64 Global Warming News Articles
from 3rd Quarter of 2015
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9-28-15 Floods that hit New York City every 500 years now hit every 24
Floods that hit New York City every 500 years now hit every 24
Storm surges as high as those that caused devastation during hurricane Sandy may now be over 20 times more common than before humans changed climate. The types of flood that once soaked Manhattan in New York every 500 years now come every quarter-century. Previous research has suggested that New York City will receive more than its fair share of sea-level rise. And the iconic city made global headlines when hurricane Sandy flooded it in October 2012, shutting down the subway system and power grid. The severity of flooding in a storm surge depends on its height and the baseline sea level. But historical records of these measures are patchy, and don’t go back further than about 1850. Horton and his colleagues therefore found proxies for both sea-level rise and tropical cyclones for the years 850 to 1800, and compared them to data from 1970 to 2005.
9-28-15 Voyage traces stirred-up Arctic heat
Voyage traces stirred-up Arctic heat
Oceanographers have gathered fresh evidence that turbulence in the Arctic Ocean, driven by the wind, is stirring up heat from the depths. As dwindling ice exposes more water to the wind, this turbulence could close a vicious circle, accelerating the melt. The research team has measured heat rising from below that matches what is arriving from the autumn sun.
9-25-15 Drax pulls out of £1bn carbon capture project
Drax pulls out of £1bn carbon capture project
Energy company Drax has abandoned a £1bn project to introduce carbon capture technology to cut emissions. Drax is part of a scheme to store carbon dioxide next to its plant in North Yorkshire, which is the biggest coal-fired power station in the UK It is halting further investment because of the government's decision to reduce subsidies for renewable energy. The company said that due to lack of profits it had to put the business and shareholders first. (Webmaster's comment: Another step backward. Carbon dioxide levels keep increasing without any reduction and nothing being done so far has had any impact the rate of increase. So far the world is simply throwing cups of water at a forest fire.)
9-25-15 China to announce climate pledge as Xi visits Washington
China to announce climate pledge as Xi visits Washington
China's President Xi Jinping is set to unveil a landmark pledge on climate change and curbing harmful emissions, White House Officials have said.
9-25-15 Concern over hidden diesel pollutant
Concern over hidden diesel pollutant
The nitrogen dioxide and particles that are emitted from burning diesel have a direct impact on human health in cities. Atmospheric levels of a little known by-product from diesel engines are up 70 times higher than expected according to a study. Researchers found that long-chain hydrocarbons are significantly under-reported in car manufacturer's data. These hydrocarbons are a key component of two of the worst air pollutants, ozone and particulate matter. The authors believe these "hidden" emissions are having a large impact on air quality in cities like London. The tailpipes of diesel fuelled trucks and cars produce an array of emissions that have different impacts on the air that people breathe.
9-25-15 Africa's farmers 'need urgent climate-proof investment'
Africa's farmers 'need urgent climate-proof investment'
A lack of investment will derail efforts to ensure Africa's farmers can feed future generations in the face of climate change, a report has warned. Food shortages, malnutrition and migration will undo decades of development unless more funding is made available, the authors added.
9-25-15 #FreeKaren: Australians mock anti-radicalisation booklet
#FreeKaren: Australians mock anti-radicalisation booklet
A government booklet linking environmental activism and alternative music to violent extremism has been widely ridiculed by Australians. Environmentalists, teachers and social media users were outraged that the publication lumped together environmental protest and violent extremism.
9-24-15 Ignore Pope on climate, says Republican Marsha Blackburn
Ignore Pope on climate, says Republican Marsha Blackburn
One of the most influential US energy politicians says she will reject the Pope's plea to tackle climate change. Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, the second-highest ranking member on the House energy committee, says the jury is out on global warming. Pope Francis told a White House audience on Wednesday further action was needed as the problem could "no longer be left to a future generation". She also rejected the theory of evolution. Scientists say her views are "complete nonsense". The earth's scientific authorities - including the US space agency NASA - say the earth is still warming, with ice melting, sea level rising and oceans warming. (Webmaster's comment: Another conservative who doesn't know what she is talking about. Her ideas are "COMPLETE NONSENSE")
9-24-15 Why Pope Francis is at least as qualified to pontificate on economics as U.S. conservatives
Why Pope Francis is at least as qualified to pontificate on economics as U.S. conservatives
Pope Francis is in the U.S. for the first time, and American conservatives are welcoming him with a mixture of anxiety, hostility, and condescension. His sin, as Damon Linker explains, is addressing economics and the environment, two topics "close to the core of the Republican Party platform," and showing "he rejects the way the American conservative movement thinks about them." (Webmaster's comment: Exposed for what they are. "The conservatives have no clothes!")
9-23-15 Pope Francis urges action on climate change on visit to US
Pope Francis urges action on climate change on visit to US
Pope Francis has called for further action on climate change saying that it was "a critical moment of history", on the first day of his visit to the US. Speaking to a crowd of more than 11,000 people on the White House South Lawn, the pontiff said the problem could "no longer be left to a future generation". President Barack Obama said the Pope reminded people "that we have a sacred obligation to protect our planet". (Webmaster's comment: The Pope is dragging the Catholic church out of dark ages at long last and I admire him for that. Many catholics and conservatives hate him for that however. They wanted to remain safe as dark age intolerant religious bigots. No such luck.)
9-23-15 Al Gore urges UK over climate change position
Al Gore urges UK over climate change position
The UK government should "resume" its leadership on climate change, former US Vice-President Al Gore has urged. Mr Gore said he was "puzzled" by the government's wholesale cuts to subsidies for renewable energy. And he issued a veiled taunt to Prime Minister David Cameron by implying that Chancellor George Osborne had seized renewables policy. The government insists it will continue with world-leading policies on climate change.
9-14-15 Sierra Nevada’s 500-year snowpack low deepens California drought
Sierra Nevada’s 500-year snowpack low deepens California drought
Snow on the Sierra Nevada mountains, whose melt supplies a third of California's water reservoirs, has hit a 500-year low. The snow cover on the iconic US mountain range of Sierra Nevada has hit a 500-year low, with the snowpack in April this year just 5 per cent of the average volumes recorded for that month between 1951 and 2000. It’s bad news for California – which is in the midst of its worst drought on record – since melting snow from the Sierra Nevada fills 30 per cent of its reservoirs. “Snow is a natural way to store water, and now with rain-less summers, the only water available in California comes from melting of snow that fell the previous winter,” says Valerie Trouet of the University of Arizona in Tucson. “When snowpack is low, as in 2015, California summer droughts can therefore be very severe, as we are experiencing now.”
9-14-15 Global warming slowdown could be over as temperatures soar
Global warming slowdown could be over as temperatures soar
Huge events this year, such as the El Niño and changes to ocean currents are set to alter our weather far into the future, making 2015 pivotal for our climate. This year may be a critical one for the world’s climate. Not only is a strong El Niño causing record warming and altered rainfall patterns around the planet, longer-term changes under way in the Pacific and Atlantic could affect our climate for decades to come. All this may lead to the end of the so-called slowdown in global warming, although it’s too soon to be sure. “We are at an important turning point in the Earth’s climate,” says Adam Scaife of the UK’s Met Office, lead author of a new report on how the climate system is shifting. “So many big changes are happening at once.”
9-14-15 Next two years hottest, says Met Office
Next two years hottest, says Met Office
The next two years could be the hottest on record globally, says research from the UK's Met Office. It warns big changes could be under way in the climate system with greenhouse gases increasing the impact of natural trends. The research shows that a major El Nino event is in play in the Pacific, which is expected to heat the world overall. The scientists confirm that in 2015 the Earth's average surface temperature is running at, or near, record levels (0.68C above the 1961-1990 average).
9-10-15 California drops plan for 50% cut in petroleum use
California drops plan for 50% cut in petroleum use
California has dropped plans to halve petroleum use in vehicles by 2030, after intense oil industry lobbying. Governor Jerry Brown and other senior lawmakers had included the proposal in a climate change bill, but were forced to retreat amid growing opposition. State senate leader Kevin de Leon, who supported the cut, accused oil firms of deploying "scare tactics".
9-9-15 Climate change could submerge rocket launch sites, warns NASA
Climate change could submerge rocket launch sites, warns NASA
Over two-thirds of NASA's infrastructure lies at elevations within 5 metres of sea level, and some sites may have to be abandoned as oceans rise. The effects of climate change could mean rocket launch sites will soon be underwater, NASA has warned. The space agency has launch pads and research centres dotted along the US coast, and more than two-thirds of its infrastructure is at elevations that are within 5 metres of sea level. This is because launching near the ocean is much safer than over land. But their proximity to the water has put many sites at risk of flooding due to rising seas. “Some are more at risk than others,” said NASA climatologist Cynthia Rosenzweig in a recent NASA report. “But sea level rise is a very real challenge for all of the centres along the coast.” Models suggest that sea levels at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the launch site for the moon landings and countless space shuttle missions, will rise by as much as 20 centimetres by the 2050s – or triple that if ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica continue to melt.
9-7-15 Everyone in the US and Australia owes $12,000 in CO2 emissions
Everyone in the US and Australia owes $12,000 in CO2 emissions
If we view above-average carbon emissions as a cost to the planet, then people in rich nations have "borrowed" large sums from the poor since 1990. This isn’t about overspending on credit cards, but about damage done to our atmosphere. If we think of the atmosphere as a limited resource to be shared equally by all, then those who pollute more than their fair share – that is, more than the global average – can be said to be in “emissions debt”. Conversely, those who pollute less are in “emissions credit”. He found that the US, for example, had over-polluted by a massive 100.3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide between 1990 and 2013 – amounting to 300 tonnes per person. (Webmaster's comment: America has always consumed and wasted 6 times the resources of the rest of the world. Our corporations exploit the world. They build plants in other countries without anti-pollution laws where they can pollute and poison the air, land and water of the inhabitants without consequence. None of this is new. It has been going on for well over a century and will continue as long as most American citizens see it as a benefit to them.)
9-2-15 Emissions 'far above' 2C target
Emissions 'far above' 2C target
Global plans to curb carbon dioxide are well below what's needed to keep temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees, according to a new analysis. It is the work of researchers from the Climate Action Tracker (CAT), a consortium of research institutions. They examined the commitments already made by governments to limit warming. The CAT rated seven of the 15 submitted carbon plans as "inadequate" to keep temperatures below the accepted level of dangerous warming.
9-1-15 Current El Nino climate event 'among the strongest'
Current El Nino climate event 'among the strongest'
The current El Nino weather phenomenon could be one of the strongest on record, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The event occurs when the waters of the Pacific become exceptionally warm and distort weather patterns around the world. Researchers say parts of the Pacific are likely to be 2C warmer than usual. The WMO says that this year's event is strengthening and will peak by the end of this year.
9-1-15 Electric vehicles boost climate 'nirvana' in the Himalayas
Electric vehicles boost climate 'nirvana' in the Himalayas
Happiness? What's that? Take Bhutan, the tiny Himalayan Kingdom that many years ago adopted a Gross National Happiness index, as an alternative approach to measuring the country's prosperity. So great are the forests, according to that Tshering Tobgay, that the country absorbs far more carbon than its 750,000 population can produce. Even on a business-as-usual approach the country will still be carbon negative in 2040. "We see ourselves on the one hand being able to use electric cars for our own purposes, to protect our environment, to improve our economy, but also to show in a small measure that sustainable transport works and that electric vehicles are a reality."
8-26-15 China crash a sign of nation’s transition to a new economy
China crash a sign of nation’s transition to a new economy
Financial events this week reflect what made the nation's tough emissions targets possible – a shift from heavy industry towards a more advanced economy. “This round of economic slowdown is part of China’s effort to rebalance its economy to a less energy- and CO2-intensive one,” says Li Shuo of Greenpeace China. The country became prosperous, and the world’s largest CO2 source, by investing in manufacturing and electric power. But to keep boosting prosperity – especially for 300 million discontented urban migrants who missed out – China, like all rich countries, must shift to an economy governed by consumer spending, innovation and service industries. That means less CO2. China’s decision in 2013 to make that transition by 2022 led to its emissions pledge in 2014. So that is unlikely to change now, says Li.
8-25-15 Carbon credits undercut climate change actions says report
Carbon credits undercut climate change actions says report
The vast majority of carbon credits generated by Russia and Ukraine did not represent cuts in emissions, according to a new study. The authors say that offsets created under a UN scheme "significantly undermined" efforts to tackle climate change. The credits may have increased emissions by 600 million tonnes. In some projects, chemicals known to warm the climate were created and then destroyed to claim cash. But this study, from the Stockholm Environment Institute, says the vast majority of Russian and Ukrainian credits were in fact, "hot air" - no actual emissions were reduced.
8-24-15 Greenland's Jakobshavn Glacier sheds big ice chunk
Greenland's Jakobshavn Glacier sheds big ice chunk
Scientists are studying a big mass of ice that has broken off the Jakobshavn Glacier in Greenland. They say the 12.4km sq section is among the largest ever witnessed to come away from the ice stream's calving front.
8-21-15 Glaciers seed ocean with silicon – and fuel plankton growth
Glaciers seed ocean with silicon – and fuel plankton growth
Glacier melt may be providing significant amounts of silicon to plankton, boosting their population and the amount of carbon dioxide they can soak up. From icy water comes life. The meltwater beneath Greenland’s glaciers is an important source of the silicon that some plankton need to build their glassy skeletons – and climate change could alter the input. Plankton called diatoms use the oxidised form of silicon, silica, as they grow. The plankton mop up significant quantities of atmospheric carbon dioxide as they photosynthesise, which they then take to the bottom of the ocean with them when they die – a natural carbon sink. The base of glaciers is a hotbed of physical and chemical activity as the ice grinds away at the rock below. For instance, we know that the process frees up hundreds of thousands of tonnes of iron that is then carried to the sea in meltwater, fertilising the ocean and allowing plankton to thrive.
8-20-15 July was Earth's hottest month on record, NOAA says
July was Earth's hottest month on record, NOAA says
July was the hottest month on Earth since records began, averaging 16.6 C (61.9 F), according to US scientists. That is 0.08 degrees higher than the previous record, set in July 1998 - a significant margin in weather records. Scientists at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said in a report that they expect 2015 to be the hottest year on record. Nine of the 10 hottest months since records began in 1880 have occurred since 2005, they NOAA report said.
8-20-15 Carbon nanofibres made from CO2 in the air
Carbon nanofibres made from CO2 in the air
Scientists in the US have found a way to take carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and make carbon nanofibres, a valuable manufacturing material.
8-19-15 Turning CO2 from air into car parts may help carbon capture pay
Turning CO2 from air into car parts may help carbon capture pay
Atmospheric CO2 can be turned into carbon nanofibres for high-tech uses a method that may also hold promise for profitable carbon capture. In a process described this week the carbon from piped-in air was spun into tiny nanofibres – a raw material used to build strong composites such as those used in aircraft, fitness equipment and sports cars.Carbon nanofibres sell for about $25,000 per ton, but making a ton of them using this process would cost only about $1000, according to the team’s calculations.
8-19-15 China CO2 emissions: 'Coal error' caused wrong calculations
China CO2 emissions: 'Coal error' caused wrong calculations
Confusion over the types of coal being burned in Chinese power stations has caused a significant overestimation of the country's carbon emissions. Researchers, published in the journal Nature, say existing CO2 calculations had used a globally averaged formula. But when scientists tested the types of coal actually being burned in China, they found they produced 40% less carbon than had been assumed. The study says the error amounted to 10% of global emissions in 2013.
8-18-15 Islamic call on rich countries to end fossil fuel use
Islamic call on rich countries to end fossil fuel use
Islamic environmental and religious leaders have called on rich countries and oil producing nations to end fossil fuel use by 2050. The Islamic Climate Declaration says that the world's 1.6bn Muslims have a religious duty to fight climate change. It urges politicians to agree a new treaty to limit global warming to 2C, "or preferably 1.5 degrees."
8-17-15 Warming will hurt the poor but boost the rich in the short term
Warming will hurt the poor but boost the rich in the short term
Climate change is bad for everyone in the long term, but a new model suggests it could make the rich nations even richer to begin with. Climate change could initially benefit rich countries while damaging the economies of poor nations. That’s the conclusion of a new way of modelling its impact, which challenges earlier forecasts. (Webmaster's comment: And you think the rich don't know this? The rich know to strip the world of it's resources quickly before anyone can stop them.)
8-17-15 Much of Asia’s Celestial mountain glacier ice could melt by 2050
Much of Asia’s Celestial mountain glacier ice could melt by 2050
Central Asia's glaciers, which supply water to one of the planet's largest irrigated areas, are melting fast, highlighting a worrying global trend in ice loss. Glaciers are disappearing globally faster than at any time since records began 100 years ago. Most of those in central Asia could be gone by 2050. They have lost 27 per cent of their glacier mass since 1961, thanks to rising summer temperatures. Because meltwater from the glaciers supplies the Fergana Valley, one of the largest irrigated areas on earth, the impact on farmers could be immense.
8-14-15 Global warming increases 'food shocks' threat
Global warming increases 'food shocks' threat
Climate change is increasing the risk of severe 'food shocks' where crops fail and prices of staples rise rapidly around the world. Researchers say extreme weather events that impact food production could be happening in seven years out of ten by the end of this century. The authors argue that an over reliance on global trade may make these production shocks worse. The impacts are most likely to be felt across Africa and the Middle East.
8-14-15 Extreme weather could trigger frequent global food shocks
Extreme weather could trigger frequent global food shocks
By 2050 a once in a century crop failure event is expected to happen once every 10 years, sending shock waves through the world's food systems. The risk of extreme weather events causing global “food shocks” is set to rise sharply unless we make our systems more resilient. Thanks to climate change, by 2050 a once in a century crop failure linked to extreme weather could happen every 10 years, according to a report from the UK’s Global Food Security Programme.
8-11-15 Australia carbon plan sends shudder through neighbours
Australia carbon plan sends shudder through neighbours
The remnants of burnt carbon have been causing Australians all over the world to hang their heads in shame in recent days. Figures from the Australian think tank, the Climate Institute show that Mr Abbott's new plan will cut emissions by 20% of 1990 levels by 2030. The US on the same basis will cut by 32%, the EU by 40% - and the UK will have reduced carbon dioxide by 66%. The only countries to do less than Australia in this analysis, are Canada and New Zealand.
8-11-15 Climate change: Australia sets new emissions target
Climate change: Australia sets new emissions target
Australia plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions by between 26% and 28% below 2005 levels by 2030, PM Tony Abbott has said. It is less than cuts pledged by countries such as Canada and the US. Australia's previous target was to cut emissions by 5% by 2020, based on emissions in 2000.
8-4-15 Obama's clean power plan will cut emissions – but is it enough?
Obama's clean power plan will cut emissions – but is it enough?
Environmentalists have welcomed the Clean Power Plan, which steers the US towards a lower-carbon future, but some say more needs to be done. US president Barack Obama has launched his long-awaited master plan, conceived in 2013 to cut carbon emissions. Central to the Clean Power Plan are efforts to, by 2030, cut carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants by 32 per cent compared with 2005 levels. This increases the reductions compared with the 30 per cent target in the draft plan. The plan includes generous incentives for individual states to invest in and switch to renewable forms of energy, particularly solar and wind. By 2030, this will raise from 22 to 28 per cent the proportion of the US’s electricity that comes from renewable sources compared with the original plan, and states that move quickly, in 2020 and 2021, will receive credits twice the value than if they delay switching. Obama’s plan, to be overseen by the US Environmental Protection Agency, means that countries producing 70 per cent of the world’s CO2 emissions have now promised significant reductions, including the world’s other largest polluter, China, which is spearheading a dramatic switch to renewable energy sources. Some researchers have calculated that the plan will only achieve a 6 per cent reduction by 2030, whereas an 80 per cent cut is required. (Webmaster's comment: So far the CO2 going up in the atmosphere has only increased, and at an ever increasing rate. (See the latest charts.) The rich energy executives have fought any attempts to reverse that trend by using their republican lackeys in congress. And why should the rich executives worry? They can afford to move anywhere to be safe from the effects of global warming while the rest of us must stay and bear the consequences of their greed.)
8-3-15 Climate change: Obama to unveil Clean Power Plan
Climate change: Obama to unveil Clean Power Plan
US President Barack Obama is due to unveil what he called "the biggest, most important step we have ever taken" in tackling climate change. The aim of the revised Clean Power Plan is to cut greenhouse gas emissions from US power stations by nearly a third within 15 years. The measures will place significant emphasis on wind and solar power and other renewable energy sources. However, opponents in the energy industry have vowed to fight the plan. (Webmaster's comment: Of course the rich executives are going to pay their republican lackeys in congress to fight anything that might cost them even a small fraction of their millions in wealth. They figure because of their wealth they will be able to move to a high, safe place while all the rest of the world suffers and some even die. So what! They are rich.)
7-31-15 Obama's clean energy plan expected to boost renewables
Obama's clean energy plan expected to boost renewables
After a year of consultations and over 4 million public comments, President Obama's Clean Power Plan will be finalised early next week. The strategy will outline restrictions on CO2 from electricity that individual states will have to implement. To give reluctant states more time to comply, the starting date is expected to be delayed by 2 years. It's likely that new supports for renewable energy will also be announced.
7-31-15 Nemo seems to thrive in waters warmed by climate change
Nemo seems to thrive in waters warmed by climate change
A species of clownfish has been shown to grow bigger in warmer conditions, suggesting that some animals may benefit from global warming. Some fish seem to be capable of adapting rapidly to climate change. In fact, they might even thrive in the warmer oceans of the future, growing bigger and healthier than they can at present-day temperatures. Evidence gathered over the past decade has suggested that climate change will force fish to migrate to cooler waters, or else face extinction. Signs of such migration have already even been seen. But recent studies have shown that some fish are able to adapt to warmer waters over a few generations. (Webmster's comment: Fish produce a new generation every year. WE DON'T! It takes us 25 years. We don't adapt quickly and we won't like the die off before we evolve enough to handle the new warmer temperatures.)
7-28-15 Hillary Clinton wants every home to be powered by clean energy
Hillary Clinton wants every home to be powered by clean energy
The presidential candidate chides climate-denying rivals as she launches her plan to combat global warming by embracing renewables. The US will produce enough clean energy within 10 years to power every single home there if Hillary Clinton gets elected, the front-running Democratic presidential candidate promised this week. “The reality of climate change is unforgiving no matter what the deniers say,” said Clinton in Des Moines, Iowa, while unveiling plans to combat climate change by dramatically expanding the use of renewable energy in the US.The proposals include installing more than half a billion solar panels, raising the renewable proportion of US electricity from 7 to 33 per cent and shifting support away from fossil fuels. “We’ll stop the big giveaways to big oil companies and extend, instead, tax incentives for clean energy,” she said. “It’s hard to believe that people running for president refuse to believe the settled science of climate change,” Clinton said in a video. (Webmaster's comment: Naw, they believe it. They are just the bought lackeys of the rich executives.)
7-27-15 'Laughing gas' emissions from farming understated in US
'Laughing gas' emissions from farming understated in US
Emissions of nitrous oxide (N2O) from agriculture in some locations are underestimated by 40% according to new research. The gas is a significant threat as it contributes both to global warming and the destruction of the ozone layer. Intensive farming and the use of fertilisers are the biggest human sources of the substance. This new study adds to a body of evidence that N2O is a far bigger problem than previously thought.
7-26-15 Humans accidentally created hidden carbon sink in the desert
Humans accidentally created hidden carbon sink in the desert
The salty aquifers beneath deserts may be storing more carbon than all living plants put together, according to new data from arid regions of China. Since the dawn of farming, humans have been accidentally creating a huge carbon sink that by now may store more carbon than all of the world’s living plants. But this sink is in the last place that you’d expect to find huge amounts of carbon – under the desert. That is the surprising conclusion of work done in one desert in China. If the findings are confirmed in other deserts around the world, it could present a way of taking carbon out of the atmosphere. But it also means we need to be careful not to disturb the huge carbon sinks stored under desert sands. “Basically, people thought the whole arid region is totally negligible to the global carbon budget,” says Yan Li of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Urumqi, China. “We are arguing that that’s not the case.” (Webmaster's comment: More and more science is coming out China. See who's taking the lead in nuclear fusion research. It's not the west.)
7-24-15 Leading climate scientist: Future is bleaker than we thought
Leading climate scientist: Future is bleaker than we thought
Will this century bring massive sea -level rises and powerful superstorms? The world's most renowned climate scientist thinks so – although others disagree. The speed that ice around Antarctica will melt is under dispute. Highly speculative. Full of conjecture. Based on flimsy evidence. Not supported by mainstream science. Not peer reviewed. Not suitable for basing policy on. It sounds like climate scientists are talking about the claims of climate deniers. But this time they are talking about a 23 July discussion paper by James Hansen, the most famous and respected climate scientist on the planet. In it, Hansen starts by arguing that the ice melting on and around Greenland and Antarctica will cause rises in sea level that are much faster than mainstream predictions, meaning that we are likely to see several metres of sea level rise this century. It is an argument he has been making for a long time: for instance in his 2007 feature for New Scientist. Even more startling are the consequences that Hansen thinks will result from this rapid melt. Because fresh water is less dense than saltwater, the cold, fresh meltwater will pool around the coasts of Greenland and Antarctica. (Webmaster's comment: Worth reading. He might well be right. They may melt much faster!)
7-23-15 China spends big on nuclear fusion as French plan falls behind
China spends big on nuclear fusion as French plan falls behind
It could be 2030 before the reactor being built in France starts making more energy than it uses. Meanwhile, China is investing heavily in its own project. The world’s largest nuclear fusion machine, currently being built in France, is unlikely to produce more energy than it consumes until the early 2030s, warned the UK’s head of fusion research this week. That is five years later than planned – by which time China could be ahead of everyone. (Webmaster's comment: This is high-end cutting edge technology and China is taking the lead. All we hear about the low quality of China's engineering and science compared to that in America, appears to be just so much wish-full thinking on our part. America has become a second class science technology power.)
7-22-15 Genetic engineering creates rice strain that makes less methane
Genetic engineering creates rice strain that makes less methane
A modified rice that borrows a gene from barley reduces its production emissions by starving paddy field microbes of the sugar they use to produce methane. Rice agriculture is responsible for between 7 and 17 per cent of human-induced methane emissions.
7-22-15 Fracking impact on CO2 cuts in US emissions 'a myth'
Fracking impact on CO2 cuts in US emissions 'a myth'
New research suggests that the impact of shale gas on curbing US carbon emissions has been overstated. Politicians have argued that the US was able to significantly reduce CO2 between 2007 and 2013 because of fracking. But scientists now believe an 11% cut in emissions in that period was chiefly due to economic recession. (Webmaster's comment: And just who would have a vested interest making up benefits for fracking?)
7-21-15 Arctic ice 'grew by a third' after cool summer in 2013
Arctic ice 'grew by a third' after cool summer in 2013
The volume of Arctic sea ice increased by around a third after an unusually cool summer in 2013. But they say 2013 was a one-off and that climate change will continue to shrink the ice in the decades ahead. (Webmaster's comment: Of course every ignorant global warming denier nut job and wacko will now be claiming that the ice increase proves global warming does not exist, completely ignoring the fluctuations in the still shrinking ice, more than 75% overall, for the last 40 years.)
7-21-15 Emissions from fossil fuels may limit carbon dating
Emissions from fossil fuels may limit carbon dating
Growing emissions from the burning of fossil fuels are threatening the effectiveness of radiocarbon dating, according to new research. Scientists say that by 2050, new clothes could have the same radiocarbon date as items 1,000 years old. Perhaps the most famous case where radiocarbon dating was used was in the investigation of the Shroud of Turin, which scientists in 1988 determined had originated in the 13th century, more than 1,200 years after the death of Christ - whose image it is supposed to represent. (Webmaster's comment: We'll have to live with the problem and use other methods to exposed religious frauds.)
7-17-15 'Massive leap' wins engineering award
'Massive leap' wins engineering award
An Edinburgh company has won the UK's top engineering prize for its digital hydraulic power system. The MacRobert Award judges said Artemis Intelligent Power's "digital displacement" system was a "technical advance of global importance". The technology could increase the power of offshore wind turbines and cut fuel consumption and carbon emissions in commuter trains and buses. The award judges called it "a massive leap forward".
7-16-15 Chance of polar bears surviving food shortage recedes with ice
Chance of polar bears surviving food shortage recedes with ice
Hopes that polar bears could save energy via "walking hibernation" have been crushed – leaving them more vulnerable to climate change than thought. One of the last hopes that polar bears may be able to weather the changing climate and break-up of their icy habitat has just been dashed. But a new analysis of 30 polar bears in the Beaufort Sea near Canada now shows that although the bears do slightly reduce their activity and body temperature in the summer, they do not reduce it enough to maintain body weight and improve their chances of survival.
7-16-15 Polar bears fail to adapt to lack of food in warmer Arctic
Polar bears fail to adapt to lack of food in warmer Arctic
Polar bears are unable to adapt their behaviour to cope with the food losses associated with warmer summers in the Arctic. Polar bears across the Arctic region face a shortage of food in the summer due to increased melting of ice. Bears simply starve in hotter conditions when food is scarce. (Webmaster's comment: Evolving new behaviors and survival strategies takes time, and there simply hasn't been enought time for the bears to adapt. Global warming is happening too fast.)
7-16-15 Australian PM bans renewable energy body from investing in wind
Australian PM bans renewable energy body from investing in wind
The Clean Energy Finance Corporation is ordered to boost profits but banned from investing in solar and wind – it's a set up, say critics. After the house blocked legislation to scrap a green bank that lends money to profitable renewable energy schemes Australia’s prime minister, Tony Abbott, has instead ordered the bank to stop investing in wind and small-scale solar energy efforts.
7-16-15 Designers create the 'impossible' zero-carbon house
Designers create the 'impossible' zero-carbon house
Designers at Cardiff University say they have constructed the sort of house George Osborne once described as impossible. The chancellor scrapped a requirement for new homes to be zero carbon by 2016 because he said it would prove too expensive. But Cardiff University say they have built a house that exports more power to the grid than it uses. And crucially they say the cost fell within the normal budget for social housing.
7-15-15 Coal renaissance means switching to plan B on climate change
Coal renaissance means switching to plan B on climate change
Coal use is growing globally and, to avoid catastrophic warming, climate scientists say we must change the way we tackle carbon emissions. Coal is the key to all our futures. Rich countries have made some progress in cutting carbon dioxide emissions, largely by shifting away from coal to less-polluting fuels. But the result has been a glut of cheap coal, leading to a coal renaissance that could consign us to a world more than 4 °C warmer.
7-15-15 Leonardo DiCaprio donates millions to environmental groups
Leonardo DiCaprio donates millions to environmental groups
Leonardo DiCaprio is giving more than £9.5m to environmental organisations. The actor announced on Twitter that his foundation will be handing out grants to the likes of Amazon Watch, Save the Elephants and the World Wildlife Fund. "The destruction of our planet continues at a pace we can no longer afford to ignore," DiCaprio said.
7-14-15 Global wildfire switch now set to ‘on’ for longer
Global wildfire switch now set to ‘on’ for longer
Warmer weather means a quarter of the planet faces longer wildfire seasons – bad news for the climate as burning plants release extra CO2 into the atmosphere. Wildfires are growing wilder, because the weather is getting hotter, drier and windier, according to a global study of the danger signs for forest and grassland fires. There is “a global trend” towards conditions being ripe for wildfires. The study compared daily weather data since 1979 with standard climate indices of the risk of a wildfire, to compile a map of the length of fire seasons in forests, grassland and bush. It found that the fire seasons are significantly longer today in a quarter of the planet covered in vegetation. And there has been a doubling in burnable areas that are now affected by those long fire seasons.
7-14-15 Warming 'worst case' must be considered say experts
Warming 'worst case' must be considered say experts
Climate change risks should be assessed in the same way as threats to national security or public health according to a new report.
7-9-15 Climate change hits one in six world heritage nature sites
Climate change hits one in six world heritage nature sites
At least 35 sites listed for protection by UNESCO for their natural values are already feeling the heat from climate change – and more may follow. THE climate is no respecter of beauty. Almost one in six of the UNESCO world heritage sites listed for their natural value are already being battered by the changing climate. This threatens their "outstanding universal values" – the features that qualify them for protection.
7-9-15 Climate vice squeezes bumblebee habitat from north and south
Climate vice squeezes bumblebee habitat from north and south
Despite being unable to survive the rising heat in the south, bumblebees in America and Europe are mysteriously failing to shift north to compensate. Bumblebee habitat in North America and Europe is rapidly being lost. What's more, the cool-loving insects are succumbing to rising temperatures in the south without shifting north. The fear is that many species vital for pollinating crops and wild plants on which entire ecosystems depend may be pushed to extinction.
7-9-15 Climate 'vice' constricts bumblebees' natural ranges - researchers
Climate 'vice' constricts bumblebees' natural ranges - researchers
Climate change is threatening the survival of bumblebees, significantly reducing the habitats in which they can survive, researchers say. They say the natural ranges of these key pollinators are being compressed in both Europe and North America. The analysis indicates that warming is having a greater impact than pesticides or land use change. To ensure bees survive, humans may have to help move them to cooler areas, the European and American researchers add.
7-3-15 CO2 emissions threaten ocean crisis
CO2 emissions threaten ocean crisis
Scientists have warned that marine life will be irreversibly changed unless CO2 emissions are drastically cut. Writing in Science, experts say the oceans are heating, losing oxygen and becoming more acidic because of CO2. They warn that the 2C maximum temperature rise for climate change agreed by governments will not prevent dramatic impacts on ocean systems. And they say the range of options is dwindling as the cost of those options is skyrocketing.
7-3-15 ‘Irreversible change’ to sea life from CO2
‘Irreversible change’ to sea life from CO2
A major report warns that life in the seas will be irreversibly changed unless CO2 emissions from industrial society are drastically cut. Twenty-two experts in the journal Science say the oceans are heating, losing oxygen and becoming more acidic - all in response to our carbon dioxide. The scientists in Germany have been studying an event 55 million years ago that could throw light on today's challenges.
7-1-15 Brazil agrees to cut Amazon deforestation and boost renewables
Brazil agrees to cut Amazon deforestation and boost renewables
The country has committed to ending illegal deforestation by 2030, as it partners with the US on fighting climate change. (Webmaster's comment: I don't understand! If it's illegal then arrest all, charge all, and send all violators to prison now. Why wait 15 years to fix this problem!) The two countries also each agreed to raise their contribution of electricity from renewable sources to 20 per cent by 2030. The pledge does not include hydroelectricity, which already supplies most of Brazil's power.
7-1-15 Will Green Technology Deliver Us From Oil?
Will Green Technology Deliver Us From Oil?
There has been a lot of conversation and debate over energy, particularly as it relates to the environment. Fossil fuels currently supply the most cost-efficient energy, but these fuels have drawbacks, including the fact that they are not renewable. Renewable energy sources are based on continuous natural processes, such as sunshine, wind, and water that produce energy without the negative environmental impact associated with fossil fuels and without becoming depleted. However, we have not yet developed a method to convert the energy from these natural processes into a fuel source sufficient in volume to replace fossil fuels. There are several potential energy sources that may provide a viable solution such as fuel cells, solar energy, nuclear energy, wind energy, and sea (water) energy.