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 …

Americans who think global warming is happening outnumber those who think it is not by more than 5 to 1

Nov 16, 2017, Climate Change in the American Mind: October 2017, by Anthony Leiserowitz, Edward Maibach, Connie Roser-Renouf, Seth Rosenthal, Matthew Cutler and John Kotcher. Filed under: Beliefs & Attitudes Executive Summary This report from the Yale Program on Climate and Communication documents an upward trend in Americans’ concern about global warming, as reflected in several key indicators tracked since 2008, including substantial increases in Americans’ certainty that global warming …

Beyond ‘dangerous’ climate change: emission scenarios for a new world

Kevin Anderson, Alice Bows, “Beyond ‘dangerous’ climate change: emission scenarios for a new world” Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A 2011 369 20-44; DOI: 10.1098/rsta.2010.0290. Published 29 November 2010 Over the past five years a wealth of analyses have described very different responses to what, at first sight, appears to be the same question: what emission-reduction profiles are compatible with avoiding ‘dangerous’ climate change? However, on closer investigation, the difference …

The National Climate Assessment shows rising global temperatures are having ripple effects across the environment our economy was built on

7 Nov 2017, by Sabrina Shankman, Inside Climate News For decades, the world has been told that the climate is changing—that the build-up of fossil fuel-driven greenhouse gas emissions would irrevocably change the Earth’s systems. Those changes are already happening across the United States, the newest volume of the National Climate Assessment says. The exhaustive report, written by scientists and released Friday by 13 federal …

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 …