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Greenland ice loss continues to increase

by Richard on August 20, 2014

From the BBC
A new assessment from Europe’s CryoSat spacecraft shows Greenland to be losing about 375 cu km of ice each year.
Added to the discharges coming from Antarctica, it means Earth’s two big ice sheets are now dumping roughly 500 cu km of ice in the oceans annually.
“The contribution of both ice sheets together to [...]

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Psychological responses to Climate Change

by Richard on August 18, 2014

Our response to climate change is uncannily similar to an even more universal disavowal: unwillingness to face our own mortality, says neuroscientist Janis Dickinson of Cornell University in New York. She argues that overt images of death and decay along with the deeper implications of societal decline and collapse are powerful triggers for denial of [...]

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From the European Space Agency
Three years of observations from ESA’s CryoSat satellite show that the Antarctic ice sheet is now losing 159 billion tonnes of ice each year – twice as much as when it was last surveyed.
The polar ice sheets are a major contributor to the rise in global sea levels, and these newly [...]

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Climate Change: not future, now.

by Richard on March 31, 2014

The latest IPCC report is sobering.
Food security is highlighted as an area of significant concern. Crop yields for maize, rice and wheat are all hit in the period up to 2050, with around a tenth of projections showing losses over 25%.
After 2050, the risk of more severe yield impacts increases, as boom-and-bust cycles affect many [...]

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Climate name change

by Richard on March 26, 2014

Seems like a reasonable proposal.

Hope there’ll be room for Lord Lawson.

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Richard Branson, that well-known anti-business, pale pink, hair-shirted communist, has told climate change deniers: “Get out of the way”
Conservative think tank the National Center for Public Policy Research (NCPPR) - Apple shareholders - criticised Cook for pursuing sustainability programs, questioned the impact of combating climate change on the bottom line, and demanded return on investment [...]

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Global warming continues apace

by Richard on December 11, 2013

Whatever you may have read, climate change did not stop in 1998
… the authors note that while the increase in global temperatures has slowed, the oceans have taken up heat at a faster rate since the turn of the century. Over 90 percent of the overall extra heat goes into the oceans, with only about [...]

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Christian Aid: Climate Change is already happening

by Richard on September 25, 2013

Christian Aid is urging governments to heed the warnings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which publishes its new report on the state of the world’s climate on Friday.
The report, only the fifth since the body was formed in 1988 and the first since 2007, is expected to say that scientists are now [...]

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Stupidest headline ever?

by Richard on September 10, 2013

Global warming or global scamming
Experts have revealed that despite dire predictions, the ice cap has increased significantly rather than melt. In their words: “Scientists have gone for the money, and sold out science to the devil.”
After years of trying to intimidate the public with the scare that due to global warming glaciers would melt and [...]

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A photon checks into a hotel and the porter asks him if he has any luggage. “No,” replies the photon, “I’m travelling light.”
“Is it solipsistic in here, or is it just me?”
When I heard that oxygen and magnesium had hooked up, it was like “OMg!”
A student travelling on a train looks up and sees [...]

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The Guardian
Suggestions that global warming has stalled are a “diversionary tactic” from “deniers” who want the public to be confused over climate change, according to the world’s best-known climate scientist. Prof James Hansen, who first alerted the world to climate change in 1988, said on Friday: “It is not true that the temperature has not [...]

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From LiveScience
Summer ice melt has increased tenfold over the last millennium in the Antarctic Peninsula, with most of the melt occurring during the last several decades in conjunction with global warming, new research suggests.
Rapid melt can destabilize glaciers and ice shelves (the tongues of glaciers that float on the ocean), suggesting that there could be [...]

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Enough food if…

by Richard on April 16, 2013

…governments keep their climate promise

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Credit where it’s due

by Richard on April 8, 2013

…the threat to our world comes not only from tyrants and their tanks. It can be more insidious though less visible. The danger of global warming is as yet unseen, but real enough for us to make changes and sacrifices, so that we do not live at the expense of future generations.
Our ability to come [...]

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The Government’s new Energy Bill must prioritise low carbon power, say five of Britain’s major Churches.
In a statement published in today’s Financial Times, the Baptist Union of Great Britain, Church of Scotland, Methodist Church, Quakers and United Reformed Church join other major organisations in calling on the Government to make Britain a low-carbon economy.
The [...]

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State of the Climate

by Richard on January 16, 2013

From the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration State of the Climate report
2012 global temperatures 10th highest on record
2012 was also warmest “La Niña year” on record
The globally-averaged temperature for 2012 marked the 10th warmest year since record keeping began in 1880. It also marked the 36th consecutive year with a global temperature above the [...]

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Climate Change: model predictions successful

by Richard on December 9, 2012

20-Year-Old Report Successfully Predicted Warming
Time has proven that even 22 years ago climate scientists understood the dynamics behind global warming well enough to accurately predict warming, says an analysis that compares predictions in 1990 with 20 years of temperature records. …
… 22 years ago, scientists understood one crucial factor:
“The prediction basically depended on how much [...]

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The real debate on climate change

by Richard on December 7, 2012

As the UN climate talks in Doha stutter, there’s real science being done in San Francisco. 20 000 scientists have gathered for the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union. Stephan Lewandowsky reports
The program for a single day of this meeting consists of a 50-page broadsheet that lists literally thousands of events: you can follow [...]

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Compensation row at Doha

by Richard on December 5, 2012

At the UN climate talks, a delegate from the Seychelles tells it like it is:
“The Doha caravan seems to be lost in the sand,” he told a joint news conference. “As far as ambition is concerned, we are lost.
“We’re past the mitigation (emissions cuts) and adaptation eras. We’re now right into the era of loss [...]

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From the BBC
The results show that the largest ice sheet - that of East Antarctica - has gained mass over the study period of 1992-2011 as increased snowfall added to its volume.
However, Greenland, West Antarctica and the Antarctic Peninsula were all found to be losing mass - and on a scale that more than compensates [...]

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