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jtotheizzoe:

If you’re 27 or younger, you’ve never experienced a colder-than-average month
With the average temperature on Earth in October becoming the 332nd consecutive month at a higher-than-normal mark, we’re defining the new normal for a whole generation.
And that’s not a “new normal” that we should be okay with. Because a warming Earth with frequent droughts and supercharged storms could make Hurricane Sandy look like an afternoon sprinkle.
(via Grist)

well huh

jtotheizzoe:

If you’re 27 or younger, you’ve never experienced a colder-than-average month

With the average temperature on Earth in October becoming the 332nd consecutive month at a higher-than-normal mark, we’re defining the new normal for a whole generation.

And that’s not a “new normal” that we should be okay with. Because a warming Earth with frequent droughts and supercharged storms could make Hurricane Sandy look like an afternoon sprinkle.

(via Grist)

well huh

#science   #climate   #news   #earth   #global warming   #new normal   #climate change   #cold  
The truth is: the natural world is changing. And we are totally dependent on that world. It provides our food, water and air. It is the most precious thing we have and we need to defend it.

-David Attenborough, from a fascinating profile of the naturalist: Force of Nature.

Because if you listen to anyone, you should listen to him.

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#science   #nature   #climate   #david attenborough   #quote   #queue  
jtotheizzoe:

Portrait of Global Aerosols
Aerosols, clouds of microscopic particles suspended in air, are key players in the health of our atmosphere and climate. They also happen to make really pretty sunsets. Aerosols can scatter sunlight back into space, which can cool the planet, or seed dangerous chemical reactions like those that destroy ozone. Understanding how different types of aerosols move and react in our atmosphere is crucial to smart climate science.
The image above is a NASA supercomputer simulation of different aerosols moving around Earth. It sort of looks like someone painted Earth and then swirled the colors around before they dried, doesn’t it?
Dust is red (remember that half the Amazon gets its nutrients from African aerosols!), smoke from fires is green, volcanic eruptions are white, and sea salt is blue.
See the beautiful hi-res version of the image here. Phil Plait has more explanation at Bad Astronomy (now at Slate!)
If you loved this visualization, revisit NASA’s Van Gogh-esque Perpetual Ocean current simulation. Beautiful stuff. 
(via NASA)

jtotheizzoe:

Portrait of Global Aerosols

Aerosols, clouds of microscopic particles suspended in air, are key players in the health of our atmosphere and climate. They also happen to make really pretty sunsets. Aerosols can scatter sunlight back into space, which can cool the planet, or seed dangerous chemical reactions like those that destroy ozone. Understanding how different types of aerosols move and react in our atmosphere is crucial to smart climate science.

The image above is a NASA supercomputer simulation of different aerosols moving around Earth. It sort of looks like someone painted Earth and then swirled the colors around before they dried, doesn’t it?

Dust is red (remember that half the Amazon gets its nutrients from African aerosols!), smoke from fires is green, volcanic eruptions are white, and sea salt is blue.

See the beautiful hi-res version of the image here. Phil Plait has more explanation at Bad Astronomy (now at Slate!)

If you loved this visualization, revisit NASA’s Van Gogh-esque Perpetual Ocean current simulation. Beautiful stuff. 

(via NASA)

#science   #climate   #nasa   #atmosphere   #aerosols   #visualization  

jtotheizzoe:

climateadaptation:

Click to embiggen. At UMass-Amherst, I recall a professor (a one Mr. Dr. Jack Ahern) showing us Massachusetts was deforested not once or twice, but four times in its near 400 year history. Now it’s one of the most forested states (yep!).

karlis:

ryanpanos:

Amazing photos of vintage logging industry in the Redwood Forests of California via U of C

Any image of deforestation is synonymous with the construction of contemporary metropolises. What’s most profound about the industrial moguls of the 19th century is that even though they were fierce in the utilization of natural resources that led to a catastrophic decline, they recognized the need for conservation practices and restorative developments.

The Pinchots, millionaires from the wallpaper industry, pushed their son Gifford into forestry. What started as an investment in an industry led to conservation of natural resources, support for academic programs, and further development of infrastructure in the United States. The US Forest Service gave us telephone poles, railroad ties, land for grazing livestock, and timber to fuel construction for modern life.

Yes, it is a tragedy that natural history was destroyed by old logging practices. But we’re lucky enough to be living in an age where more people are understanding the limitations of our landscape. The thing we need to work on now is our frivolous consumption (ie: disposable goods).

Seeing a living organism of this size is just flabbergasting. As Richard Feynman reminded us recently, trees big and small grow out of the air. That’s about 98% right (they do need water and nutrients from the ground to complete their photosynthetic reactions).

But think about the sheer volume of carbon dioxide that a tree like this takes in over its lifetime! Think about the effect these have in balancing the greenhouse gases in our atmosphere! A 25-inch redwood can hold the equivalent of ONE TON of carbon dioxide. These trees are at least six times that diameter, and would have held orders of magnitude more than that. It’s called a “carbon sink”, and these would have been gold-medal winners in that event.

On one hand, it’s amazing to see an immobile living thing capable of growing to this size, over hundreds of years, felled by the humble tools of man. On the other hand, it’s tragic to see these Fort Knoxes of the carbon cycle laying useless on their side. Let’s keep this in the history books, and not in the current events pages.

#science   #environment   #climate   #co2   #redwoods   #tree   #nature   #history   #forest   #queue  
jtotheizzoe:

Burning Up The Climate Record Books
328: The magic number
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released their latest “State of the Climate” report. June 2012 marks the 328th month in a row that global surface temperatures – the temperatures that affect our local climate and weather - were above average. This unfortunate proof of the “new normal” is just the latest straw on the climate camel’s back, and you really have to wonder how many more it will take before more people start to view this as the serious situation that it is.
Some other high/lowlights:
The Northern Hemisphere was more than 2˚F above normal for June, an all-time record.
Globally, June 2012 was the warmest on record (for land temps).
Ocean temperatures, whose rise is perhaps more dangerous than land (feeding extreme weather and ice melt), were at their 10th highest level on record.
There’s hope, however. A new poll from Stanford University and The Washington Post says that 6 in 10 Americans now agree that the climate is changing, and two-thirds want the U.S. to lead the world in fighting climate change. They can’t yet agree on what that means, exactly. More interesting tidbits from that poll here.
Previously: Record highs to record lows ratio at 10:1 in 2012! Ack!

jtotheizzoe:

Burning Up The Climate Record Books

328: The magic number

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released their latest “State of the Climate” report. June 2012 marks the 328th month in a row that global surface temperatures – the temperatures that affect our local climate and weather - were above average. This unfortunate proof of the “new normal” is just the latest straw on the climate camel’s back, and you really have to wonder how many more it will take before more people start to view this as the serious situation that it is.

Some other high/lowlights:

  • The Northern Hemisphere was more than 2˚F above normal for June, an all-time record.
  • Globally, June 2012 was the warmest on record (for land temps).
  • Ocean temperatures, whose rise is perhaps more dangerous than land (feeding extreme weather and ice melt), were at their 10th highest level on record.

There’s hope, however. A new poll from Stanford University and The Washington Post says that 6 in 10 Americans now agree that the climate is changing, and two-thirds want the U.S. to lead the world in fighting climate change. They can’t yet agree on what that means, exactly. More interesting tidbits from that poll here.

Previously: Record highs to record lows ratio at 10:1 in 2012! Ack!

#science   #climate   #news   #hot   #328   #noaa   #weather  
discoverynews:

What’s Behind the Record Heat?
Behind the records is a set of weather and climate conditions that is keeping the heat locked in over the country, with little respite in sight.
keep reading
(also, this seems like the best reason to move to Canada yet. Well, at least the blue parts in this NASA image above.)

discoverynews:

What’s Behind the Record Heat?

Behind the records is a set of weather and climate conditions that is keeping the heat locked in over the country, with little respite in sight.

keep reading

(also, this seems like the best reason to move to Canada yet. Well, at least the blue parts in this NASA image above.)

#Science   #news   #heat   #nasa   #climate   #earth   #queue  
discoverynews:

A Swirl of Clouds South of Greenland
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image of long lines of clouds, known as “streets”, wrapping around the southern tip of Greenland on March 6, 2012.
Cloud streets are created by cylinders of air rotating parallel to the surface, forming clouds where the air rises and clear zones where the air falls back downwards. As the air cylinders move from above the sea ice in Baffin Bay out over the warmer southern water, clouds form along the rising air channels.
Aqua is a NASA Earth Science satellite mission named for the large amount of information that the mission is collecting about the Earth’s water cycle, including evaporation from the oceans, water vapor in the atmosphere, precipitation, soil moisture, sea and land ice, and snow cover.
Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/Jeff Schmaltz/MODIS Land Rapid Response Team at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

discoverynews:

A Swirl of Clouds South of Greenland

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image of long lines of clouds, known as “streets”, wrapping around the southern tip of Greenland on March 6, 2012.

Cloud streets are created by cylinders of air rotating parallel to the surface, forming clouds where the air rises and clear zones where the air falls back downwards. As the air cylinders move from above the sea ice in Baffin Bay out over the warmer southern water, clouds form along the rising air channels.

Aqua is a NASA Earth Science satellite mission named for the large amount of information that the mission is collecting about the Earth’s water cycle, including evaporation from the oceans, water vapor in the atmosphere, precipitation, soil moisture, sea and land ice, and snow cover.

Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/Jeff Schmaltz/MODIS Land Rapid Response Team at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

#greenland   #weather   #clouds   #meteorology   #nature   #climate   #nasa  
We will have wrecked the planet, but our great-grandchildren won’t care much, because they’ll have been born into a planet already wrecked.
The Economist, eviscerating the U.S. and others for not acting in the Durban COP17 climate talks. (via climateadaptation)
#quote   #the economist   #environment   #climate  
climateadaptation:

Billion dollar weather disasters, by NOAA. This takes a minute to grasp. See the green bar on the far far right? It shows the number of climate related events in 2011 that exceeded one billion dollars. So far, it shows 12 event at $200 billion dollars in damage - the highest number of events and most costs in history. Background:

To  date, the United States set a record with 12 separate  billion dollar  weather/climate disasters in 2011, with an aggregate  damage total of  approximately $52 billion. This record year breaks the  previous record of nine  billion-dollar weather/climate disasters in one  year, which occurred in 2008.
These  twelve disasters alone resulted in the tragic loss  of 646 lives, with the  National Weather Service reporting over 1,000  deaths across all weather  categories for the year.
Previously  only 10 events were reported; the two new  billion-dollar weather and climate  events added to the 2011 total  include:
   
The Texas, New Mexico, Arizona wildfires event, now         exceeding $1 billion, had been previously accounted for in the larger         Southern Plains drought and heatwave event. This is in line with  how NOAA        has traditionally accounted for large wildfire events  as separate events.
The June 18-22 Midwest/Southeast Tornadoes and         Severe Weather event, which just recently exceeded the $1 billion         threshold  

NOAA continues to collect and  assess data regarding  several other extreme events that occurred this year  including the  pre-Halloween winter storm that impacted the Northeast and the   wind/flood damage from Tropical Storm Lee. Currently, these events are  not over  the $1B threshold using the available data.

Source: NOAA

climateadaptation:

Billion dollar weather disasters, by NOAA. This takes a minute to grasp. See the green bar on the far far right? It shows the number of climate related events in 2011 that exceeded one billion dollars. So far, it shows 12 event at $200 billion dollars in damage - the highest number of events and most costs in history. Background:

  • To date, the United States set a record with 12 separate billion dollar weather/climate disasters in 2011, with an aggregate damage total of approximately $52 billion. This record year breaks the previous record of nine billion-dollar weather/climate disasters in one year, which occurred in 2008.

  • These twelve disasters alone resulted in the tragic loss of 646 lives, with the National Weather Service reporting over 1,000 deaths across all weather categories for the year.

  • Previously only 10 events were reported; the two new billion-dollar weather and climate events added to the 2011 total include:
  •  
    • The Texas, New Mexico, Arizona wildfires event, now exceeding $1 billion, had been previously accounted for in the larger Southern Plains drought and heatwave event. This is in line with how NOAA has traditionally accounted for large wildfire events as separate events.

    • The June 18-22 Midwest/Southeast Tornadoes and Severe Weather event, which just recently exceeded the $1 billion threshold 
  • NOAA continues to collect and assess data regarding several other extreme events that occurred this year including the pre-Halloween winter storm that impacted the Northeast and the wind/flood damage from Tropical Storm Lee. Currently, these events are not over the $1B threshold using the available data.

Source: NOAA

shychemist:

 

From devastating earthquakes to record tornado outbreaks, 2011 was the most expensive year for natural disasters worldwide, according to a new insurance report.

At $380 billion, global economic losses from natural disasters in 2011 were two-thirds higher than in 2005, the previous record year, which had losses of $220 billion.

The magnitude 9.0 Japan temblor in Marchalone caused more than half the year’s losses, according to the report from global insurance firm Munich Re. In the United States, a deadly dozen disasters each caused more than $1 billion in damage.

While 90 percent of the recorded natural catastrophes were weather-related, the big earthquakes were the most expensive disasters,. Normally, it is the weather-related disasters that account for the greatest insured losses, according to the insurance firm. Over the last three decades, geophysical events such as earthquakes accounted for less than 10 percent of insured losses, Munich Re said.

Around 70 percent of economic losses in 2011 occurred in Asia, where 16,000 people were killed in Japan during the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Even without considering the consequences of a crippled nuclear reactor in Fukushima following the quake, the economic losses caused by the quake and the tsunami came to $210 billion — the costliest natural catastrophe of all time.

The magnitude 6.3 earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, in February caused $16 billion in damage. Other expensive disasters included tornado season in the United States, which caused $46 billion in damage. Hurricane Irene, the first hurricane to make landfall in the United States in three years, caused $15 billion in damage.

“Thankfully, a sequence of severe natural catastrophes like last year’s is a very rare occurrence,” said Torsten Jeworrek, the Munich Re board member responsible for global reinsurance business, in a statement.

Some 27,000 people died in natural catastrophes in 2011. This figure does not include the countless deaths from famine following the worst drought in decades on the Horn of Africa, which was the greatest humanitarian catastrophe of the year.

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  1. Chocolate: A report out last month from the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) found that just a 2 degree Celsius increase in temperature could significantly reduce land suitable for growing cocoa in the regions of Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire where about half of the world’s cocoa is produced. The impacts could be devastating for local farmers and the $9 billion chocolate industry. Peter Gleick wrote an elegant appeal to climate skeptics on behalf of chocolate lovers. Definitely worth a read.
  2. Peanut butter: The drought and heat that the South experienced this summer have contributed to a 13 percent decline in the peanut harvest. Price jumps of 20-30 percent are expected for peanut butter in the coming weeks! Thanks to my colleague Miles Grant for flagging the climate-change-extreme-weather-peanut-butter connection.
  3. Bread: During the last 18 months, we saw the consequences of bread shortages play out on the world stage. Christian Parenti shows how the record-setting heat, drought, and wildfires in Russia and the record-setting floods in Australia conspired to cause wheat shortages, that in turn led to the unrest in the Middle East.
  4. Wine: Grapes require specific climate conditions to ripen in ways best suitable for fine wine. As these microclimates shift, places that known for excellent grapes may no longer have the right conditions. This issue is of such importance to the wine industry that they hold entire conferences on it!
  5. Coffee: Like chocolate, coffee plants prefer a narrow range of climate conditions. Starbucks and the Union for Concerned Scientists have been raising the alarm bells that climate change is threatening coffee crops. Extremely heavy rainfall events and warming conditions have already affected coffee yields in several nations.

(Read more….)

These are all of my favourite foods.

(Source: nwf.org, via mohandasgandhi)

saveplanetearth:

CBC ~ Massive iceberg calving off Antarctica
CNN ~ NASA scientists capture unprecedented measurements of iceberg in the making
Telegraph ~ Graphic: An iceberg the size of New York: A massive crack is growing wider in the Antarctic ice sheet and could break apart in the coming months, forming an iceberg the size of New York City, Nasa scientists warned.
Sydney Morning Herald ~ Rift in Antarctic glacier to create gigantic iceberg

saveplanetearth:

CBC ~ Massive iceberg calving off Antarctica

CNN ~ NASA scientists capture unprecedented measurements of iceberg in the making

Telegraph ~ Graphic: An iceberg the size of New York: A massive crack is growing wider in the Antarctic ice sheet and could break apart in the coming months, forming an iceberg the size of New York City, Nasa scientists warned.

Sydney Morning Herald ~ Rift in Antarctic glacier to create gigantic iceberg

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jtotheizzoe:

The climate situation down under is bad. Really bad.

Floods, fires, drought, reduced food production, acidic oceans, reef destruction, even locusts.

It might be the canary in the coal mine to signal what other places have in store from the changing climate.

(Source: jtotheizzoe)