2018 another year of record temperatures around the world

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THE GREENHOUSE GAS BULLETIN from the World Me­te­o­ro­log­ical Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WMO) pro­vided fig­ures for glob­ally av­er­aged con­cen­tra­tions of three key climate-heating gases in 2018: ni­trous oxide (N2O), carbon dioxide (CO2), and methane (CH4). The pres­ence of these three gases in our at­mos­phere have in­creased by 123%, 147%, and 259% of pre-industrial levels (levels prior to 1750). READ MORE

alaskan permafrost under assault from warming climate

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THE TERM “PERMAFROST” refers to ground that re­mains frozen for at least two straight years. Per­mafrost is most common in re­gions with high moun­tains and in higher lat­i­tudes; it covers large re­gions of the Earth. Al­though the ground is frozen, per­mafrost re­gions are not al­ways cov­ered in snow. Per­mafrost is made of a com­bi­na­tion of soil, rocks, and sand that are held to­gether by ice. READ MORE

oldest arctic ice melting faster than the rest of the icecap

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HOW MANY TIMES ARE WE GOING TO READ that cli­mate change is hap­pening “faster” than ex­pected be­fore we change our expectations—or, at least, our de­f­i­n­i­tion of fast? “Stretches of the Arctic’s oldest ice, and its thickest—the last refuge ice that should sur­vive even when the Arctic Ocean tech­ni­cally be­comes ice-free in sum­mers later this century—are now dis­ap­pearing twice as fast as the rest of the Arctic icecap. READ MORE

holy hannah! is greta thunberg a time-traveler from the future?

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THE TITLE OF THE ARTICLE is “Is Greta Thun­berg a Time Trav­eler Here to Save Us From Cli­mate Emer­gency? 120-Year-Old Photo Sparks Flood of Con­spiracy The­o­ries” by the Common Dreams staff (November 21, 2019). Well, there seems to be a con­spiracy theory for just about every­thing, so why not Miss Thun­berg as a vis­itor from the fu­ture! Here are the first para­graphs from the ar­ticle:

“Is 16-year-old Swedish ac­tivist Greta Thun­berg a time trav­eler here to save us from the global cli­mate emer­gency? READ MORE

find bleeding heart liberal petitions on facebook

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I HAVE A FACEBOOK PAGE ti­tled Bleeding Heart Lib­eral Pe­ti­tions. Most days, I re­ceive a slew of emails with pe­ti­tions for var­ious causes such as saving an en­dan­gered species, urging my rep­re­sen­ta­tives in state and fed­eral gov­ern­ment to vote for or against a par­tic­ular bill, protest an in­jus­tice, etc. I read them all, sign most of them, and add a few to the Face­book page. READ MORE

chamber of commerce changes approach to climate change

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AS ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL lob­bying groups in the country, the U.S. Chamber of Com­merce has long been a cen­tral player in the net­work of or­ga­ni­za­tions seeding de­nial about cli­mate change. Its work in­cludes spending mil­lions of dol­lars in­flu­encing elec­tions and lob­bying in sup­port of new oil and gas de­vel­op­ment, roll­backs of U.S. methane reg­u­la­tions, and the re­peal of the Clean Power Plan. READ MORE

something is not right at the highest latitudes of the globe

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WINTER HAS EXTENDED ITS GRIP on the Arctic, drop­ping a cur­tain of dark­ness on the top of the world. But at least one part of the Arctic is re­sisting its grasp. In what’s be­coming an un­for­tu­nately common story, sea ice growth is stalling out in one of the gateway seas leading to the heart of the Arctic Ocean. READ MORE

climate change denial and inaction are related

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THE TWIN PHENOMENON of de­nial and in­ac­tion are re­lated to one an­other, at least in the con­text of cli­mate change. They are also com­plex, both in the gen­eral sense of “com­pli­cated and in­tri­cate,” and in the tech­nical psy­cho­log­ical sense of “a group of re­pressed feel­ings and anx­i­eties which to­gether re­sult in ab­normal be­hav­iour.”

In his book States of De­nial, the late psy­cho­an­a­lytic so­ci­ol­o­gist Stanley Cohen de­scribed three forms of de­nial. READ MORE

climate change predictions for three major american cities

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EARLY OMENS OF OUR UNSTABLE FUTURE can be dif­fi­cult to wrap our heads around. So Teen Vogue part­nered with the team at the non­profit news ser­vice Nexus Media, who de­vel­oped a time­line pre­dicting how cli­mate change could af­fect three major U.S. cities over the course of the 21st cen­tury. This led to the ar­ticle “What Cli­mate Change Will Do to Three Major Amer­ican Cities by 2100.” READ MORE