Three big energy changes that are a surprise to most people

Since, 2007, the price of electricity has gone down, along with the price of clothing and wireless phone service.  Unsurprisingly, health care, cable TV and many other services Americans use regularly have become more expensive over the last 10 years. But that is not true of electricity — an essential service. The average retail price of electricity in the United …

Arctic above freezing in the winter, 50 F higher than norm for February

According to a report in The Atlantic, at Cape Morris Jesup, the northernmost tip of Greenland, the mercury is reading 43 degrees Fahrenheit — 50 degrees higher than the norm for this time of year. It’s easy to read and then say, “Ho hum. Guess I’ll go check my Facebook page or Twitter feed.” Michael Mann, director of the Earth System Science …

LA City Councilpeople want climate turnaround, emergency action, city department

Jan 18 2018 The La Tuna fire of September 2017 was the biggest Los Angeles had seen for 50 years Pic: By Scott L from Los Angeles, United States of America – 1_E1C9469, CC BY-SA 2.0, Link) By Megan Darby Four Los Angeles city council members are calling for emergency funds to set up a department for climate action. Citing recent devastating wildfires in California, linked to global …

Heat extremes increasing faster than global average temperature increase

Science Daily 24 Jan 2018 “The global average annual temperature has increased over the past three decades at a rate of 0.20 degrees Celsius per decade, but we have found that the maximum temperature of the year has climbed at a much faster rate — two to three times higher in such regions as Eurasia and parts of Australia and …

Jet stream related to both hail and winter coldsnaps, under polar warming

Science Daily, Feb 2018 A new study led by Northern Illinois University meteorologist Victor Gensini identifies a method for predicting the likelihood of damaging hailstorms in the United States — up to three weeks in advance. Hail is easily the most economically destructive hazard posed by severe thunderstorms, producing on average billions of dollars in U.S. losses each year, including damage to …

Rates of global sea level rise have tripled since the 90s, extra loss from Antarctica and Greenland, Coast Guard announces doubling of icebergs in North Atlantic, since 2016

Research breakthroughs astound scientists, by Chelsea Harvey on December 29, 2017 in Scientific American  Credit: Getty Images As the potential effects of climate change are seen around the world – from starving polar bears to record-breaking storms – interest in climate science is soaring. Scientists are digging into the “how,” “why” and “what’s next” of global temperatures, melting ice, emission sources and sinks, changing …

Climate now, in pictures

By Narjas Zatat in offbeat Picture: The area of the Arctic Ocean in 1984 (left) and 2012 (right) NASA Donald Trump, and many other influential lawmakers in the United States, still raise questions about the validity of global warming. Despite a scientific consensus and the majority of reports supporting the view that global warming is a massive issue for the world, some people have trouble believing …

Policies Must Be Based on 350 ppm and 1 C to Protect Young People and Future Generations

Scientists say even 1.5 °C of heating is unsafe, and we must stabilize at no more than 1°C of heating over pre-industrial temperatures.  Earth’s paleoclimate history demonstrates that climate impacts accompanying global warming of 2°C or more would be irreversible and catastrophic for humanity. For example, the paleoclimate record shows that warming consistent with CO2 concentrations as low as 450 ppm …

Case against energy company for causing melting proceeds: “Even people who act according to the law must be held responsible for damage they cause to property,” the judges said.

German court to hear Peruvian farmer’s climate case against RWE: Decision to hear Saul Luciano Lliuya’s case against the energy giant is a ‘historic breakthrough with global relevance’, campaigners say  Saul Luciano Lliuya, a farmer from Peru, at the UN climate talks in Bonn earlier this month. Photograph: Anthony Kwan/Getty Images Agence France-Presse Thursday 30 November 2017 10.04 EST A German court …