Global Warming: Recent Data

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Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

Post by Kim OHara » Tue Aug 30, 2016 2:37 am

:coffee:
Climate change is going to halve the area suitable for coffee production and impact the livelihoods of more than 120 million of the world’s poorest people who rely on the coffee economy, according to a new report by the Climate Institute ...
Scientists think Nicaragua could lose the majority of its coffee-growing areas by 2050, and in Tanzania, coffee yields were projected to reach “critically low levels” by 2060.
By 2080, scientists think wild coffee, which is important for genetic diversity of farmed coffee, could be extinct.
For consumers of coffee, all of this will impact flavour, aroma and price, the report said.
https://www.theguardian.com/environment ... 20m-people

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Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

Post by Ron-The-Elder » Wed Aug 31, 2016 3:01 pm

Kim: "Absolutely! And the simple-to-administer way of doing it is a carbon tax. Buyers automatically pay it at the point of purchase, because it's built into the price."
Would like to see this information placed on the bill of sale posted on the window of vehicles in the show rooms much like they show fuel consumption and cost of power steering vs. straight stick, power windows vs roll down (not that this option exists anymore.) :tongue:
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Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

Post by Kim OHara » Thu Sep 08, 2016 11:28 pm

It's official:
Louisiana Floods Directly Linked to Climate Change

Climate change played a heavy role in the nightmarish storm that brought a three-day deluge to coastal Louisiana last month, triggering floods that killed 13 and left thousands more homeless, research released Wednesday showed.

The unprecedented 1 to 2 feet of rain that fell over parts of Baton Rouge and nearby communities over several days in the middle of August stunned experts. While such deluges are rare, the new research indicated that the likelihood the region will experience them may have doubled during the past century. ...
http://www.climatecentral.org/news/loui ... ange-20671

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Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

Post by Kim OHara » Sun Sep 11, 2016 12:57 am

This one is a must-read, for its good overview of the size of the challenge and its paradigm-shifting solution.

https://www.theguardian.com/global-deve ... r-our-feet
Studies suggest that regenerating soil by turning our backs on industrial farming holds the key to tackling climate change
...but it's not just about soil - not even mainly about soil.

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Post by Ron-The-Elder » Mon Sep 12, 2016 5:05 pm

Thanks for the article, Kim. Glad to read that our family has been following the correct path all along. Also a great incentive to buy local farmers' produce. :woohoo:
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Post by Kim OHara » Mon Sep 12, 2016 9:35 pm

Here's another one worth sharing: http://xkcd.com/1732/
It's from my favourite webcomic and when you see it you will see why I didn't try to paste it into this post. :jawdrop:

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Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

Post by Ron-The-Elder » Wed Sep 14, 2016 3:41 pm

Progress re. Solar Power in India of all Places with help of "gods" and "holy men":

http://qz.com/779196/narendra-modi-turn ... ar-energy/
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Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

Post by Kim OHara » Wed Sep 14, 2016 9:49 pm

Ron-The-Elder wrote:Progress re. Solar Power in India of all Places with help of "gods" and "holy men":

http://qz.com/779196/narendra-modi-turn ... ar-energy/
Unexpected, maybe, but certainly not unwelcome.
:thumbsup:
At this stage we need everyone to join the switch to renewables, and I don't care what their reasons are.
Similarly, we need everyone to argue against further fossil fuel "development", and I don't care whether they are doing so to protect sacred sites http://wanganjagalingou.com.au/our-fight/ or to protect farmland http://www.couriermail.com.au/business/ ... 2c8aa7d0af or to stop coral bleaching http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/ ... nxbc6.html.

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Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

Post by Kim OHara » Sat Sep 17, 2016 12:52 am

In case you were wondering about the weather ...
http://www.attn.com/stories/11299/ameri ... her-record

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Post by chownah » Fri Sep 23, 2016 3:30 pm

We Could Power The Entire World By Harnessing Solar Energy From 1% Of The Sahara
https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/295cea8d-8 ... ntire.html
Written by a UC Berkley prof. who has taught nuclear engineering, this article says that nuclear is not a viable option to power the world whereas solar is virtually a shoe in.
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Post by Ron-The-Elder » Sun Sep 25, 2016 10:54 pm

How much area would it require to power entire U.S.A. with Solar Energy?:

https://www.facebook.com/teresaann.mada ... 5917366248

Apologies for the source Title!
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Post by chownah » Mon Sep 26, 2016 4:16 am

Ron-The-Elder wrote:How much area would it require to power entire U.S.A. with Solar Energy?:

https://www.facebook.com/teresaann.mada ... 5917366248

Apologies for the source Title!
On my computer the title of your link is "This Facebook post is no longer available. It may have been removed or the privacy settings of the post may have changed." :jumping:
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Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

Post by Kim OHara » Mon Oct 10, 2016 10:05 pm

Hi, everyone,
I'm just back from holidays and catching up with the news. Here's an item for New Yorkers.
New York City at risk of flooding every two decades, climate study suggests

Key points:
Study aimed to measure how frequently floods like those produced by Hurricane Sandy could occur
Projections highlight the importance of cutting greenhouse emissions, researchers say
Sandy-like hurricanes to occur about once every 400 years if climate remains as it is today

Hurricanes could start flooding New York City's coastline as often as every 20 years due to the effects of climate change on sea-level rise and hurricane activity, scientists say. Water could surge some 2.8 metres in hurricanes occurring anywhere from three to 17 times more often than today, they said.

"That's approximately — worst case scenario — once every 20 years," said Benjamin Horton, a sea level research at New Jersey-based Rutgers University and part of the team of US scientists who published their findings in a study.

The projections act as a reminder of the human cost of climate change, Professor Horton said, in particular after Hurricane Matthew ravaged the south-eastern United States over the weekend. ...
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-11/n ... dy/7920790

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Post by Kim OHara » Sun Oct 16, 2016 9:52 pm

Any Californians here?
A study released in Science Advances Wednesday finds strong evidence for severe, long-term droughts afflicting the American Southwest, driven by climate change. A megadrought lasting decades is 99 percent certain to hit the region this century, said scientists from Cornell University, the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University and the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies....
http://www.ecowatch.com/megadroughts-2031955357.html

Might be time to ramp up those anti-Koch efforts.

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Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

Post by Kim OHara » Thu Oct 20, 2016 10:05 pm

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Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

Post by Kim OHara » Fri Oct 28, 2016 11:33 am

An American story:
Bare trunks of dead coastal forests are being discovered up and down the mid-Atlantic coastline, killed by the advance of rising seas. The “ghost forests,” as scientists call them, offer eerie evidence of some of the world’s fastest rates of sea level rise. ... Forests provide habitat and protect against global warming, but they’re declining worldwide because of land clearing, fires, disease and invasive species. The ghost forests show sea level rise can be yet another cause of deforestation.

Climate scientists like Walker, a PhD candidate at Rutgers University researching sea level rise, have begun investigating these dead forests, which are becoming common features along some coastal landscapes. The poison that kills the trees is salt, delivered to their roots by rising tides.

“As you have sea level rise, you get saltwater intrusion further upstream,” Walker said. ...
http://www.climatecentral.org/news/ghos ... rees-20701

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Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

Post by Kim OHara » Thu Nov 03, 2016 9:36 pm

http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/before-the-flood/

The new documentary Before the Flood, narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, is streaming live for free, for a limited time.
Let's hope it generates new momentum which makes politicians everywhere take notice. One of the statistics among many: 50% of the world's coral reefs have been lost in the last 30 years.

(Thanks to Punya on the other Wheel for alerting me to this.)

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Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

Post by Kim OHara » Sat Nov 05, 2016 12:56 am

Trump just proposed ending all federal clean energy development
He’d end all research on solar, wind, efficiency, batteries, clean cars, and climate science, too.
https://thinkprogress.org/trump-zero-ou ... .vgvlrnaw9

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Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

Post by Kim OHara » Mon Nov 07, 2016 6:56 am

Time to adapt: 2015's record-breaking temperatures will be normal by 2030

Generation Y has grown up in a rapidly warming world. According to the US National Climate Data Centre, every month since February 1985 has seen above average global temperatures, compared with the twentieth century. I have no memories of a "normal" month.

2016 is on track to be the hottest year on record, surpassing the previous records set in 2015 and in 2014. These are just a few of the flurry of recent record temperatures, which includes Australia's hottest day, week, month, season and year.

The question now is what the future will look like. At some point in the decades to come, these record-breaking temperatures will not be rare; they will become normal. But when exactly?

In a new study just released in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, I (together with co-authors Andrew King and Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick) find that on the current greenhouse gas emissions trajectory, global temperatures like 2015 will by normal by 2030, and Australia's record-breaking 2013 summer will likely be an average summer by 2035. ...
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-07/r ... 30/8001720
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Ouch!

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Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

Post by Ron-The-Elder » Wed Nov 09, 2016 6:56 am

Plant life sequestering CO2 at advanced rate:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-09/p ... o2/8006072
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-Dhammpada, 19, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

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