Climate change already a health emergency, say experts People’s health is being damaged today by climate change through effects ranging from deadly heatwaves in Europe to rising dengue fever in the tropics, according to a report. Billions of hours of farmwork has been lost during high temperatures and global warming has damaged the ability to grow crops, it said. The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change was produced by 150 experts from 27 universities and institutions including the World Health Organization and the World Bank. “The findings are clear and the stakes could not be higher,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO director-general. “We cannot delay action on climate change.
CICERO AV: Glen Peters Publisert 10.08.2017 Many have reported that CO2 emissions from fossil fuels and industry are flat, but we have had a record increase in CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere. Tiny sea creatures are saving us from hell on earth. So why are we endangering them? Deep in the ocean where the sun don’t shine, fissures in the earth’s crust spew super-heated geothermal water and gases of up to 400 degrees Celsius. Sounds like hell? Not quite — hydrothermal vents discovered just 40 years ago by scientists, teem with a surprising abundance of life. And these hotbeds of biodiversity are crucial for underwater ecosystems and the global climate, according to a recent report in Frontiers In Marine Science. The vents dot the sea floor at depths of 5,000 to 13,000 feet, gushing sulfides, methane, iron, and hydrogen into the ocean.
Seven More DataViz-Related Pinterest Profiles to Follow - Policy Viz A few weeks ago, I pulled together a list of a dozen dataviz-related Pinterest profiles I recommend you follow. A few people weighed in with some of their favorite Pinterest profiles, so I thought I’d pull them together into this follow-up post. I’m sure there are even still more great collections, so feel free to add to the list in the comment section below. Previous post: A Dozen DataViz-Related Pinterest Profiles to Follow Nadieh Bremer (@NadiehBremer)
Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: The New Google Earth Has Exciting Features for Teachers April , 2017 Google has just released a brand new version of Google Earth for both Chrome and Android. This new version has come with a bunch of interesting features you can use for educational purposes with your students in class. Here is a quick overview of each of these features: 1- Voyager Voyager is a showcase of interactive guided tours to help you virtually explore beautiful places from all around the globe. Climate Change Deniers Are Blocking Progress, UN Report Suggests The United Nations’ annual assessment of global progress on climate change delivers familiar bad news this year -- the problem is getting worse, not better -- with a new twist: For the first time, political ideology is singled out for obstructing changes that would slow global warming. The annual calculation of the “emissions gap,” the chasm between global pollution and international efforts to limit it, lays new blame with behaviors and cultures that lead some nations, including the U.S., to fall short on pollution goals. “There is a tendency for citizens to question problems if policy solutions challenge their world views,” the authors write.
Scientist Slams Climate Change Deniers In Brilliant Viral Post The overwhelming consensus on climate change in the scientific community is that it's real, and it's man-made. The most commonly-cited figure is that 97.1 percent of scientific studies support the view that climate change is caused by humans. Even though this is an overwhelming consensus, it has still left room for climate-change deniers to claim that maybe the 2.9 percent are right. "Today, the global warming alarmists are the equivalent of the flat-Earthers," Ted Cruz famously said a few years ago. "It used to be [that] it is accepted scientific wisdom the Earth is flat, and this heretic named Galileo was branded a denier." However, a study has already looked at the 3 percent of studies denying climate change is man-made and has found that every single one of them was flawed.
ncentrations of warming gases break record 6 November 2013Last updated at 05:07 ET By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent, BBC News The WMO says that fossil fuel activities such as oil refining are driving atmospheric levels of CO2 to record highs A Dozen DataViz-Related Pinterest Profiles to Follow - Policy Viz Admittedly, I’m not the biggest Pinterest user. I use it for my own library of graphics I like and don’t, teaching materials, and other assorted sundries. But there are a few collections of data visualizations that are worth your time; users who keep a large and updated set of resources in data visualization and related areas like typography, color, and design. I’m sure there are more, so feel free to add to the list in the comment section below. In the meantime, here is a (baker’s) dozen of my favorite Pinterest users in data visualization and related areas (alphabetically ordered by first name) with their Twitter feeds to boot:
Half of All Plastic Was Made in the Past 13 Years - The Atlantic In 2014, scientists found a new kind of of “stone” on the beaches of Hawaii. It was made of sand, organic debris, volcanic rock, all swirled together with melted plastic. So they proposed the name “plastiglomerate” and they suggested that, as plastic lasts pretty much forever, these stones could be a marker of the Anthropocene in the rock record. In the future, our time might be defined by our use of plastics. Antarctica ramps up sea level rise Ice losses from Antarctica have increased global sea levels by 7.6 mm since 1992, with two fifths of this rise (3.0 mm) coming in the last five years alone. The findings are from a major climate assessment known as the Ice Sheet Mass Balance Inter-comparison Exercise (IMBIE), and are published today in Nature. It is the most complete picture of Antarctic ice sheet change to date - 84 scientists from 44 international organisations combined 24 satellite surveys to produce the assessment. The assessment, led by Professor Andrew Shepherd at the University of Leeds and Dr Erik Ivins at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, was supported by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Their findings show that, prior to 2012, Antarctica lost ice at a steady rate of 76 billion tonnes per year - a 0.2 mm per year contribution to sea level rise.
This Teacher's Neat (But Extremely Gross) Experiment For Her Students Has Gone Viral Teaching children to love science can be difficult. Getting kids to wash their hands can be even more so. Well, one teacher in Gray's Creek, North Carolina, has managed to do both for her class in one foul, really gross swoop. Cutting soot and methane emissions would not help the climate as much as hoped We’re not making great progress cutting carbon dioxide emissions on a global scale, so the U.S. has been working with other nations on the less controversial strategy of reducing methane and soot. These pollutants have more severe immediate impacts on the climate than does CO2, and they break down much more quickly in the atmosphere. But research published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that this strategy would be less effective than previously believed. Scientists modeled the climatic effects of a dreamy scenario: Methane emissions are reduced to the greatest extent thought possible; the use of wood- and coal-burning stoves and heating systems is phased out worldwide by 2035; and strict controls are placed on vehicle exhaust.