At the end of June, we wrote that a record-breaking high temperature of 100° F was detected in the northeastern Siberian town of Verkhoyansk. This caused alarm as this was one more indicator of the rapid warming happening at the Arctic Circle. Unfortunately, this stretch of record heat has continued in Siberia where’s it’s accelerated […]Continue Reading 459 words
A new study shows that climate change in the 150 years since the industrial revolution has canceled out the prior 6500 years of cooling. The study, conducted by researchers at Northern Arizona University’s School of Earth and Sustainability (SES), examined a new compilation of paleoclimate data along with new statistical analyses and found that millennial-scale […]Continue Reading 124 words
There’s been ample research to show that the Arctic is warming much faster than any other region on the planet. However, there’s been little media focus on what’s happening on the opposite side of the planet, until now. A new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change on Monday has revealed that the South […]Continue Reading 292 words
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Climate change is causing a change in the “balance” of the seasons according to new research by a scientist with the National Weather Service, The Washington Post reports. On average, the U.S. and Canada gained a week of summer. Oh, and May of this year was the warmest ever recorded.
Why This Matters: Some cities gained not just weeks, but more than a month of summer.Continue Reading 406 words
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This week, in the midst of the global pandemic, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) issued its 2019 annual report assessing a range of so-called global climate indicators such as land temperatures, ocean temperatures, greenhouse gas emissions, sea-level rise and melting ice.
Why This Matters: Every day that goes by we are losing precious time to both keep our warming under control and to prepare for the impacts of the warming that is now inevitable.Continue Reading 532 words
CNN and The Guardian reported late last week on a new study published in the journal Nature that concludes that methane emissions from fossil fuels are between 25% and 40% larger than past research had estimated, which means that oil and gas production is contributing roughly half of all greenhouse gas emissions — “far more” to climate change than previously estimated.
Why This Matters: Methane is about 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide when looked at over a 20-year period.Continue Reading 515 words
Each year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issues an Arctic Report Card, and this year’s warns that Arctic ecosystems and communities are increasingly at risk and draws particular attention to the Bering Sea region, where declining winter sea ice exemplifies the potential for sudden and extreme change.
Why This Matters: The Arctic is changing more rapidly than the rest of the planet. And what happens in the Arctic does not just stay in the Arctic.Continue Reading 515 words
As the summer fishing season comes to a close, two recent stories of fish kills made headlines in Alaska and Michigan. CNN reports that In Alaska, the historic heatwave there is, according to scientists, resulting in the death of at least a thousand salmon because they had to swim through water that was too warm — the die-offs include several varieties of Alaskan salmon, including sockeye, chum and pink salmon — and are an added threat to populations of these commercially valuable fish.Continue Reading 552 words
Last Monday, the National Bureau of Economic Research published a study that found the negative impact of climate change on the U.S. economy if we do nothing to curb our greenhouse gas emissions would result in 10.5% lower real income by 2100 as a result of losses due to extreme weather events and declines in worker productivity, and the global economy would lose 7.2%.Continue Reading 614 words
Egan Bernal was crowned the winner of the Tour de France on Sunday, riding into Paris on a beautiful evening, but the outcome of the race was arguably changed because of the bizarre weather — including the hailstorm and also heavy rain and mudslides that blocked the road and forced another rare decision — a shortening of Saturday’s stage as well.Continue Reading 484 words
According to a story the New York Times broke yesterday, 80 countries want to increase their climate pledges ahead of schedule under the Paris climate accord. The United Nations explained that this signals some of them would do so at a summit of world leaders in September. Despite the United States’ withdrawal from the agreement […]Continue Reading 516 words
Over the holiday weekend, parts of the Southeast United States experienced record high heat conditions with places like Jacksonville, FL hitting over 100° F and catching residents unprepared for sweltering summer conditions so early in the year. The National Weather Service warned people living in the affected region to take precautions against heatstroke because Memorial […]Continue Reading 463 words