Study of Antarctic sea ice collapse warns of potential 10-foot sea rise, with rate of ocean warming up 50% since 1991.

Study of Antarctic sea ice collapse warns of potential 10-foot sea rise, by Joe Romm, Climate Progress,  Jan 15, 2019 PACK ICE MELTING IN SPRING IN ANTARCTICA’S WEDDEL SEA. CREDIT: PLANET OBSERVER/UNIVERSAL IMAGES GROUP VIA GETTY IMAGES A stunning new study on Antarctic sea ice collapse greatly raises the risk of a 10-foot sea level rise this century if President Donald …

US & Canadian glaciers melting 4x faster than a decade ago

Satellite images show glaciers in US and Canada, excluding Alaska, are shrinking four times faster then in previous decade, by Emily Holden in Washington, The Guardian, Sat 19 Jan 2019  The Klinaklini glacier in British Columbia. Photograph: Brian Menounos Glaciers in western North America, excluding Alaska, are melting four times faster than in the previous decade, with changes in the jet stream exacerbating the …

The 1.5C target is still physically possible and dependent on choices now. Immediate fossil fuel phaseout could arrest climate change. All new cars, energy etc. should use renewables and be emission free

Immediate fossil fuel phaseout could arrest climate change – study There is widespread coverage of a new study published in Nature Communications which concludes that “climate change could be kept in check if a phaseout of all fossil fuel infrastructure were to begin immediately”. The Guardian adds: “The study found that if all fossil fuel infrastructure – power plants, factories, vehicles, …

Risks of ‘domino effect’ of tipping points greater than thought, study says

Scientists warn policymakers not to ignore links, and stress that ‘every action counts’ Jonathan Watts Thu 20 Dec 2018  Policymakers have severely underestimated the risks of ecological tipping points, according to a study that shows 45% of all potential environmental collapses are interrelated and could amplify one another. The authors said their paper, published in the journal Science, highlights how overstressed and overlapping natural …

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 …