceMarch. Global warming 'hiatus' doesn't change long term climate predictions – study. An apparent hiatus in global warming that spawned a decade-long controversy has had no impact on long-term climate projections, a detailed analysis has concluded.
The slower rise in temperatures from 1998 to 2012 has repeatedly been cited by climate sceptics as a sign that the climate is less sensitive to greenhouse gases than previously thought – or even that global warming has stopped. The latest study rejects this view, suggesting that there was ultimately no meaningful deviation between what climate models predicted and what was observed.
Iselin Medhaug, who led the work at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, said: “In the beginning there seemed to be some sort of discrepancy and some people concluded we can’t use these models for anything. That isn’t true.” The analysis also aims to reconcile a series of seemingly contradictory findings on whether the so-called pause even took place.
*****Cartoon: Trump's EPA has started to scrub climate change data from its website #ScienceNotSilence. 30 years ago, my research pointed at the future impacts of #climate change on California #water. The future is here. *****What if Earth treated us the way we treat Earth? (video clip) *****Climate change could transform gardens (RHS 2017 report) Artificial lawns, plants from arid countries and flower beds designed to cope with floods are among future features of UK gardens outlined in a major new report.
As the world warms and weather patterns shift, the study by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) concludes that British gardens will need to adapt. Traditional designs with "immaculate, well-watered lawns" and "Edwardian" borders may be too hard to maintain if the weather becomes more volatile. The report warns that climate change looks set to bring more extremes and more erratic weather with stronger storms, heavier downpours and more intense heatwaves potentially damaging plants and eroding soil. But the authors also welcome the prospect of longer growing seasons and say there are new opportunities to use more varied plants in wider areas of the country. They identify a sharp divide across the UK with climate change bringing contrasting prospects to different regions.
The overriding concern is handling excessive water. *****Posters Imagine National Parks in 2050 under a Changed Climate. Climate change was not always a partisan issue. Memo from the George H.W. Bush White House, 1989. The TV Meteorologist’s Dilemma: When To Talk About Climate Change? When the temperature in Chicago hit 70 degrees in February this year, meteorologists were having a ball. “It just keeps getting better and better!” Exclaimed Steve Baskerville of CBS Chicago. But when Curious Citizen Mark Mesle saw all that sun in the forecast, he had mixed feelings. “It was a beautiful day and I went to the park,” he admits. “But I also just genuinely worry. The "Window of Time" is closing, now. #climatechange #Geologicalchange #Earthquake #GlobalWarming. *****Climate pledge further out of reach - 'business as usual'
*****Impact of Trump on climate change policies. *****Anthropogenic climate change: How human error could have created the Sahara desert. Once upon a time, the Sahara was green. There were vast lakes. Hippos and giraffe lived there, and large human populations of fishers foraged for food alongside the lakeshores. The “African Humid Period” or “Green Sahara” was a time between 11,000 and 4,000 years ago when significantly more rain fell across the northern two-thirds of Africa than it does today.
5 ways to think about the remarkable slowdown in global CO2 emissions. *****Climate Debt. In the run-up to the 2009 Copenhagen climate summit, large parts of the global justice movement united around a push for the concept of climate debt. Climate change denial & energy conspiracy are high on the president’s agenda @314action fighting back. "The Geography of Graffiti: Even the graffiti in #W9 is middle class. Climate change computer model vindicated 30 years later by what has actually happened. Nearly 30 years ago, scientists developed a computer model of the Earth’s climate that predicted the level of global warming – to the ridicule of ‘sceptics’ at a time when there still seemed to be a debate over the issue.
Now two leading researchers have compared the model’s results with what actually happened over the last three decades and, to their surprise, found they were “very similar”. For example, when it was first made the model came up with unexpected forecast of little or no warming in the Southern Ocean. Shell on climate change: "Once Earth clearly warms, it can be too late for effective mitigation to reduce or even stablilize effects" (1986) A terrible example of a non-political issue being politicized. Shell's 1991 warning: climate changing ‘at faster rate than at any time since end of ice age’ Climate change “at a rate faster than at any time since the end of the ice age – change too fast perhaps for life to adapt, without severe dislocation”. That was the startling warning issued by the oil giant Shell more than a quarter of a century ago.
The company’s farsighted 1991 film, titled Climate of Concern, set out with crystal clarity how the world was warming and that serious consequences could well result. “Tropical islands barely afloat even now, first made inhabitable, and then obliterated beneath the waves … coastal lowlands everywhere suffering pollution of precious groundwater, on which so much farming and so many cities depend,” says the film’s narrator, over disturbing images of people affected by natural disasters and famine. “In a crowded world subject to such adverse shifts of climate, who would take care of such greenhouse refugees?”
The film was made for public viewing, particularly in schools and universities, but is believed to have been unseen for many years. Climate change is not science fiction, Jeremy Clarkson. One of the most irritating things that climate scientists have to put up with these days is the bombardment of what I call "bollockspeak" from scientifically illiterate celebrity deniers and polemicists hiding behind their pulpits in the national press. Ignorance is bliss, or so they say, but it can also be perfidious; especially so when accompanied by the mindless arrogance and puffed-up smugness of the know-it-all who demonstrably does not know it all. This was displayed to perfection at the Hay festival a few weeks ago. I was talking about my new book, Waking the Giant, which addresses the well-established, but not widely known, links between a changing climate and a sometimes violent response from the solid Earth.
William Happer, the man tipped to be Donald Trump's chief scientific advisor, has called out "climate alarmism". Climate change denier who says no one can explain global warming gets completely schooled by someone explaining it. Hi @DavidRoseUK we updated your graph - hope it helps make your next article OK for Wikipedia :) @ed_hawkins @flimsin @dougmcneall #fixedit. *****Sweden criticises US climate stance Reveals ambitious carbon emissions law Photo familiar? @IsabellaLovin. Badlands national park – the new heroes of the resistance. Name: Badlands national park. Location: South Dakota, United States. Appearance: Vast wild prairies, rich fossil beds and magnificently sculpted buttes. A government war on science can do a lot of lasting damage. Good thread here. All References to Climate Change Have Been Deleted From the White House Website. At 11:59 am eastern, the official White House website had a lengthy information page about the threat of climate change and the steps the federal government had taken to fight it.
At noon, at the instant Donald Trump took office, the page was gone, as well as any mention of climate change or global warming. It’s customary for www.whitehouse.gov to flip over to the new administration exactly at noon, but the only mention of climate on President Trump’s new website is under his “America First Energy Plan” page, in which he vows to destroy President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, which is a government-wide plan to reduce carbon emissions and address climate change. @LBFlyawayhome it’s nodern so I won’t buy it but I’ll be taking a look! One more time: There is no global warming "hiatus" #climatechange. Cultural cognition project - Cultural Cognition Blog - Cultural cognition? Oy! What's a science journalist supposed to do?...
I received this pieces of correspondence from a science journalist, who puts the emminently reasonable question, So what do I, as science journalists, do to combat or avoid the forms of toxic polarization associated with cultural cognition? I offer a few leads in my response, but it occurred to me that the most likely way that Dieter would get a fully satisfying answer would be to invite the 14 billion (with Dieter, make that 14 billion & one) reader of this blog to weigh in. Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources is now pretending not to know about climate change.
Cherry-picking: This is how #climatechange denial works. Freezing in record lows? You may doubt global warming, says scientist. If you're shivering from unusually teeth-rattling cold this holiday season, global warming is probably the last thing on your mind. A reminder from Peter Wilby in @NewStatesman that a war on climate science happens in the UK media too. This is shocking & shameful. Note to @BreitbartNews: Earth Is Not Cooling, Climate Change Is Real and Stop Using Our Video to Mislead Americans.
An Open Letter from Scientists to President-Elect Trump on Climate Change - Scientific American Blog Network. President-elect Trump has called climate change a Chinese hoax, vowed to dismantle America's climate and clean energy policies, and appointed climate deniers with ties to the fossil fuel industry to his transition team and Cabinet. In response, more than 800 Earth science and energy experts in 46 states have signed an open letter to Donald Trump, urging him to take six key steps to address climate change to help protect “America’s economy, national security, and public health and safety.”
All signatories are pursuing or hold a PhD in relevant disciplines, with a few exceptions for other leaders in the field. All are either American or work in the United States. The release of this open letter is accompanied by a public petition, which can be signed at Change.org. To President-elect Trump We, the undersigned, urge you to take immediate and sustained action against human-caused climate change. An Alarming Tweet From the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Scott and Shackleton logbooks prove Antarctic sea ice is not shrinking 100 years after expeditions. The Chancellor failed to mention the words 'climate change' even once in his #AutumnStatement - My response in Parliament to #AS2016.
Trump to scrap Nasa climate research in crackdown on ‘politicized science’ Trump to scrap Nasa climate research in crackdown on ‘politicized science’ Sculpture by street artist Isaac Cordal, titled "Politicians Debating Global Warming" Exxon knew of climate change in 1981, email says – but it funded deniers for 27 more years. 365 major U.S. companies, from @MarsGlobal to @LEVIS, urge Trump to stick to #ParisAgreement:
Donald Trump actually has very little control over green energy and climate change. KTs e.g. mitigation; key players; stakeholders; climate change #COP22 in Marrakech. It's too early to talk about climate change refugees in Bangladesh. Kiribati keeping a keen eye on Morocco climate talks. US Election: The impact of climate. Before the Flood: Leonardo DiCaprio hopes his new film will inspire climate action. Climate Change Is Not The ‘Biggest Killer’ Of Biodiversity. New study undercuts favorite climate myth ‘more CO2 is good for plants’ Britain’s leading climate change sceptic Nigel Lawson says global warming is real. Professor Brian Cox clashes with Australian climate sceptic. Now I understand the mind of @SenatorMRoberts cc @ProfBrianCox @flimsin.