Sea Ice Melting at Alarming Rateby Sustainable Land Development Initiative on Wednesday, Aug 15th, 2012 ShareClick to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)By Dr. Reese HalterThis past June (2012) saw the largest Arctic sea ice loss since the inception of record keeping – 1.18 million square miles or the equivalent area of Alaska, California, Florida and Texas. The Arctic is now warming four times faster than the global mean temperature. According to NOAA, so far 2012 is the hottest year on record.This is an epic planetary emergency linked to flooding in Europe, Japan and the Philippines, drought in the U.S. and intensifying storms that are now disrupting Earth’s protective ozone shield. And at the end of the day, it’s directly threatening global food security.The Arctic Methane Emergency Group (AMEG) is comprised of renowned concerned scientists, engineers and citizens headquartered in London, England. They are alerting the world to rapid retreating Arctic sea ice and its dire consequences including the staggering projection in 2015 of the total and potentially irreversible collapse of the remaining Arctic sea ice volume. Most of the Arctic Ocean will be ice-free for six months of the year by 2020 if sea ice trends continue. AMEG has a plan to cool the Arctic but more about that later.Of immediate concern is the plight of farmers across both the United States and Great Britain.As the Arctic sea ice retreats and the Arctic warms, there is a dramatic effect on the weather, due to its disruption of jet streams. As the jet stream loops farther to the north over western United States about two thirds of the nation is currently enveloped in the worst drought in over a half century. Insurers are already expecting to double last year’s record $10B in payouts. But vegetable farmers across drought-stricken America don’t take insurance to cover them in case of drought or flooding. So this year has been particularly brutal for them. In addition, the extreme summer heat has dissuaded shoppers from visiting farmer’s markets across the nation; attendance is off by as much as 50 percent.A warming Arctic has caused the jet stream to meander south of the U.K. and eastern Europe resulting in abnormally cold and wet weather with flooding in many places. It has punished the farmers, badly. The lack of sunshine and waterlogged soil in Britain has decimated homegrown U.K.vegetables. Peas, usually available year round, are being flown in from Guatemala, carrots from South Africa, beans from Kenya, onions from New Zealand and Argentina and Vivaldi potatoes from Israel. And the price of U.K. fruit is set to soar as the worst summer rains in 30 years prevented honeybees from pollinating apples, pears and plums. Moreover, U.K. honey is now in short supply and its price has substantially increased.Irrespective of whether one lives in the U.K. the U.S. ore elsewhere, consumers are facing escalating food costs. Some early estimates are already predicting a rise in the consumer price index of U.S. beef by as much as 5 percent.It is crystal clear to those of us who have been following global warming for more than two decades that corporate leadership is of paramount importance to address this world issue, especially since there was lackluster political leadership from the recent UN Rio +20 Sustainability Summit.Humans are exceptional problem solvers and make no mistake innovation is truly our best friend in the 21st century.Sir Richard Branson is a tremendous example of a transformational leader who subscribes to the dictum: “You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and falling over.”He fully grasps the magnitude of global warming and the challenge to obviate the pending energy crisis. In fact, Virgin is spending 100 percent of all profit from its airlines on developing plant-based jet fuels.Sir Richard has likened the imminent threat of global warming to both World War I and World War II; it’s a third war that our species cannot loose. He founded and funded the Carbon War Room: 25 battles (each 1 billion tons of CO2) across 7 theaters.His global reach has extended into energy efficiency programs, spending $100M in both Sacramento and Miami from a $650M fund he created – retrofitting buildings, installing solar and creating jobs. And there are 10 contenders vying for Virgin’s Earth Prize of $25M. Those teams of scientists are working on a decade-long project to demonstrate the most viable solution of reducing greenhouse gases, globally.Both Greenland and the Arctic are melting at a record pace. We no longer have a decade to decide upon an action plan. Indecisive inaction is certainly not an option.Millions of tons of methane (a potent heat trapping gas 72X stronger than CO2) are now being released from thawing sub-Arctic soils and bubbling from deposits melting beneath Arctic sea-beds.AMEG scientists are proposing pumping seawater spray into the atmosphere from ships or islands in the North Atlantic to create massive white clouds, mimicking the missing white sea ice (which reflects incoming solar radiation) to help cool off our planet.This is a crucial time in the history of our species. We need transformational leadership that embraces supposedly unachievable challenges and then rises above them – in order to obviate the unintended and unimaginable consequences of an ice-free North Pole.Dr. Reese Halter is an award-winning broadcaster and distinguished biologist. His latest books are: The Incomparable Honeybee and The Insatiable Bark Beetle. For the latest SLDI tweets, click here. 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SLDI 2400 Green Street, Suite 201 Dubuque, IA 52001 563-690-2020 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.orgSLDI Co-founders: Terry Mock Tony Wernke Read The Fractal Frontier - Sustainable Development Trilogy.Read Developing a Sustainable Endgame for the Global Economy See history and evolution of SLDI @ SLDI Foundational Articles Follow Sustainable Land Development Initiative @triplepundit 53 responses “This is a crucial time in the history of our species. We need transformational leadership that embraces supposedly unachievable challenges and then rises above them…”Great article and call for “transformational leadership” Dr. Reese. It’s hardly news that after decades of talk, we humans continue to have a poor track record when it comes to achieving sustainable results. How can we implement change while up against the overwhelming current of business as usual? It will take a new perspective, new approaches and different means of leadership.Sustainable Land Development Initiative Cracking the Code of Sustainable Development http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/02/fractal-frontier/ August 15, 2012 US Midwest Drought & Climate Skepticism http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/be23cd60-e6d5-11e1-af33-00144feab49a,Authorised=false.html?_i_location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ft.com%2Fcms%2Fs%2F0%2Fbe23cd60-e6d5-11e1-af33-00144feab49a.html&_i_referer=#axzz23PKgsU6B“Climate scepticism among farmers helps explain why carbon emissions are off the US legislative agenda despite the hottest temperatures on record.” Climate Change: Mega-Drought or Mega-Rain Posted on 18 August 2012 by Sig Silber http://econintersect.com/wordpress/?p=25249…what we have now is a grand experiment – adding greenhouse gases (GHGs) to the atmosphere. We have a good idea of the impact on secular temperature trends (and hence evaporation) and some idea about precipitation, but with a lot more uncertainty there. What does not seem to be well understood is how warming and more water vapor in the atmosphere impacts the various climate cycles. Are they unaffected (i.e. they are additive to the climate change secular trend)? Are they enhanced? Are they dampened? Is their duration changed and is the geographical area where they have an impact changed? Is the interaction among climate cycles changed?On a worldwide basis, it can be dry in some places and wet in other places. Ocean evaporation does not stop. When air temperatures are warmer, you get more ocean evaporation and it can’t all just “stay up there”. If you read the IPCC reports you will notice that they project a wetter planet. I think the formula is one degree Centigrade translates into a 7% increase in the intensity of extreme precipitation events and a 2% increase in average precipitation. That does not tell us about the distribution of precipitation over a year or the distribution of distribution over the planet; But there will be more precipitation on a global basis – and more evaporation. So net water availability is a big issue.Those who have an interest in this topic might have some fun playing around with this – http://www.climatewizard.org/…I do not believe that sustainability is programmed into the genetic structure of animals. Adaptation is. So it is probably more useful to focus on adaptation than bemoan the shortsightedness and villainy of others. Adaptation can be attempted on an individual basis and by small groups. Global sustainability requires large-scale cooperation and is unlikely to be achieved, especially if sustainability is defined as sustaining the status quo. It is a quaint and perhaps charming concept but not very realistic. And of course focusing on achieving sustainability delays adaptation. National Geographic – July 25, 2012 “Shocking” Greenland Ice Melt: Global Warming or Just Heat Wave?Nearly entire sheet surface melted after four days—fastest thaw seen by satellites.After just a few days of intense melting this month, nearly the entire of the surface of Greenland’s massive ice sheet had turned to slush, NASA images show—the fastest thaw rate since satellites began keeping score 30 years ago. It may be tempting to link the event to global warming, but scientists say such melts might occur every 150 years. If such rapid thaws become common, though, they could add to already rising seas, experts say… NPR – August 22, 2012 Humans’ Role In Antarctic Ice Melt Is Unclear http://www.npr.org/2012/08/22/159786793/humans-role-in-antartic-ice-melt-is-unclearTen years ago, a piece of ice the size of Rhode Island disintegrated and melted in the waters off Antarctica. Two other massive ice shelves along the Antarctic Peninsula had suffered similar fates a few years before. The events became poster children for the effects of global warming. But a new study finds that the story isn’t quite so simple.There’s no question that unusually warm air triggered the final demise of these huge chunks of ice. But a lingering question is whether these events can be attributed to human-induced global warming.To probe that question, Robert Mulvaney and colleagues at the British Antarctic Survey drilled down 364 meters (more than 1,000 feet) and collected an ice core that tells the story of heating and cooling along the Antarctic Peninsula over the past 50,000 years.Mulvaney says the sharp warming trend we’re seeing now is quite unusual but not entirely unique.“In the last 2,000 years there was another period around about the 1500s where we also saw a warming about similar to the rate of today,” he says, but the temperature cooled again. “And then at about 400 A.D., we also saw not quite as great a warming there as well, but then it cooled again.”That finding, published in Nature magazine, raises an obvious question. Since there’s a history of extreme temperature changes in this part of Antarctica, what can we say about the cause of the latest strong warming trend?“I still think the jury must be out, whether you can attribute it one way or the other. I think this neither proves nor denies that this is a human-induced change,” Mulvaney says.And that makes this finding interesting not just for scientific reasons, but for political ones.There’s a very broad scientific consensus, based on many lines of evidence, that human changes to the planet are having a real impact on air temperature, sea temperature, droughts and melting ice. But Mulvaney knows that his more ambiguous finding is likely to be picked up by skeptics who are looking for evidence to argue that natural variability, rather than human activities, explain the Earth’s rapid warming. So be it.“I’m a scientist; I’m just being honest and reporting what we see,” he says. “I’m not trying to be political here. I’m not trying to either prove or disprove human-induced climate change.”In fact, Mulvaney says when he started studying Antarctica in the 1980s, he was skeptical that humans were already affecting the climate and the ice.“I think as the years have gone by I’ve moved considerably away from that early skeptical stance,” he says. “And as I stand here now, you can’t keep going year after year with most of the evidence all pointing in the same direction and not come to the conclusion that the climate is warming.”Another Antarctica expert, Eugene Domack from Hamilton College, says it is hard to distinguish natural cycles from human-caused trends in something as dynamic as ice. But he says these changes in Antarctica are mirrored with similar changes now in ice-sheet disintegration in the Canadian arctic.“That tells you something is up that’s more widespread than a local phenomenon,” Domack says, adding that global changes are more likely due to human activity. This question is obviously important because melting ice has historically raised and lowered sea levels dramatically. So knowing its fate matters a lot to the hundreds of millions of people who live near the coast. August 28th, 2012American Meteorological Society Strengthens Climate Change Position http://j.mp/MYBv1J UPDATE:Following the new record low recorded on August 26, Arctic sea ice extent continued to drop and is now below 4.00 million square kilometers (1.54 million square miles). Compared to September conditions in the 1980s and 1990s, this represents a 45% reduction in the area of the Arctic covered by sea ice. At least one more week likely remains in the melt season… http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/2012/09/arctic-sea-ice-falls-below-4-million-square-kilometers/ Chasing Ice: Movie Trailer – http://globalwarmingisreal.com/2012/09/07/video-friday-chasing-ice-movie-trailer/National Geographic photographer James Balog traveled to the Arctic to capture a landscape under threat. Despite a scientific upbringing, Balog had been skeptical of climate change – until his experience in the Arctic. Due out in November of 2012, this Sundance Award-winning film Chasing Ice is the story of Balog’s new-found mission to “change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet.” It’s really depressing when you consider how many Americans believe that smokestacks and tail emissions are part of an ecosystem rather than man-made anomalies causing imbalance of that ecosystem. I hope that there is enough prowess on the part of scientists and people like Richard Branson to act in slowing/stopping warming without needing the uneducated multitudes so prevalent in the USA. UPDATE:Record Arctic Sea-ice minimum 2012 declared September 23, 2012 – http://j.mp/QbuNGz…With Arctic sea-ice having reached a record low extent, area and volume, several weeks ahead of the usual end-of-melt date, the Blogosphere has been ablaze with lengthy discussions of this event and its potential and worrisome ramifications… September 21, 2012 While Arctic melts, Antarctic ice hits record. Is warming debunked? By Natalie Wolchover, LiveScienceAntarctic ice expansion doesn’t disprove warming, scientists say. Warming has long been expected to hit Arctic ice first… http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/Latest-News-Wires/2012/0921/While-Arctic-melts-Antarctic-ice-hits-record.-Is-warming-debunked Dr. Reese Halter responds:Terry — here’s the answer you were looking for Warming means more, not less, Antarctic sea ice, experts say Shift in winds that extend ice farther north is tied to climate changehttp://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/49363837/ns/world_news-world_environment/#.UHbJZhzeCsgVery Best, Reese See September 21st comment to explain the difference. NOAA: Record U.S. Warm Year Continues Oct 9, 2012 – http://www.weather.com/news/drought/record-warm-year-us-september-20121009State of the Climate report said the nationally-averaged temperature for the first nine months of 2012 (59.8°F) was the warmest such period on record dating to 1895, approximately 3.8°F above the long-term average and 1.2°F above the previous record stretch from Jan-Sep. 2006. ANTARCTICA is shedding an average of 190 million tonnes of ice daily – and causing sea levels to rise about a millimetre a year.BEN CUBBY October 23, 2012http://m.theage.com.au/environment/weather/190m-tonnes-of-ice-a-day-has-sea-rising-1mm-a-year-20121022-2817w.html Global Warming Poll: Climate Change A ‘Serious Problem’ To 68% Of Americans The Huffington Post | By Alana Horowitz Posted: 11/09/2012 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/09/global-warming-poll-climate-change_n_2105600.html Chasing Ice movie reveals largest iceberg break-up ever filmed Published on Dec 12, 2012 Acclaimed National Geographic photographer James Balog was once a skeptic about climate change. But through his Extreme Ice Survey, he discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet. In Chasing Ice, Balog deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and captureancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Traveling with a team of young adventurers across the brutal Arctic, Balog risks his career and his well-being in pursuit of the biggest story facing humanity. As the debate polarizes America, and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Chasing Ice depicts a heroic photojournalist on a mission to deliver fragile hope to our carbon-powered planet… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoA_Z7y8f6Q&feature=player_embedded February 15, 2013 Scientists Confirm: Arctic Sea Ice ‘Collapse’ at Our Door Warming planet and new evidence portend future of ice-free Arctic http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/02/15-6 Nature’s Golden Elixir: Honey Feels Wrath of Climate Disruption Posted: 02/16/2013 By Dr. Reese Halter http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-reese-halter/natures-golden-elixir-hon_b_2701375.html?utm_source=Alert-blogger&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Email%2BNotifications….We are running out of time to combat more than 85 million metric tons of greenhouse gases emitted daily: Earth’s bees are clearly showing scientists that they cannot conduct their business of pollinating and making honey — as climate disruption escalates, quickly.It’s time to embrace efficiency and innovation, and the dictum of the London School of Economics co-founder George Bernard Shaw: “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” Grist – 11 Mar 2013 Forests growing in thawed-out Arctic By John Upton http://grist.org/news/forests-growing-in-thawed-out-arctic/?utm_campaign=climate-energy&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter naive aaron… Arctic Sea Ice Volume Loss Music Video – http://t.co/e4s1RfJg6Y NY Times By JUSTIN GILLIS Published: May 10, 2013The level of the most important heat-trapping gas in the atmosphere, carbon dioxide, has passed a long-feared milestone, scientists reported Friday, reaching a concentration not seen on the earth for millions of years. Scientific instruments showed that the gas had reached an average daily level above 400 parts per million — just an odometer moment in one sense, but also a sobering reminder that decades of efforts to bring human-produced emissions under control are faltering…. Scientists: Arctic sea ice to shrink to record low this summer June 21, 2013In a sign of continued global warming, the Arctic sea ice this summer will shrink to a new low, 5 percent smaller than the previous minimum of last summer, scientists in Japan said…. http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201306210059Rare June Atmospheric River Heading for West Coast Published: Jun 23, 2013An image provided by the National Weather Service in Sacramento shows that one forecast model is depicting the highest levels of atmospheric moisture for late June in the last 30 years for a part of northern California…. http://www.weather.com/news/weather-forecast/rare-june-atmospheric-river-heading-west-coast-20130621 Science East Antarctica’s Ice Sheet Not as Stable as Thought by Carolyn Gramling on 21 July 2013 http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2013/07/east-antarcticas-ice-sheet-not-a.html?rss=1 Plant matters: Is photosynthesis the best defense against climate change? 18 Jul 2013 By Mark Hertsgaard “The world experienced unprecedented high-impact climate extremes during the 2001-2010 decade,” declares a new report from the United Nations’ World Meteorological Organization, which added that the decade was “the warmest since the start of modern measurements in 1850.”….We need a new paradigm: If humanity is to avoid a future in which the deadly heat waves, floods, and droughts of recent years become normal, we must lower the existing level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. To be sure, reducing additional annual emissions and adapting to climate change must remain vital priorities, but the extraction of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere has now become an urgent necessity. Under this new paradigm, one of the most promising means of extracting atmospheric carbon dioxide is also one of the most common processes on Earth: photosynthesis…. http://grist.org/climate-energy/plant-matters-is-photosynthesis-the-best-defense-against-climate-change/?utm_campaign=climate-energy&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&sub_email=TMock@SLDI.org American Geophysical Union Releases Revised Position Statement on Climate Change Statement Highlights How Human Activities Are Changing Earth’s Climate and the Harmful Impact of that Change on Society 5 August 2013 AGU Release No. 13-38 http://www.agu.org/news/press/pr_archives/2013/2013-38.shtmlLike butter: Study explains surprising acceleration of Greenland’s inland ice 16 July 2013 AGU Release No. 13-35 http://www.agu.org/news/press/pr_archives/2013/2013-35.shtml New York Times August 12, 2013 Timing a Rise in Sea Level – http://j.mp/15yTT4H World Bank Study: Coastal Cities Climate Change Damage Bill = $1 Trillion/Year – http://j.mp/19A5SUI Yale Forum Video No Slowdown in Global Warming Sept 4th, 2013It’s called “global warming” for a reason, and one of the principal reasons is that climate change takes into account not only the approximately 29 percent of the Earth’s surface that consists of land, our continents, but also the 71 percent comprised of oceans…. http://www.yaleclimatemediaforum.org/2013/09/new-yale-forum-video-examines-key-point-global-includes-oceans-too/ Grist Sorry, skeptics: Arctic ice is still melting quickly this summer By John UptonFirst the good news: Arctic ice melt has not been as extreme this summer as during last year’s historic collapse.The bad news is that the melt has been more extreme this summer than the 20-year average — no surprises there, given the icy clime’s rapid decline…. http://grist.org/news/sorry-skeptics-arctic-ice-is-still-melting-quickly-this-summer/?utm_campaign=climate-energy&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&sub_email=TMock%40SLDI.org Arctic News blog: Abrupt Climate Change http://arctic-news.blogspot.com/2013/10/abrupt-climate-change.htmlThat post in turn led me to this film which, IMHO, is a must watch:Last Hours http://lasthours.org/about/Also available is a free e-book: http://lasthours.org/last_hours_ebook/I first became aware of the mass extinction scenario when I read the book “Under a Green Sky” by paleontologist Peter Ward (who is featured in the film). Since that time a new meme has appeared in the blogosphere that goes by the name “NTE” which is shorthand for Near Term (Human) Extinction.Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that. Climate Departure: New Study Projects Timing of Departure of Climate Variability From Recent Norms By Thomas Schueneman · October 16th, 2013 http://globalwarmingisreal.com/2013/10/16/projecting-climate-variability/ Arctic warming and wacky jetstream ruins European summer by Gareth on October 31, 2013The dramatic loss of summer sea ice in the Arctic has prompted a lot of research interest in the way that this is affecting weather patterns around the northern hemisphere. The latest contribution is Influence of Arctic sea ice on European summer precipitation, by Dr James Screen of the University of Exeter [PhysOrg].In this “video abstract”, he explains how reductions in Arctic sea ice affect the position of jetstream — the ribbon of winds winding around the planet that guides weather systems — bringing more summer storms to Western Europe, and a recent run of record-setting wet summers to the UK…. http://hot-topic.co.nz/where-the-wind-blows-it-rains-arctic-warming-and-wacky-jetstream-ruins-european-summers/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+co%2FRbRF+%28Hot+Topic%29 National Geographic If All The Ice Melted Explore the world’s new coastlines if sea level rises 216 feet. http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2013/09/rising-seas/if-ice-melted-map Tampa Bay Times On climate change, Florida’s been warned 12-20-13 http://www.tampabay.com/news/perspective/on-climate-change-floridas-been-warned/2157959In just seven words, Jane Long summed up three days of intense discussion last week about energy and climate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology…. “Oh, you’re going to be under water.” Exploring the impacts of climate change By Eric Larsen Posted:12/29/2013I am a polar explorer. It’s not a job you’ll find listed on Monster or any other help wanted ad, but it’s a good conversation starter so I keep it on my business card…. Having completed more polar expeditions than any American in history, I have a keen sense of climate change and its effects on these areas. Last year, while attempting to bicycle to the South Pole, temperatures were so warm that I pedaled for part of one day wearing only a T-shirt. The signs are clear: warmer weather, unusual weather patterns, shifting seasons, and in the Arctic, a drastically changing ice cap…. http://www.dailycamera.com/guest-opinions/ci_24789761/exploring-impacts-climate-change Earth’s New Normal: Wild Weather 2014 Dr. Reese Halter 01/04/2014As humans ramp-up the destruction of nature in Australia, Canada, Indonesia and elsewhere to feed the insatiable coal and petroleum markets in China, India and the U.S. the amount of melting ice at both poles continues to erode at an astounding rate.In the Northern Hemisphere less Arctic ice cover in September means that a warming Arctic Ocean is easily able to infuse its latent heat into the Arctic atmosphere. As this occurs an all-hell-break-loose scenario is felt elsewhere – particularly on the eastern half on the North American continent and in the U.K…. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-reese-halter/earths-new-normal-wild-we_b_4543416.html?utm_source=Alert-blogger&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Email%2BNotifications 2-6-14 The next time somebody bends your ear about a supposed “global warming pause,” just show them these two graphs:Global Ocean Heat and Salt Content, NOAA – http://www.nodc.noaa.gov/OC5/3M_HEAT_CONTENT/index.htmlThe Oceans Warmed up Sharply in 2013: We’re Going to Need a Bigger Graph, Skeptical Science – http://www.skepticalscience.com/The-Oceans-Warmed-up-Sharply-in-2013-We-are-Going-to-Need-a-Bigger-Graph.html 2-3-14Alaska’s Arctic icy lakes lose thickness By Jonathan Amos Science correspondent, BBC Newshttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-26017431 ECOLOGIST Arctic at its warmest for 40,000 years Tim Radford 10th March 2014Ice in the Arctic continues to retreat. The season without ice is getting longer by an average of five days every 10 years…. http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_round_up/2314115/arctic_at_its_warmest_for_40000_years.html International Business Times Greenland Ice Melt ‘Accelerating,’ Climate Change Awakens ‘Sleeping Giant’ By Philip Ross – March 16, 2014Scientists have known for decades that Greenland’s ice sheet is melting, but they may have underestimated just how much water the second-largest ice sheet on the planet is shedding. New research indicates that a key section of northeast Greenland thought to be stable is actually dumping billions of tons of water into the ocean annually after a barrier of ice debris that had blocked its flow finally gave way…. http://www.ibtimes.com/greenland-ice-melt-accelerating-climate-change-awakens-sleeping-giant-1561707 The Guardian At-risk cities hold solutions to climate change 11 April 2014Smart choices by cities such as Miami in planning and investment could hold key to cutting emissions, IPCC draft says… http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/apr/11/cities-solution-climate-change-ipcc?CMP=ema_565 Real Climate Faking It gavin @ 30 April 2014Every so often contrarians post old newspaper quotes with the implication that nothing being talked about now is unprecedented or even unusual. And frankly, there are lots of old articles that get things wrong, are sensationalist or made predictions without a solid basis… However, there are plenty of science articles that are just interesting, reporting events and explorations in the Arctic and elsewhere that give a fascinating view into how early scientists were coming to an understanding about climate change and processes. In particular, in the Atlantic sector of the Arctic the summer of 1922 was (for the time) quite warm, and there were a number of reports that discussed some unprecedented (again, for the time) observations of open water. The most detailed report was in the Monthly Weather Review – See more at: http://www.realclimate.org/index.php?p=17268#sthash.9qM4vIPo.xVnr9Njj.dpufhttp://www.realclimate.org/index.php?p=17268#sthash.9qM4vIPo.dpuf The Guardian Miami, the great world city, is drowning while the powers that be look away Robin McKie, science editor, in Miami Friday 11 July 2014Low-lying south Florida, at the front line of climate change in the US, will be swallowed as sea levels rise. Astonishingly, the population is growing, house prices are rising and building goes on. The problem is the city is run by climate change deniers… http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/11/miami-drowning-climate-change-deniers-sea-levels-rising SLATE The Arctic Sea Ice Melt Season Is Getting Longer By Phil PlaitA new study by NASA the National Snow and Ice Data Center indicates that the Arctic “melt season”—the time of the year when temperatures are warm enough for ice to melt—is getting longer all the time. There’s a lot of variation from season to season, but the overall trend is clear: The melting season has been increasing about five days every decade since 1979…. http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/06/25/arctic_sea_ice_melt_season_is_getting_longer.html World breaks temperature record for June after hottest MayLast month’s average global temperature was 16.2C, 0.7C higher than 20th-century average, says NOAA Associated Press in Washington The Guardian, Monday 21 July 2014 – http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/21/world-breaks-temperature-record-june-hottest-may Geophysical Research Letters – http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2014GL059983/pdf Swell and sea in the emerging Arctic OceanYou swirl your drink if you want to melt the ice….“It is possible that the increased wave activity will be thefeedback mechanism which drives the Arctic system toward an ice-free summer.” Motherboard If We Release a Small Fraction of Arctic Carbon, ‘We’re Fucked’: Climatologist Written by Brian Merchant, Senior Editor August 1, 2014 – http://motherboard.vice.com/re… Market Watch Opinion:10 self-destructive reasons Americans ignore climate change Published: Oct 1, 2014 By Paul B. FarrellThe big takeaways here … The American brain is programmed to ignore and reject global warming … humans are sleepwalking, will be unprepared for future disasters … only 24% see climate as a problem … even the world’s leading brain researcher is pessimistic … sees “no path for success” because the human brain is undermining future planning and policies. But why?… http://www.marketwatch.com/story/10-self-destructive-reasons-americans-ignore-climate-change-2014-09-30?siteid=nwham10/1/14,%207:09%20PM Washington Post There’s growing evidence that global warming is driving crazy winters By Chris Mooney November 20, 2014Back in 2012, two researchers with a particular interest in the Arctic, Rutgers’ Jennifer Francis and the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Stephen Vavrus, published a paper called “Evidence linking Arctic amplification to extreme weather in mid-latitudes.” In it, they suggested that the fact that the Arctic is warming so rapidly is leading to an unexpected but profound effect on the weather where the vast majority of us live — a change that, if their theory is correct, may have something to do with the extreme winter weather the U.S. has seen lately… http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/11/20/theres-growing-evidence-that-global-warming-is-driving-crazy-winters/ Years ago scientist James Lovelock explained seemingly conflicting record cold temperatures and arctic sea ice melting events by conducting a simple experiment to prove that melting ice releases cold air that can temporarily mask overall warming. This is the same scientific principle that cools a human body through evaporation of perspiration. THE WALL STREET JOURNAL Warmer Water Speeds Melting of Antarctica Glaciers, Study Says Scientists Worry a Warming Climate Will Hasten Jump in Sea Levels in Coming Centuries By Gautam Naik – Dec. 4, 2014 – http://online.wsj.com/articles/warmer-water-speeds-melting-of-antarctica-glaciers-study-says-1417719661 Comments are closed.