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  • At UM commencement, Al Gore urges graduates 'to reclaim the integrity of American democracy'

    05/21/2018 7:14:18 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 41 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | March 21, 2018 | Scott Dance
    Speaking to 2018 graduates at the University of Maryland on Sunday, it wasn’t until 19 minutes into a 22-minute speech that former Vice President Al Gore mentioned President Donald Trump’s name. But his address nonetheless marked a commencement ceremony that pushed graduates to fight what both Gore and university President Wallace Loh described as challenges to American democracy. Gore, nowadays best known for his advocacy to fight global warming that earned him a Nobel Prize in 2007, urged the graduates to vote in large numbers in the coming years, suggesting that America’s “experiment” with the Trump administration should, like some...
  • Classifying frog calls for fighting climate change

    05/18/2018 7:27:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | May 18, 2018
    The sounds of amphibians are altered by the increase in ambient temperature, which, in addition to interfering with reproductive behaviour, serves as an indicator of global warming. Researchers at the University of Seville have used artificial intelligence to create an automatic classifier of the thousands of frog and toad sounds that can be recorded in a natural environment. One of the consequences of climate change is its impact on the physiological functions of animals, such as frogs and toads. Their mating calls, which play a crucial role in the sexual selection and reproduction of these amphibians, are also affected by...
  • Climate change on track to cause major insect wipeout, scientists warn

    05/18/2018 7:23:30 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    The Guardian ^ | May 17, 2018 | by Damian Carrington, Environment editor
    Global warming is on track to cause a major wipeout of insects, compounding already severe losses, according to a new analysis. Insects are vital to most ecosystems and a widespread collapse would cause extremely far-reaching disruption to life on Earth, the scientists warn. Their research shows that, even with all the carbon cuts already pledged by nations so far, climate change would make almost half of insect habitat unsuitable by the end of the century, with pollinators like bees particularly affected. However, if climate change could be limited to a temperature rise of 1.5C - the very ambitious goal included...
  • Climate change is one of Australia's biggest national security risks

    05/18/2018 7:17:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 18, 2018 | by Rosie Perper
    Climate change poses a "current and existential national security risk" to Australia, according to a Senate inquiry report released Thursday. The report, compiled by the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade References Committee, reviewed the implications of climate change on Australia's national security and the insights are startling. Sherri Goodman, a climate security expert and a former deputy undersecretary of defense in the Clinton administration, told the committee that climate change poses a "direct threat to the national security of Australia," and also creates a "global existential risk." "We know that the storms that you've been experiencing in your part...
  • How the rich fuel climate change

    05/17/2018 8:44:09 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | May 17, 2018
    From private jets to overspending, the planet’s wealthiest may be contributing the most to its changing climate, an Oxford professor argues. Income inequality is one of the most significant challenges we face in the 21st Century. But one professor argues that it will have an adverse effect in a surprising way we may not yet have considered: the world’s wealthiest could be some of the biggest contributors to climate change. Danny Dorling, a geography professor at the University of Oxford, believes economic disparity - the gap between rich and poor - is extremely damaging for the environment. Listen to his...
  • What a 'Reproducibility Crisis' Committee Found When It Looked at Climate Science

    05/17/2018 8:31:31 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Pacific Standard ^ | May 17, 2018 | by Francie Diep
    The scientific community is working to make its predictions more accurate, but there's still a long way to go. As debate in Washington heats up over climate change and transparency in science, the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine held a quiet meeting last week to discuss just how consistent the results are across climate studies. The verdict, for those who follow the science, wasn't too surprising. They are still seeing a wide range of results. "The spread has gotten tighter, but it hasn't gotten super tight," is how NASA climate researcher Gavin Schmidt puts it. Scientists have several...
  • Could reviving Woolly-Mammoth genes fight the effects of global warming?

    05/17/2018 8:21:21 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    FOX News ^ | May 17, 2018 | By Yasemin Saplakoglu
    JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Woolly mammoths have been extinct for more than 4,000 years, but with new gene-editing techniques, they could help mitigate the effects of a modern problem: climate change. Most of the hype so far has focused on bringing these shaggy beasts back to life using their permafrost-preserved DNA. But this time, scientists aren't aiming for a "Jurassic Park" scenario - they're not trying to bring back entire mammoths exactly as they were in the last ice age. Rather, they're hoping to mingle some of the mammoths' ancient genes with those of today's Asian elephants (Elephas maximus), to...
  • Don't Tell Anyone, But We Just Had Two Years Of Record-Breaking Global Cooling

    05/17/2018 6:00:22 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 45 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 5/17/2018 | IBD Editorial Board
    Inconvenient Science: NASA data show that global temperatures dropped sharply over the past two years. Not that you'd know it, since that wasn't deemed news. Does that make NASA a global warming denier? Writing in Real Clear Markets, Aaron Brown looked at the official NASA global temperature data and noticed something surprising. From February 2016 to February 2018, "global average temperatures dropped by 0.56 degrees Celsius." That, he notes, is the biggest two-year drop in the past century. "The 2016-2018 Big Chill," he writes, "was composed of two Little Chills, the biggest five month drop ever (February to June 2016)...
  • I Love Carbon Dioxide and You Should Too

    05/16/2018 7:32:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Townhall ^ | 05/16/2018 | Gregory Wrightstone
    The demonization of the “miracle molecule,” carbon dioxide, continued last week with the announcement that its concentration had reached 410 parts per million (ppm). Nearly all reporting of this noted that this was the highest level in 800,000 years and predicted a host of associated climate calamities. While the current concentration of this vital gas is about 40% higher than at the start of the Industrial Revolution, unreported is that Earth has been suffering from steadily decreasing and perilously low concentrations of CO2. Until the consumption of fossil fuels began liberating this important gas from ancient rocks , the Earth...
  • UK must secure billions in investment to meet climate targets, MPs warn

    05/16/2018 6:02:01 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    The Guardian ^ | May 16, 2018 | by Fiona Harvey
    Investment in the UK’s low-carbon economy has fallen dramatically, endangering jobs and putting in doubt the government’s commitments on climate change, an influential committee of MPs has warned. Funds going into renewable energy, the mainstay of the low-carbon economy, fell more than 50% in 2017, having dropped by 10% in 2016, bringing annual investment in the sector to its lowest since the financial crisis in 2008. The MPs also said the government was failing to implement policies to cut emissions from transport, heating and industry, and called on ministers to consider raising a “sovereign green bond”, as other countries have...
  • Professor Warns of Climate Change’s Effects on Recreation

    05/14/2018 7:54:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    The Flathead Beacon ^ | May 13, 2018 | by Brett French
    BILLINGS — Mild-mannered Cathy Whitlock is blunt when she talks about climate change in Montana. “Spoiler alert,” she said. “The climate is getting warmer, and we’re going to have to deal with it.” Whitlock is in a position to know. As a professor at the Department of Earth Sciences at Montana State University she’s spent decades analyzing mud core samples drilled from lakes around the world to examine climate and fire going back thousands of years. She also recently co-wrote the 2017 “Montana Climate Assessment” report. What the assessment revealed is that the climate is continuing to get a little...
  • California, battered by global warming’s weather whiplash, is fighting to stop it

    05/14/2018 7:48:36 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    The Guardian ^ | May 14, 2018 | by Dana Nuccitelli
    In 1988 – the same year Nasa’s James Hansen warned Congress about the threats posed by human-caused global warming – water expert Peter Gleick wrote about the wet and dry extremes that it would create for California: "California will get the worst of all possible worlds – more flooding in the winter, less available water in the summer." Three decades later, California has been ravaged by just this sort of weather whiplash. A study published last month in Nature Climate Change found that these wet and dry extremes will only worsen in California as temperatures continue to rise. In short,...
  • April in the U.S. was remarkably cold in the midst of global warming

    05/11/2018 4:09:59 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 17 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 09, 2018 | Angela Fritz
    Even during times of rapid global warming, loooooong periods of cold weather can occur. April in the U.S. was one of those periods. Despite record warmth elsewhere in the world, it was the 13th-coldest April in the United States, where records date back to 1895. The Upper Midwest was particularly cold — Iowa and Wisconsin had their all-time coldest April while temperatures in surrounding states in the Central and Northeast U.S. were well-below average. From Minnesota to Mississippi, nine states had their coldest April overnight lows. In Minnesota, ice-out came as late in the season as it ever has. Ice-out...
  • Earth’s atmosphere crosses a troubling climate threshold

    05/11/2018 7:16:10 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 50 replies
    The Daily Herald, Everett WA ^ | May 10, 2018 | By Chris Mooney / The Washington Post
    For the first time since humans have been monitoring, atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide have exceeded 410 parts per million averaged across an entire month, a threshold that pushes the planet ever closer to warming beyond levels that scientists and the international community have deemed “safe.” The reading from the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii finds that concentrations of the climate-warming gas averaged above 410 parts per million throughout April. In a statement on the milestone, Katharine Hayhoe, a climate scientist at Texas Tech University, said “As a scientist, what concerns me the most is not that we have passed...
  • Trump sculpture on Arctic glacier planned as climate-change protest

    05/11/2018 6:45:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    FOX News ^ | May 11, 2018 | By Benjamin Brown
    Although President Donald Trump might be skeptical of climate change (or global warming, if you prefer), activists in Finland hope to use the commander-in-chief's likeness to draw awareness to the issue. They plan to carve Trump's image into the side of an Arctic glacier. The group, called Melting Ice, is looking to raise 400,00 Euros (about $476,988) to fund "Project Trumpmore," and create the roughly 115 foot-tall ice sculpture in a glacier that is melting. "We don't simply want to build a monument, we want the project to be bigger and raise the topic of climate change on a broader...
  • Global Warming Age Gap: Younger Americans Most Worried

    05/11/2018 6:40:46 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 55 replies
    Gallup ^ | May 11, 2018 | by RJ Reinhart
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Public concern about global warming is evident across all age groups in the U.S., with majorities of younger and older Americans saying they worry about the problem a great deal or fair amount. However, the extent to which Americans take global warming seriously and worry about it differs markedly by age, with adults under age 35 typically much more engaged with the problem than those 55 and older. * 70% of Americans age 18 to 34 worry about global warming * This compares with 62% of those 35 to 54 and 56% who are 55 or older
  • Climate Change Means More Landslides In Pittsburgh's Future

    05/10/2018 11:40:28 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    Pittsburgh's NPR News Station ^ | May 10, 2018 | By SARAH BODEN
    In Spring Hill, early 20th Century houses look out over cinematic views of downtown Pittsburgh. The front of 36-year-old resident Randal Miller’s home appears fine, but the back is a mess. Part of it was slammed by a landslide this February. Landslides have always been an issue for the city due to its steep hills, clay soil and narrow valleys, but they usually occur in late spring and early early summer. Winter is typically Pittsburgh’s driest period, which is good, because the soil at that time is very wet as plants have yet to sprout and pull water from the...
  • UN climate stalemate sees extra week of talks added

    05/10/2018 10:51:30 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | May 10, 2018 | By Matt McGrath
    UN negotiations in Bonn are set to end in stalemate today as delegates have become bogged down in technical arguments about the Paris climate pact. Poorer nations say they are fed up with foot dragging by richer countries on finance and carbon cutting commitments. Some countries, led by China are now seeking to renegotiate key aspects of the Paris agreement. An extra week of talks in September has been scheduled to try and get the process back on track. Poorer countries have become frustrated by what they see as the cavalier attitude of the rich to the urgency of the...
  • Global warming 500m years ago 'led to the start of the human race'

    05/10/2018 6:07:15 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    Sky News ^ | May 9, 2018
    Global warming during a "greenhouse interval" ultimately led to the start of the human race, scientists believe. New research suggests that sea temperatures of around 25C (77F) and a lack of permanent polar ice sheets fuelled an explosion of species diversity that eventually led to the human race. Scientists made the discovery while looking for clues in tiny fossil shells in blocks of Shropshire limestone thought to be around 510 million years old. The timeframe is referred to as the Cambrian explosion, when representatives of all the major animal groups first appeared. The surge in diversity allowed life to evolve...
  • Here's how rising seas could swallow up these coastal cities. It's not a pretty picture.

    05/09/2018 10:29:52 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 73 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | May 9, 2018 | by Cara Maines
    It’s one thing to read about rising sea levels — quite another to watch as rising seas inundate low-lying regions to reshape familiar coastlines. That’s just what you can do with EarthTime, a new online tool that blends satellite photos of Earth with data from university research programs, government agencies, and nongovernmental organizations to create eye-popping animations showing how seas rise in tandem with temperatures to swallow up low-lying areas. It’s not a pretty picture. “Sea level rise is a profound threat,” Michael Mann, director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center and a noted expert on the effects...