Underestimated Power of Fossil Fueled Misinformation Campaigns

Writing in the journal Nature Climate Change, Yale University’s Professor Justin Farrell and Kathryn McConnell, together with Brown University’s Professor Robert Brulle, say people working on responses to climate change “cannot afford to underestimate the economic influence, institutional complexity, strategic sophistication, financial motivation, and societal impact of the networks” behind climate misinformation campaigns. By Graham Readfearn on DeSmog Blog, January 18, 2019  Climate action advocates have …

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 …

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, …

Antarctic Losing 6x as Much Ice as in the 80s, World’s Oceans Are Warming Faster, Studies Show, Fueling Storms and Sea Rise:  ‘Global warming is here, it has major consequences, and it’s going to be very, very difficult to get this under control,’ an author of a new report says

Even more: Compared to just last year, the Antarctic ice is melting 15 percent faster, with East Antarctica—previously found to be relatively stable from year to year—now losing 56 billion tons of ice per year. Eric Rignot told CNN that he had not expected ice in the eastern part of the continent to be melting at such an alarming rate. Wednesday, January 16, 2019 Common …

Gulf Stream current at its weakest in 1,600 years, studies show. AMOC weakening should be avoided at all costs say scientists

Gulf Stream current at its weakest in 1,600 years, studies show Warm current that has historically caused dramatic changes in climate is experiencing an unprecedented slowdown and may be less stable than thought – with potentially severe consequences Damian Carrington, The Guardian, Environment editor, Wed 11 Apr 2018  The warm Atlantic current linked to severe and abrupt changes in the climate in …

Global warming of oceans equivalent to an atomic bomb per second: Seas absorb 90% of climate change’s energy as new research reveals vast heating over past 150 years

Damian Carrington, Mon 7 Jan 2019  Global warming of oceans equivalent to an atomic bomb per second: Seas absorb 90% of climate change’s energy as new research reveals vast heating over past 150 years, in The Guardian, 7 Jan 2019 A Guardian calculation found the average heating across that 150-year period was equivalent to about 1.5 Hiroshima-size atomic bombs per second. …

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 …

National Teachers Association urged science teachers at all levels to emphasize that ‘no scientific controversy exists regarding the basic facts of climate change.’

Phil McKenna Inside Climate News 13 Sept 2018 “If there are controversies or other issues to deal with, we want them to have a good solid foundation in evidence-based knowledge to carry out that conversation,” said David Evans, executive director of the National Science Teachers Association. Credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images In response to what it sees as increasing efforts to …

Communicating about Tropical Cyclones and Climate Change: Science talking points

Shared by Interfaith Power and Light One of the clearest and most devastating impacts of climate change has been the dramatic amplification of damage done by hurricanes/tropical cyclones. Sea level rise to date has elevated storm surge, increasing the reach of coastal flooding driven by hurricanes, especially along low-lying areas.  As a result, the damages done by Superstorm Sandy extended …

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 …