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 …

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 …