LAKE POOPÓ The dry, salt-crusted Bolivian lake bed unfurls into the distance. Boats are stranded; the fish and waterfowl are gone. Fishermen who depended on the lake are moving else - where. It’s a diaspora born of drought. PHOTOGRAPH BY MAURICIO LIMA
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We’re witnessing the fastest decline in Arctic sea ice in at least 1,500 years...
The sudden, scary ice melt in the Arctic, in three charts.Read more
The sudden, scary ice melt in the Arctic, in three charts...Read more
A poplar tree farm in Oregon is a fast-growing bioenergy source.
A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook page during the past week.
Vast bioenergy plantations could stave off climate change—and radically reshape the planetRead more
Northern extremes. Camouflage is a key survival strategy for many animals. But what do you do if your habitat changes dramatically with the seasons? From high mountain habitats to the Arctic north, animals have developed a seasonal wardrobe to stay under cover — and stay alive.
Global warming is leaving animals who take on a white coat in winter exposed as snow cover retreats. But scientists say hot spots for "evolutionary rescue" could see them adapt...Read more
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WASHINGTON DC: Frigid iguanas in Florida. Snowball fights on North Carolina’s beaches. Recent winters have delivered a bitter chill to the Southeast, reinforcing attitudes among some that global warming is a fraud...Read more
Water treatment plants can’t afford not to think about electricity too. CSIRO/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA
Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe has suffered sexist attacks from climate change deniers. Source: Katharine Hayhoe
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Why Climate Deniers Target Women...Read more
South Australia is working with Tesla to install solar power systems on residents homes. Image: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Tesla is building a 'virtual power plant' using people's homes...Read more
Antarctica is thought to hold enough water to increase sea levels by more than 50 metres. (Supplied: Australian Antarctic Division)
Understanding exactly what is going on in Antarctica has long been fraught for climate scientists, but what is happening on the continent could soon be felt around the world...Read more
Last fall, the cities of Oakland and San Francisco sued oil behemoth Chevron for billions of dollars because of its role in causing climate change. Chevron is, of course, fighting the case, but if it loses, it wants to take down another oil company with it...Read more
A CRITICAL ORGANIZATIONAL UPDATE ON REDUCED OR ELIMINATED SERVICES FOR ALL JOB ONE SUBSCRIBERS/MEMBERS...
We have just run out of an endowment given to us by a wealthy donor years ago who understood the importance of our mission. Because of this new financial reality, we have had to make drastic cuts to our free services and organizational operations. This is because we have still not been able to raise enough new donations to meet our humble monthly obligations...Read more
Carbon Engineering’s direct air capture plant in Squamish, British Columbia, one of the few such facilities in the world. Photograph: pembina.org
It’s a simple idea: strip CO2 from the air and use it to produce carbon-neutral fuel. But can it work on an industrial scale?Read more
While the West Coast was being inundated, on the other side of the Alps, there were fires. Photo: Iain McGregor/Stuff
Ice, fire, storms and heat: Climate change is now part of our everyday lives...Read more
IT’S THE BIG NEW IDEA FOR STOPPING CLIMATE CHANGE — BUT IT HAS HUGE ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS OF ITS OWN...Add your reaction Share
The Lloyd’s building, home of Lloyd’s of London. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty
Firm follows other big UK and European insurers by excluding coal companies from 1 April...Read more
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Travel with me to the year 2100. Despite our best efforts, climate change continues to threaten humanity. Drought, superstorms, flooded coastal cities. Desperate to stop the warming, scientists deploy planes to spray sulfur dioxide in the stratosphere, where it converts into a sulfate aerosol, which reflects sunlight. Thus the planet cools because, yes, chem-trails...
It’s hard to wreck a continent you can barely get your hands on. Human beings typically do our worst environmental damage in the places we live and work—clear-cutting forests, strip-mining mountains. Antarctica, however, was more or less out of reach. No more...Read more
Sea level rise and more severe storms are overwhelming U.S. coastal communities, causing billions of dollars in damage and essentially bankrupting the federal flood insurance program. Yet rebuilding continues, despite warnings that far more properties will soon be underwater...
(Clockwise from top left: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times; Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times; Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times; John McConnico / Associated Press)
Wildfires, sea level rise, coral bleaching: Climate change is already here...Read more
HUMAN EXISTENCE THREATENED MORE BY EXTREME WEATHER, NOT WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION, GLOBAL EXPERTS WARN...Add your reaction Share
Video: How Climate Change Is Already Affecting Earth...Though the planet has only warmed by one-degree Celsius since the Industrial Revolution, climate change's effect on earth has been anything but subtle. Here are some of the most astonishing developments over the past few years.
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The ocean is suffocating—but not for the first time...Read more
But you can stop them: Sign here and we'll deliver your comments to the EPA before their deadline on the 16th.Read more
Yesterday, President Trump's Interior Department announced plans to open up oil and gas drilling in nearly all United States marine waters, putting more than 100 million offshore acres under imminent threat from the Trump administration and Big Oil.1Read more
Dec 31: UNIVERSE DAY & 9TH ANNUAL CELEBRATE THE UNIVERSE AND DEAL WITH THE GLOBAL WARMING EMERGENCY EVENT
Announcing the 9th annual Universe Day! Universe Day is an annual birthday for the Universe event starting December 31st at noon running through January 1st at noon...Read more
Bleaching damage on the corals of the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia. Photograph: GREG TORDA/ARC CENTRE CORAL REEF STUDIES HANDOUT/EPA
A key chapter of the US Global Change Research Program Report deals with how the oceans are being impacted by human carbon pollution...Read more
The Thomas December 2017 fire is now the largest one in California's record books. Image courtesy of the Ventura County Fire Department
The freakish, "rainy-season" Thomas Fire in California has just burned itself into the record books. On Dec. 22, 2017 it officially became the state's largest recorded wildfire, having already burned 273,400 acres...Read more
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(CNN) Jeannette Frescas was not concerned about the Thomas Fire until the massive blaze reached her neighborhood in Ventura, California...Read more
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Extreme weather left its mark across the planet in 2016, the hottest year in recorded history. Record heat baked Asia and the Arctic. Droughts gripped Brazil and southern Africa. The Great Barrier Reef suffered its worst bleaching event in memory, killing large swaths of coral.
Now climate scientists are starting to tease out which of last year’s calamities can, and can’t, be linked to global warming...Read more
A new study suggests that the planet is far likelier to become four degrees Celsius warmer by 2100 than previously thought. (Photo: David McNew/Getty Images)
New research shows emissions must go down every year starting in 2020 to prevent dangerous warming of planet...Read more
The starving bear was filmed struggling to find food for five hours... Caters News Agency
Footage from Canada’s Arctic shows emaciated animal seeking food in scene that left researchers ‘pushing through their tears’...Read more
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Understanding Climate Change...Read more
This picture taken on July 26, 2017 shows an Indonesian ranger inspecting the peat forest fire at Meulaboh, Aceh province. Credit: Chandeer Mayhuddin Getty Images
Scientists have evidence that El Niño boosts CO2 levels, and they are pinning down how...Read more
Right now, the world is teetering on an abyss of sorts. Scientists, in general, are starting to believe that we’re in the middle of an extinction level event; the sort of catastrophe that wiped the dinosaurs off the planet...Read more
Our planet’s resources find themselves in a precarious situation. The very ideals and strengths that have helped humanity survive, to become a force in complete control of its destiny - no longer ruled by our basic instincts but guided by our intelligence - have also left us stranded on a cliff’s edge....Read more
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By the time climate change is no longer a long-term threat, it will be too late...Read more
Thanksgiving dinner conversations with the whole family can surface all kinds of myths and confusion. Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
We asked our readers to share the top climate denial claims and global warming questions they hear from family. Here’s what science shows — and how to explain it...Read more
We have just 3 weeks to save net neutrality...Read more
PERSONAL REFLECTIONS OF ONE OF THE WORLD'S PREEMENENT CLIMATE SCIENTISTS ON THE 23RD COP IN BONN-FIJI, CAN IT BE THIS BAD?
Settling wearily into my Deutsche Bahn seat at the start of a two-day journey back to Uppsala, Sweden, I’ve endeavoured below to capture my early thoughts on the latest attempt to forestall our headlong rush towards oblivion...Read more
Jerry Taylor of the Niskanen Center, for 23 years a thorn in side of climate scientists, spells out how he came to accept scientific evidence and the economic rationale for action...Read more
Vreni Häussermann of the Huinay Scientific Field Station photographs one of hundreds of whales that washed up in Chilean Patagonia in 2015. Photo by Keri-Lee Pashuk
When 343 Sei whales died from a harmful algal bloom in Chilean Patagonia, they opened a window into the effect changing climate is having on marine mammals, our oceans, and us'...Read more
How do we tell the story of 10 years of climate journalism in 5 minutes?
Watch this video for how we did it, with the help of filmmaker Bob Madey....
I became a broadcast meteorologist for WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1981, and have worked there ever since...Read more
Nick Cote for the NYT
The real culprit of the climate crisis is not any particular form of consumption, production or regulation but rather the very way in which we globally produce, which is for profit rather than for sustainability...Read more
A home is surrounded by floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey in Spring, Texas. Photograph: David J. Phillip/AP
After months of intense hurricanes, heat waves, and droughts, a survey finds a record number of Americans worried about climate change...Read more
WE HAVE NOW ENTERED THE STATE OF out of control and now OUT OF CONTROL AND NOW IRREVERSIBLE GLOBAL WARMING!
You most likely have seen the news about the global warming aggravated weather like hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Marie or the horrible wildfires in northern California and the west coast. In this blog we have repeatedly provided good science informing that you that until we reverse our suicidal fossil fuel burning habits, global warming aggravated climate consequences (like what you are seeing almost everyday in the news,) will continue to increase in frequency, severity and scale...
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A group of children and young adults is suing President Donald Trump’s administration for denying their right to a livable environment, claiming that by not properly addressing climate concerns, the United States is taking away their right to a healthy future...Read more
US GOVERNMENT AGENCY ISSUES CLIMATE CHANGE WARNING AS REPORT FINDS NATURAL DISASTERS COST AMERICA $350 BILLION...
At least 40 people are confirmed dead in northern California wildfires and the GAO estimates wildfires like this will cost the US more if climate change is not addressed. David McNew/Getty Images
'We simply cannot afford the billions of dollars in additional funding...if we do not take into account the consequences of climate change'...Read more
In this age of global warming-aggravated extreme weather events, any rational individual or business will not want to invest in real estate in a location that will be regularly (or permanently) disabled by catastrophes like the hurricanes of Harvey, Irma, and Marie, or the wildfires of northern California that just burned over 6,000 structures. The shocking estimated recovery costs of these three hurricanes alone will run from one third to one half trillion dollars...Read more
Adding 101 gallons to a 100-gallon bathtub causes it to overflow, even if added slowly...Read more
Some Puerto Rico residents are turning to a hazardous waste site for drinking water as the island continues to reel from Hurricane Maria...Read more
According to a new book, our climate scientists and governments have grossly miscalculated current global warming risk levels, consequences, and timetables. The new research and meta-systemic analysis presented in the newly released Climageddon proves global warming may already be irreversible, or will be within the next 6 to 10 years...Read more
There are Interfaith Power & Light chapters in 40 states, including North Carolina, and in Washington, D.C. The nonprofit organization has become a leading nationwide, faith-based player in the climate change debate. Photo: Interfaith Power & Light website
Not that long ago, chances are pretty good Interfaith Power & Light (IP&L) was not a household name in many homes in North Carolina...Read more
This second essay in a series introduces another key concept that explains why all of us in the USA are failing to address the climate crisis, ignoring ecological and population overshoot, shutting our eyes to the coming collapses attendant to massively excessive resource extractions, and related issues.Read more
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It was only five years ago that Scientific American published this article: Climate Armageddon: How the World’s Weather Could Quickly Run Amok, d/d May 25, 2012. The subheading to that article read: “Climate scientists think a perfect storm of climate ‘flip’ could cause massive upheavals in a matter of years.” Well now….Read more
There’s a very small but distinct possibility that rapid global warming could pose an “existential threat” to the survival of humans by 2050, UC San Diego said Thursday in one of the most dire forecasts yet about climate change...Read more
Volunteers cover their heads with water-soaked towels, to beat the heat, while distributing water bottles, outside Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) in Karachi, Pakistan, June 25, 2015, during a heatwave that killed more than 1,000 people. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro
As hurricanes and floods grab headlines, heatwaves associated with climate change are claiming lives around the world...Read more
Stevie Wonder struck a political note at a concert to raise money for hurricane relief late Tuesday, saying anyone who does not believe in global warming "must be blind."Read more
GENERAL MOTORS, DISNEY, SHELL AND 1,200 OTHER COMPANIES ARE TAKING STEPS TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE, REPORT SAYS...Add your reaction Share
A Russian tanker has travelled through the northern sea route in record speed and without an icebreaker escort for the first time, highlighting how climate change is opening up the high Arctic...Read more
Changes to near-surface permafrost locations in Alaska under various future scenarios. Credit: Pastick, et al./Remote Sensing of Environment
The loss of frozen ground in Arctic regions is a striking result of climate change. And it is also a cause of more warming to come...Read more
Scientists are sucking carbon dioxide from the air with giant fans and preparing to release chemicals from a balloon to dim the sun’s rays as part of a climate engineering push to cool the planet...Read more
Industrial stacks billowing greenhouse gases have contributed to global warming. (Source: Getty)
Global temperatures are on course to rise by up to 4°C, twice as far as safe levels, according to a new Climate Progress Dashboard...Read more
THE UNINHABITABLE EARTH FAMINE, ECONOMIC COLLAPSE, A SUN THAT COOKS US: WHAT CLIMATE CHANGE COULD WREAK — SOONER THAN YOU THINK. ..Add your reaction Share
Professor Stephen Hawking has slammed President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord and said it could lead to a "tipping point" that "turns Earth into Venus"...Read more
On Tuesday, President Trump called James Eskridge, the mayor of Tangier Island, Virginia, and told him that sea level rise isn’t an issue for Tangier, one of the most threatened communities in America...Read more
cartoon by Adam Zyglis
Strong, smart adults do not want to be fed false hopes, false targets or false facts. They want to know the way things really are so that they can adapt to or effectively manage what actually is there. If you would like to quickly cut through the Paris Climate Conference media spin as well as other greenwashing from the poorly informed concerning the Paris agreement and results, keep reading…Read more
Last week, the president announced that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord. This decision is not only an attack on our planet, but also on our public health and welfare, economic prosperity, and clean energy industry, which supports millions of US jobs...Read more
It wasn’t because of the climate, or to help American business. He needed to troll the world—and this was his best shot so far...Read more
The Larsen C Ice Shelf ice crack taken by plane in February 2017. Image: british antarctic survey
On the same day that President Donald Trump is making his big announcement on whether to keep the U.S. in the Paris Agreement on climate change, potentially ominous news has emerged from a group of scientists keeping watch on Antarctica's ice sheet...Read more
You have one last opportunity to get Climageddon: The Global Warming Emergency and How to Survive It for free. The catch for your free copy is simple - you will receive one free copy in return for one honest review...
As CO2 in the atmosphere continues to rise, this hot trend isn’t showing any signs of abating...Read more
Photo: NOAA Courtesy of Union of Concerned Scientists
Today, NOAA held its monthly climate call, where it releases the previous month’s global average temperature, and discusses future weather and climate outlooks for the US. According to the data released today, April 2017 was the second warmest April on record after only April 2016, with a temperature 0.90°C (1.62°F) above the 20th century April average. Data for the contiguous US was released earlier, and found April 2017 to be the 11th warmest on record, and 2017 to be the second warmest year to date (January to April data)...Read more
CLIMATE SCIENTISTS CANCELING THEIR NEW YORK TIMES SUBSCRIPTION OVER HIRING OF CLIMATE DENIALIST BRET STEPHENS...
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In recent weeks, the New York Times Op-Ed page has faced intense furor over its hiring of climate “lukewarmer” Bret Stephens...Read more
High tides lash Mumbai on the western Indian coast. A sea level rise of 5-10cm could double the flood risk. Photograph: Pal Pillai/AFP/Getty
Small but unstoppable increases will double frequency of extreme water levels with dire consequences, say scientists...Read more
Nathan Frost, a Dominion manager, talks in September about the company's solar array installed at the Philip Morris facility on Bermuda Hundred Road in Chesterfield. Hundreds of megawatts of solar capacity are under development in Virginia, part of the company's push to expand its renewable portfolio. credit: Robert Zullo
Gov. Terry McAuliffe today directed the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to begin assembling regulations to reduce carbon emissions from Virginia power plants, a move that was celebrated by environmentalists and renewable energy businesses who see the state as a laggard when it comes to solar and wind capacity and energy-efficiency programs...Read more
A great crested flycatcher, one of the songbird species struggling to adapt to climate change. Image: Michael Jeffords and Sue Post/Illinois Natural History Survey
Timing is everything for migratory songbirds chirping away in North America's trees...Read more
Climate change will bring some surprising effects: Bumpy plane rides, greater mood swings and more volcanic eruptions are just a few of the things we can expect over the decades to come. And yes, even more lightning...
Some possible precipitating factors are already in place. How the West reacts to them will determine the world’s future, says Rachel Nuwer...Read more
This Breakthrough is being released on Earth Day, April 22, 2017
Released to coincide with the Global Warming Emergency Mobilization Week running from Earth Day through the global climate marches on April 29th, Climageddon is unlike any preceding global warming warning book.
Climageddon radically disrupts what most informed individuals currently believe. In its new model of our destabilizing climate called the Climageddon Scenario it uses big data analytic methodologies to predict the likely progression of global warming consequences rapidly coming our way.
Climageddon is a 440+ page tour de force loaded with dozens of illustrations that make complex climate processes easier to understand. It pushes readers to rethink outdated or inaccurate ideas about how global warming will really affect their families, finances, physical security, and future. It is a 180° turn-about from the usual information found in most global warming books.
In May 2006, Al Gore stated in An Inconvenient Truth that we had “10 years left to avoid a tailspin of epic proportions involving extreme weather of all kinds.” Ten years later, we have missed all of Al Gore's action targets and Climageddon now says we have 6 to 10 years to avoid the tailspin of irreversible global warming, which unchecked will eventually lead to extinction.
A few of Climageddon’s well-documented positions and conclusions are:
1. Global warming is much worse than we are being told and its effects are coming faster and with more ferocity than anyone is prepared for.
2. The common belief that gradual progress is adequate in global warming reduction is completely misguided.
3. Current global warming progression and risk assessments are hiding rapidly approaching extreme risk levels. Disruption is coming for our markets, businesses, nations, and families.
4. We are already in an undeclared global warming State of Emergency, and it's too late for organizing grassroots bottom-up solutions.
5. Hundreds of trillions of dollars will be lost by the individuals, businesses, and nations most uninformed and unprepared for the massive changes coming. Even worse, the most expensive and devastating global warming consequences will not occur in 40 to 80 years as we are being told. They are already occurring and more will occur in less than half that time.
6. If we are lucky, we have another 6 to 10 years left to make the costly, painful, and radical changes needed to prevent losing whatever remaining control we have left to prevent irreversible global warming from becoming an inevitability. (Those critical changes are described in prioritized and sequenced action steps of the Job One for Humanity Plan found in Climageddon.)
7. If we fail to respond immediately and irreversible global warming occurs, extinction-level global warming will follow.
8. There is a clear and final global warming battle line we must not cross. It is very near, and staying on the safe side of that line will be the greatest adaptive challenge humanity has ever faced.
9. If we do successfully execute the actions described in the Job One for Humanity Plan and we complete those actions within the critical 2026 deadlines, our civilization should survive, and eventually our world will recover from the damage we have already created
Just as global warming has become the great disruptor of the 21st-century, Climageddon will be the great disruptor of much of what we believe about global warming and much of what we are failing to do.
There is little doubt that word-of-mouth will make this book a(delete must-have,) must-read for those interested in global warming issues and education. It will also become a must-read for individuals and businesses that will be severely impacted by the rapidly unfolding Climageddon Scenario such as investment bankers, stock and commodity investors, city, corporate, and government planners.
It is also essential due diligence reading for farmers, business, and real estate investors. The content of Climageddon must be understood by intelligence agency risk and threat analysts, and by relevant futurists.
Gradualism related to our escalating global warming emergency is deadly. We either declare that climate change is already global State of Emergency or we give up any chance for a future for humanity and, most other life will perish with us, as well."
Michael Mielke, Association for the Tree of Life. http://www.tree-of-life.works/
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Talk about values, not just data: how this minister wants to inspire people to take action on protecting the environment...Read more
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Climate displacement is becoming one of the world’s most powerful — and destabilizing — geopolitical forces.Read more
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Sea level rise is typically thought of as a coastal problem, with cities from New York to San Francisco pondering new coastal defenses such as sea walls and sturdier buildings...Read more
Melting ice floes in Antarctica.
A state-commissioned report on climate change released Wednesday raises the stakes for fighting global warming, offering a clearer and, in some cases, more catastrophic picture of how much sea levels will rise in California...Read more
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Humans are changing Earth’s climate at an alarmingly fast rate...Read more
Dead polar bear found in Svalbard, Norway. Image: National Geographic photographer Paul Micklen via Instagram
Rapid sea ice loss is depriving polar bears of their habitat, since they depend on the ice to hunt prey...Read more
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In this time of reckless US action, it’s crucial to shift the narrative beyond despair over fossil fuels and look at water as a primary tool of climate control...Read more
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SANTIAGO, Chile — Here in Chile, in the far south of the Southern Hemisphere, it has been the summer of our discontent...Read more