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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 25, 2018, 03:03:19 pm »

This Climate Visualization Belongs in a Damn Museum

Brian Kahn

May 25, 2018  8:40am Filed to: EARTHER IS AN ART BLOG NOW


Our warming world in stripe form.Image: Ed Hawkins

There’s a new global warming illustration that’s fit for the Museum of Modern Art or the Getty. Seriously, just look at that stunner up there.

Ed Hawkins  , the climate scientist who made the viral temperature spirals, is back at it again with another striking view of our warming planet. His latest visualization strips out all unnecessary information save color to communicate how we’re changing the temperature of the Earth.

Plot the global average temperature on a line graph and it goes up over time. Easy enough to read, sure, but not a format that really conveys how weirdly warm we’re making the planet.

In an effort to demonstrate that more clearly, Hawkins decided to represent each year of U.K. Met Office data from 1850-2017 as a bold stripes of color ranging from blue (cold) to red (hot). The resulting graphic leaves little doubt about what’s going on, with blue dropping out of the equation and the red hot nature of global warming emerging clearly by the time your gaze sweeps to the right of the image.

“I wanted to communicate temperature changes in a way that was simple and intuitive, removing all the distractions of standard climate graphics so that the long-term trends and variations in temperature are crystal clear,” Hawkins told Earther. “Our visual system will do the interpretation of the stripes without us even thinking about it.”

The illustration evokes a style of painting known as color field painting that rose to prominence in the middle of the 20th century. The theory underlying the movement was the same as Hawkins’ goal: to strip out all outside information and distractions and use color alone to immediately convey meaning. Barnett Newman, one of the artists who pioneered the field, explained his work this way (emphasis added):

“We are creating images whose reality is self-evident and which are devoid of the props and crutches that evoke associations with outmoded images, both sublime and beautiful...The image we produce is the self-evident one of revelation, real and concrete, that can be understood by anyone who will look at it without the nostalgic glasses of history.”

Hawkins’ work takes this ethos and applies it to the most pressing problem of our time. And if you can’t see what the hell is happening to the planet after looking at it, then I’m not sure what will convey it to you.

Check out more of Hawkins’ “warming stripes” for a view of local global warming in Toronto, the U.S. and central England.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 24, 2018, 07:43:04 pm »

May 24, 2018

How Warmer Temps Will Impact World Food Staple (rice)

Climate change could make rice less nutritious, according to new research. A study published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances finds that growing rice in high atmospheric levels of CO2--including levels expected by 2100 under some emissions scenarios--resulted in a decline of levels of various key vitamins and iron, zinc and protein.

 "About two billion people rely on rice as a primary food source and among those that are the poorest, often the consumption of rice in terms of their daily calories is over 50%," study coauthor and USDA scientist Lewis Ziska told The Guardian. "Anything that impacts rice in terms of its nutritional quality is going to have an impact."

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 24, 2018, 07:31:36 pm »

Can we get 100% of our energy from renewable sources? 

By Michelle Froese | May 18, 2018

This article comes from Science Daily, with materials provided by Lappeenranta University of Technology.

Scientists have demonstrated that there are no roadblocks on the way to a 100% renewable future.

֍ Is there enough space for all the wind turbines and solar panels to provide all our energy needs?

֍ What happens when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow? 🤔

֍ Won’t renewables destabilize the grid and cause blackouts?    

In a review paper last year in the high-ranking journal Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Master of Science Benjamin Heard 🐉 and colleagues 🦕 🦖 presented their case  against 100% renewable electricity systems. They doubted the feasibility of many of the recent scenarios for high shares of renewable energy, questioning everything from whether renewables-based systems can survive extreme weather events with low sun and low wind, to the ability to keep the grid stable with so much variable generation.

Now scientists have hit back with their response to the points raised by Heard and colleagues. The researchers from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Delft University of Technology and Aalborg University have analysed hundreds of studies from across the scientific literature to answer each of the apparent issues.

They demonstrate that there are no roadblocks on the way to a 100% renewable future.

“While several of the issues raised by the Heard paper are important, you have to realise that there are technical solutions to all the points they raised, using today’s technology,” says the lead author of the response, Dr. Tom Brown of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

“Furthermore, these solutions are absolutely affordable, especially given the sinking costs of wind and solar power,” adds Professor Christian Breyer of Lappeenranta University of Technology, who co-authored the response.

Brown cites the worst-case solution of hydrogen or synthetic gas produced with renewable electricity for times when imports, hydroelectricity, batteries, and other storage fail to bridge the gap during low wind and solar periods during the winter. For maintaining stability there is a series of technical solutions, from rotating grid stabilisers to newer electronics-based solutions.

The scientists have collected examples of best practice by grid operators from across the world, from Denmark to Tasmania.

Furthermore, these solutions are absolutely affordable, especially given the sinking costs of wind and solar power.

The response by the scientists has now appeared in the same journal as the original article by Heard and colleagues.

There are some persistent myths that 100% renewable systems are not possible,” says Professor Brian Vad Mathiesen of Aalborg University, who is a co-author of the response. “Our contribution deals with these myths one-by-one, using all the latest research. Now let’s get back to the business of modeling low-cost scenarios to eliminate fossil fuels from our energy system, so we can tackle the climate and health challenges they pose.”   


📢 And of the rest planet needs that INDEPENDENCE too!
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 20, 2018, 10:02:03 pm »

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 13, 2018, 06:50:34 pm »


Home Earth Earth Sciences

May 11, 2018

🌊Monster ocean wave sets southern hemisphere record: scientists

May 11, 2018

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2018-05-monster-ocean-southern-hemisphere-scientists.html#jCp

Agelbert NOTE: This is a harbinger of what is coming. Catastrophic Climate Change will bring really crazy wave action:

Climate Change, Blue Water Cargo Shipping and Predicted Ocean Wave Activity: Three Part Article
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 13, 2018, 05:28:22 pm »

Zero Arctic Sea Ice Very Likely By 2020


Paul Beckwith

Published on Jun 30, 2017

There is a very high probability that the Arctic sea ice will essentially vanish by the end of summer melt in 2020 or earlier. The ice-free duration would likely be less than one-month in September for this first "blue-ocean" event.

I discuss the stories in the observations leading me to this conclusion. If the ice goes, it will affect every human, plant and animal living on our planet.

Please support my videos with a donation at http://paulbeckwith.net
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 11, 2018, 06:06:19 pm »


May 11, 2018

New Report Shows How Badly Climate Change Is Hurting California


“There is no time for political posturing and partisan debate.”

Sea levels are rising along California’s coast. Forest fires are scorching Northern California, while dust storms are blanketing Southern California.

And days and nights are getting hotter across the entire state.

In recent years, California’s reputation as a leader in the fight against climate change has never been clearer. But at the same time, its status as a victim of climate change has become undeniable.

Full article:

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 08, 2018, 06:37:20 pm »

On Contact: Climate Crisis with James Hansen


RT America

Published on Oct 22, 2017

Dr. James Hansen, former director of NASA's Goddard Institute and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, discusses the urgent need to radically change our relationship with the planet. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the accelerating pace of climate change.

Find RT America in your area: http://rt.com/where-to-watch/
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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 08, 2018, 06:06:48 pm »

Climate apocalypse? 😱


The Big Picture RT

Published on Sep 26, 2017

Professor Peter Wadhams ScD, Professor of Ocean Physics / Head of the Polar Ocean Physics Group-Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge, UK RE: A Farewell to Ice: A Report from the Arctic. We could be just eighteen years away from a climate apocalypse...

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!
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 05, 2018, 09:28:25 pm »

April 18, 2018

RADIO ECOSHOCK host Alex Smith:

In the show I play a short clip from a film “Egypt: The End of the Age of Pyramids”, part of a “Twilight of Civilizations” series produced by Arte France. I found it uploaded to You tube. I went for the history, but heard it as a documentary of our future.


It is eerie when a description of a past age seems to explain what we will be facing as the climate shifts this century. Around 4,270 years ago, the grasslands of Egypt disappeared, leaving a vast desert. Archaeologists claim to have discovered a regional climate shift during a time of written records and great buildings like their pyramids.

Thousands of our great buildings will not go underneath blowing sand, but under the rising seas and great storm surges. As in ancient times, animals and plants will also disappear, but this time it will happen not just in one region, but around the world.

Please tell others than climate change is a danger beyond imagination, but tracked by science. Become a climate activist, or a part-time activist, or at least a person brave enough to speak out.

My thanks to people who donated to the “More Radio Ecoshock” campaign. As we contact more radio stations, it looks like we have a couple coming onboard already. The whole idea is to get the message of saving our ecosystem out much further. It’s one way we can all help. Please donate if you can, or become a monthly donor.

I’m Alex Smith. Join me again as we wrestle with the dragon
🐉, on Radio Ecoshock.


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 05, 2018, 01:54:13 pm »

Agelbert NOTE: The red spot is where they measure CO2 on a mountain in Hawaii. As you will see, the CO2 level is FAR higher in the northern hemisphere than in the southern hemisphere. Consequently, it's going to get hotter a lot faster in the northern hemisphere 😓 than in the southern hemisphere. Please keep that 💣 in mind.

Carbon dioxide pumphandle 2017


Published on Dec 12, 2017

History of atmospheric CO2 from 800,000 years ago until January 2017.  Visit http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/ccgg/trends for more information.

Category Science & Technology

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 05, 2018, 12:01:19 pm »

Agelbert NOTE: Please use the legend of CO2 concentration in the graphic below to properly visualize the CO2 levels throughout the globe during one year (2016) in the video after the graphic.

one year time lapse of CO2 surface concentration: 20169,184 views


Published on Jan 4, 2017

This animation shows a full one year time lapse animation of CO2 surface concentration from Jan 1, 2016 until Jan 1, 2017. The data comes from NASA's GEOS-5 numerical weather model (https://gmao.gsfc.nasa.gov/GEOS/). Light colors represent higher amounts of CO2, whereas dark colors represent lower amounts.

A few things to notice:

1. Look for the daily "heartbeat" caused by plants changing their CO2 absorption rates between daytime and nighttime.

2. As summer turns into fall, notice how concentrations increase in the northern hemisphere as trees lose their leaves.

3. Look for urban areas where the high population density results in easily visible plumes of CO2 emissions.

Today's CO2 surface concentration (click on any place on the globe to get an exact reading):

Category Science & Technology

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 03, 2018, 05:02:30 pm »

National Parks Conservation Association

BLOG POST Mark Wenzler  Apr 10, 2018

We Cannot Stand By While the National Park Service Attacks Climate Science

Altering a climate report sets an unacceptable precedent for national park decision-making.


Sunset over the Anhinga Trail at Everglades National Park, one of many sites around the country that could be severely affected by sea level rise due to climate change.    Photo © Justin A Lyden/Dreamstime.

Last week, The Center for Investigative Reporting revealed that it had obtained copies of an 87-page draft report by a University of Colorado scientist on how sea level rise is affecting 118 coastal national parks. In this unreleased report, which has been delayed for publication by at least 10 months, a National Park Service official had edited the copy to remove all references to the human role in altering the climate.

In contrast, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke 🐉 had assured members of Congress at a hearing last month that he did not know of any document that had been willfully changed to alter facts. “I read them all,” he was reported as saying. “I don’t change a comma on them.”

But last week’s report contradicts that claim and casts additional doubt on his department’s integrity.

If true, this is the first known example of a Park Service report that has been edited to alter scientific information. This terrible precedent — the alteration of current, known scientific evidence — may have serious implications for how our national parks are managed.

Our coastal parks are literally on the front lines of climate change. Last year’s devastating hurricane season showed how much damage severe weather and flooding can do to treasured places like Virgin Islands, Everglades and Biscayne National Parks and the communities that surround and depend on them. Park managers need the best science available to understand how to protect these parks from sea-level rise. They cannot build ecological resilience and prevent future damage if the data they are using is manipulated and inaccurate or lacks evidence that may support future solutions.

Full article:


National Parks Conservation Association

BLOG POST Mark Wenzler  Jan 5, 2018

Willfully Ignoring Climate Change Is a Disaster for National Parks

Trump 🦀 administration 😈 repeals climate-smart management policies for national parks.


It’s no secret that the Trump administration is pursuing an aggressively pro-fossil fuels energy policy. Dating to the election campaign, he talked about rolling back federal efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which Trump blamed for killing coal and oil jobs, and he has loudly followed through on that promise ever since.

What’s not as well-known is that the administration is not only refusing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it is willfully preventing federal land managers from taking steps to protect our national parks and other public lands from the disastrous effects of climate change.

Full article:

The Fossil Fuelers 🦖 DID THE Clean Energy  Inventions suppressing, 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: May 02, 2018, 06:29:39 pm »

Pakistan May Have Just Set a World Heat Record 🚩 🌡️

May 1, 2018

Brian Kahn


There was also a major heat wave last April in Pakistan that saw temperatures get nearly as extreme. Nearby Larkana topped out at 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit), which is the old accepted April record for Pakistan. (There’s another single report of 51 degrees Celsius, but it’s hard to say how accurate that is.)

Either way, it’s hot AF right in Nawabshah right now. According to Dawn, a regional news outlet, the heat caused people to pass out and forced “business activities came to a halt” in the district of 1.1 million. The same city hit 45.5 degrees Celsius (113.9 degrees Fahrenheit) in March, setting an all-time March record for Pakistan according to Capital Weather Gang.

But Nawabshah is hardly the only sweltering locale. A vast area from Eastern Europe to South Asia is under a massive heat dome that’s been building since last week. Heat domes occur when an area of high pressure camps over a region, causing dry air to sink. As it sinks, that air gets compressed and releases heat, leading to sizzling temperatures. Burt also noted that Poltavka, Russia, located on the Kazakhstan border, recorded the warmest April temperature for the Asian portion of Russia when it topped out at 34.8 degrees Celsius (94.6 degrees Celsius) on April 29.

The heat dome may also have helped trigger wild weather in the Middle East last week, locking in low pressure that unleashed towering haboobs, huge hail, and deadly flash flooding in the region.

Full article with extreme weather video:  :o

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 02, 2018, 05:11:57 pm »

Recent Storms Moved Giant Rocks Weighing Up to 620 tons:   Part 1 of 4


Paul Beckwith

Published on Mar 7, 2018

It turns out that “Storms of our Grandchildren” are already here today. In fact these storms are already reconfiguring our coastlines. If you live in a coastal city you are likely aware that rising sea levels, large and intense storms with their associated storm surges, combined with king tides and perhaps even land subsidence are encroaching and damaging houses, streets, bridges, high-rises; in fact all infrastructure is threatened. The energy in recent storms is enormous, and has moved enormous boulders weighing as much as 620 tons in Ireland.

Please support my research and videos with a donation at http://paulbeckwith.net
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 01, 2018, 09:25:45 pm »

Agelbert NOTE: Everything Dr. Wadhams wrote about is coming to pass. IOW, in the next year, we will experience a warming GREATER than what we have in the last TWO years. The subsequent year will be even worse. And so on... 😓 😨

A Farewell to Arctic Ice - Peter Wadhams



Published on Dec 27, 2016

http://climateMatters.tv - Dr. Peter Wadhams discusses his book "A Farewell to Ice."  Peter is an 'expeditionary' scientist and Emeritus Professor of Ocean Physics from Cambridge.  His observations of the Arctic ice for over 4 decades makes him one of the worlds authorities on the subject.
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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 01, 2018, 09:13:43 pm »

Extreme Weather Wake-up Call with Dr. Peter Wadhams


Published on Apr 20, 2018

Part 2 of this conversation is at https://youtu.be/cqlRCQkXUic.  Both were recorded on April 5, 2018.

This year we are seeing extreme weather events in the EU like never before. Explore the ramifications of this ramping up of Anthropogenic Climate Disruption (ACD) with Dr. Peter Wadhams, Emeritus Cambridge Professor of Polar Ice Physics.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 01, 2018, 08:57:17 pm »

Methane Venting Into Air Over Arctic Sea Ice.

Paul Beckwith

Published on Apr 27, 2018

Using European Satellite Data (Copernicus Atmospheric Monitoring Service; CAMS) I show that methane is now venting into the air at the surface in the Arctic in the Kara Sea off the Russian Island of Novaya Zemlya. It must be seeping from the ocean floor, bubbling up through the shallow water column and working its way through the sea ice cover. You may recall that many large “methane craters” have been discovered lately on the Yamal Peninsula which juts out into the Kara Sea in this region.

This is not good for humanity.

Please donate at my blog http://paulbeckwith.net to support further investigations and videos explanations.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 30, 2018, 07:52:17 pm »

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders <Senator@sanders.senate.gov>

April 30, 2018

Dear Mr. Gelbert:

Thank you for contacting me to express your opposition to drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. I share your views on protecting the area, and I was deeply disappointed, but not surprised, when my colleagues decided to hand this treasured public land over to the fossil fuel industry to pay for massive tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest people in this country.   

Established by Congress in 1980 through the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, the 19 million acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) is the largest National Wildlife Refuge in the country. This national treasure contains a remarkably diverse set of ecosystems that are home to hundreds of iconic species like caribou, polar bears, grizzly bears, musk ox, and wolves. ANWR is also home to the Cwich’in people, a Native American tribe that has relied on the region’s undeveloped lands and natural resources for thousands of years. 

In addition to its immense cultural and ecological value, this national treasure has long been of great interest to gas and oil companies who want to drill in its northern coastal plain region. For over 40 years, the fossil fuel industry has lobbied congress to open ANWR for drilling. On December 22nd, they finally succeeded when President Trump signed on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which opens up ANWR’s northern coastal plain for drilling and fossil fuel infrastructure development. To my mind, there are several reasons why opening up one of our nation’s most wild and iconic landscapes to oil and gas development is exactly the wrong thing to do. 

First, nearly forty years of conservation science and administrative policy have established that drilling would be devastating to ANWR’s delicate and unique ecosystems. In particular, development would severely disrupt the majestic Porcupine Caribou herd, which represents an essential subsistence and spiritual resource that the Gwich’in people have relied on for thousands of years. Protecting these caribou and the Gwich’in way of life is a matter of basic human rights.

Second, at a time when we are already seeing the disastrous effects of global climate chance, it does not make any sense drill for more of the dirty fossil fuels that are already destroying our planet. The United States already wastes tens of billions each year providing corporate welfare to the coal, oil, and gas companies that are destroying our planet. We should be working to keep fossil fuels in the ground, not destroying our precious natural resources so we can give more special favors to the fossil fuel industry.   

Finally, my colleagues opened up ANWR as a way to pay for tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest people in this country. In fact, the most optimistic projections say that drilling will offset less than one percent of those tax cuts, and even then, my colleagues’ tax legislation will still increase the federal deficit by $1.5 trillion over the next decade. This comes at a time when the wealthiest Americans are already doing phenomenally well and ordinary, working class families are struggling just to get by. We should not be drilling at all, and we most certainly should not be drilling in order to finance tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires. 

Now is not the time to despair. We have got to continue the fight to cut greenhouse gas emissions and protect clean air and water for future generations. As a member of the Senate energy and environment committees, I will keep your thoughts in mind as I continue to speak out against the detrimental actions of this administration and fight to radically transform our energy system with or without the support of Donald Trump and the fossil fuel industry. 

Thank you again for contacting me, and please feel free to stay in touch about this or any other subject of interest to you.  For up-to-date information on what I am working on, please sign-up for my e-newsletter, the Bernie Buzz, at http://sanders.senate.gov/buzz/.


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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 30, 2018, 02:48:24 pm »

Nebraska Dust Storm Causes Deadly Pileup, Closes Interstate 80

By  Alex Blumer

Published: April 30, 2018

A large pileup is seen along Interstate 80 near Aurora, Nebraska, on Sunday, April 29, 2018.
(Nebraska State Patrol)

Blowing dust and high winds led to a deadly pileup Sunday evening that shut down Interstate 80 in southern Nebraska, according to local media reports.

The National Weather Service in Hastings reported that the westbound lanes were closed near mile marker 332 just before 6 p.m. local time. The Nebraska State Patrol then shut down I-80 in both directions between Aurora and York, according to KETV.com.

The NSP confirmed one person died and 15 others were injured in the crash, KHGI-TV reported. The victim's identity has not been released.

(MORE: Threat of Severe Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, Ramps Up This Week)

Authorities urged drivers to avoid the area if possible, Nebraska.TV reported.

"Wind gusts frequently in excess of 40 mph ahead of this week's severe storm system and drier-than-average conditions over the last several weeks have and will continue to lead to areas of blowing dust on the Plains," said weather.com meteorologist Jonathan Belles.


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 25, 2018, 11:38:14 pm »

Watch what just happened in New York

Lindsay Meiman - 350.org

  Cuomo: Walk the Talk on Climate Action  

April 25, 2018

While the federal government 🦀 recklessly fans the flames of climate catastrophe for profit, it’s up to all of us to fill this void of leadership by demanding sweeping climate action from our towns, cities, and states.

On May 14th, people around the country are rising together to demand real climate action with the Spring Forward to #FossilFree week of action. We will rally at our local City Halls and introduce our demands for a Fossil Free world. Are you ready to ramp up the fight in your community? Find a Spring Forward action in your hometown, or sign up to host one!

The impacts of Hurricanes Maria and Irma are still felt sharply by many, and the destruction from last year remains fresh in our minds. With the 2018 hurricane season fast approaching, our best shot at building healthy, resilient, and safe communities will come by fighting locally for our shared vision of a Fossil Free world.

Will you join me on May 14th to Spring Forward to #FossilFree?

Together in the fight,


The Climate Mobilization: Catalyzing the Emergency Climate Movement


The Fossil Fuelers 🦖 DID THE Clean Energy  Inventions suppressing, 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: April 25, 2018, 08:51:58 pm »

Ocean Circulation Slowdown Significance


Paul Beckwith

Published on Apr 19, 2018

Like jet streams in the atmosphere, ocean currents like the Gulf Stream are vital for moving heat from the warm equator to the cold poles. As Arctic temperature abruptly increases, our delicate planetary heat balance is ripped apart, causing extreme weather and extreme ocean events.

The hot, slowing Gulf Stream water piles up on the US East coast causing rapid sea level rise, amplifying hurricanes, filling storms with water to dump as rain or snow on coastal cities, and increasing wave heights that batter and reconfigure coastlines. Weather Wilding and Whiplashing.

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 23, 2018, 03:08:26 pm »

Agelbert NOTE: The following two news items are related. The first one is an excellent example of certain people's consistent "pretty shocked" reaction to the OBVIOUS scientifically proven cause and effect relationship between Catastrophic Climate Change and Sea Level Rise.  ::)

The second story evidences that, despite all the efforts by the polluters to game the Florida energy market on behalf of fossil fuels and nuclear power, the OBVIOUS need to transition to energy sources that DO NOT cause the sea level to rise is being taken seriously.

Regardless of what the Trump 🦀 supporting climate change denier crazies babble about, even Republicans can add and subtract in biosphere math.

Climate Nexus Energy Desk

April 23, 2018

Miami Housing Market May Soon Be Under Water, Research Says

Rising sea levels are already beginning to reshape the real estate market in Miami, a new study shows, with potential implications for other property markets across the country. The research, published Friday in the journal Environmental Research Letters, shows that the prices of single-family homes at lower elevations are rising more slowly than those at higher elevations, suggesting that buyers and sellers are weighing the implications of short-term flooding and long-term coastal change. Evidence that low-level homes are falling behind homes at higher elevations "is pretty shocking," paper author Jesse Keenan told the Wall Street Journal, "because you can infer that this is a pricing signal from climate change."


Florida Lifts Limit on Solar Leasing

Florida regulators issued a ruling Friday that would allow solar giant Sunrun to offer residential equipment leases in the state, potentially opening the door for more Floridians to choose solar. Florida state law stipulates that only registered utilities can sell electricity, but the Florida Public Service Commission on Friday ruled that Sunrun's request for 20-year solar equipment leases is not a retail sale of electricity and therefore within the bounds of the law.

"Florida was already going to be a growth market" for solar, Bloomberg New Energy Finance analyst Hugh Bromley told Bloomberg News. "This could supercharge that."

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 22, 2018, 09:33:13 pm »

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April 19, 2018

Puerto Rico Blackout and Fracked School Shows Need for Environmental Justice

The power outage in Puerto Rico is on track to become the second largest blackout in world history, surpassed only by the outage from Hurricane Haiyan. As climate change worsens and sea levels rise, we can expect more damage from hurricanes, as higher storm surge reaches much further inland. And climate change is already contributing to increased hurricane activity in the North Atlantic since the 1970s, according to the US National Climate Assessment.

The Puerto Rico blackout is also a prime example of how, despite deniers’ fears of the cost to combat climate change, inaction is far more expensive than addressing it. The price tag to rebuild the PR grid is bigger than the alternative plan to include renewable energy, storage, and microgrids for resilience.
It’s also yet another example of environmental injustice. Because as Politico’s David Viknik exposed last month, the Trump administration’s response to Harvey in Texas and Irma in Florida was  much quicker and more robust than Maria in Puerto Rico. Among plenty of other concerning figures, just nine days after Harvey, FEMA had paid out over $140 million to Texans, whereas nine days after Maria they had distributed a paltry $6 million.
That report from not-even-a-month-ago isn’t even the latest example of how communities of color are treated vastly different than wealthy white communities. On Tuesday, Megan Jula of MotherJones reported that after an affluent white community resisted a fracking site near their school, the company decided to move its drill site. Its internal analysis, according to Jula, was that the proximity to the school meant the site was “not preferable.” 

So it selected a new site, one that was actually closer to a school. But this school is in a Hispanic community, so instead of drilling near a site that’s 77% white kids, they’ll be risking the health and well-being of a school that’s 82% hispanic.      

The location is technically legal- fracking operations are required to be 500 feet from homes, and 1,000 feet from schools. This site is 509 feet from a home and 1,360 feet from the school. Which is totally reasonable and not at all something that families should complain about. 😈

Fortunately the Sierra Club, NAACP and other environmental groups care more about these kids than the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) who approved the fracking application. They’ve filed a lawsuit, arguing that COGCC failed to address public concerns and that because the school’s playground and fields are within 1,000 feet of the fracking rig, it’s illegal.

These examples show how wrong deniers are when they claim hurricanes and climate change are no big deal and shouldn’t be talked about, or that fossil fuels are good for us and should be welcomed into our lives with open arms.

But because these risks are felt more deeply by communities of color than the old affluent white demographic of denial, odds are slim they’ll care.'

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 20, 2018, 03:03:44 pm »

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April 18, 2018

Recess is Over: Americans Taking Fossil Fuels 🦀 🐉🦕🦖 to Court

Despite the panicked desperation of the industry’s PR groups claiming they're winning, the legal case against fossil fuels is gaining momentum. Juliana vs. US, in which a group of young people have sued the US for failing to take sufficient climate action, was recently assigned a court date to argue their case. And this week, another group organized by Our Children’s Trust, ages 10 to 20, filed a suit against Florida Gov. Rick Scott to compel him to take climate action.
Last week, a Massachusetts court ruled against Exxon, forcing them to hand over relevant documents so that the case against them could proceed. This comes on the heels of a similar ruling by a federal judge who called Exxon’s claims of a conspiracy against them “implausible” and “a wild stretch of logic”.
And Exxon’s worry should only be growing, as a group of local Colorado governments announced their own suit against Exxon and Suncor yesterday. While it is perhaps unsurprising for Boulder, with a reputation for being liberal, to fight fossil fuels, it is relatively shocking that one of their legal counselors is David Bookbinder of the libertarian Niskanen Center.
The participation by a decidedly not-lefty organization like Niskanen further undercuts Exxon’s conspiracy theory that this whole campaign is just a partisan liberal conspiracy. While the industry will point out that Niskanen is a grantee of the Rockefeller Brothers, the group’s involvement is nonetheless an important development.
Ideologically, while they’re far from denial, Niskanen still occupies a right-leaning position. They have spoken in cautious favor of Pruitt’s red team project, for example, and a post about climate lawsuits from September of last year was cited in a piece in the National Review (and subsequently ran in the Dallas News…). 
They also provide a new and unique ideological justification for the suits, in that libertarians have long held that courts, not the federal government, are best for enforcing pollution controls. The basic thinking is that someone suffering the ills of pollution can sue the polluter for damages. The court then listens to the arguments and, if necessary, determines how much the polluter should pay. This would eliminate the need for a strong centralized government to spend taxpayer money on determining acceptable levels of pollution, monitoring them, and then regulating industry to enforce compliance.
Realistically, the fact that polluters have tons of money and those impacted by the pollution have far less would mean the lopsided expenditures on legal teams would unfairly benefit polluters. So (like much of libertarianism) while it is a simple and elegant approach in theory, in practice it gives a clear advantage to those with resources, and disadvantage those with fewer resources at their disposal.
But in this case, by serving as counsel for Boulder and related municipalities, Niskanen is putting its proverbial money where its institutional mouth is, and providing pro bono legal expertise in opposition to Big Oil.
Traditional green groups taking on oil giants is bold, but for a center-right/libertarian group to join the fray?  :o  That’s Boulder.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 20, 2018, 02:57:48 pm »

The Intercept


It’s Time to Admit That Half-Measures Can’t Stop Climate Change

By Kate Aronoff

April 17 2018, 7:00 a.m.


Müller, at least, is honest about this denialism — even if he prefers the term “skeptic.”

Müller’s own scientific rationale may make no sense, but his conclusion is easy on the conscience: Relax, everything will be OK. Another version of that message is being marketed across COP23. As climate scientists call for a dramatic transformation of the world’s economy, a different set of deniers is starting to coalesce around something easier — plans to seemingly tackle climate change that may well still portend planetary catastrophe, even according to conservative climate projections. Unlike Müller, they’re at the center of the climate policymaking debate in Bonn. Like its predecessor events, exhibition halls at COP23 were dotted with stalls sponsored by fossil fuel companies proselytizing carbon capture and storage technology; international investment banks eager to discuss the central role of private finance in driving the new green revolution; industry-backed think tanks exploring the necessity of spraying particulates into the air to block out the sun. The solutions coming out of high-level talks don’t inspire much more confidence.

They peddle in a set of easy fixes: a market signal here, an industrial-grade aerosol there, and the crisis will be an artifact of history, with corporate shareholders better off for it.

If you believe that, then I have a clean coal plant to sell you.


The relevant question isn’t whether the Earth is heating up, but what we intend to do about it. That’s a radically different conversation about climate change than the one that’s been had in America to this point. Here, decades of propaganda from the fossil fuel industry and the denialist think tanks they support have forced the debate to orbit around whether there’s a problem at all, prying open the Overton window to accommodate conspiracy theorists and Nobel Prize winners alike. That the two co-habitated for years on the same cable news panels put the climate debate on deniers’ terms, taking any discussion of reasonable, large-scale solutions — stringent regulation, massive public investment, an economy planned around reducing emissions — virtually off the table. In its place has come a parade of utopian techno-fixes and market-based solutions, dreamed up by the likes of Milton Friedman and now embraced by left and right alike. The same disinformation campaigners that created a debate over the reality of climate change have hedged their bets and staked a claim to solving a problem that they had tried to convince the world didn’t exist.

In late March, Royal Dutch Shell — Europe’s biggest oil company — released a pathway to meeting the low-bar commitment laid out in the Paris Agreement to cap warming at 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels; the actual text calls to cap it at “well below” 2 degrees Celsius. Still, the company’s decarbonization plan — to reach net-zero emissions by 2070 — is hugely ambitious. As Vox’s David Roberts notes, it’s also premised on two big fantasies: that fossil fuel production and consumption can continue at roughly similar levels for the next several decades, and that at some point between now and then we’ll figure out how to suck massive amount of carbon out from the atmosphere with so-called negative emissions technologies, which remain unproven at scale.

The kinds of wishful thinking baked into Shell’s decarbonization plan, though, are also the ones plaguing the research compiled by the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, a clearinghouse for climate science from around the world where the “least-cost” pathways to decarbonization are also those anointed to keep warming below catastrophic levels. As climate modeler Glen Peters points out, the oil giant’s projections for fossil fuel consumption and negative emissions don’t differ wildly from those laid out in the IPCC’s model collection. Fittingly, then, the official account for UNFCCC tweeted a glowing review of the study.  😇 🤬

With multinationals like Shell prepared to play hardball, the debate over what to do about climate change is much harder to win than the one over whether it’s happening. Major polluters are prepared to do just that and are already coming to the table at international climate talks with ready-made plans. 😈 👹 💵 🎩 🍌 🏴‍☠️

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Inside Climate News

Fossil Fuels on Trial: Where the Major Climate Change Lawsuits Stand Today

Some of the biggest oil and gas companies are embroiled in legal disputes with cities, states and children over the industry's role in global warming.

Aprill 11, 1018



The storm of litigation could have a broad impact if it succeeds in holding fossil fuel companies accountable for the kinds of damages they foresaw decades ago, said Harold Koh, a professor of international law at Yale Law School who served as senior legal adviser to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

"The industry has profited from the manufacture of fossil fuels but has not had to absorb the economic costs of the consequences," Koh said. "The industry had the science 30 years ago and knew what was going to happen but made no warning so that preemptive steps could have beentaken." 

"The taxpayers have been bearing the cost for what they should have been warned of 30 years ago," Koh added. "The companies are now being called to account for their conduct and the damages from that conduct."

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 18, 2018, 01:53:38 pm »

Impact of a thermohaline circulation slowdown


Published on Dec 11, 2015

Lecture on the economic impacts of a slowdown of the thermohaline circulation, Richard Tol, 9 December 2015, Falmer.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 18, 2018, 01:41:39 pm »

Agelbert NOTE: This video continues from the Paul Beckwith video in the previous post on this topic board.  8)

What happens if the Atlantic Meridional Overturning (AMOC) slows down, or even stops?   

Paul Beckwith

Published on Apr 17, 2018

What happens if the Atlantic Meridional Overturning (AMOC) slows down, or even stops? The former has happened, and if the latter occurs there will be global chaos. How close are we to reaching the threshold for a “rewriting” of global ocean circulation? If it occurs, will it be permanent, for at least hundreds of years? How much will already extreme weather change, and how much will global food supply be impacted?

Always more questions than answers. Please support my ongoing efforts to analyze our global climate system in videos with a donation at my website http://paulbeckwith.net
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 15, 2018, 05:13:59 pm »

AMOC Shutdown Potential and Implications

Climate State

Published on Sep 18, 2016

Climate scientists Mark Serreze, Michael Mann, and James Hansen commenting on the potential for a shutdown of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), in a historical perspective, based on observations, as well as on the implications.

Ocean Currents Disruption: Slower and Wavier

Paul Beckwith

Published on Apr 14, 2018

Cutting edge science finds ocean currents slowing down. We all know the equator is warm and poles are cold. This temperature difference causes heat flow from the equator to poles.

As the Arctic warms like crazy, heat flow there slows, thus jet streams slow and are wavier; the same slowing and waviness increase happens with ocean currents.

If sluggish ocean currents (slowing of Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation - AMOC) halt or redistribute, we are in for a heap of chaotic climate change mayhem.

How close are we to shutdown? Stay tuned to my videos and donate to http://paulbeckwith

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 15, 2018, 04:12:58 pm »

Agelbert NOTE: This article, over a year old now, has valuable information about what will happen, IN OUR TIME, when, not if, the AMOC shuts down. The  East Coast of the USA would almost immediately experience a sea level rise of at least 80 centimeters (i.e. 2 feet and 7.5 inches) :o. 🌊 Besides all the catastrophic flooding, it would cost billions of dollars just to raise the level of the port facilities alone.

Topographic map of the Nordic Seas and subpolar basins with schematic circulation of surface currents (solid curves) and deep currents (dashed curves) that form a portion of the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (AMOC). Colors of curves indicate approximate temperatures. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantic_meridional_overturning_circulation

The Atlantic Ocean and an Actual Debate in Climate Science

Scientists have recently begun to re-examine a scary question: Will a crucial ocean current shut down? ???



But then she went on. From what we know right now, the possibility that AMOC will shut down remains a “potential impact of climate change with significant consequences.”

“Yet other impacts are much more certain” to result from climate change, she said, listing “increased surface temperatures, sea level rise, and ice melt.” While some harms, like those of a collapsing AMOC, are still up for debate, it is almost completely certain that climate change will bring serious consequences for us in our time. Rampant drought, drier rivers, and vanished 🌊 coasts are all ours to inherit.

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