Posts tagged with ‘climate change

Neil DeGrasse Tyson and a dog explains the big difference between weather and climate

From a recent episode of Cosmos, Neil DeGrasse Tyson and a dog explain the difference between daily weather and climate. So the next time it’s a bit chilly outside and some dipshit says “Hur hur how bout that global warming?”, pitch ‘em some knowledge.

Yes, Pat Sajak said something stupid on Twitter. No, this isn’t a new thing.

Pat Sajak got a bunch of people’s panties all in a twist a couple days ago when he tweeted “I now believe global warming alarmists are unpatriotic racists knowingly misleading for their own ends”, but this is hardly the first time the Wheel of Fortune host has said something fucktarded on the Internet and it won’t be the last. Before he took to Twitter as an outlet for his weird and often folksy sounding bits of wisdom, he cranked out gems of crazy on patsajak.com (which now just has a link to his Twitter feed). He’s been doing this for a long, long time, it’s just this latest one that has gotten the most attention, probably because news in the US is now almost entirely just repeating what other people say on the internet.

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West Antarctic ice sheet collapsing. No turning back now, say goodbye to Florida and most of Oceania in the next 100 years

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For decades and decades, scientists have warned that rising global temperatures have threatened the stability of the West Antarctic ice sheet, and when that goes, it will mean a massive rise in sea level. Well, that time is now… it’s been confirmed that the enormous ice sheet is slowly collapsing and there isn’t shit we can do to stop it. What that means is that over the next 100 years as the ice slowly falls into the ocean, sea levels are going to rise 10 feet or more. It will be gradual at first, but if you live in Florida, the Netherlands, most of the coastal east coast of the US just for starters, you might want to say goodbye and move inland. Or at least tell your kids they’re gonna have to start looking at rentals further inland. Time to start doing the paperwork so I can be the first to set up a beach supply/surf shop in Raleigh.

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To see a map of what 10 feet looks like, click here. Miami, gone. Baltimore, gone. The Outer Banks, long gone. Charleston, gone. The entire lower half of Louisiana, gone. Houston is right on the coast, Richmond almost, etc etc. That’s just in the US— the real fun is in the huge population centers of East Asia— Macao, Bangkok, large chunks of the eastern coast of China, Tokyo, all screwed.

The actual probability of the planet’s climate going nuts in the next half century? Pretty damn high.

The visualization—funded by the United Nations’ IPCC Fifth Assessment Report and made by our friend Felix Pharand Deschenes—is based on 2013 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change data. It ties the IPCC findings with the effects of the Anthropocene, the new geological era that refers to the effect of humans on Earth ecosystems, including the transformation of terrain and life all around us. “We also wanted to communicate the sheer scale humanity is now operating on,” says Owen.

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Historically unprecedented climates to arrive by mid century

While it’s not really much of a debate anymore as to the tremendous impact human civilization post-Industrial Revolution has had on the global climate, as of right now, for most people in modern, wealthy nations to actually see it happening. We see charts and we see photos of receding glaciers in the Himalayas and melting ice at the North Pole and hear about islands disappearing underwater in the Pacific, but most places, everything looks fairly normal. That is until around 2047-2050, when lush areas will be desert, areas of coast will be submerged and animals you take for granted now might be gone completely.

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World Bank envisions a 4°C over normal future. Waterworld, here we come

When scientists and diplomats talk about the next century of climate change, the hope is that we can hold things together enough to only see a temperature rise of 2 degrees from pre-Industrial levels. But the reality is that even with electric cars and carbon offsets, we still may hit the dreaded 4 degree mark, which would cause the kind of catastrophic flooding and climate change the hippies warned you about. And the World Bank is now involved, because if that happens, it’s going to change the entire global economic picture.

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Portrait of Global Aerosols
This portrait of global aerosols was produced by a GEOS-5 simulation at a 10-kilometer resolution. Dust (red) is lifted from the surface, sea salt (blue) swirls inside cyclones, smoke (green) rises from fires, and sulfate particles (white) stream from volcanoes and fossil fuel emissions.
High-resolution global atmospheric modeling provides a unique tool to study the role of weather within Earth’s climate system. The Goddard Earth Observing System Model, Version 5 (GEOS-5) is capable of simulating worldwide weather at resolutions of 10 to 3.5 kilometers (km).

Portrait of Global Aerosols

This portrait of global aerosols was produced by a GEOS-5 simulation at a 10-kilometer resolution. Dust (red) is lifted from the surface, sea salt (blue) swirls inside cyclones, smoke (green) rises from fires, and sulfate particles (white) stream from volcanoes and fossil fuel emissions.

High-resolution global atmospheric modeling provides a unique tool to study the role of weather within Earth’s climate system. The Goddard Earth Observing System Model, Version 5 (GEOS-5) is capable of simulating worldwide weather at resolutions of 10 to 3.5 kilometers (km).

Floating islands of the future could replace sinking island nations like the Maldives

Some of the first nations to raise hell about global climate change were tiny island nations like the Maldives, where people were waking up every morning to the sea slowly rising bit by tiny bit. And if the trend continues, the sad truth might be that one day, some of these island nations might sink under the waves forever. That is, unless people moved onto FLOATING PARADISE ISLANDS OF THE FUTURE.

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Study shows that it’s actually quite feasible to remove CO2 from the atmosphere

One of the main culprits in global warming is carbon dioxide. There’s too much of it. It’s churned out by cars and cities and planes and boats by the boatload, all at the same time that we’re removing the trees that would gladly take it. So the solution it seems is to simply remove excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Magic.

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For some reason, the Greenland ice sheet is thawing at a staggering rate

Even though it’s summer in Greenland, it’s still fucking cold. The Greenland ice sheet has been in place for many, many summers, and usually there’s only a little bit of surface thawing. But in the span of four days, Greenland has gone from 40% surface thawing, which is about normal, to a staggering 97% .

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The good news is that human carbon emissions will defer the next Ice Age

The last ice age ended over 11,000 years ago and at some point, we’re due for another. But thanks to human carbon emissions and global warming, that next ice age will be deferred past the next 1500 years, when it should be starting.

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Global warming skeptic gets paid to debunk global warming, ends up becoming a believer

Richard Muller is a physicist and once was a disbeliever in global climate change. That is until he was given a $600,000 research grant, much of it from the Charles Koch Foundation, with the intention of disproving climate change. But once he started doing his own independent analysis, his numbers matched the figures of NOAA and NASA.

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