There’s Human Poop in Glacial Water...

                  And global warming could bring more of it to the surface!

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It's 50 years since climate change was first seen. Now time is running out...

‘Scientists attribute 15-40% of the epic rain of Hurricane Harvey to climate change.’ Photograph: Marcus Yam/LA Times via Getty Images

 

Making up for years of delay and denial will not be easy, nor will it be cheap. Climate polluters must be held accountable...

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Global Warming Is Now Irreversible...

July 3, 2017

 

Today's Irreversible Global Warming...

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'Game changer': New vulnerability to climate change in ocean food chain...

   

Phytoplankton like these diatoms turn out to be sensitive to ocean acidification, according to new research. Photo: Scripps Institution/Nature

 

Excessive rates of carbon dioxide affects the health of key micro-organisms in the oceans, potentially undermining the base of critical marine food chains, according to new research by US scientists...

 

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The fast-melting Arctic is already messing with the ocean’s circulation, scientists say...

Between the Labrador and Irminger Seas: the southern tip of Greenland, photographed during a GEOMAR survey in 2016. (Arne Bendinger)

 

Scientists studying a remote and icy stretch of the North Atlantic have found new evidence that fresh water, likely melted from Greenland or Arctic sea ice, may already be altering a key process that helps drives the global circulation of the oceans...

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Stephen Hawking's Final Warnings Urged World to Halt Climate Change...

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Stephen Hawking, one of the greatest minds on Earth, died peacefully at his home in Cambridge on Wednesday at the age of 76...

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U.S. government sued after failing to submit climate change report...

By Sandra Gore & Alecia Pienaar

 

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An environmental advocacy group sued the U.S. government on Tuesday for failing to release records that could show why it has not filed a report required under a global climate compact...

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The financial costs and consequences of the escalating global warming emergency...

We are starting out the list of worst global warming consequences with the personal, business, and national financial costs of global warming. This is because financial loss and preventing financial disasters are something that most people are concerned about and monitor constantly for their future wellbeing...

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Climate Change Threatens Thousands of Species in Our Lifetime...

   The unique animal and plant species on Madagascar like this Verreaux's sifaka, a type of lemur, face a changing climate that could make parts of their island unsuitable for the species living there now. Credit: Martina Lippuner/WWF

 

An alarming study finds at 4.5 degrees warming, the world’s most biologically diverse ecosystems could see local extinction of half their plant and animal species...

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Mike Pompeo, Climate Policy Foe, Picked to Replace Tillerson as Secretary of State...

   President Trump has nominated Mike Pompeo, a former Kansas congressman who was sworn in last year as CIA director, to replace former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

 

Trump fired Rex Tillerson, a former Exxon CEO who supported staying in the Paris climate accord. Pompeo is a Koch brothers ally and climate policy critic...

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22 National Science Academies Urge Government Action on Climate Change...

The Commonwealth "has the potential, and the responsibility, to help drive meaningful global efforts and outcomes that protect ourselves, our children and our planet," 22 national science academies wrote in a joint statement. Credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

 

The scientists, from the UK, Canada, Australia and other Commonwealth countries, warn that stronger measures are needed to keep global warming under 2 degrees...

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The government is nearly done with a major report on climate change. Trump isn’t going to like it...

The intersection of Eighth Street and Atlantic Avenue is flooded in Ocean City, N.J., on Oct. 30, 2012, after the storm surge from Hurricane Sandy flooded much of the town. (Mel Evans/AP)

 

The country’s top independent scientific advisory body has largely approved a major climate report being prepared by scientists within the Trump administration — suggesting that another key government document could soon emerge that contradicts President Trump’s skepticism about climate change and humans’ role in driving it...

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UK: Climate change threatens ability of insurers to manage risk

Severe flooding in Carlisle, north-west England, December 2015. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters

 

Extreme weather is driving up uninsured losses and insurers must use investments to fund global warming resilience, says study...

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More Serious Problems with the IPCC’s Global Warming Predictions and Timetables...

       

 

Before discussing more of the problems with the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) global warming information and predictions, it is necessary to frame this challenge to the IPCC’s reports appropriately. In the criticisms below, we are not in any way criticizing the thousands of climate scientists, many of whom at their own expense provide uncensored, accurate, and up-to-date global warming research to the IPCC’s bureaucrats...

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Hotter, Drier, Hungrier: How Global Warming Punishes the World’s Poorest...

On the outskirts of Kakuma in northwestern Kenya. Always arid, the area has become hotter and drier with the onset of climate change. Joao Silva/The New York Times

 

KAKUMA, Kenya — These barren plains of sand and stone have always known lean times: times when the rivers run dry and the cows wither day by day, until their bones are scattered under the acacia trees. But the lean times have always been followed by normal times, when it rains enough to rebuild herds, repay debts, give milk to the children and eat meat a few times each week...

 

 

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Climate change is a disaster foretold, just like the first world war...

‘The extraordinary – almost absurd – contrast between what we should be doing and what’s actually taking place fosters low-level climate denialism’ Photograph: Guido Dingemans/Alamy Stock Photo

 

The warnings about an unfolding climate catastrophe are getting more desperate, yet the march to destruction continues...

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In Iceland, global warming no longer a joke - says president...

A view shows an ice flow floating on a lake in front of the Solheimajokull Glacier, where the ice has receded by more than 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) since annual measurements began in 1931, Iceland October 16, 2015. REUTERS/Thibault Camus/Pool

 

"The common joke in Iceland is to say that ... global warming is something we should cheer for - but it's no longer funny."

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What did NZ's hottest summer do to our glaciers?

View southwest toward the head of Mueller Lake and terminus of Mueller Glacier notice stream dissecting stagnant ice at head of lake.  Picture is from Noel Potter, UMaine,  2/2018 

 

Climate scientists expect to find some "pretty pathetic" glaciers when they make this year's aerial survey of the South Island's ice-starved, post-summer snowline.

What they find could be one of the biggest "melt years" yet seen...

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Correcting the underestimation in the current IPCC future average global temperature projections...

 

 

It is useful to now update the IPCC’s (the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,) four most recent 2014 average global temperature and time frame predictions while compensating for their known and regular underestimations of about 25-40%. Please keep in mind the IPCC’s 2014 prediction scenarios also do not include any calculations or adjustments for crossing more global warming tipping points during their prediction scenario periods...

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This dire ocean scenario is a stark reminder of why the world is trying to stop climate change...

Rolling waves driven by Cyclone Christian appear in the Elbe estuary near the North Sea close to Brunsbuettel, northern Germany, on Oct. 28, 2013. (Christian Charisius/European Pressphoto Agency)

 

Scientists on Thursday published an alarming scenario for what could happen to the planet’s oceans and fisheries by the year 2300 if very high levels of global warming are allowed to continue...

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The Arctic is sending us a powerful message about climate change. It’s time for us to listen...

The Beast brought cold air from Siberia to cities unfamiliar with such harsh winter conditions, such as Rome. Image: REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

 

Arctic scientists aren’t usually afraid of a little cold. Windy conditions don’t usually get us howling. The beasts we pay attention to are usually polar bears. But last week’s “Beast from the East” triggered a few anxious conversations...

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Explainer: The polar vortex, climate change and the ‘Beast from the East’...

COLD SNAP: Dave Throup tweeted this picture of the Beast from the East, predicted to bring cold weather to the county next week. Picture: @DaveThroupEA

 

This is a re-post from Carbon Brief by Robert McSweeney

While much of Europe is shivering in subzero temperatures, the Arctic and eastern US have basked in unseasonably warm conditions in recent weeks...

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Fisheries output to plunge unless global warming reeled in...

FILE PHOTO: A Man stands on his fishing boat in the harbour of Ajaccio on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica January 30, 2018. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier/File Photo

 

Global fisheries output will slump by 20 percent by 2300 and by 60 percent in the worst-hit North Atlantic region if governments fail to slow long-term global warming, a U.S. team of scientists said on Thursday...

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2018 SKS WEEKLY CLIMATE CHANGE & GLOBAL WARMING NEWS ROUNDUP #10...

 

Severe flooding in Carlisle, north-west England, December 2015. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters

 

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook page during the past week. 

Editor's Pick:

Climate change threatens ability of insurers to manage risk.

Extreme weather is driving up uninsured losses and insurers must use investments to fund global warming resilience, says study...

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9 questions about climate change you were too embarrassed to ask...

(NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring)

 

Basic answers to basic questions about global warming and the future climate...

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Why the world's wealthiest individuals and corporations are responsible for the escalating global warming emergency and saving us from extinction...

                                                           

 

 

 

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In both moral and practical terms the world’s wealthy are responsible to fix our current global warming nightmare...

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WANNA LIMIT GLOBAL WARMING TO 1.5°C? BETTER GET CRACKING...

           

             Coal: it’s not an option. Kym Farnik

 

Analysis breaks down what it would take—and it’s a lot...

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SEA LEVEL RISE WILL RAPIDLY WORSEN COASTAL FLOODING IN COMING DECADES, NOAA WARNS...

   The nuisance flooding that accompanies seasonal high tides in parts of the Miami area will become more common as sea level rises. Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

 

A new report shows how vulnerable U.S. coastal areas are to rising seas, with some flooding daily by 2100. San Francisco faces a double whammy: it's also sinking...

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CLIMATE CHANGE TIGHTENS GRIP ON US WEST COAST DESPITE PROGRESSIVE ASPIRATIONS...

An aerial view of San Francisco. One of the greenest cities in the US is facing a major threat from global warming. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

 

California, Washington and Oregon have led criticism of Trump’s climate policies, but change hasn’t been easier closer to home...

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SEA LEVEL RISE IN THE SF BAY AREA JUST GOT A LOT MORE DIRE...

Treasure Island, which sits between San Francisco and Oakland, is sinking fast, at a rate of a third of an inch a year. Frank Ramspott/Getty Images

 

If you move to the San Francisco Bay Area, prepare to pay some of the most exorbitant home prices on the planet. Also, prepare for the fact that someday, your new home could be underwater—and not just financially...

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ARCTIC HAS WARMEST WINTER ON RECORD: 'IT'S JUST CRAZY, CRAZY STUFF'...

Frozen fields on the Lofoten Islands in the Arctic Circle in northern Norway. Scientists say conditions in the region are unprecedented. Photograph: Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty Images

 

Sea ice has hit record lows for time of year as experts say global warming probably fueled big storms in Europe and north-eastern US...

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THE 20 WORST CONSEQUENCES OF GLOBAL WARMING...

 

Overview:

Large-scale changes to our atmosphere and environment that normally happen over thousands of years are now happening over decades...

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POWERFUL WINTER STORM SHOWS DAMAGE HIGH TIDES WITH SEA LEVEL RISE CAN DO...

Waves from a winter storm in early March washed over houses in Scituate, Massachusetts, and flooded the streets. The nor'easter hit as tides were already high because of the nearly full moon. Credit: Scott Eisen/Getty Images

 

Two nor’easters fueled record tides in Boston in recent weeks, causing coastal flooding. Advocates warn infrastructure isn't being built to weather climate change...

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IT WAS OFFICIALLY NEW ZEALAND'S HOTTEST SUMMER ON RECORD...

                           

                 New Zealanders made the most of the country's hottest summer on record. CHARLOTTE CURD/STUFF

 

New Zealand just sweated through its hottest summer on record, a Niwa report shows...

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FROM THE HEAD OF OUR EPA? : EVOLUTION'S A 'THEORY,' 'MAJORITY' RELIGIONS UNDER ATTACK...

Scott Pruitt described the Second Amendment as divinely granted, and condemned federal judges as a “judicial monarchy." | Pete Marovich/Getty Images

 

Radio archives from Oklahoma also show him warning of ‘judicial monarchy’ and advocating constitutional amendments to ban abortion and gay marriage...

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UNUSUALLY HIGH TEMPERATURES IN ARCTIC RISE IN FREQUENCY...

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Weather patterns in the Arctic have been described as "freakishly warm." NPR's Michel Martin talks with climate science professor Katharine Hayhoe of Texas Tech University about what's behind it...

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STOP BLAMING ‘BOTH SIDES’ FOR AMERICA’S CLIMATE FAILURES...

                              

Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson was impressed with the way Donald Trump watched the solar eclipse without glasses. Carlson described it as ‘perhaps the most impressive thing any president has done’. Photograph: Fox News

 

The fault lies entirely with the GOP. Focus on fixing it, not laying blame where it doesn’t belong...

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WE’VE RADICALLY UNDERESTIMATED HOW VULNERABLE AMERICANS ARE TO FLOODING...

A Texas National Guardsman carries a resident from her flooded home following Hurricane Harvey on August 27, 2017, in Houston, Texas.Lt. Zachary West/Army National Guard via Getty Images

 

New research claims that official estimates lowballed the risk by, uh, about a factor of three...

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HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS REMAIN WITHOUT POWER AFTER DEADLY WINTER STORM RILEY...

                        

                          Scott Eisen/Getty

 

At a Glance

  • Winter Storm Riley has killed at least nine people on the East Coast.
  • Nearly 200,000 remain without power.
  • States of emergency were declared in Maryland and Virginia.

 

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ARCTIC NEWS: WARNING SIGNS...

                         

The Arctic is warming up more than twice as fast as the rest of the world, due to numerous feedbacks. At times, large areas over the Arctic Ocean can become 30°C or 54°F warmer than 1979-2000, as illustrated by the image below...

 

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2018 SKS WEEKLY CLIMATE CHANGE & GLOBAL WARMING NEWS ROUNDUP #9...

                                           

NWS Boston‏@NWSBoston [HAZARDS] Updated. Coastal flood warning E MA, advisory S MA & RI; hurricane / storm force wind warnings for the waters; high wind warning & advisory across the interior; flood watch for E MA, RI & CT; winter storm warning for the high terrain ... Mainly Friday through Saturday

 

Here is a a chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook page during the past week... 

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We’ve radically underestimated how vulnerable Americans are to flooding...

New research claims that official estimates lowballed the risk by, uh, about a factor of three.

A giant nor’easter — incongruously named Winter Storm Riley, like some Brooklyn kid’s play date — is expected slam into New England coast today, bringing snow, rain, high tides, and damaging winds.

The Boston Globe reports that the National Weather Service has “high confidence” that the eastern coast of Massachusetts is going to experience “moderate to major flooding.” It has “moderate confidence” that heavy rains of two to three inches could cause urban and street flooding throughout southeastern Massachusetts, including Boston...

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SEA LEVEL RISE DAMAGING MORE U.S. BASES, FORMER TOP MILITARY BRASS WARN...

   The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine is one of several military sites at risk from sea level rise, at new report from a panel of retired military officers warns. Credit: U.S. Navy

 

The retired admirals and generals say climate change is putting key military facilities at risk of costly damage that could knock out critical operations for weeks...

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ARCTIC SPRING IS STARTING 16 DAYS EARLIER THAN A DECADE AGO, STUDY SHOWS...

A snowshoe hare stands near Thule air base in Pituffik, Greenland. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images

 

Climate change is causing the season to start comparatively earlier the further north you go, say scientists

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WIDESPREAD DROUGHT ACROSS US STOKING FEARS THAT 2012'S DEVASTATION WILL REPEAT...

Drought conditions in Illinois may improve with hard spring rains, though it doesn't seem that way looking at this field in western Illinois. Madelyn Beck / Harvest Public Media

 

Western Illinois might be close to the Mississippi and Illinois rivers, but it’s the driest part of the state this year...

 

 

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ONCE-IN-A-GENERATION FLOODING POSSIBLE IN BOSTON — FOR THE SECOND TIME THIS YEAR...

Drivers make their way along flooded Beach Road after the ocean breached the seawall outside Boston on Jan. 4, during the “bomb cyclone. Similar scenes will be possible Friday and Saturday in Boston, but at least there won’t be sea ice. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)

 

Even by New England standards, the Nor’easter forecast to explosively develop Friday and Saturday is set to be a whopper. With onshore winds topping 70 mph, a stalling ocean storm that will linger for days, and the full moon Thursday night, the stage is set for a worst case-scenario coastal flood event...

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ONLY ONE COUNTRY WILL BE TO BLAME IF THE PARIS CLIMATE DEAL FAILS...

George W Bush speaks at the US ocean and atmospheric administration in 2002, where he emphasised the "scientific uncertainties" of climate change (Photo: George Bush White House)

 

The agreement’s challenges should not be painted as a collective global failure: the US, with its malignant politics, is the only country that truly matters...

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ANCIENT CARBON IS COMING FROM ARCTIC SOIL. IT MIGHT BE FINE, BUT IT MIGHT BE TERRIBLE...

The marshy, tundra landscape near Newtok, Alaska, is seen from a plane in July 2015. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

 

Scientists on Tuesday published new evidence that old or even ancient carbon, pulled out of the atmosphere and stored in the bodies of plants hundreds or thousands of years ago, is being set loose again from soils in the Arctic region.

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ACTIONS TODAY WILL DECIDE ANTARCTIC ICE SHEET LOSS AND SEA LEVEL RISE...

A handout picture released by British Antarctic Survey shows the Larsen C iceberg. Photograph: Ali Rose/AFP/Getty Images

 

A new study finds that waiting 5 extra years to peak carbon pollution will cost 20 cm sea level rise...

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THEY'RE HERE TO FIX CLIMATE CHANGE! THEY’RE COLLEGE REPUBLICANS...

An attendee wears a GOP elephant necklace during a California Republican Party convention in Burlingame, California. Stephen Lam / Reuters

 

"A lot of young conservatives are frustrated by the false choice between no climate action and a big government regulatory scheme."

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SPRING HAS ARRIVED EARLY FOR MUCH OF THE US. IT’S GORGEOUS — AND CONCERNING...

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This map will show how early spring has arrived in your state...

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‘THERE IS NO ICE’...

                            

A polar bear testing the strength of thin sea ice in the Arctic. Credit Mario Hoppmann/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

 

 “There is no ice where there is almost always ice,” The Washington Post’s weather experts tweeted yesterday, referring to an area north of Greenland...

 

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SCIENTISTS HAVE DETECTED AN ACCELERATION IN SEA LEVEL RISE...

The intersection of 8th Street and Atlantic Avenue is flooded in Ocean City, N.J., after the storm surge from Superstorm Sandy flooded much of the town, aided by rising sea levels. Photograph: Mel Evans/AP

 

Faster melting of ice sheets is speeding up sea level rise..

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WHICH WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE: COMFORTING FALSE HOPES ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING REDUCTION PROGRESS OR HONEST FACTS?

               

 

Myself, our organization, and our allies are constantly struggling with how to communicate the truth about our current state of global warming. How do we effectively tell our members what many climate scientists know, but few will publicly state because of negative repercussions to their funding, careers, and personal safety?

 

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HOW TO OVERCOME “APOCALYPSE FATIGUE” AROUND CLIMATE CHANGE...

 

Psychologist Per Espen Stoknes explains how to reframe discussions of climate change so that we feel inspired to act...

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'REALLY EXTREME' GLOBAL WEATHER EVENT LEAVES SCIENTISTS AGHAST...

Source: http://sites.uci.edu/zlabe/arctic-temperatures/

 

Climate scientists are used to seeing the range of weather extremes stretched by global warming but few episodes appear as remarkable as this week's unusual heat over the Arctic. Zack Labe, a researcher at the University of California at Irvine, said average daily temperatures above the northern latitude of 80 degrees have broken away from any previous recordings in the past 60 years...

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ABBOTT AND FEMA ARE USING HARVEY TO REINVENT DISASTER RESPONSE. SOME SAY THAT MAKES DISPLACED TEXANS "GUINEA PIGS"...

Workers in Rockport repair waterfront condominiums damaged by Hurricane Harvey on Feb. 22, 2018. Eddie Seal for The Texas Tribune

 

In the six months since state and federal officials decided to use the biggest housing recovery in modern history to rewrite the nation's disaster playbook, neighborly networks and organized charity have buoyed disheartened Texans on the coast...

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STOP TRUMP'S INFRASTRUCTURE SCAM...

 

Trump’s new infrastructure plan is nothing but a climate-wrecking giveaway to big polluters and the 1%.

The proposal would fast-track fossil fuel pipelines and gut bedrock environmental protections — at the expense of frontline communities and working people...

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WELCOME TO THE AGE OF CLIMATE MIGRATION...

Sean McCabe for Rolling Stone

 

Extreme weather due to climate change displaced more than a million people from their homes last year. It could soon reshape the nation...

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LEFT TO LOUISIANA’S TIDES, A VILLAGE FIGHTS FOR TIME...

Marshes near Jean Lafitte. Rising sea levels and land loss are driving back Louisiana’s coastline, and a fourth of the state’s wetlands are already gone.  Photograph by WILLIAM WIDMER

 

 

For the community of Jean Lafitte, the question is less whether it will succumb to the sea than when — and how much the public should invest in artificially extending its life...

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IMPACT OF WARMING SEAS FELT BY NORTHEASTERN FISHERIES...

Boats float in the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick at high tide. Larry Montrie

 

CLIMATE CHANGE: THE BAY OF FUNDY AND GULF OF MAINE...

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