Posts tagged with ‘environment

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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Gibson’s guitar factory in Memphis, TN raided for using endangered wood from India

Why the hell would the federal government swoop in and temporarily shut down a guitar factory? Because apparently there were complaints that Gibson is using wood from India that’s been found to be environmentally unsustainable. Somebody dun goofed and got backtraced, the eco police have been called.

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Eco friendly houses of the future could be made from bacteria-made bricks

First off, I wasn’t aware that brick making was bad for the environment, and compared to most things it’s really not. They’re made from dirt and local materials and they’re super cheap— but heating the bricks, usually with a coal-fired oven , puts extra CO2 in the atmosphere, and one scientist thinks we can do better. By making bricks out of mud and bacteria that don’t need heating at all.

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This is not a paved road. It’s a river in Louisiana choked with dead fish
Fish kills are common throughout the southeastern US during certain times of the year, but they’re almost always relegated to a single species. In this photo, there’s dozens of species of fish, eels and even a whale in there somewhere. No one is entirely sure what’s caused these massive fish kills, but many suspect that it probably has something to do with BP fuck up this summer and giant dead zones created from the bacteria they had to use to eat the oil.
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This is not a paved road. It’s a river in Louisiana choked with dead fish

Fish kills are common throughout the southeastern US during certain times of the year, but they’re almost always relegated to a single species. In this photo, there’s dozens of species of fish, eels and even a whale in there somewhere. No one is entirely sure what’s caused these massive fish kills, but many suspect that it probably has something to do with BP fuck up this summer and giant dead zones created from the bacteria they had to use to eat the oil.

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