a blog about the day after tomorrow (which seems to be happening now)

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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

even AOC can’t blame this one on the cow farts

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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

everyone knows it’s windy

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“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

pink snow observed on presena glacier in italy

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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

“doomsday glacier” could make millions of Americans homeless

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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

one melting glacier could mean an eleven foot rise in sea level

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THIS IS THE FIRST OF TWO ARTICLES ad­dressing the Thwaites Glacier in West Antarc­tica. It is based on the ar­ticle “If Thwaites Glacier col­lapses, it would change global coast­lines for­ever” by Car­olyn Beeler for The World web­site. The sub-headline for this piece reads, “Sci­en­tists fear the col­lapse of Thwaites Glacier could one day desta­bi­lize sur­rounding glac­iers and even­tu­ally trigger up to 11 feet of global sea-level rise.”

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lonesome george, the pinta island tortoise, has the “perfect” extinction story

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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

a few must-read books about global climate change

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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?

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