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May 2017

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Trump still hasn’t decided whether to dump the Paris climate agreement or not. Born and raised in Oahu, Hawaii, Evan Weber went to the same K-through-12 school attended by future President Barack Obama.

Trump still hasn’t decided whether to dump the Paris climate agreement or not.

By the time Weber got to college, he was taking his fellow Punahou School alum to task for what Weber believed was an inadequate climate action plan. Together, Weber, a college buddy, and one of their professors drafted their own climate agenda, a policy report they initially simply called “The Plan.” A direct response to Obama’s 2013 climate plan, this version called for the U.S. to go even further in reducing carbon emissions and proposed a set of financial and regulatory solutions to make it happen. Weber ran an Indiegogo campaign to drum up support around The Plan and started popping up as a climate evangelist in media outlets like the Huffington Post, Al Jazeera, and Newsweek. Now his goal is to build the political power necessary to enact it.

WaterCycle. Antarctica Is Going Green, Thanks To Climate Change. Climate change deniers have pointed to Antarctica’s apparently slow rate of change as a reason to doubt the scientific consensus on global warming.

Antarctica Is Going Green, Thanks To Climate Change

But new research investigating moss cover in the region suggests that this is just wishful thinking. Researchers from the University of Exeter say that over the past fifty years, scientists have documented far faster warming in both the Arctic and Antarctic than in other regions of the globe. Indeed, the Antarctic Peninsula has experienced an air temperature change of close to 3°C. And ocean temperatures west of the Antarctic Peninsula have warmed by roughly 1°C since 1995. As a whole, Antarctica has displayed one of the fastest warming rates of anywhere on the planet. The sea is rising three times faster than we thought. If cities are the future of sustainability, they can’t only be green — they have to be livable, too.

The sea is rising three times faster than we thought.

Enter Ritchie Torres, New York City’s youngest elected official, hell-bent on making the city more affordable for its most vulnerable inhabitants. Torres, who is Afro-Latino and the first openly LGBT politician from the Bronx, cut his political teeth as a tenant organizer. He ran for city council in 2013 at the behest of a mentor who saw potential in the self-described introvert — and won. Reassessment of 20th century global mean sea level rise. Author Affiliations Edited by Anny Cazenave, Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales, Toulouse Cedex 9, France, and approved April 17, 2017 (received for review September 28, 2016) Significance Estimates of global mean sea level (GMSL) before the advent of satellite altimetry vary widely, mainly because of the uneven coverage and limited temporal sampling of tide gauge records, which track local sea level rather than the global mean.

Reassessment of 20th century global mean sea level rise

Here we introduce an approach that combines recent advances in solid Earth and geoid corrections for individual tide gauges with improved knowledge about their geographical representation of ocean internal variability. Abstract. Les arbres marchent vers l’ouest. Des cristaux de glace en suspension produisent des flashes visibles depuis l'espace - Ciel & Espace. Des microalgues pour sauver la planète.

Meet the fixers: These activists want carbon polluters to pay. The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority mentioned the leak in an annual report on offshore exploration but revealed no details about who operated the well.

Meet the fixers: These activists want carbon polluters to pay.

That information came to light on Friday, when Woodside Petroleum — Australia’s largest oil and gas producer, owned by Royal Dutch Shell — admitted to owning the well on the North West Shelf of the country. The leak began in April 2016 and lasted about two months. All told, it spilled nearly 2,800 gallons of oil into the ocean. Woodside gave a statement to the Australian Broadcasting Company claiming the spill caused no damage: “Due to the composition of the fluid, small quantity released, water depth at release site, and distance from environmentally sensitive areas, there was no lasting impact to the environment.” Dramatic Venice sculpture comes with a big climate change warning.

Italy's famed city of Venice has grappled with flooding and encroaching waters since the Middle Ages.

Dramatic Venice sculpture comes with a big climate change warning

But as global warming speeds up sea level rise, the charming destination is steadily slipping underwater. Italian artist Lorenzo Quinn calls attention to this threat with his arresting, larger-than-life sculpture in the sinking city. Support features two 5,000-pound hands bursting out of the Grand Canal and grasping the walls of the historic Ca' Sagredo Hotel. "I have three children, and I'm thinking about their generation and what world we're going to pass on to them," Quinn said in an interview.

"I'm worried, I'm very worried. "

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Supercomputer-models-show-severe-turbulence-will-increase-with-climate-change. By now most of us know about the major impacts that global climate change will cause like droughts and rising sea levels, but every once in a while we find out about strange consequences we hadn’t considered before like crops having lower nutritional value or planes encountering more turbulence.

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That’s right. Get ready for far bumpier flights in the future. Love This? Never Miss Another Story. As New Jersey’s flooding crisis intensifies, low-income people feel the worst impacts. Coastal communities are enduring growing flood risks from rising seas, with places like Atlantic City, sandwiched between a bay and the ocean, facing some of the greatest threats.

As New Jersey’s flooding crisis intensifies, low-income people feel the worst impacts

Guided by new research by Climate Central’s Scott Kulp and Benjamin Strauss, reporter John Upton and photographer Ted Blanco chronicled the plight of this city’s residents as they struggle to deal with the impacts. Upton spent months investigating how the city is adapting, revealing vast inequity between the rich and the poor. A driver plowed a sedan forcefully up Arizona Avenue, which had flooded to knee height during a winter storm as high tide approached. The wake from the passing Honda buffeted low brick fences lining the tidy homes of working-class residents of this failing casino city, pushing floodwaters into Eileen DeDomenicis’s living room. DeDomenicis has lived in this house since 1982, a few hundred feet from a bay. La hausse rapide du méthane alarme les climatologues. Antarctica’s collapsing ice shelf just sprouted a new crack.

Winter has descended on Antarctica.

Antarctica’s collapsing ice shelf just sprouted a new crack

Even as cold and darkness blankets the bottom of the world, the region’s most watched ice shelf is is continuing its epic breakdown. A crack started spreading across the Larsen C ice shelf in 2010, reaching 100 miles in length in February. Researchers with Project MIDAS, a British group monitoring the ice shelf, have spotted the first major change to the rift since then. A roughly six-mile crack branching off the main chasm recently formed, further altering the already unstable ice shelf. Is the climate consensus 97%, 99.9%, or is plate tectonics a hoax?

Four years ago, my colleagues and I published a paper finding a 97% consensus in the peer-reviewed literature on human-caused global warming.

Is the climate consensus 97%, 99.9%, or is plate tectonics a hoax?

Since then, it’s been the subject of constant myths, misinformation, and denial. In fact, last year we teamed up with the authors of six other consensus papers, showing that with a variety of different approaches, we all found the expert consensus on human-caused global warming is 90–100%. Most of the critiques of our paper claim the consensus is somehow below 97%.

For example, in a recent congressional hearing, Lamar Smith (R-TX) claimed we had gone wrong by only considering “a small sample of a small sample” of climate studies, and when estimated his preferred way, it’s less than 1%. But in a paper published last year, James Powell argued that the expert consensus actually higher – well over 99%.