MOST OF THE ARTICLES YOU WILL FIND HERE on the GCC – Global Climate Change blog are portals to other articles. I am certainly not an expert in any field that even remotely touches on the various sciences that address climate. Readers will find here enough material from each article to hopefully lead them to the original article on another website. READ MORE
THERE’S AN OCEAN WHERE THERE USED TO BE ICE. The article that caught my attention was “Stretched Thin on Thin Ice.” It included the threatening sub-title, “With the Arctic melting and northern coast guards struggling to keep up, the next disaster is a matter of when, not if.” It was written by Robbie Gramer for the Foreign Policy website. READ MORE
WHAT DOES ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ have to do with cow farts or methane? Well, I wanted a humorous title to catch the reader’s attention—especially given the seriousness of the—and the word “farts” catches a lot of folk’s attention. As for AOC, you will have to wait until the postscript below to find out how she is associated with bovine flatulence. READ MORE
“CLIMATE CHANGE FOR THE BETTER” is not a slogan we hear often, if at all. Any silver lining that can be found in the dark cloud of global climate change seems to be exceedingly rare. But not non-existent, as witness this headline: “Offshore Wind Is on the Brink of Becoming So Cheap, the UK Will Pay People to Use It” by Dharna Noor for the Gizmodo website (“We come from the future”). READ MORE
MOST OF US HAVE SEEN BLUE ICE but what about pink ice? The headline of the article that attracted spurred me on to write this article is “Algae turns Italian Alps pink, prompting concerns over melting.” It appears on The Guardian website and was contributed by Agence France-Press (July 5, 2020). It’s followed by this sub-headline: “Pink snow observed on parts of the Presena glacier believed to be caused by plant that makes the ice darker, causing it to melt faster.” READ MORE
THIS IS THE SECOND OF TWO ARTICLES addressing the Thwaites glacier in West Antarctica. It is based on the article “Really, Really Bad: Scientists Raise Alarm Over Warm Ocean Water Beneath Doomsday Glacier in Antarctica” by Julia Conley for the Common Dreams website. The sub-headline for this piece reads, “Warm waters in this part of the world, as remote as they may seem, should serve as a warning to all of us about the potential dire changes to the planet brought about by climate change.” READ MORE
THE LAST OF THE PINTA ISLAND TORTOISES died in 2012. Known as Lonesome George, his story is “the perfect extinction story. It features a charismatic character with a recognizable face, an obvious villain, and the tireless efforts of naturalists. The population of the Pinta Island tortoise species was decimated by whalers hunting and eating them during the 19th century Zoologist József Vágvölgyi discovered George in 1971 and brought him into captivity. READ MORE
THE CLIMATE REALITY PROJECT has a list of “Five Must-Read Books About the Climate Crisis” (October 29, 2019). According to the blurb on their website, “It’s the perfect time of year to curl up with a great new book, so be sure to add these climate must-reads to your list. Ready to put all that extra time spent inside to good use?