Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.
Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Mar 20 2014
How unusual has the weather been? No one event is “caused” by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide. Looking above at recent temperature anomalies and the jetstream, the polar aneurism over the US seems to have dissipated, while the North Pole and surroundings (that big orange spot) is experiencing much warmer than normal temperatures – not good news for our Arctic thermal shield of ice. That unusuallly warm and persistent Pacific air mass west of California continues to maintain the drought by blocking significant precipitation. Hotter than usual temperatures continue to dominate human habitats. (Add 0.3-0.4 C to have these anomaly values calibrate with those of NASA.) Daily updates of can be seen here for both the temperature anomalies map, and the jetstream map. For real time animated US surface wind patterns, click here, and here, for the planet. (Clicking on “earth” there reveals data and map options.)
BTW, Your Home Is On Fire: The Danger of Sitting Still on Climate is real, reports Rebecca Solnit at The Nation. A 911 CEO survivor offers a powerful parable: he refused to listen to officials urging people to return to ‘normal’ (ie, their desks) in the towers that day, but acted boldly on his own, saving his life. Similarly, the world must act boldly even in the face of leaders who do nothing, if we are to save civilization from an unliveable climate.
NASA: Industrial Civilisation Headed For ‘Irreversible Collapse’ reports Nafeez Ahmed at the UK Guardian. HOAX ALERT!! NASA DID NOT SPONSOR OR AUTHOR THIS — although many writers were “taken in” by this. Nonetheless, THIS IDEA IS PLAUSIBLE. Global industrial civilisation could collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution.
It’s possible that the shadow author of this paper read Joseph Tainter’s The Collapse of Complex Societies (1988), available here, in which he builds a very solid argument, with historical examples, that complex societies are particularly susceptible to collapse. This makes the drive towards social and resource sustainability that much more urgent. Part of the solution is bringing our populations to sustainable levels — by supplying every woman on Earth with the materials and rights to control their reproduction, which would cost about as much as one year of the Iraq war cost the US.
Perhaps the author wanted us all to focus on this very real threat.
Poll: 75% of US Homeowners Say Utilities Shouldn’t Block Solar Powerreports Herman Trabish at GreenTechMedia. Republicans especially agreed with this, reports Joanna Foster at Climate Progress. While concerned about cost, consumers want solar power as an option, and they’re open to buying it from the utility or a third party. Over half of those polled were interested in solar for their homes. Want to check out your options? Keep reading…
EU-US Trade Pact Would Spur Fracking In Europe a report warns, writes John McGarrity at Responding To Climate Change. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) aims to eliminate barriers for US companies investing in Europe and vice versa, but could be used to ride roughshod over public opposition to exploitation of shale gas, green groups warn in a recent report. “The talks are likely to favour safeguards for corporate investments over safeguards for citizens and the environment, allowing companies to seek compensation when government decisions affect their profits,” the report noted.
NASA: Global Warming Likely To Be 20% Higher Than Previous Thoughtreports Joe Romm at Climate Progress. The temporary slowdown of atmospheric (not global, which includes oceans) warming is partly due to to cooling effect of particulate pollution over land in the Northern Hemisphere, note John Abraham and Dana Nuccitelli at the UK Guardian. That cooling effect has been underestimated, meaning that the warming effect it masked was also underestimated. This affects the lower end of predicted warming, estimated at 3 to 9o F; the new findings indicate that it will more likely warm between 6 to 9oF, especially as aerosols decline and greenhouse gases rise. Another reason to switch to clean energy ASAP.
Source: Climate Progress
A New Blueprint: US Can Run 100% on Clean Renewables by 2050reports Herman Trabish at GreenTechMedia. Professor Mark Jacobson, a Stanford University energy expert, has been creating a series of scenarios for the US running entirely on renewables by 2050. His latest released set of calculations shows that, by 2050, onshore and offshore wind, utility-scale and rooftop PV, concentrated solar power, geothermal, wave, tidal and conventional hydropower can meet 100 percent of U.S. energy demand, using less than one percent of US land. No, it won’t be an easy haul, but the prize – a liveable Earth for our civilization, and a far healthier US economy – is worth it.
Pick Yer Poison: every US state is experiencing the heightened extreme weather effects predicted under continuing climate change.
Lessons From the Senate’s Climate Change All-nighter, reports Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Ca) at the Huffington Post, include: climate change is occurring here and now, and every US state is affected by it, from extreme droughts, storms and floods to sea level rise. The solutions are good for our country and economy, and we can’t wait for other nations to lead.
Source: US State Dept
John Kerry Issues Seven Point Climate Change Planreports Ed King at Responding To Climate Change. The points are:
1. Lead by active example both at home and abroad;
2. Conclude an international climate change treaty;
3. Implement the Global Climate Change Initiative to get the whole govt fully engaged in reducing emissions and promoting clean energy;
4. Help lead multinational efforts;
5. Enhance engagement bilaterally with other countries;
6. mobilize the necessary financing;
7. Integrate climate change with other priorities.
Despite making more accurate forecasts within their discipline than economists do on the economy, climate scientists are not taken as seriously by the lawmakers they serve, a recent study shows.
Source: Australia Bureau of Meteorology.
Climate Scientists Are Better Forecasters Than Economists in general, a new study concludes, reports Kieran Cooke at the Climate News Network. When it came to forecasting UK’s population growth, UK’s debt to Gross National Product ratio, and US oil prices, the scientists won out. Economists failed to predict the 2008 recession, while climate scientists have been predicting the ever worsening path of climate change for two decades, especially via the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The irony is, goverments are listening to economists far more seriously than climate scientists, especially in the US. Want to tweet your favorite Congressman/woman with this nugget of insight?
Beneath the oceans’ sunlit waters loom far darker problems from a changing climate: too much heat, too little oxygen, and an acidifying environment that threatens all marine life. Credit: Kein at Wikimedia Commons.
Effects Of Climate Change On Oceans ‘Is Beyond Argument’ says the Global Ocean Commission (GOC), reports Alex Kirby at Climate News Network. The GOC says climate chan南京夜网