Climate vulnerability update

California’s Fourth Climate Change Assessment released in August is the latest in the state’s exemplary series of reports on the state’s vulnerability to climate change. Highlights from the summary of findings include: Under a medium-low future emissions average statewide temperatures are projected to rise by 4.4°F by mid-century and 5.6° by end of century. Under a high emissions future, temperatures …

How Climate Change Contributed to This Summer’s Wildfires

By Carolyn Kormann, New Yorker, Aug 2018 Firefighters discuss plans while battling the Carr Fire, in California. More than twelve thousand firefighters are working in California, and some have come from as far as Florida. Photograph by Noah Berger / AP The image of the day from NASA’s Earth Observatory shows gusting plumes of smoke veiling the western United States. Two hundred …

Sea surface temperatures in the Arctic are warming at stunning rates

Sea surface temperatures in the Arctic are warming at stunning rates. To give you an idea, look at this blog containing images showing sea surface temperatures in one specific location near Svalbard for July 6 for each of the following years: 2014: -0.8°C or 30.6°F 2015: 6.2°C or 43.2°F 2016: 8.3°C or 47.0°F 2017: 14.4°C or 57.9°F 2018: 16.6°C or 61.9°F On …

Fast-Melting Lakes Could Increase Permafrost Emissions 118 Percent

By Olivia Rosane on EcoWatch, Aug. 24, 2018  Frozen methane bubbles in a thermokarst lake in Alaska. Miriam Jones / USGS  Scientists may need to more than double their assessment of how much carbon dioxide and methane thawing Arctic permafrost will release into the atmosphere this century, according to a study published this month. The paper, published in Nature Communications Aug. 15, said that previous estimates for how …

New progressive candidates aren’t afraid to talk about the intersections of climate and injustice

New faces like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Summer Lee aren’t afraid to talk about environmental justice. E.A. CRUNDEN AUG 27, 2018, ClimateProgress CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES, RASHIDATLAIBFORCONGRESS.COM / EDIT BY DIANA OFOSU When Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez unseated incumbent Democrat Rep. Joe Crowley in the primary for New York City’s 14th congressional district, she did so while running on a progressive platform centering …

Experts: Hail damage is worse, but climate role uncertain

BOULDER, Colo. — Aug 14, 2018, By DAN ELLIOTT, ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE – In this Aug. 6, 2018 file photo, Carlton Burton, an employee of the Broadmoor Hotel, shovels leaves and hail after a storm that damaged buildings, injured 14 people and killed at least five zoo animals in the Colorado Springs, Colo., area. Hailstorms inflict billions of dollars in damage …

Why Ravaging Heatwaves Matter to World’s Dinner Table

By Agnieszka De Sousa August 14, 2018, 12:12 AM MDT To see the impact of record-breaking temperatures around the world, watch wheat. Found in everything from bread to noodles, biscuits to cereals, beer to cakes — there is no more widely grown staple crop and more than 170 million metric tons trade every year. So when the weather ruins harvests in …

Five Principles of a Socialist Climate Politics

August 23, 2018  •  Matthew Huber Democratic socialism is in the air. Since Bernie Sanders’s miraculous 2016 primary run – garnering 13.2 million votes and 23 state victories – the politics of democratic socialism has grown in popularity. I believe this popularity is based on its capacity to articulate clear and simple principles. As (Catholic Latina Socialist – yay!) Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez now famously said …

NASA finds nearly two million acres on fire in the United States

August 20, 2018, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center The West Coast of the United States is shrouded in smoke from the 110 large fires (this does not include smaller fires within each complex of fires) that have erupted across the region during this fire season. Over 1.9 million acres are or have been ablaze. Six new large fires were reported in …

‘Abrupt thaw’ of permafrost beneath lakes is irreversible this century and could significantly affect climate change models

Katey Walter Anthony, Thomas Schneider von Deimling, Ingmar Nitze, Steve Frolking, Abraham Emond, Ronald Daanen, Peter Anthony, Prajna Lindgren, Benjamin Jones, Guido Grosse. 21st-century modeled permafrost carbon emissions accelerated by abrupt thaw beneath lakes. Nature Communications, 2018; 9 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-05738-9 Methane bubbles in ice on pond near Fairbanks, Alaska. Credit: Katey Walter Anthony Methane released by thawing permafrost from some Arctic lakes could …