Temperature and precipitation predict wildfires (if there’s something there to burn; i.e., it’s not the Sahara)

University of Missouri-Columbia: A team of researchers is continuing an effort to research how climate influences wildfire frequency. The group developed the Physical Chemical Fire Frequency Model just a few years ago. The model focuses on two variables — temperature and precipitation — to understand how climate drives wildfire across the world. Past fire years are detected on trees as …

Reduced rainfall in the SW through late summer and fall, and in the longterm, due to climate disruption

ScienceDaily 18 Oct 2017 excerpt …Results highlight the possibility of a strong precipitation reduction in the northern edge of the monsoon in the southwestern US in response to warming, with consequences for regional water resources, agriculture and ecosystems. “Monsoon rains are critical for the southwest U.S. and northwest Mexico, yet the fate of the North American monsoon is quite uncertain,” …

Latest on the strongest evidence of climate change

On an article by Kevin Trenberth in Inside Climate News – must see graphics Kevin Trenberth is the head of climate analysis at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and co-author of a new paper on ocean warming.  The rate at which the oceans are heating up has nearly doubled since 1992, and that heat is reaching ever deeper waters, according to a …

Denial and delayed shift matter as oil majors opt for profits and accrue responsibility: Top 90 carbon producers account for 43% of emissions rise from 1980-2010. Combustion from the top 20 is 19.6%

Researchers have quantified the contributions of industrialized and developing nations’ historical emissions to global surface temperature rise. Recent findings that nearly two-thirds of total industrial CO2 and CH4 emissions can be traced to 90 major industrial carbon producers have drawn attention to their potential climate responsibilities. Here, we use a simple climate model to quantify the contribution of historical (1880–2010) and recent …

5,000 miles of highways in the US west to be outfitted with fast chargers

Forget outfitting 2,000 miles of U.S. highways with electric vehicle charging stations. Why not go for 5,000? Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday said he and the governors of six other Western states have a plan to create a network of fast-charge stations that will ease range anxiety among electric vehicle drivers traveling along major transportation corridors in the region. Eleven interstate …

High school student’s message: “A strong and legitimate foundation for which young people can fight for our right to life, and a viable future. We need the adults to wake up and listen”

Young People’s Burden: Requirement of Negative CO2 Emissions James Hansen, Makiko Sato, Pushker Kharecha, Karina von Schuckmann, David J. Beerling, Junji Cao, Shaun Marcott, Valerie Masson-Delmotte, Michael J. Prather, Eelco J. Rohling, Jeremy Shakun, Pete Smith, Andrew Lacis, Gary Russell, Reto Ruedy 18 July 2017.  Above paper is published today in Earth System Dynamics.  There is also a video with Sophie and Jim. Conclusions include: Global …

Young People’s Burden: Negative CO2 Emissions will be required and are also impossibly expensive

18 July 2017, by James Hansen, Makiko Sato, Pushker Kharecha, Karina von Schuckmann, David J. Beerling, Junji Cao, Shaun Marcott, Valerie Masson-Delmotte, Michael J. Prather, Eelco J. Rohling, Jeremy Shakun, Pete Smith, Andrew Lacis, Gary Russell, Reto Ruedy. Above paper is published today in Earth System Dynamics.  There is also a video with Sophie and Jim. Conclusions include: Global warming in the past 50 years has …

How Does It Feel? The annual increase in GHG forcing is increasing, not decreasing, notes James Hansen. Who are the real criminals?

By James Hansen | 04 October 2017 Columbia University Blog  On a long trip from Helsinki to Cavalier, North Dakota.  As Yogi supposedly said, “you can’t get there from here.”  It’s not so far on a great circle route.  But there are no such flights. How does it feel to be on the way to the trial of a really brave conscientious objector?  Civil disobedience …

Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions Levels Continue Slow & Steady Increase

September 29th, 2017 by Joshua S Hill  New figures from the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency have confirmed global greenhouse gas emissions levels continued to increase in 2016, albeit at a relatively slow rate, reaching 49.3 gigatonnes in CO2 equivalent. The PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency published its latest annual report on Thursday, based on the latest update of the EDGAR v4.3.2 database — one of the …