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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 27, 2017, 09:38:31 pm »

Agelbert NOTE: This video covers it ALL. Prof Veerabhadran Ramanathan, a thoroughly credentialed scientist, was FORCED, after DECADES of a career believing we could "handle" the climate change from homo sap produced greenhouse gases, to alter his view DRASTICALLY because of irrefutable empirical evidence he was observing. That's right, he was collecting the data for DECADES until a pattern emerged that shocked him out of complacency. If you ever plan to watch ANYTHING about Global Warming, THIS is the video to watch over and over. I WISH the deniers would watch it and see every argument they have presented  (claiming fossil fuels are off the hook as the main cause) taken apart piece by piece.

'Climate change morphing into an existential problem' with Prof Veerabhadran Ramanathan 

Oxford Martin School

Streamed live on Mar 10, 2017

This is a joint event with the Oxford Martin School and the Oxford Climate Research Network (OCRN)

With unchecked emissions of climate pollutants, there is a 50% probability for the planetary warming to cross the so-called dangerous threshold of 20C by 2050; and there is at least a 5% probability the warming can exceed a catastrophic 60C in about 80+ years.

For the bottom three billion in rural areas, 20C would be enough to pose existential threats. With a 60C warming accompanied by 10 billion population, loss of bio diversity and species extinction, we should ask: whether civilisation as we know it can be extended beyond this century? ???  Is there still time to avoid such catastrophes?  The answer is Yes.   But, we need to reinforce the technological and the market-based solutions with societal transformation. An alliance between scientists, policy makers, religious institutions and health care providers has a good chance to bring the needed transformation.

Oxford Martin School,
University of Oxford

Agelbert NOTE: I do not see the proposed "solutions" materializing any time soon. Have a nice day.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 27, 2017, 08:33:05 pm »


Mar. 24, 2017 6:40 pm

Big Picture Fact Of The Day...

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 27, 2017, 07:46:32 pm »

March 27, 2017

Study Links Extreme Weather Events to Climate Change

Dr. Michael Mann says the way climate change affects the jet stream is intensifying and increasing the regional scale of droughts and flooding.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 25, 2017, 08:12:16 pm »


Defending the Climate in the Age of Trump

Published on Mar 25, 2017

Centre for Sustainable Economy's Ted Gleichman says we need to see the fossil fuel industry as a rogue industry that can no longer be considered just another normal part of the economy

Visit http://therealnews.com for more stories and help support our work by donating at http://therealnews.com/donate.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 23, 2017, 01:20:21 pm »

Michael Mann The Madhouse Effect: Climate Change Denial in the Age of Trump

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 22, 2017, 12:50:59 pm »

The Oceans Are Heating Faster

Big Picture Fact Of the Day...

For more information on the stories we've covered visit our websites at thomhartmann.com - freespeech.org - and RT.com. You can also watch tonight's show on Hulu - at Hulu.com/THE BIG PICTURE and over at The Big Picture YouTube page. And - be sure to check us out on Facebook and Twitter!

Thom Hartmann
Mar. 20, 2017 5:57 pm
Posted by: AGelbert
« 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.

Posted by: AGelbert
« 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
Posted by: AGelbert
« 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


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.

Posted by: AGelbert
« 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!   
Posted by: AGelbert
« 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.


Climate Change, Blue Water Cargo Shipping and Predicted Ocean Wave Activity: PART TWO
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 19, 2017, 08:30:37 pm »

2017-03-17 - Huge swath of mangrove forest bakes to death in Australia:

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.


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...

Posted by: AGelbert
« 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


Posted by: AGelbert
« 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.

Posted by: AGelbert
« 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

Roy Scranton: Learning to Die in the Anthropocene- Reflections on the End of Civilization - VIDEO
Posted by: AGelbert
« 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 


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.


Posted by: AGelbert
« 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.


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 16, 2017, 05:13:52 pm »


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.

“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.”

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 16, 2017, 05:00:35 pm »


"Climate 101" with 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!   
Posted by: AGelbert
« 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.  >:(
Posted by: AGelbert
« 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.
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. 


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 12, 2017, 04:03:03 pm »

March 11, 2017

Planet Will Burn Before Corporate Media Covers Climate Change as Existential Threat

Paul Jay says that the elites and their corporate media are not dealing with the climate crisis with the urgency it deserves because they think they will be ok and live by the philosophy of 'to hell with what comes tomorrow'.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 12, 2017, 01:06:27 pm »

This Single Photo of a Polar Bear Will Show You WHY We Need to Stand Up for the Planet

Latrice Harrison   

March 12, 2017  653 Comments


Whether or not everyone can agree on it, climate change is happening. According to NASA, the average global temperature has increased by over three degrees in the last hundred years. In addition, sea levels are up by over an inch, while overall precipitation has increased by eight inches. These rapid changes spell bad news for every living thing on the planet, but particularly for the Polar Bear. These animals are native to the arctic circle, where they have evolved to roam large sheets of ice, hunting the seals that also make their homes here. However, due to the rapid increase in ocean temperatures, the ice sheets are melting at the rate of 8.6 million acres per year, creating major changes in the polar bear’s natural habit.

While the governments of the world bicker about the causes of this situation, the glaciers are melting, fast. This means a change in the migration patterns of the seals, which forces the bears to journey far and wide looking for food, or to starve trying. Some bears are trying to adapt by swimming miles, sometimes for days on end looking for the seals. While others are adapting by feeding on new food sources. There have been recent reports of bears raiding dumpsters and even eating dolphins, who have also been forced into new migration patterns by changing water temperatures.

None of these animals understands that its habitat is disappearing. They don’t know why this is happening, or what to do about it. They only know that they are hungry and trying to feed themselves and their babies in the best way that they can. These bears are apex predators. Most of them have never even seen a human, yet they are becoming the poster children of global warming, victims of human offenses a whole world away. By now, we are all familiar with the idea that Polar Bears are disappearing, but a recent image from Kerstin Langenberger Photography of an emaciated bear in the Arctic solidifies what exactly this means:

Full article:


The Fossil Fuelers   DID THE Climate Trashing, human health depleteing 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!   
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 10, 2017, 04:50:52 pm »

Saturday, March 4, 2017
Low sea ice extent contributes to high methane levels at both poles

On March 2, 2017, Antarctic sea ice extent was at a record low since satellite readings started.

As the image below shows, sea ice extent in 2017 (light blue) around Antarctica has been more than 1 million km² lower than the 1981-2010 median.

At the same time, Arctic sea ice extent was at a record low for the time of the year since 1979.

As the image underneath shows, Arctic sea ice extent in 2017 has also been more than 1 million km² lower than the 1981-2010 median.

For about half a year now, global sea ice extent has been more than 2 million km² lower than it used to be, not too long ago, as illustrated by the image below, by Wipneus.

This means that a lot of sunlight that was previously reflected back into space, has been absorbed instead by Earth, contributing to global warming, especially at the poles.

Greater warming at the poles has also caused more extreme weather, resulting in stronger winds and waves and in wild weather swings, further accelerating the decline of the sea ice.

The combination of rising ocean heat and stronger winds looks set to devastate the sea ice around Antarctica. Ocean heat is increasing particularly in the top layer (see image on the right).

Warming water is increasingly reaching the coast of Antarctica. The image below illustrates how much sea ice melt has occurred close to the coast of Antarctic over the past few months, while much sea ice has drifted away from the coast due to strong currents and wind.

As said, less sea ice means that a lot of sunlight is no longer reflected back into space, but is instead further warming up the poles. As a result, methane levels can be very high at both poles. The combination image below shows methane levels as high as 2560 ppb on March 1, 2017. The image in the panel on the left shows high methane levels over Antarctica in an area with much grey, indicating that it was hard to get a good reading there. On the image in the panel on the right, high methane levels do show up clearly in that area.

As discussed before, methane hydrates can be present both on Greenland and on Antarctica underneath thick layers of snow and ice. Due to global warming, wild weather swings are now common at the poles, as illustrated by the image below. This can cause sequences of rapid and extreme expansion, compacting and fracturing of snow and ice, resulting in destabilization of methane hydrates contained in the permafrost.

The image below shows methane levels as high as 2562 ppb, with solid magenta-colored areas showing up over the Laptev Sea on March 4, 2017.

The image below shows that sea surface temperatures in the Arctic Ocean were as high as 12.7°C or 54.9°F on March 3, 2017 (at the location marked by the green circle), i.e. 12°C or 21.6°F warmer than in 1981-2011.

The danger is that self-reinforcing feedback loops such as albedo decline and methane releases will further accelerate warming and will, in combination with further warming elements, cause a temperature rise as high as 10°C or 18°F by the year 2026, as described at the extinction page.

The situation is dire and calls for comprehensive and effective action as described in the Climate Plan.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 10, 2017, 04:00:12 pm »

Note: the grey area is the average sea ice area for the day of year +/- two standard deviations (+/- 2σ). Average and standard deviation are computed from the 1981-2010 (WMO standard) data.

 Permanent address: https://sites.google.com/site/arctischepinguin/home/sea-ice-extent-area/grf/nsidc_global_area_byyear_b.png

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 10, 2017, 02:29:38 pm »


Scott Pruitt is 200 Years Behind the Science. We’re Totally Sure He’s Merely Ignorant, and Not A Complete Liar.
 Yesterday morning on CNBC, EPA Administrator and fossil fuel industry errand-boy Scott Pruitt denied the fact that carbon dioxide is the primary driver of climate change.
 Scientists beg to differ. By which we mean “plainly contradict, mock and ridicule.”
Here are some examples of what they have to say, in order of serious to snarky:
Noah Diffenbaugh (): “To deny that reality not only is a denial of scientific evidence but it also threatens the safety and security of Americans who face increasing odds of extreme events like the California drought, the flooding from Superstorm Sandy, and the heat wave that decimated crops in the mid-west in 2012.”
Ben Santer (): “Mr. Pruitt is wrong… We can’t afford to reject this clear and compelling scientific evidence when we make public policy. Embracing ignorance is not an option.”
Kevin Trenberth (): “Pruitt has demonstrated that he is unqualified to run the EPA or any agency. There is no doubt whatsoever that the planet is warming and it is primarily due to increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere from burning of fossil fuels.”
Michael Mann (): “Pruitt is an antiscience, anti-environmental zealot and a thinly veiled shill for fossil fuel interests. If ever there was a case of the fox guarding the henhouse, this is surely it.”
Richard Somerville (): “Scott Pruitt should begin his new job by accepting the fundamental findings of modern climate science.”
Runner-up for our favorite quote goes to John Abraham ():  "Actually scientists have known since the mid 1800s that carbon dioxide was a major greenhouse gas. This means Mr. Pruitt’s knowledge is close to 200 years out of date."
 And the winner is Don Wuebbles, who simply said ( x ): “I suggest he talk with his own scientists and read the National Climate Assessment.”
Apparently, when Pruitt went around the EPA “listening,” he wasn’t paying much attention. Perhaps to get his attention his new employees should email him- on either his official government account or his personal one. After all, we know that despite telling the Senate otherwise, he used his personal email for official business.

 Anyway, if Pruitt keeps this up, all these sick burns are going to make it even harder for him to deny that it’s getting hotter...

Great Barrier Reef coral bleaching worsens as scientists fear heatwave's impact
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 09, 2017, 05:08:22 pm »

Trump  Files Motion to Delay Kids' Historic Climate Lawsuit


Further, the Trump administration asked for expedited review of both motions, arguing the plaintiffs' Jan. 24 letter requesting the government to retain records relating to climate change and communications between the government and the fossil fuel industry was overly burdensome.


"This request for appeal is an attempt to cover up the federal government's long-running collusion with the fossil fuel industry," Alex Loznak, 20-year-old plaintiff and Columbia University student, said. "My generation cannot wait for the truth to be revealed. These documents must be uncovered with all deliberate speed, so that our trial can force federal action on climate change."

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 06, 2017, 05:42:47 pm »

"The earth is speaking now, but man won't listen." -- Darryl "Grey Eagle" Brown, a spiritual leader of the Choctaw tribe, June 12, 2016

“Those of us who spend our days trawling . . .the scientific literature on climate change are becoming increasingly gloomy about the future of human civilization. We are well past the time of niceties, of avoiding the dire nature of what is unfolding, and politely trying not to scare the public.”   -- Elizabeth Hanna, of the Australian National University, on that country's record heat wave and wildfire epidemic

Emotional health becoming a worldwide casualty of climate change

"A sense of despair": The mental health cost of unchecked climate change

CBSNews.com, Feb. 27, 2017

Climate change is taking an obvious physical toll on earth: from depleted farmland to the rise of toxic pollution to the degradation of long-stable ecosystems to the disappearance of biodiversity and endangered species.

But looking beyond the physical, experts are also trying to sound the alarm about the quieter, more insidious effects of climate change: namely, that global warming is threatening the emotional health of humans worldwide.

“We see a sense of despair that sets in as inevitably Mother Nature, who we think of as our nurturing force, tells us we’re not going to be able to survive the conditions she’s set for us,” Dr. Lise Van Susteran, a practicing psychiatrist and expert on the dangers of climate change on mental health, told CBS News.

Dr. Van Susteran presented on this topic earlier this month at the Climate and Health Meeeting in Atlanta, a conference that looked at climate change through the lens of public health. Former Vice President Al Gore organized the meeting when, days before President Trump’s inauguration, a long-planned Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) summit on the topic was abruptly cancelled.

Extreme weather, extreme trauma, extreme aggression

Study after study shows that climate change has led to an increased burden of psychological disease and injury worldwide, particularly in developing countries.

What’s behind this link? For starters, climate change has normalized extreme weather events. These events, including floods, tornadoes, fires, drought, and sea level rise, are known to trigger mental health problems including post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, the abuse of alcohol and drugs, and more.

Extreme weather has a particularly disturbing link to increased aggression. In 2013, researchers from Princeton University and the University of California-Berkeley found that even slight spikes in temperature and precipitation have increased the risk of personal violence and social upheaval throughout human history.

The researchers found that just one standard-deviation shift in heat or rainfall increases the risk of a riot, civil war or ethnic conflict by an average of about 14 percent. A similarly sized uptick in heat or rain triggers a 4 percent increase in person-on-person violence like r a p e, murder and assault.

With projections that the Earth may warm between three and four degrees Fahrenheit by 2050, the researchers warned that climate change is almost certainly the precursor to more human conflict in the near future.

Global warming is a particularly corrosive force in some farming economies where overheating, unpredictable weather, new invasive species, and land losses are sinking communities into extreme poverty and creating a breeding ground for violent conflict. 

For millions, the effects of climate change are so severe that leaving home is the only option for survival. Thirty-two million people fled their homes because of extreme weather in 2012 alone, according to the United Nations.

Escaping hazards ranging from mudslides to drought, climate refugees add more stress to an already dire refugee situation worldwide. According to the UN, the world is currently witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record.

As climate refugees become more and more common, refugee laws lag behind: none of the existing international or regional refugees law mechanisms specifically addresses climate refugees, the UN says.

Problems can affect anyone, anywhere

Climate change is triggering mental health problems beyond just developing countries and conflict zones.

In cities, babies who are exposed in the uterus to higher levels of urban air pollutants (known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) are more likely to develop symptoms of anxiety and depression down the line, Columbia University researchers found in 2012. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are the chemicals come from burning fossil fuels.

“Climate anxiety” can cripple individuals regardless of their geography, privilege, or vulnerability to the effects of climate change, Dr. Van Susteran said. Joining with other mental health professionals, she is one of the founders behind the Climate Psych Alliance, a new coalition trying to raise awareness about the links between climate change and clinical trauma.

“You can see how desperate, angry, despairing people are,” she said. “It’s a legitimate response to what people see as inaction, intentional inaction... Whether we know it or not, whether you accept it or not, everyone experiences climate anxiety.”

Seen through a certain lens, inaction on global warming meets the criteria of child abuse for future generations, she said.

“When children believe their parents didn’t do something right, or did something wrong, they spend a whole lifetime feeling abandoned. What in the world are future generations going to think or feel when they know that action could have been taken?”

Climate change: the hidden catalyst

In the age of an unstable climate, the link between natural disasters and psychological trauma is “under-examined, underestimated and not adequately monitored,” Italian researchers assessed in a January study in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine. That research gap is particularly worrisome in Africa, German researchers said in a paper published last year.

Climate change is often the hidden catalyst — the fuel behind war, displacement and collapsed economies that doesn’t make it into the headlines.

Syria’s civil war, for instance, is most frequently framed as an entrenched political conflict. Closer examination shows that’s far from the full story: in fact, the country’s six-year conflict is rooted in a devastating drought. Earnings depleted and Syrian farmers moved to overcrowded cities, where political corruption and public health crises helped foment bloody revolution.

Climate change carries enormous political risk for the 21st century, Dr. Van Susteran warned.

“In times of peril and scarcity, people regress,” she said. “They turn to what they perceive as strong leaders to protect them, and are willing to give up their freedoms and values in exchange for perceived security.”


“[The environment] will be fine, we can leave a little bit, but you can’t destroy businesses.”  -- Donald Trump , quoted in The Guardian (U.K.), Nov. 12, 2016

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 05, 2017, 04:07:48 pm »

Agelbert NOTE: What does Fermi’s Paradox have to do with Human Caused Catastrophic climate Change?

Well, it's a long story.  8) For an appropriately informative explanation, please watch this short video, and then watch the absolutely outstanding, hard hitting, fact filled video titled, "The Cross of the Moment".   

The Fermi Paradox  Published on May 6, 2015

The universe is unbelievably big – trillions of stars and even more planets. Soo… there just has to be life out there, right? But where is it? Why don’t we see any aliens? Where are they? And more importantly, what does this tell us about our own fate in this gigantic and scary universe?

Climate Documentary: The Cross  of the Moment

Published on Sep 18, 2016

The Cross of the Moment attempts to connect the dots between Fermi’s Paradox, climate change, capitalism, and collapse. Interviews with top scientists and public intellectuals are woven together into a narrative that is challenging, exhausting, and often depressing as it refuses to accept the easy answers posited by other overly-simplistic climate change documentaries.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 03, 2017, 04:04:52 pm »

'Shell knew': oil giant's 1991 film warned of climate change danger

Published on Feb 28, 2017

In 1991, Shell produced a public documentary on global warming called Climate of Concern.

It warned that trends in global temperatures raised serious risks of famines, floods and climate refugees. But in the quarter century since, Shell has continued to invest heavily in fossil fuels.

• Shell’s 1991 warning: climate changing ‘at faster rate than at any time since end of ice age’https://www.theguardian.com/environme...

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