Tag Archives: climate change

The young Republicans breaking with their party over climate change


Vanessa. Photograph courtesy of: ©JP

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It is becoming harder, however, for Trump to swat away the unfolding crises caused by global warming. American lives are increasingly ravaged by flooding and wildfires. Now, younger Republicans are breaking with Trump in an attempt to haul their party towards scientific reality…

Read Full Article; Guardian UK (04-12-2019)

Poll: Millennials care about climate change; Axios (02-26-2018)
The nonprofit Alliance for Market Solutions released new polling on millennial attitudes about the reality of human-induced climate change and efforts to combat it. Millennials are broadly convinced human-induced climate change is real and deserves action…

Trump to planet: Drop dead, CNN (06-01-2017)
“America First” is becoming increasingly America alone. Somehow, Donald Trump has managed, with a single, desperate and ill-conceived stroke, to sever the United States from the rest of the world…

Lawsuit could put U.S. government’s role in climate change on trial; CBS News (03-02-2019)
A lawsuit filed on behalf of 21 kids alleges the U.S. government knowingly failed to protect them from climate change. If the plaintiffs win, it could mean massive changes for the use of fossil fuels…

Melting glaciers causing sea levels to rise at ever greater rates


Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

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Melting ice sheets in Greenland and the Antarctic as well as ice melt from glaciers all over the world are causing sea levels to rise. Glaciers alone lost more than 9,000 billion tons of ice since 1961, raising water levels by 27 millimeters, an international research team has now found…

Read Full Article; Science Daily (04-08-2019)

80 Percent of New Arctic Sea Ice Melts Before Leaving Russian Coast

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Photo source: ©© Bjorn Alfthan / UNEP

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The northern coast of Russia is largely considered the most important spot for the formation of new sea ice in the Arctic Ocean, fueled by the area’s shallow waters, frigid winter temperatures, and a strong wind that pushes ice to the open sea.

But scientists have discovered that 80 percent of this new sea ice now melts before it can leave coastal waters — up from 50 percent in 2000…

Read Full Article; Yale E360 (04-03-2019)

Marine heat waves threaten the survival of dolphins and other mammals

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A marine heat wave in Western Australia that had lasting impacts on dolphin populations may be a disturbing sign of things to come, according to a new study from the University of Zurich (UZH).

The researchers have determined that climate change will have more devastating consequences for marine mammals than what was previously realized…

Read Full Article; Earth (04-01-2019)

Even Antarctica’s Coldest Region Is Starting to Melt


The Antarctic. Photo courtesy of: © Denis Delestrac

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East Antarctica is the coldest spot on earth, long thought to be untouched by warming. But now the glaciers and ice shelves in this frigid region are showing signs of melting, a development that portends dramatic rises in sea levels this century and beyond…

Read Full Article; Yale E360 (03-28-2019)

Alaska hit 70 degrees the earliest ever


Alaska: Photograph:© SAF — Coastal Care

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Parts of the state have had their earliest 70-degree readings on record. Klawock, a town in southeastern Alaska, reached 70 F on March 19 — the earliest any spot in the state has hit that high.

More records are expected to be broken this weekend, with temperatures soaring as much as 50 degrees above normal in the fastest-warming state…

Read Full Article; CNN (03-29-2019)

Renewables Cheaper Than 75 Percent of U.S. Coal Fleet, Report Finds


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Nearly 75 percent of coal-fired power plants in the United States generate electricity that is more expensive than local wind and solar energy resources, according to a new report. Wind power, in particular, can at times provide electricity at half the cost of coal, the report found…

Read Full Article; Yale E360 (03-25-2019)

9 of the 10 Worst Global Risks are Linked to Water


Rescue team over Montecito, CA. Olive Mill Bridge and 101 Freeway destroyed and flooded by debris and mud flows, on January 9th, 2018. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

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Every year, the World Economic Forum asks some 1,000 decision-makers from the public sector, business, academia and civil society across the globe to assess the risks facing the world over the decade to come.

Since 2012, water crisis has consistently been ranked as one of the threats with the highest potential impact as well as likelihood. The top scores on both impact and likelihood are perceived to be: extreme weather events; failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation; and natural disasters.

Of the 1,000 most severe disasters that have occurred since 1990, water-related disasters accounted for 90 per cent. With extreme water and weather events increasing in both frequency and severity in the wake of climate change, floods and droughts are set to strike harder and more often in the years to come…

Read Full Article; IPS News (03-21-2019)

Researchers create hydrogen fuel from seawater


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Splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen presents an alternative to fossil fuels, but purified water is a precious resource.

Stanford researchers have devised a way to generate hydrogen fuel using solar power, electrodes and seawater – Earth’s most abundant source – for chemical energy…

Read Full Article; Science Daily (03-18-2019)