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 …

Glacier loss putting water supply for hundreds of millions at risk

Across the Tibetan Plateau and in the Himalayan and Karakoram ranges, the glaciers number in the thousands and the people who rely on them in the hundreds of millions, along rivers like the Indus in Pakistan, the Ganges and Brahmaputra in India, the Yellow and Yangtze in China and the Mekong in Southeast Asia.  Eventually these rivers will be affected …

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 …

Al Gore on coming to a political tipping point and what is “too late”

Excerpt from the Atlantic, Jan 2019 …Al Gore: I think that we are extremely close to a political tipping point. We may actually be crossing it right about now. The much-vaunted tribalism in American politics has contributed to an odd anomaly, in that the core of one of our political parties is uniquely—in all of the world—still rejecting not just …

10 Costliest Climate-Driven Extreme Weather Events of 2018 Caused at Least $84.8B in Damage: Analysis

Friday, December 28, 2018 by Jessica Corbett, staff writer on Common Dreams “The world’s weather is becoming more extreme before our eyes—the only thing that can stop this destructive trend from escalating is a rapid fall in carbon emissions.” —Michael Mann, climate scientist From heat waves and hurricanes to fires and floods, the 10 costliest extreme weather events of 2018—driven by the global …

Kids suffering from air pollution: 40 percent of the burden of environmentally related disease and about 90 percent of the burden of climate change is borne by children under five, although that age group constitutes only 10 percent of the global population

A new study led by researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health (CCCEH) organizes the available scientific evidence on the effects of air pollution on children’s health. The paper in the journal Environmental Research is the first comprehensive review of the associations between various fossil fuel combustion pollutants and multiple health effects in children in the context of …

2018 Lancet report on health and climate: India’s workforce output loses 75 billion man hours (7% decline) due to heatwave conditions.

LaCroix, Dec 2018 Climate change hits Indian farmers, Caritas helps the most vulnerable face challenges such as higher temperatures, drought and unseasonal rains Umar Manzoor Shah, Srinagar, India, December 18, 2018 A farmer in Kerala, India. (Photo from Pixabay) It was mid-April when Ishwar Ram decided to end his life. He swallowed rat poison in an attempt to get his debt-stricken family out …

Meta-study of 3000 studies on climate change impacts finds likelihood of multiple cascading crises

November 21st, 2018 by Steve Hanley in Clean Technica on a study published November 19 in the journal Nature Climate Change entitled “Broad threat to humanity from cumulative climate hazards intensified by greenhouse gas emissions.” Warmer average global temperatures are producing stronger storms with higher winds and more rain, droughts, wildfires, rising ocean levels, scarcity of clean water, flooding, and heat waves. But we ain’t seen …

Newly found documents from the 1980s show that fossil fuel companies privately predicted the global damage that would be caused by their products.

By Benjamin Franta, Shell and Exxon’s secret 1980s climate change warnings, in The Guardian, Wed 19 Sep 2018   A Royal Dutch Shell logo. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA One day in 1961, an American economist named Daniel Ellsberg stumbled across a piece of paper with apocalyptic implications. Ellsberg, who was advising the US government on its secret nuclear war plans, had discovered a document that …