Posts tagged with ‘environment

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.

Watch porn, help the environment. BRB, saving the planet

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In celebration of Arbor Day and Earth Day this month, PornHub has made a pledge that for every 100 videos watched on their site, they will plant one tree. As of right now, Pornhub has planted nearly 14,000 new trees thanks to your fapping. Hell, you may have already had several trees planted and not even known it.

Pornhub Gives America Wood link

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The shitty, shitty winter North America got this year? One reason might be Chinese smog. Thanks, China.

The Great Lakes are still over half frozen, much of the northeast got snow today, in the middle of April, and the last few months of winter were particularly bad this year, especially through the upper midwest and northeast US. All this in the middle of being told that the planet is getting warmer and warmer. Apparently, a good deal of our awful winter can be blamed on the insane amounts of pollution in east and south Asia. Thanks, guys.

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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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IHC After Dark: The poles are shifting in 2013. It’s a fact.

And I know he’s serious, because he seriously mentions Atlantis.

Global warming is making the Arctic greener, so there’s that

With global temps slowly rising, it means stranger weather patterns, slightly warmer summers in temperate climates, and in the Arctic, it means more greenery and less ice. That’s a bad things for animals that rely on sea ice, but it’s a good thing for animals that eat vegetation.

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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).

American businessman decides to see what would happen if they dumped a shit ton of iron into the ocean, pisses off the UN

As part of a bioengineering scheme to try and trap excess carbon deep in the ocean, an American businessman from California decided to dump several metric shit tons of iron into the Pacific off the coast of Canada. Only that kind of shit tends to piss off people like the UN and the Canadian government, even if it’s with good intentions, with science to back it up.

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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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How long would the U.S. burn through 75 million cubic meters of wood? About 2.5 years.

So here’s the deal: You have 75 million cubic meters of wood and need to do something with it?  Why not power an entire country like the U.S.?  Well, not so much.  Assuming we could transport it and build power plants and upgrade our entire grid and cars and home heating systems FOR FREE, that much wood (about 20.7 million cord, enough wood to completely fill Manhattan almost 1 meter deep) would only last 2.25 to 2.75 years.

The photo above, from a stockpile in Sweden, is only 1 million cubic meters of lumber. 

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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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Chinese river flows as red as blood after dye illegally dumped in the river

The Jian River in northern China was flowing blood red after two dye factories dumped their entire stock into the river. Local authorities had raided the shops to shut them down and in a panic, all the dye was emptied into the Jian. 

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