Thomas P. Wagner Thomas P. Wagner Follow Tom Wagner on Twitter Thomas P. Wagner is the NASA Program Scientist for the cryosphere. He directs NASA activities for study of the earth’s polar regions, glaciers, sea ice, and related aspects of climate change and sea level rise. Before joining NASA in early 2009, Tom was Program Director for Antarctic Earth Sciences at the US National Science Foundation. Tom holds a bachelors degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton, and a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After finishing his PhD, Tom spent six years teaching at the University of Papua New Guinea, where he was also involved in university administration and foreign aid projects. Learn more about volcanic ash from Tom Wagner:
Fifth Assessment Report - Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability Click to on the link to download the chapter, graphics, authors etc. Front Matter Part A - 5.3 MBFront Matter Part B - 0.14 MBSummary for Policymakers - 6.4MB Technical Summary 12.7MB Cross-chapter box compendium 10.5MB Part A: Global and Sectoral Aspects Context for the AR5 Point of departure - 3.4MB Foundations for decisionmaking - 1.0MB Natural and Managed Resources and Systems, and Their Uses Freshwater resources - 5.4MB Terrestrial and inland water systems - 10.2MB Coastal systems and low-lying areas - 2.5MB Ocean systems - 12.0MB Food security and food production systems - 2.2MB Human Settlements, Industry, and Infrastructure Urban Areas - 4.8MB Rural Areas - 2.0MB Key economic sectors and services - 1.2MB Human Health, Well-Being, and Security Human health: impacts, adaptation, and co-benefits - 3.7MB Human security - 1.3MB Livelihoods and poverty - 2.3MB Adaptation Multi-Sector Impacts, Risks, Vulnerabilities, and Opportunities Part B: Regional Aspects Regional context - 7.5MB Annexes Chapters
Scientists in Revolt against Global Warming Global warming became a cause to save life on earth before it had a chance to become good science. The belief that fossil fuel use is an emergency destroying our planet by CO2 emissions took over the media and political arena by storm. The issue was politicized so quickly that the normal scientific process was stunted. We have never had a full, honest national debate on either the science or government policy issues. Everyone "knows" that global warming is true. What is never discussed is this: the theory of global warming has catastrophic implications for our economy and national security. President Obama has spoken out passionately on the danger of developing oil and gas because of man-made global warming. Obama calls for the debate to end. Happily, our president is wrong. More and more scientists are revolting against the global warming consensus enforced by government funding, the academic establishment, and media misrepresentation. It takes a lot of courage. In America, Dr. Dr.
Globalization, Climate Change, and Human Health The global scale, interconnectedness, and economic intensity of contemporary human activity are historically unprecedented,1 as are many of the consequent environmental and social changes. These global changes fundamentally influence patterns of human health, international health care, and public health activities.2 They constitute a syndrome, not a set of separate changes, that reflects the interrelated pressures, stresses, and tensions arising from an overly large world population, the pervasive and increasingly systemic environmental impact of many economic activities, urbanization, the spread of consumerism, and the widening gap between rich and poor both within and between countries. In recent decades, international connectivity has increased on many fronts, including the flow of information, movements of people, trading patterns, the flow of capital, regulatory systems, and cultural diffusion. Effects of Globalization on Population Health Demographic Changes Global Climate Change
Obama unveils major climate change proposal - CNNPolitics.com "Today after working with states and cities and power companies, the EPA is setting the first ever nationwide standards to end the limitless dumping of carbon pollution from power plants," Obama said Monday from the White House, adding shortly thereafter "Washington is starting to catch up with the vision of the rest of the country. " The "Clean Power Plan" is the final version of regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency, which President Barack Obama called "the biggest most important step we've ever taken to combat climate change," in a video released by the White House on social media Saturday night. "We're the first generation to feel the impact of climate change and the last generation that can do something about it," Obama said on Monday. Busted: 3 myths about Obama's climate plan (Opinion) Under the plan, the administration will require states to meet specific carbon emission reduction standards, based on their individual energy consumption. Former Florida Gov.
Australians fear Coalition is not taking climate change seriously, poll shows | Environment Australians are deeply worried the Abbott government is underestimating the importance of climate change, new polling shows, as cabinet debates crucial long-term targets for greenhouse gas reductions. The annual polling by the Climate Institute thinktank reveals Australians overwhelmingly support wind and solar energy – as the Coalition seeks to limit support for both – and see it as inevitable that coal-fired power stations will have to be phased out and replaced. But at the same time, almost half those surveyed (47%) think Labor’s carbon policies will “just increase electricity prices and not do much about pollution”. Federal cabinet will on Monday decide on the post-2020 emissions reduction target Australia will take to the UN Paris talks in December and the decision will then be presented to the Coalition party room. Labor has not promised bipartisan support to a “lowball” target but has also not yet outlined a costed policy to reach a long-term climate goal.
A Harsh Climate for Trade: How Climate Change Proposals Threaten Global Commerce The upcoming Copenhagen conference on climate change has led to calls for the United States to adopt a climate change abatement program in advance. In an effort to minimize adverse effects on certain domestic industries from higher energy costs, however, proponents of a cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gas emissions have loaded up their proposal with giveaways, loopholes, and barriers to imports from nations with less stringent emission caps. These trade measures are likely to be ineffective at best and harmful to U.S. interests at worst. First, the key targets of the proposed import barriers, India and China, are relatively minor sources of imports of energy-intensive goods. To the extent that global warming is a real problem warranting action, it needs to be addressed globally rather than through unilateral efforts.
50 Doomiest Graphs of 2010 The Graph of the Day feature comprises Desdemona’s assault on the left hemisphere of the brain, in the quixotic quest against delusional hope. This post complements the media barrage on the right hemisphere, 50 Doomiest Photos of 2010. 2010 yielded a torrent of new scientific data that documents the accelerating destruction of the biosphere, and Desdemona managed to capture a few graphs from the flood. Here are the most doom-laden graphs of 2010, chosen by scope, length of observational period, and sleekness of presentation. 2013 doomiest graphs, images, and stories 2012 doomiest graphs, images, and stories 2011 doomiest graphs, images, and stories 2010 doomiest graphs, images, and stories Americans’ Beliefs about the Evidence for Global Warming Americans’ Beliefs about the Evidence for Global Warming, by Departure of Local Weather from Normal Temperature in Week Prior to Survey. 800,000-Year Record of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Concentration Thermal Stress on Caribbean Corals, 1985–2006
Climate talks need to address ocean warming and acidity threat. August 13, 2015 – Whatever we are doing to the atmosphere by adding greenhouse gases will take centuries to repair. But the damage to the ocean makes these atmospheric perturbations look like a sideshow. That’s because the ocean is our biggest carbon sink and filling it with carbon dioxide (CO2) is changing the pH balance making it more acidic with consequences for the life that is dependent upon it. In a recent study appearing in the journal Science, scientists measuring the cumulative impact of CO2 on the ocean predict by 2100 that pH levels will have fallen by 0.4, a 150% increase in ocean acidity since the mid-19th century when we first began keeping comprehensive records. For marine animals from corals to shellfish, and from fish to whales, acidification at this rate of change will have a negative impact. Extinction is the greatest threat posed by ocean acidification. A number of scientists think so. Unintended consequences of this type seeding include: So what can be done?