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Re: Global Warming is WITH US
« Reply #825 on: March 14, 2017, 12:36:24 pm »

Oceans found to be dramatically hotter than previously thought

The world’s oceans are storing up staggering amounts of heat — and it’s even more than we thought

The Washington Post, March 10, 2017

The world is getting warmer every year, thanks to climate change — but where exactly most of that heat is going may be a surprise.

As a stunning early spring blooms across the United States, just weeks after scientists declared 2016 the hottest year on record, it’s easy to forget that all the extra warmth in the air accounts for only a fraction of the heat produced by greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, more than 90 percent of it gets stored in the ocean. And now, scientists think they’ve calculated just how much the ocean has warmed in the past few decades. 

A new study, in the journal Science Advances, suggests that since 1960, a staggering 337 zetajoules of energy — that’s 337 followed by 21 zeros  — has been added to the ocean in the form of heat. And most of it has occurred since 1980.

“The ocean is the memory of all of the past climate change,” said study co-author Kevin Trenberth, a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. 

The new value is a number that significantly exceeds previous estimates, Trenberth noted. Compared with ocean warming estimates produced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the new values are about 13 percent greater. This is the result of a new methodology for estimating ocean warming, involving a series of steps “that really make this paper different than previous ones,” Trenberth told The Washington Post. 

In previous decades, there have been a lot of challenges associated with monitoring temperature changes in the ocean. Before the year 2000 or so, most monitoring instruments had to be deployed from ships. This mean that scientists only had the most reliable data for parts of the world that lie along major shipping routes. 

In the past 15 years, though, scientists have developed the “Argo” network, a system of free-drifting devices that are designed to periodically adjust their buoyancy, so they can sink several thousand meters into the sea, collect measurements, and then rise back up to the surface. There are now about 3,500 of these devices deployed throughout the world’s oceans, leading to a much better dispersal of observations. 

The new study, which was led by Lijing Cheng of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and included other scientists from that institution, from the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, employs a new methodology for using both the recent Argo measurements and past observations from ships to produce a continuous series of estimates from 1960 to 2015.

The scientists incorporated an updated database of pre-Argo measurements that have been corrected for certain biases, as well as information from climate models, and extended existing observations of ocean conditions taken at specific locations to larger areas of the sea. They then conducted a comparison of recent Argo data with measurements created using their new methodology and found that the method produces true-to-life results. 

The results suggest that the ocean has been sucking up more heat than previous research has indicated. In fact, according to Trenberth, the new estimates help explain observations of global sea-level rise that scientists have had difficulty accounting for until now.

A certain percentage of sea-level rise can be attributed to the expansion of ocean water, caused by rising water temperatures, while the rest comes from melting glaciers. Scientists have good estimates of how much melting ice is going into the ocean, but they’ve come up a bit short in the past in trying to reconcile the rest of the planet’s observed sea-level rise with their estimates of how much the ocean has warmed in recent decades. 

“This actually fills in the gap,” Trenberth said. 

The study also suggests that the extra heat is not being stored evenly throughout the oceans.
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The Atlantic and Southern oceans, in particular, are the biggest new heat reservoirs, the results indicate, storing about 59 percent of the heat despite accounting for less than half of all the ocean area in the world.

The researchers think the reason has to do with a major ocean current system known as “overturning circulation.” This system is kind of like a giant ocean conveyor belt that runs warm water from the equator toward the poles, where it cools, sinks to the bottom of the oceans and flows back in the other direction. The system helps transport both heat around the world, and the overturning process is pronounced in both the Atlantic and Southern ocean waters. 

While the paper’s staggering new results reaffirm the importance of the ocean as a climate change buffer — without it, much of that heat would remain in the atmosphere or the earth’s land masses — it’s certainly not without consequences. Rising ocean temperatures are believed to be a major cause of the mass coral bleaching that’s occurred all over the world over the past several years, in conjunction with an unusually strong El Niño beginning in 2015.

It’s still unclear how other organisms might be affected, but many marine animals thrive best within specific temperature ranges. Many marine biologists believe that continued warming, along with other climate-related changes such as ocean acidification, may force certain species to migrate to cooler or deeper areas in the future. 

Trenberth added that increasing heat moving into the surface of the ocean could also lead to “dead spots” in the ocean — places where layers of warm water get stuck on top of layers of cooler water. When this stratification happens, it can become more difficult for the waters to mix and churn as they normally would, a process that helps stir up nutrients and oxygen that are vital to marine organisms. 

All this is to say that climate change affects far more than just our air temperature — and the new study documents its clear progression in places thousands of meters below the surface of the sea. The results also come at a sensitive point for ocean and climate research, just a week after The Washington Post revealed a proposal from the Trump administration that calls for significant budget cuts for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, including a 26 percent cut for its Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research. It’s the primary research arm of NOAA, Trenberth pointed out, and such drastic cuts to the program could mean even basic observations programs like Argo may no longer continue. 

“As a result, the information will not even be there,” Trenberth said. “That would be tragic.”

Chris Mooney contributed to this report. 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/03/10/the-worlds-oceans-are-storing-up-staggering-amounts-of-heat-and-its-even-more-than-we-thought/



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« Reply #826 on: March 15, 2017, 04:54:15 pm »


Agelbert Observation: The Ocean off the East Coast of the USA is WAY TOO HOT for this time of the year. Yes, we just had a huge snow storm. I just roof raked about 30 inches off my happy ;D manufactured home with the aid of my wife. 


And NO, that doesn't mean their "ain't no global warming". These types of high precipitation storms in the summer AND the winter are precisely what has been predicted as just one of the effects of global Warming (and this was predicted decades ago, by the way).

What that hot ocean  means is that the transition from winter to summer will be violent, as well as sudden. This has also been predicted by climate scientists as a result of Global Warming.

In Vermont, just one of the downsides of a fast transition from winter to summer temperatures is that it spells doom for the Maple Syrup harvesting business. WHY? ???  Because they require spring temperatures above freezing (0 degrees C is freezing) in the day and below freezing at night.

Thank the fossil fuel industry    and the Trump Wrecking Crew    (sorry for repeating myself  ;)) for the high Maple Syrup Prices and (among a LONG list of actions that are degrading the biosphere) for refusing to put a certain type of bumblebee we are losing in Vermont on the endangered species list.  >:(
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« Reply #827 on: March 16, 2017, 05:00:35 pm »
 

"Climate 101" with Bill Nye


https://www.climaterealityproject.org/video/climate-101-bill-nye


The Fossil Fuelers   DID THE Climate Trashing, human health depleting CRIME,   but since they have ALWAYS BEEN liars and conscience free crooks, they are trying to AVOID   DOING THE TIME or     PAYING THE FINE!     Don't let them get away with it! Pass it on!   
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« Reply #828 on: March 16, 2017, 05:13:52 pm »

 

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The only hope to save the world's coral reefs is to take immediate action to stop climate change, according to new research published Wednesday in the journal Nature. The study analyzed 2016 bleaching events in the Great Barrier Reef, finding that they were mostly driven by rising temperatures and that local efforts to reduce pollution and overfishing did little to keep the reefs alive.

2016 was the worst year for coral bleaching worldwide, with over 90 percent of the corals on the Great Barrier Reef affected. Only 9 percent of the reef has avoided bleaching since 1998.

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“Climate change is not a future threat,” the study's lead author told the New York Times. “On the Great Barrier Reef, it’s been happening for 18 years.”

http://mashable.com/2017/03/15/great-barrier-reef-coral-bleaching-report/#eKF3klmkyiqC
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« Reply #829 on: March 16, 2017, 05:21:49 pm »
 

Doctor's Orders: 

Groups representing more than half the doctors in the U.S. affirmed Wednesday that climate change is already harming Americans' health. In a new report, the Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, a group comprised of 11 major medical societies representing more than 400,000 doctors, state that "climate change is already causing problems in communities in every region of our nation."

This many doctors coming together on an issue "only happens when the stakes are really high,” Mona Sarfaty, director of the Consortium, told the Huffington Post. The report divides health impacts into three categories: direct harms from climate change-altered weather, increased spread of disease and contamination, and mental health effects.

https://insideclimatenews.org/news/15032017/climate-change-health-disease-doctors

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« Reply #830 on: March 16, 2017, 05:44:15 pm »
Republicans file climate resolution as public concern hits 30-year high

Published on 16/03/2017, 11:01am 

In a repudiation of President Trump’s stance, 17 lawmakers from his party are calling for “economically viable” climate policies.

By Megan Darby 

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US president Donald Trump may be determined to de-fund climate science, scrap emissions curbs and bring back coal, but there is dissent in his party ranks.   

In a resolution filed on Wednesday, 17 Republican lawmakers registered concern about the risks associated with climate change and called for “economically viable” policies to address it.

Led by New York representative Elise Stefanik, Florida’s Carlos Curbelo and Pennsylvania’s Ryan Costello, the green conservatives warned: “If left unaddressed, the consequences of a changing climate have the potential to adversely impact all Americans.”

They expressed support for measures to address the causes and effects of global warming, “using our tradition of American ingenuity, innovation, and exceptionalism”.

It came as a Gallup poll showed 45% of Americans worry “a great deal” about global warming, the highest level in three decades. Belief the phenomenon is primarily caused by human activity – reflecting the scientific consensus – also reached a record high of 68%.

Gallup suggested a series of warm weather records, coupled with anxiety about Trump’s dismissive stance, could be behind the heightened climate concern.

http://www.climatechangenews.com/2017/03/16/republicans-file-climate-resolution-public-concern-hits-30-year-high/



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« Reply #831 on: March 17, 2017, 01:01:43 pm »
Republican War on Facts modus operandi

Tanker Dumping Ballast Polluted Water with BMS (Ballats Managemenet System). BMS is a fig leaf for in-your-face ocean pollution for fossil fuel profits.




When the Road Runner learned that Wile E. Coyote was a Trumper Fossil Fueler.

Orwellian Ethics - the old Blame the Victim Fossil fueler TRICK - owl scripture


Destroying the earth corrupt government fossil fuelers





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« Reply #832 on: March 17, 2017, 07:08:32 pm »
Yes, this goes here. You will find out why in the second half of the audio program.  8)

Economic Update: Housing Crisis in the US
Friday, March 17, 2017 

By Richard D. Wolff, Truthout | Audio Segment

This week's episode discusses the Fed and interest rates, new US and China inequality data, wage stagnation, and big bankers' affinity for Trump. The episode also includes an interview with Walter South, founder of The Trust for Affordable Housing.

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« Reply #833 on: March 18, 2017, 02:25:13 pm »
Greenland Ice melt




Scientists Calculate That Humans Cause at Least Half the Loss of Arctic Sea Ice

Posted on Mar 17, 2017

By Tim Radford / Climate News Network

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/humans_cause_at_least_half_of_sea_ice_loss_20170317

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« Reply #834 on: March 19, 2017, 08:30:37 pm »
2017-03-17 - Huge swath of mangrove forest bakes to death in Australia:
http://www.fasterthanexpected.com/2017/03/14/they-died-of-thirst-extreme-conditions-wipe-out-forest-over-1000-kilometres/

Quote: "The death of mangrove forests stretched over 1000 kilometres of Australia’s northern coast a year ago has been blamed on extreme conditions including record temperatures. Dr Duke said scientists now know that mangroves, much like coral reefs, are vulnerable to a warming climate and extreme weather events. Until now, Australian mangroves were considered to be in relatively good condition, and there had never been such dieback recorded."

Quote: "The death of so much mangrove forest in one hit is 'unprecedented', a researcher says."

Note: So it's not 'just' the Great Barrier Reef being wiped out in Australia now, but some large areas of land-based life too..

Yep. And they certainly were warned about all these deleterious offects of Catastrophic climate Change for over 50 years.

I recently answered a confused fellow who is still sitting on the fence in regard to Global Warming and how burning fossil fuels is causing Catastrophic climate change.

"The trouble I have with the whole "climate change" discussion is why this warming trend is bad."   

I answered:

It's BAD because most of the effects HAVE NOT been felt. IOW, the OCEAN is a HEAT TIME BOMB that we do not have the technology to handle.

Also, the greening of latitudes near the poles will NOT compensate for the browning near the equator BECAUSE over 80% of all the land species in the biosphere (BOTH flora nd fauna) occupy the tropics.

Finally, ocean acidification, if not stopped by a MASSIVE international effort to prevent more CO2 pollution from the burning of fossil fuels, guarantees MOST of the shell forming species (which happen to be food for ALL of the larger fish species we eat) will die along with most of the Oxygen producing algae (ocean phytoplankton), which now provides HALF (or more) of the Oxygen we get. That's right, at least HALF of all photosynthesis comes from ocean algae, NOT land based plants. And then there's the deforestation on land... Do you get the picture?


The ocean CANNOT continue that massive absorption of CO2 for more than another decade or so before saturation is reached, acidification causes massive phytoplankton and shell forming species die offs. AND THEN MOST OF THE HEAT GOES DIRECTLY INTO THE ATMOSPHERE (as opposed to a mere 2.3% now).

If anybody thinks the oceans will continue to buffer our giant carbon pollution, they are living in la la land (or work for the fossil fuel industry — but I repeat myself).

EVERY POLITICIAN, be they a Democrat or Republican, that takes a nickel from the fossil fuel industry should be THROWN OUT IN 2018, OR SOONER.

In January of 2017, NASA released data confirming that globally, 2016 was the hottest year on record -- the third consecutive year this record has been broken. Even more disturbing, in the last three years alone global temperatures rose 0.4°C: an extreme acceleration of planetary warming that has been unmatched in 136 years of record keeping.

According to the reinsurance giant Munich Re, the US had more floods in 2016 than any year in recorded history with 19 different floods swamping the nation.

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/39540-viewing-trump-s-extreme-climate-denial-from-a-small-island-nation-in-peril

BUT, it seems the fossil Fuel Industry has convinced the governments of the world that THERE IS NO ALTERNATIVE to the fossil fuel business model...




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« Reply #835 on: March 20, 2017, 04:26:21 pm »
Caught on video

March 12, 2017 5:00 pm 

New footage shows giant waves crashing into a cruise ship while a passenger is looking out the window

Footage from inside of a Royal Caribbean cruise ship that ran into a storm last year shows the scary moment 30 foot waves crash into the ship as a passenger looks out the window.

The ship was carrying more than 4,500 guests and 1,600 crew members and was heading to Port Canaveral in Florida, but it was forced to turn around and return to New Jersey due to the weather. Passengers were forces to stay in the cabins overnight while the rough winds and waves knocked items about the ship.

In the video, the passenger looking out the window says, “We’re just staying in one place, hoping not to die.”

When the waves hit, his friend says, “Jesus Christ man. We’re underwater, under the third floor.”

The ship suffered damages, and four people were injured during the storm. At times the boat was sent leaning at a 45 degree angle. The National Weather Services Ocean Prediction Center issued an alert four days prior to the cruise, but Royal Caribbean said the weather was not predicted. It was originally headed to Florida and the Bahamas, and all guests were given full refunds and discounts on future cruises.

Later that year, it was caught in another storm while on making its way to Bermuda.

http://rare.us/rare-news/caught-on-video/new-footage-shows-giant-waves-crashing-into-a-cruise-ship-while-a-passenger-is-looking-out-the-window/

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« Reply #836 on: March 20, 2017, 06:04:37 pm »
You can keep that cruise ship travel.
I must have drowned in a previous life.


Same here. A brother of mine took me for a ride on his sailboat (37' Westphal Dualer) once. Well, we got to the mouth of the harbor and the seas were a bit on the choppy side. THEN we experienced what sailors call an accidental jive (NO FUN AT ALL!  :o). The sheets were loose and the main mast was busy trying to knock us into the water.

After a few minutes of mayhem, my brother managed to start the auxiliary engine and bring us back into the harbor away from the chop and back to a level footing.

After that, I told my brother I would only ride on a sailboat again when they started making them with gimbaled cabins.   Of course nobody makes sailboats with gimbaled cabins.

 I had watched the gimbaled sink remain upright while all the gyrations were going on and I thought that was kind of neat.    At any rate, give me a catamaran or a tri-maran any day over a single keel sailboat. I DO NOT like to have to lean sideways all the time.  :P I expect sailors to call me an old fuddy duddy. That's their problem!   
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« Reply #837 on: March 20, 2017, 07:42:10 pm »


Climate Change Is Making Kenya's Droughts More Severe

 Monday, March 20, 2017 

By Lyndal Rowlands, Inter Press Service | Report

SNIPPET:

United Nations—The Super El Nino of 2015 to 2016 wrought droughts and floods around the world, yet it is its sister La Nina that is now fuelling drought and hunger in East Africa.

IPS spoke with Macharia Kamau, Kenya's Permanent Representative to the United Nations and an expert on climate change and El Nino and La Nina.

"Climatic events have taken on a rather different pattern now because of climate change," said Kamau.

These events, such as the current drought in East Africa, are becoming "more severe," "less predictable" and are happening "more often," he said. "Those three things put everyone who is on the path of these climatic events at higher risk."

Kenya's current severe drought, exacerbated by the recent La Nina, has left over two million people in Kenya without enough to eat.

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« Reply #838 on: March 21, 2017, 12:20:08 pm »

You can keep that cruise ship travel.
I must have drowned in a previous life.


Same here. A brother of mine took me for a ride on his sailboat (37' Westphal Dualer) once. Well, we got to the mouth of the harbor and the seas were a bit on the choppy side. THEN we experienced what sailors call an accidental jive (NO FUN AT ALL!  :o). The sheets were loose and the main mast was busy trying to knock us into the water.


After a few minutes of mayhem, my brother managed to start the auxiliary engine and bring us back into the harbor away from the chop and back to a level footing.

After that, I told my brother I would only ride on a sailboat again when they started making them with gimbaled cabins.   Of course nobody makes sailboats with gimbaled cabins.

 I had watched the gimbaled sink remain upright while all the gyrations were going on and I thought that was kind of neat.    At any rate, give me a catamaran or a tri-maran any day over a single keel sailboat. I DO NOT like to have to lean sideways all the time.  :P I expect sailors to call me an old fuddy duddy. That's their problem!
   

Great story. It's jibe, fwiw.

I have done everything wrong, so I can't criticize. It does sound like your brother might have been learning his own way around boats. Live and learn, as they say. I have had similar experiences. It helps greatly if you know what you're doing. :)


Eddie said, "It's a jibe".
I stand corrected.  :-[ I ain't no sailor but I remembered part of the word, anyways. I didn't mean to jive ya.  :icon_mrgreen: Sailors have strange words. I always thought sheets were something you covered yourself with in bed, not a line or a rope.  ;)

Yeah, my brother (an airline pilot) had just bought the boat (1973-74). It's a wonder he didn't sink it.  :P
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« Reply #839 on: March 21, 2017, 05:50:41 pm »


Peru El Nino Lima flooding damage destruction. A dog stands among the debris of a destroyed home in Huachipa, Lima, Peru, March 19, 2017

The rapid and unusual warming of the waters off northern Peru has unleashed the deadliest rainfall the South American country has seen in decades.

Significant amounts of rain have fallen over relatively short periods of time in some parts of the Andean country.

The downpours have overwhelmed riverbanks and caused mudslides.

We've never seen anything like this before," said Jorge Chavez, a general in charge of organizing the government's response,

From one moment to the next, sea temperatures rose and winds that keep precipitation from reaching land subsided," Chavez said.









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