Posts tagged with ‘climate change

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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Scientist warns that the Great Barrier Reef could be dead in 10 years

According to Ove Hoegh-Guldberg at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, if we continue to release CO2 into the atmosphere at the same rate that we currently are, in ten years we’ll reach a tipping point at which the Great Barrier Reef will start to quickly die off completely as the creatures that support the reef’s existence start to move to other waters.

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Even if December was the coldest for a while in N. America and Europe, 2010 was still the warmest year on record

At times like this, when many people in the US and Europe are still digging themselves out of the snow of one of the coldest Decembers and currently one of the coldest Januarys in quite some time, according to the NOAA, 2010 globally was still the warmest on record since 1880, tying the previous record from 2005.

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US Representative thinks that God will save us from climate change, because He said so

US Representative John Shimkus (R-IL) isn’t worried about climate change, manmade or otherwise. Because in the Bible, God promised that after the great flood that saw Noah and his family as one of the few human survivors, God promised that He wouldn’t do that again. His days of destroying humanity were done. So that’s that, then.

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