2016: THE YEAR CLIMATE CHANGE CAME INTO OUR LIVING ROOMS... JOB ONE FOR HUMANITY'S BLOGS TOP TEN STORIES FOR 2016
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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…
(note: This ones on the cusp of the new year but it tells the story that is about to unfold...)Read more
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The Most Depressing Global Warming Stories of the Year
On social media, 2016 has jokingly been called "the year on fire," and in terms of climate change, it was. Though there were some environmental successes this year, such as the Paris climate agreements becoming law, 2016 had some very depressing headlines regarding global warming and the planet's overall environmental health. Here is some of the most dismal news to come out of "the year on fire."
"Standing amid the skeletons of cushion plants, I wept tears of frustration". Photo: Emma Doxiadi
During the hottest year on record, Karl Mathiesen travelled to Tasmania and found his home irreparably changed...Read more
This year is likely to remembered as a turning point for climate change...Read more
CreditClockwise from top left: Gabriella Demczuk for The New York Times; Eliot Dudik for The New York Times; Eranga Jayawardena, via Associated Press; Brynn Anderson, via Associated Press
As the year ends, The New York Times asked reporters who have focused on climate change, global warming and the environment to choose the news they reported on that was the most memorable. These are their selections, ranging from sea level rise to the phenomenon of “rolling coal” to local actions to confront a warming planet...Read more
US President Barack Obama attends a joint ratification ceremony of the Paris climate change agreement with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Hangzhou on September 3, 2016. HOW HWEE YOUNG/AFP/GETTY IMAGES
NO NATION CAN fight climate change alone...
Here are some of this year’s most extreme weather events caused, in part,
by climate change...
When Donald Trump takes over the U.S. presidency from Barack Obama he will face a world already committed to climate change action, and his hostility to science and action could cause diplomatic ripple effects. Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images
The president-elect can surround himself with climate deniers, but he will govern in a world where climate change affects almost all international dealings...Read more
The Block Island Offshore Wind Farm in Rhode Island. Credit: NREL/flickr
The U.S. may be on the cusp of a stark turning point in energy and climate policy with the election of Donald Trump, who has stocked his cabinet with a majority of people who doubt or reject established climate science...Read more
The Mount Thorley Warkworth mine in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales produces coal for both electricity and steel-making. Lock the Gate Alliance/Flickr, CC BY
The Baird government has approved the expansion of the most aggressive coal mine in the Special Areas of Greater Sydney's catchment despite not knowing the compounding impact it will have on water supplies...Read more
And Trump wouldn't be able to stop it!Read more
NEW YORK, Dec 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - From coast to coast, U.S. cities have multiplied their efforts to emit fewer greenhouse gases and brace for climate change-driven natural disasters, scientists and environmentalists say...Read more
What a year this was. (Reuters/Stringer)
When Fox News’ Chris Wallace asked Donald Trump about his thoughts on climate change, the president-elect responded, “Nobody really knows. Look, I’m somebody that gets it, and nobody really knows. It’s not something that’s so hard and fast.” He’s not alone; according to Pew Research less than half (48%) of all American adults believe that the Earth is warming mostly due to human activity. They are wrong, though, and 2016 was the year that news from around the world made climate change undeniable to anyone paying attention...Read more
Officials replaced this wording:
“Earth’s climate is changing. Human activities that increase heat-trapping ('greenhouse') gases are the main cause.”
The old text goes on to say “scientists agree” that the Great Lakes region will see longer summers and shorter winters, decreased ice cover and changes in rain and snow patterns “if climate change patterns continue.”Read more
Birds with long migrations are expected to suffer most, as other species reach breeding grounds before them. Photograph: Gerry Penny/EPA
A University of Edinburgh study finds birds are arriving at breeding grounds too soon, causing some to miss out on food...Read more
Greek inventor and electronic engineer Petros Zografos presents here an application of his patented method for oscillatory pulse catalytic hydrogen (HHO) extraction from seawater to be used as fuel.
(editors note: this could be huge! A world changing/saving invention...)
Improving the efficiency of solar photovoltaic cells has been one of Arena’s most successful projects. Photograph: Colin Anderson/Getty Images
As demand for sustainable energy increases, Australia’s independent renewable energy agency has to choose to fund some projects over others – to varying degrees of success...Read more
President-elect Donald Trump, shown here at a campaign event in Dallas in September, has filled his prospective Cabinet with opponents of carbon regulations as well as a number of officials who question established climate science. Photo courtesy of AP Images.
It was just one year ago, and from the White House on down, everyone who worked to make the Paris climate agreement a success was dizzy from victory laps...Read more
Josh Haner has photographed eight stories across five countries this year about the effects of climate change, often employing drones to get unique vantage points. Mr. Haner is a staff photographer and a senior editor for photo technology at The New York Times. He talked with James Estrin about finding new ways to visualize climate change. The conversation has been edited for clarity and brevity.Read more
Photo: Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Berggruen Institute
One of the ongoing news stories we are likely to hear about in 2017 is the state of California’s defiance of a climate-science-denying Trump administration. With fossil-fuel enthusiast Scott Pruitt slated to execute a hostile takeover of the Environmental Protection Agency, and given a Trump economic strategy that may depend on a massive expansion of oil, gas, and even coal production, everything blue states — and especially California — have been planning on for years in the way of carbon-emissions reduction and clean-energy promotion is in peril...Read more
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But the Environmental Defense Fund said the veto will allow Ohio to become a leader in the clean energy economy, "clearing the way for well-paying jobs, millions in investment, and healthier air for all."Read more
The flooded high street in Cockermouth in the Lake District, days after Storm Desmond on 6 December 2015. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
A year after severe floods in wake of Storm Desmond, John Krebs says ministers still have no coherent long-term plan to deal with it...Read more
This is the time of year when some people talk about the news stories that didn't receive the attention they merited over the past year...Read more
Renewables kept the lights on in Lisbon for four and a half days in May. Photograph: ImageBroker/Rex/Shutterstock
Campaigners say the 107 hours when the country was powered by wind, sun and water show they can replace fossil fuels...Read more
For the first time, the costs of wind and solar power have dropped to match those of fossil fuels. Environmental advocates hope that could make businesses more likely to opt for renewable energy sources when calculating their costs...Read more
The oil fields of the Uintah Basin, southeast of Vernal, Utah. (Trent Nelson / Salt Lake Tribune)
The election of Donald Trump has thrilled many people across the West’s oil and gas industry who say his promises to roll back regulations will free it from unfair and unnecessary obstacles imposed by President Obama...Read more
HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS FACE STARVATION AND DEATH IN AFRICA IN THE GROWING CRISIS NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT...
A farmer in Zimbabwe examines a field where crops once grew AP
'As we enter 2017, over 37 million people across Africa are without food,' warns International Development Secretary Priti Patel...Read more
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The science of man-made global warming has only grown more conclusive. So why have Republicans become less convinced it’s real over the past decade and a half?Read more
Rescue workers in Carlisle after Storm Desmond in December 2015. Flooding has been particularly costly for the UK in recent years. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA
First climate change risk assessment since 2012 will have considerable implications for future green policy...Read more
Scientists have found connections between climate change and the appearance of new diseases, especially vector borne diseases, including dengue fever and malaria. credit: VietNamNet Bridge
Vietnam is among five countries in the world to suffer the most from climate change...Read more
A man wearing a respiratory protection mask walks toward an office building during the smog after a red alert was issued for heavy air pollution in Beijing's central business district, China, December 21, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee
BEIJING: China has passed a law that levies taxes on pollution, but ignores carbon dioxide, one of the major contributors to global warming, according to the web site of the country's highest legislative body...Read more
Only one major political party in the world denies climate change, and it's in charge of the most important political body in the world...
"The energy system and the tax system have got to be simplified in a way that everybody understands and doesn’t allow the wealthy few to completely rig the system," says Hansen.
Credit: Izhar Cohen
Why worldview threats undermine evidence...Read more
Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this African forest kissing lips plant, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Species of this group are becoming endangered due to African deforestation. Photo Source www.wonderslist.com
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.
And the chances of Donald Trump’s family and fortune surviving climate change are small, dwindling daily and irreversibly...
Faster than ever sea level rise puts densely populated coastal regions increasingly at risk by 2100, as two studies reveal past and future sea level projections...Read more
Patty Waymire says she shot “No Snow, No Ice” after being struck by how “contemplative” the bear appeared to her. credit: Patty Waymire
“The shot struck me immediately...”Read more
Look back on a year of weird weather and clean energy breakthroughs around the world...Read more
Temperatures around the North Pole will almost certainly pass the melting point, 32 degrees Fahrenheit, in the days leading up to Christmas, as global warming wreaks havoc on some of the world’s coldest and iciest areas, scientists say...Read more
As Exxon's chief executive, Rex Tillerson has acknowledged the reality of climate change, but has opposed climate action. Credit: Getty Images
As Exxon's chief executive, Trump's secretary of state choice walked a fine line between Exxon's support of denial and accepting mainstream science...Read more
NBC's Seth Meyers has been transforming his show into a home for substantive, and hilarious, critiques of the incoming Trump administration. On Wednesday's Late Night, Meyers devoted nearly 10 minutes to a discussion of the president-elect's views on climate change — and it wasn't pretty...
A beach within Naval Base Ventura County at Point Mugu has eroded 400 feet since the 1940's, placing critical infrastructure closer to the ocean. - Jed Kim/Marketplace
Many environmentalists have expressed concern about the incoming Trump Administration, since several of the President-elect’s picks for cabinet appointments are people who question the human impact on climate. Many fear a government pullback from efforts to combat climate change. The Department of Defense, however, is continuing work to adapt its bases to deal with possible threats associated with a warmer planet...Read more
Arctic sea ice shrunk to its second-lowest level on record on Sept. 10, 2016. Image: national snow and ice data center/ap
Today is an extremely unusual December day at the North Pole, with temperatures getting very close to the melting point of 32 degrees Fahrenheit, or 0 degrees Celsius...
With a warming climate, fish may end up migrating northward to cooler waters, a new study has found. The change would deeply impact countries around the world. (Luis Galdamez/Reuters)
But if countries abide by Paris agreement, fisheries could see increase of 6 million tons of fish annually...Read more
Climate change has caused a reproductive justice crisis, activists say, as its projected impacts lead some to question how they could have a baby with such an uncertain future...Read more
Franz Josef Glacier in New Zealand, one of the glaciers whose retreat is almost certainly linked to global warming.
Credit: Christopher Chan/flickr
Photos showing the jarring, sometimes miles-long, retreat of mountain glaciers have long been emblems of the often stark changes wrought by Earth’s rising temperature...Read more
MANHATTAN PROJECT-SIZED EFFORT IS NEEDED TO CREATE ARTIFICIAL ARCTIC ICE 'TO PREVENT CLIMATE CATASTROPHE'...
Polar bears are struggling because they use sea ice to hunt seals and other prey U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Handout
The loss of sea ice ‘represents one of the most severe positive feedbacks in the climate system’...Read more
The cruise ship Crystal Serenity, anchored outside Nome, Alaska, in August, before its inaugural voyage through the Northwest Passage. The trip would not have been possible before climate change led to diminished sea ice coverage. Mark Thiessen/Associated Press
A spate of extreme warmth in the Arctic over the past two months has startled scientists, who warn that the high temperatures may lead to record-low ice coverage next summer and even more warming in a region that is already among the hardest hit by climate change...Read more
Joan Gardener, with the Naval Research Laboratory, scans the Arctic ice for a location to conduct research and collect data during Ice Exercise 2016. Image: U.S. Navy/Petty Officer 2nd Class Tyler N. Thompson/AP
It's happening again: The temperature at the North Pole is projected to spike to around the melting point, or 32 degrees Fahrenheit, on Wednesday into Thursday, despite the complete lack of sunshine that far north in December...
Scientists hold signs during a rally in conjunction with the American Geophysical Union’s fall meeting. Photograph: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP
With Trump set to have a ‘chilling effect’ on environmental policy, 20,000 Earth and space scientists met in California to face up to a new responsibility...Read more
Santa doesn't need to dress quite as warmly as he used to for his big day, climate scientists say. Credit: Getty Images
Climate change's impact on winter is uneven, with some parts of the world getting snowier, despite the rise in overall temperatures...Read more
A polar bear outside Churchill, Hudson Bay, Canada in November 2016. Without the ice, the bears cannot hunt for seals. Photograph: Lars Ostenfeld
Canada’s Hudson Bay is as ice-free in November as on a summer’s day and polar bears could be extinct here by mid-century. If the bears are in trouble, so are we...Read more
A car lies submerged in the Tall Timbers subdivision after flooding near Shreveport, La., on March 9, 2016, caused by torrential rains. Credit: REUTERS/Deputy Josh Cagle/Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office via Reuters
Rising temperatures could make extreme rainfall events occur up to five times more often across the US and drop up to 70 percent more rain...Read more
President-elect Donald Trump speaks at rally in Baton Rouge, La. When it comes to climate change, Trump is sending mixed signals on whether or how he will try to slow the Earth’s warming temperatures and rising sea levels. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
With Inauguration Day a month away, business leaders are trying to grasp what the Trump Era will mean for them. Some, like the prominent tech executives who traveled to Trump Tower December 14, are doing their best to charm, and be charmed by, the President-elect. Others, like the Boeing executives who fell victim to a Trump Twitter storm after making some public comments in support of free trade, are learning that speaking out can be risky...Read more
Yupik women prepare freshly caught salmon for curing. Yupik culture is threatened as sea ice melts. Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images
In a year almost certain to be history’s hottest, drastic environmental changes are taking a toll on food supply and even language in Arctic communities...Read more
Global warming has driven the loss of about three-quarters of the northern ice cap so far. Photograph: Nick Cobbing/Greenpeace
Soaring Arctic temperatures ‘strongly linked’ to recent extreme weather events, say scientists at cutting edge of climate change research...Read more
This article is the second in a two-part series by Tormod V. Burkey.
Part One: Can We Save the World? can be read here.
U.S. actor and UN Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio poses during arrivals for a screening of his documentary film ''Before the Flood'' at the United Nations in New York City, U.S. October 20, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Tackling climate change is the "biggest economic opportunity" in the history of the United States, no matter who holds political office, said Hollywood star and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio...Read more
Waves crash over coastal roads at Cleveleys near Blackpool in 2014. Photograph: John Giles/PA
A study of recent data suggests that only good fortune has so far saved coastal communities from a major flood...Read more
ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Countries most dependent on agriculture are also at high risk of experiencing changes in climate over the next 30 years and face the biggest costs in dealing with the effects of extreme weather, according to a global climate index published on Monday...Read more
Polar bears depend on Arctic sea ice for almost all aspects of their lives.Alan D. Wilson / WikimediaCommons
Killer whales and Greenland sharks could attack polar bears as well as eat their prey - seals...
Plans released in November show commitment to transitioning from coal to clean energy to address air pollution and climate emissions...Read more
Environment minister Jose Sarney Filho is opposing a bonfire of licensing laws (Pic: Marcos Oliveira/Agência Senado)
Jose Sarney Filho is at loggerheads with the rural lobby in Congress over a bill to tear up environmental protections...Read more
Oysters cling to the shoreline at China Camp State Park in San Francisco Bay before a 2011 mass die-off. (Brian Cheng / UC Davis)
Climate change could supercharge the powerful storms often hailed for bringing drought-busting rains to California...Read more
President-elect Donald Trump is nominating Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt for administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Here's what you need to know about him. (Video: Sarah Parnass, Osman Malik, Danielle Kunitz, Deirdra O'Regan, Adriana Usero/Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)
Conservation groups are rallying against the Mountain Valley Pipeline...
Donald Trump. AP Photo/Jim Cole
A rundown of the people with ties to ALEC, the Koch brothers and federal land transfer legislation...Read more
CANARIES IN A COAL MINE: BLACK COMMUNITIES COULD SUFFER UNDER TRUMP’S ENERGY AND CLIMATE POLICIES...
Emissions spew out of a large stack at the coal-fired Morgantown Generating Station on May 29, 2014, in Newburg, Md. Mark Wilson/Getty Images
What to Expect When You’re Expecting Trump: The president-elect’s plan to bring back coal-industry jobs and his denial of climate change could hurt low-income communities already suffering from environmental threats...Read more
Many of President Obama’s climate and environmental policies are unlikely to survive under President-elect Donald Trump...Read more
A bear near whale bones outside Kaktovik, Alaska. Whale remains have become an alternative food source. Josh Haner/The New York Times
The bears that come here are climate refugees, on land because the sea ice they rely on for hunting seals is receding...
IF TRUMP CUTS FUNDING FOR CLIMATE SCIENCE, WEALTHY DONORS WILL SPEND BILLIONS, SAYS US SCIENCE ACADEMY CHIEF...Add your reaction Share
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.
And the chances of Donald Trump’s family and fortune surviving climate change are small, dwindling daily and irreversibly...
Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg is leading the charge for climate-proof investment (Pic: US Navy)
This week’s top climate politics and policy stories...Read more
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump arrives to speak during a USA Thank You Tour event at Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, U.S., December 15, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Officials in 24 states have urged U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to kill the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's strategy to combat climate change and shut down coal-fired power plants...Read more
Outgoing ExxonMobil chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson speaks at a press conference in Dallas, Texas. Photograph: Brian Harkin/Getty Images
One non-profit leader compared Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of state to choosing the CEO of a tobacco company for surgeon general...Read more
It’s been clear that carbon dioxide is changing the climate. Now how it moves through the atmosphere is clearer than ever thanks to NASA scientists, satellites and supercomputers.
NASA released a mesmerizing new visualization of a year in the life of carbon dioxide this week. It shows how carbon dioxide twists and turns around the globe like a river (fun nerd fact: scientists model the atmosphere using similar techniques they use with fluid dynamics)...Read more
A man wearing a mask depicting U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump protests during a demonstration against climate change outside of the U.S. Embassy in London, Britain on November 18, 2016. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/File Photo
Climate scientists worried that President-elect Donald Trump will slash their budgets and sideline their research are entering survival mode, trimming the words "climate change" from study proposals, emphasizing business applications of their work, and safeguarding data that shows global warming is real...Read more
Climate change and other hurdles mean it will take more water — and potentially more taxpayer money — to save the Everglades, according to new scientific findings released Thursday...Read more
FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2015 file photo, a hotel guest carries his shoes as he is escorted to his car along in Miami Beach, Fla. The street flooding was in part caused by high tides due to the lunar cycle, according to the National Weather Service. A new scientific report finds man-made climate change played some kind of role in two dozen extreme weather events around the world in 2015. But it also detected no global warming fingerprints in a handful of other weird weather instances. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new scientific report finds man-made climate change played some role in two dozen extreme weather events last year but not in a few other weird weather instances around the world...
The election of Donald Trump has provided a remarkable reversal of fortune for climate change denialists, only a year after nearly 200 nations including the United States committed to a zero-carbon future and their days seemed numbered. Credit: REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
On the brink of irrelevance just a year ago, the conservatives who out-and-out deny man-made global warming now have major roles in the Trump administration...Read more
Water from the king tide is seen along the sidewalk near Pier 14 as Steven Reel (right) takes a photograph, in San Francisco. Photo: Gabrielle Lurie, The Chronicle
As she stood at the edge of the Embarcadero on Tuesday, the bay waters surging high but rarely spilling toward her feet, Lori Lambertson stated the obvious.
“Tides are real tricky,” said Lambertson, a staff teacher at the Exploratorium science museum...
AGADEZ, Niger — The world dismisses them as economic migrants. The law treats them as criminals who show up at a nation’s borders uninvited. Prayers alone protect them on the journey across the merciless Sahara...Read more
Miami's cross-bay bridges are a treasure. Some of the city's purest joy comes when you're careening over the Julia Tuttle or Rickenbacker Causeway with the windows down, watching Biscayne Bay sprawling out under you as you laugh maniacally at how cool your life is compared to your college friends' lives up north. It's a small joy Miamians get to experience year-round.
That is, of course, until the rising seas swallow those roads whole...
Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates. Photo by Michelle Andonian, courtesy of Flickr.
Bill Gates told President-elect Donald Trump last month that energy and climate change provide a "chance for American leadership."Read more
Why are we not acting to save the world? Could it be that we simply don’t know how? Typically, we know the sorts of things that need to be done. What we don’t know is how to get humanity to act, even when we know that we must...Read more
The Trump transition team has issued a list of 74 questions for the Energy Department, asking officials there to identify which department employees and contractors have worked on forging an international climate pact as well as domestic efforts to cut the nation's carbon output. (Whitney Shefte/The Washington Post)
Flash floods carried away everything except the clothes on their backs. People take emergency food in plastic bags in a coastal village in India’s eastern state Odisha. Credit: Manipadma Jena/IPS
- Tasura Begum straightens up from picking a bushel of green chilis and looks at the mighty Padma River flowing by, wondering whose life it ruined today...Read more