Category: Climate

With Planet in ‘Crisis Mode,’ Bernie Sanders Rips Trump White House for ‘Dangerous’ Dismissal of Climate Science

Appearing on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday just moments after President Donald Trump’s chief economic adviser and noted Wall Street stooge Larry Kudlow dismissed a new United Nations climate report showing that the world must cut carbon emissions in half by 2030 to avert global catastrophe, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) denounced the White House for its “dangerous” rejection of climate science and slammed Trump for working hand-in-hand with Big Oil to make “a bad situation worse.”

via With Planet in ‘Crisis Mode,’ Bernie Sanders Rips Trump White House for ‘Dangerous’ Dismissal of Climate Science

Unseen in 35 years: Veteran weather reporter on oceans ‘exploding’ with tropical storms — RT US News

Unseen in 35 years: Veteran weather reporter on oceans ‘exploding’ with tropical storms

The world is facing a record number of storms raging through the Northern hemisphere at the same time. There are five tropical storms just this week, including a potentially “catastrophic” Hurricane Florence, meteorologists say.

Florence, a Category 2 hurricane that has already prompted massive evacuations in the US, is far from being the only one roaming through the Atlantic. Another hurricane, Helene, is devolving in the eastern part of the ocean and moving northeast towards Europe, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) says. However, this Category 1 hurricane is expected to lose steam before it actually arrives at Europe’s shores, as the scientists believe it will eventually come to the western part of the continent in a form of a storm early next week.

via Unseen in 35 years: Veteran weather reporter on oceans ‘exploding’ with tropical storms — RT US News

Across All Seven Continents, #RiseForClimate Actions Demand Elected Leaders Commit to Fossil-Free Future

Building on actions that kicked off earlier this week, activists on Saturday hosted hundreds of #RiseForClimate demonstrations across all seven continents, drawing massive crowds “to demand our local leaders commit to building a fossil-free world that puts people and justice before profits.”

As of this writing there were more than 900 actions in 95 countries, according to the searchable database that enables those interested to locate protests in their area.

The main event was the Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice march in San Francisco, California, which is brought together some 30,000 people and is being hailed as the West Coast’s largest climate march ever.

via Across All Seven Continents, #RiseForClimate Actions Demand Elected Leaders Commit to Fossil-Free Future

In ‘Disastrous Wreck for Consumers and the Planet,’ Trump EPA Moves to Gut Clean Car Standards

“Everyone who breathes should be worried about the tailpipe pollution Trump’s administration wants to unleash.”
—Paul Cort, Earthjustice

via In ‘Disastrous Wreck for Consumers and the Planet,’ Trump EPA Moves to Gut Clean Car Standards

Visualizing global warming month by month for 137 years – Axios

The Earth is warmer now than at any time since reliable record-keeping began in 1880, and we’re continuing to warm at an accelerated rate. In fact, the Earth is warmer now than at any point in modern human civilization.

Source: Visualizing global warming month by month for 137 years – Axios

The Bering Sea’s ice has never melted this early before | Grist

On Alaska’s West Coast, the feeble April sun is shining this week on a fresh spot of open water. The sea ice found there for ages every spring is gone.

Ice in the Bering Sea, the narrow body of water between Russia and Alaska, has dropped to its lowest springtime level since at least 1850. In all that time, no other year has come close. After a winter filled with unusually high temperatures, sea ice now sits at less than 10 percent of what could previously be considered “normal”.

“We’ve fallen off a cliff,” said Rick Thoman, a climatologist at the National Weather Service in Alaska, in a tweet.

via The Bering Sea’s ice has never melted this early before | Grist

40 degrees in April: Why this autumn has felt more like summer – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A packed Bondi beach is filled with swimmers in the ocean and sunbakers on the sand.

“When you’re breaking a record over a whole state by that sort of margin, that’s a significant event,” Dr Trewin said.

via 40 degrees in April: Why this autumn has felt more like summer – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Really extreme global weather event leaves scientists aghast

 

'Really extreme' global weather event leaves scientists aghast

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.

via Really extreme global weather event leaves scientists aghast

As Arctic Sea Ice Thins, so Do Polar Bears

What the scientists found is that five of the bears lost weight and four of them lost 2.9 to 5.5 pounds (1.3 to 2.5 kilograms) per day. The average polar bear studied weighed about 386 pounds (175 kilograms). One bear lost 51 pounds (23 kilograms) in just nine days.

via As Arctic Sea Ice Thins, so Do Polar Bears

Tony Abbott dares us to reject evidence on climate, but reveals a coward | Graham Readfearn | Environment | The Guardian

The former Australian prime minister’s misleading speech to a London thinktank was full of climate denial mythology

Source: Tony Abbott dares us to reject evidence on climate, but reveals a coward | Graham Readfearn | Environment | The Guardian

Mexico’s strongest earthquake in more than 80 years leaves 58 dead – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

At least 58 people die when Mexico is hit by its most powerful earthquake in over 80 years.

Source: Mexico’s strongest earthquake in more than 80 years leaves 58 dead – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

BOM: Australia’s hottest winter on record, maximum temperatures up nearly 2C on the long-term average – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Australia hits a record winter average maximum daily temperature.

Source: BOM: Australia’s hottest winter on record, maximum temperatures up nearly 2C on the long-term average – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

California Defies Trump, Announces Pact With Germany To Uphold Paris Agreement | IFLScience

The fact that California is signing climate agreements with other nations while simultaneously doubling down on its efforts to perfect its already booming clean energy industries is nothing less than enormously significant. It sets a shining example for the rest of the country, especially the fledgling Climate Alliance – a coalition of states keeping to the Paris agreement – that it co-founded.Secondly, Germany is proving time and time again that it is determined to be an internationalist nation that pushes back against dangerous populism and navel-gazing. It wants to play its part in the Paris agreement – and most importantly, it wants to ensure the rest of the EU fulfills their commitments too.

Source: California Defies Trump, Announces Pact With Germany To Uphold Paris Agreement | IFLScience

Solar hits big, brief milestone in California – SFGate

The administration used data from the California Independent System Operator, which manages the electricity grid across 80 percent of the state and part of Nevada. Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on March 11, almost 40 percent of the electricity flowing across the ISO grid came from large-scale solar power plants, a record. […] homes and businesses in the area served by the ISO grid now have enough rooftop solar panels of their own to generate up to 5.4 gigawatts of electricity. Factor in the electricity they produced for their owners on March 11, and solar met half of the overall electricity demand in the middle of the day, the administration estimates. Add in electricity generated by wind farms, geothermal plants, biomass plants and small hydroelectric dams, and together, renewable sources briefly accounted for 56.7 percent of all power on the grid on March 23, said ISO spokesman Steven Greenlee. The surge in renewable power, while a key part of California’s fight against climate change, does create its own set of problems. Plants burning fossil fuels use that heat to generate steam, which then runs through a turbine to produce electricity. The flood of midday solar power has even caused wholesale electricity prices in California to periodically drop below $0 per megawatt-hour. In the long term, many analysts say California will need affordable large-scale energy storage technologies to meet its 50 percent renewable energy target.

Source: Solar hits big, brief milestone in California – SFGate

A sustainable future is possible if politics gets out of the way| Even from the mouths of conservatives like Harold

We can create a modern national energy system if we let informed regulators and the Chief Scientist Alan Finkel do their work unhindered.

Source: A sustainable future is possible if politics gets out of the way

Earth’s oceans are warming 13% faster than thought, and accelerating | John Abraham | Environment | The Guardian

John Abraham: Our new study improves estimates of the rate of ocean warming – a critical component of climate change

Source: Earth’s oceans are warming 13% faster than thought, and accelerating | John Abraham | Environment | The Guardian

Climate Institute to shut down, citing lack of funds for independent research | Environment | The Guardian

Chairman says cost of inaction on climate change is clear and issue shouldn’t be used to fight ‘political and ideological battles’

Source: Climate Institute to shut down, citing lack of funds for independent research | Environment | The Guardian

United states of denial: forces behind Trump have run Australia’s climate policy for years | Graham Readfearn | Environment | The Guardian

For more than a decade, Australia has been held back by climate science denial and an antipathy towards environmentalism

Source: United states of denial: forces behind Trump have run Australia’s climate policy for years | Graham Readfearn | Environment | The Guardian

Northern Great Barrier Reef coral bleaching damage worse, surveys suggest

Fresh surveys of the Great Barrier Reef six months on from a mass coral bleaching have found large-scale damage north of Cairns, where a growing coral death rate due to heat stress is being exacerbated by disease and predators, scientists say.

Source: Northern Great Barrier Reef coral bleaching damage worse, surveys suggest

‘Disaster capitalism’: Why Haitians prefer local NGOs over American Red Cross — RT News

Hurricane Matthew has left hundreds dead in Haiti and thousands in need of immediate relief. However, Haitians have not been making calls for American Red Cross donations. Former Haiti development worker France Francois explained why to RT.

Source: ‘Disaster capitalism’: Why Haitians prefer local NGOs over American Red Cross — RT News

Endless Summer: First Half Of 2016 Hottest On Record – New Matilda

There has never been a hotter time to be alive than today. Carbon dioxide levels have crossed the threshold of 400 parts per million. They’re the highest they’ve been in over 650,000 years and as a result, 15 of the 16 hottest years on NASA’s 136 year record have occurred in the 21st century. As theMore

Source: Endless Summer: First Half Of 2016 Hottest On Record – New Matilda

March temperatures sets record as hottest ever, Bureau of Meteorology says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The hot start to 2016 continued into March with statistics released by the BoM showing the warm weather set new records.

Source: March temperatures sets record as hottest ever, Bureau of Meteorology says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

CSIRO looks to Britain to outsource climate research

CSIRO has contacted the British Met Office to explore possible outsourcing of basic climate modelling work, which the senior executive in charge conceded would reduce Australia’s future capability in the field.

Source: CSIRO looks to Britain to outsource climate research

Cyclone Winston: strongest ever southern hemisphere storm hits Fiji | Australia news | The Guardian

State of emergency declared as category five storm makes landfall, with winds gusting at up to 195mph

Source: Cyclone Winston: strongest ever southern hemisphere storm hits Fiji | Australia news | The Guardian

There’s a Heat Wave Going on in the North Pole — And That’s Not Good News | VICE News

A storm system is sweeping through the Arctic, bringing spring-like warmth to the pole and strong storms to the United Kingdom, which is causing heavy flooding.

Source: There’s a Heat Wave Going on in the North Pole — And That’s Not Good News | VICE News

Extreme heat warning for South Australia, with temperatures hitting 42C | Australia news | The Guardian

State Emergency Service warns of public health risk, with Adelaide’s top temperature not expected to fall below 40C before Sunday

Source: Extreme heat warning for South Australia, with temperatures hitting 42C | Australia news | The Guardian