Thursday, March 20, 2014

Notice anything missing?

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

27 Staggering New Pictures Of The Somerset Levels Floods

Friday, January 17, 2014

End game.

If you’re too busy to read the evidence presented below, here’s the bottom line: On a planet 4 C hotter than baseline, all we can prepare for is human extinction (from Oliver Tickell’s 2008 synthesis in the Guardian). Tickell is taking a conservative approach, considering humans have not been present at 3.5 C above baseline (i.e., the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, commonly accepted as 1750). According to the World Bank’s 2012 report, “Turn down the heat: why a 4°C warmer world must be avoided” and an informed assessment of “BP Energy Outlook 2030” put together by Barry Saxifrage for the Vancouver Observer, our path leads directly to the 4 C mark. The 19th Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 19), held in November 2013 in Warsaw, Poland, was warned by professor of climatology Mark Maslin: “We are already planning for a 4°C world because that is where we are heading. I do not know of any scientists who do not believe that.”

Friday, June 14, 2013

Juneau could see record heat this weekend

JUNEAU, Alaska — Juneau could see record high temperatures this weekend after a string of abnormally warm days that have left some residents grumbling about the heat. National Weather Service meteorologist Rick Fritsch says daytime highs this week have run as much as 10-14 degrees above normal at the Juneau airport. He says normal temps for this time of year are around 62 degrees.

Warm Ocean Causing Most Antarctic Ice Shelf Mass Loss

This is a really bad sign. All it takes is a few degrees shift in temp and the currents in the ocean start shifting = massive change in moisture and climate patterns. PASADENA, Calif. -- Ocean waters melting the undersides of Antarctic ice shelves are responsible for most of the continent's ice shelf mass loss, a new study by NASA and university researchers has found. Scientists have studied the rates of basal melt, or the melting of the ice shelves from underneath, of individual ice shelves, the floating extensions of glaciers that empty into the sea. But this is the first comprehensive survey of all Antarctic ice shelves. The study found basal melt accounted for 55 percent of all Antarctic ice shelf mass loss from 2003 to 2008, an amount much higher than previously thought.

How do oysters spell climate change relief? A-N-T-A-C-I-D

Oyster hatcheries are dropping the equivalent of Tums and other antacids into water to make it easier for naked mollusk larvae to build their shells. The remedy is working, for now, to keep hatcheries in business and oyster bars well stocked with the slimy delicacies, a hatchery scientist said. Heartburn for the shellfish industry comes from ocean waters turning ever more corrosive as they absorb a fraction of the carbon dioxide humans are pumping into the atmosphere. The acidification, in turn, makes it harder for oyster larvae to build their shells.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Arctic melt hit record in a stormy 2012: U.N.

GENEVA – Melting of the Arctic’s sea ice reached a record extent in 2012, the ninth-hottest year on record, compounding concerns about climate change, the U.N. weather agency said Thursday. In a report on the situation in 2012, the World Meteorological Organization said that from August to September, the Arctic’s sea ice covered an area of just 3.4 million sq. km. That was a full 18 percent less than the previous record low, set in 2007.

United Nations: 2012 was 9th-hottest year since 1850

GENEVA — The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) says that last year was the ninth-warmest since record-keeping began in 1850, despite the cooling effect of the weather pattern called La Nina. The U.N.'s weather agency says this marks the 27th year in a row the global average temperature -- 58 degrees Fahrenheit in 2012 -- surpassed the 1961-1990 average.


A planet wide hurricane strength storm is coming, climatically speaking--and humans are bickering over who gets to stand under the flimsy umbrellas as the first rain drops hit.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Butterflies Booking It North as Climate Warms

Butterflies from the southern US that used to be rare in the northeast are now appearing there on a regular basis. The trend correlates to a warming climate report the authors of a paper in Nature Climate Change. Subtropical and warm-climate butterflies—including the giant swallowtail (photo above) and the zabulon skipper (photo below)—showed the sharpest population shift to the north. As recently as the late 1980s these species were rare or absent in Massachusetts.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Climate change felt by satellites and space junk

Rising carbon dioxide levels at the edge of space are apparently reducing the pull that Earth's atmosphere has on satellites and space junk, researchers say.

Hurricane Sandy Floods New York City The storm was once Hurricane Sandy but combined with two wintry systems to become a huge hybrid storm whose center smashed ashore late Monday in New Jersey.

Flooding in Venice

Tourists in Venice swap gondolas for wellington boots and swimming costumes as heavy rain floods The Floating City Seventy per cent of central Venice was under water yesterday after rainfall and seas whipped up by strong winds brought the Italian city's high tide mark to its sixth-highest level since records began in 1872.

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

What's Behind The Record Heat?

Heat is beating records around the country: the first five months of 2012 have been the hottest on record in the contiguous United States. And that's not including June, when 164 all-time high temperature records were tied or broken around the country, according to government records. That's unusual, since the most intense heat usually comes in July and August for much of the country, said Jake Crouch, a climate scientist with National Climatic Data Center. For example, only 47 all-time high records were tied or broken in June of last year.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Climate change and wild fires

Colorado wildfires: 32,000 evacuated as blaze jumps perimeter near Colorado Springs

"This is a firestorm of epic proportions," Colorado Springs Fire chief Richard Brown said at a news conference late Tuesday. "From the vantage point of a command post about 10 miles from the path of advancing flames," Reuters said, "the entire community of Mountain Shadows, a northwest subdivision, appeared to be enveloped in an orange glow after dark." Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, who surveyed the fire from the air, said: "It was like looking at the worst movie set you could imagine--it's almost surreal. You look at that, and it's like nothing I've seen before." Hickenlooper added: "This is the worst fire season in the history of Colorado."

Monday, August 15, 2011

New Zealand Snowstorm Believed To Be Heaviest In 30 Years (VIDEO)

New Zealanders were witnesses to what some forecasters are describing as a once-in-a-lifetime event Monday as the nation was hit with its heaviest snowstorm in 30 years.

Monday, August 01, 2011

Twilight of the Glaciers

the namesake glaciers, which, I had recently learned, might be around for only another decade or so. Given that a century and a half ago there were 150 and now there are 25, the trip makes me an enlistee in the practice known by a somewhat prickly term: last-chance tourism.