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April 22, 2014

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6:30 PM | Happy Earth Day: Here’s A Few Graphics Illustrating the Current State of Affairs On Our Planet
Today, April 22, is Earth Day. The first Earth Day, celebrated in 1970, was organized by environmental activists in a number of major cities who were fed up with the high levels of pollution that existed in many cities during that time (there were more factories in the cities in 1970 than there are now). Earth Day […]
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5:40 PM | Earth Day's Hot and Getting Hotter
By Melissa Mahony Since the first Earth Day 44 years ago, average temperatures have been rising across the globe—and they're going up even faster in the continental United States, according to records from the National Climatic Data Center. The change wouldn’t be enough for you to notice if you were, say, comparing the weather today with how warm you (or your mom) felt during those mass sit-ins in 1970. But the atmosphere has noticed. And the […]
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4:42 PM | Calculating The Carbon Cost Of … well, anything.
There is currently a twitter argument happening, along with a bit of a blogging swarm, over a chimera of a remark made by John Stossle and Bjorn Lomborg. They made the claim that a million electric cars would have no benefit with resect to Carbon emissions. The crux of the argument is that there is…
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4:11 PM | Crossing 400ppm: Welcome to the Pliocene
“Right now, we’re living in a world of a Pliocene atmosphere,” scientist Maureen Raymo of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory tells the Yale Forum on Climate Change and the Media. “But the whole rest of the climate system — the oceans are trying to catch-up, the ice sheets are waning, and everything is trying to catch up to this Pliocene atmosphere.”
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3:49 PM | The Most Important Earth Day
It is possible that this is the most important Earth Day. Earth Day is part of the process of broadening environmental awareness and causing positive change in how we treat our planet. We are at a juncture where we must make major changes in what we do or our Grandchildren, to the extent that they…
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3:49 PM | The Most Important Earth Day
It is possible that this is the most important Earth Day. Earth Day is part of the process of broadening environmental awareness and causing positive change in how we treat our planet. We are at a juncture where we must make major changes in what we do or our Grandchildren, to the extent that they…
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2:03 PM | Ice Sheet Microbes and Melt: Dark Snow 2014
Here’s an article I recently wrote with professor Jason Box of Dark Snow – keep checking here for updates on our field plans for Greenland 2014! Ice Sheet Microbes and Melt Greenland […]
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1:59 PM | Another Week of Climate Disruption News, April 20, 2014
This weekly posting is brought to you courtesy of H. E. Taylor. Happy reading, I hope you enjoy this week’s Global Warming news roundup skip to bottom Sipping from the Internet Firehose… April 20, 2014 Chuckles, Invective, Pix, COP20+, Post WG3, Wang et al., Murder, Energiewende Bottom Line, Subsidies, World Bank, EcoCrime, Cook Fukushima: Note,…
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12:24 PM | Earth Day 2014: Following the carbon footprint to the sea
Where are we now, 43 years after the first nationwide Earth Day was celebrated in the US? The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) paints a grim picture in its latest assessment report, AR5, announcing that global emissions of greenhouse gases are endangering worldwide security of food, water resources, human …

April 21, 2014

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5:44 PM | Showtime, Syria, and the Faces of Climate Change
Twenty years ago, a hugely influential article by Robert Kaplan titled “The Coming Anarchy,” was published in The Atlantic magazine. Kaplan argued that the environment would be the “national security issue of the early twenty-first century.” He predicted that resource scarcity and ecological degradation would be destabilizing forces in the developing world, “making more and more […]The post Showtime, Syria, and the Faces of Climate Change appeared first […]
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4:00 PM | Biofuels better for Nature? Maybe not!
Depending where you are in the world you might notice signs touting the 5% ethanol in the gasoline you are buying. The idea is that biofuels [currently primarily made from […]

Liska A.J., Yang H., Milner M., Goddard S., Blanco-Canqui H., Pelton M.P., Fang X.X., Zhu H. & Suyker A.E. (2014). Biofuels from crop residue can reduce soil carbon and increase CO2 emissions, Nature Climate Change, DOI:

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3:30 PM | AP poll has experts lamenting science literacy – It’s more complicated
Should we be surprised by this? No, I’m not. Disappointed, maybe. But, we should be used to these results by now. Poll: Big Bang a big question for most Americans. Few Americans question that smoking causes cancer. But they express bigger doubts as concepts that scientists consider to be truths get further from our own… Source: Doubtful News

April 19, 2014

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9:34 AM | Dump fossil fuels for the health of our hearts
Cleaning up air pollution will provide immediate health gains as well as longer-term climate benefits, highlights New York University's George Thurston

Pope, C. (2003). Cardiovascular Mortality and Long-Term Exposure to Particulate Air Pollution: Epidemiological Evidence of General Pathophysiological Pathways of Disease, Circulation, 109 (1) 71-77. DOI:

Smith, K., Jerrett, M., Anderson, H., Burnett, R., Stone, V., Derwent, R., Atkinson, R., Cohen, A., Shonkoff, S., Krewski, D. & Pope, C. (2009). Public health benefits of strategies to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions: health implications of short-lived greenhouse pollutants, The Lancet, 374 (9707) 2091-2103. DOI:

Horton, D., Harshvardhan, . & Diffenbaugh, N. (2012). Response of air stagnation frequency to anthropogenically enhanced radiative forcing, Environmental Research Letters, 7 (4) 44034. DOI:

Kelly, J., Makar, P. & Plummer, D. (2012). Projections of mid-century summer air-quality for North America: effects of changes in climate and precursor emissions, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions, 12 (2) 3875-3940. DOI:

Thurston, G. (2013). Mitigation policy: Health co-benefits, Nature Climate Change, 3 (10) 863-864. DOI:

Rice, M., Thurston, G., Balmes, J. & Pinkerton, K. (2014). Climate Change. A Global Threat to Cardiopulmonary Health, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 189 (5) 512-519. DOI:

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April 18, 2014

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6:20 PM | “Hockey stick” climate scientist’s e-mail protected from disclosure
Global warming skeptics lose bid for scientist's e-mail.
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6:13 PM | Food Wars Could Rage by 2050
Within a few more decades, dire food shortages may lead to global-scale conflict, warns a top plant scientist.
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4:30 PM | Non-Linear Trends
Any given time series, say July average temperature in the Moscow region since 1881, might exhibit both short-term (more brief) and long-term (more lasting) patterns of change. The longer-term is certainly something worth knowing about. It might be increasing, or … Continue reading →
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1:17 PM | Western Wildfires Getting Wilder Every Year
Climate change and past forest management methods may be to blame for bigger and more frequent flames.
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3:59 AM | The Bottleneck Years by H.E.Taylo – Chapter 88
The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 87 Table of Contents Chapter 89 Chapter 88 Going North, June 15, 2060 I was worried about going North and leaving Edie alone while she was pregnant. She had another opinion. “Don’t be silly. I’m a big girl, Luc.” She took my hand and held it to her…

April 17, 2014

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5:47 PM | Are electric cars any good? Lomborg says no, but he’s wrong.
Sohn Stossel, writing at Real Annoying Clear Politics, (which is not a terrible place except for John Stossel) quotes some guy named Bjorn Lomborg about electric cars, thusly: Do environmentalists even care about measuring costs instead of just assuming benefits? We spend $7 billion to subsidize electric cars. Even if America reached the president’s absurd…
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4:16 PM | Let the war on Carbon begin!
I get the impression that some of my colleagues are concerned about the phrase “War on Carbon” because it is bad messaging. That is wrong. We need to carry out a War on Carbon. We need to keep the Carbon in the ground. You know why. Meanwhile, though, we can have some fun with the…
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4:16 PM | Let the war on Carbon begin!
I get the impression that some of my colleagues are concerned about the phrase “War on Carbon” because it is bad messaging. That is wrong. We need to carry out a War on Carbon. We need to keep the Carbon in the ground. You know why. Meanwhile, though, we can have some fun with the…
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4:08 PM | California Drought, Midwest Chill Tied to Climate Change?
Here we are in mid-April and the Midwest is experiencing yet another unusual wintry blast. No wonder there’s still quite a lot of ice in the Great Lakes, as you can see in the remarkable image above, captured under a full moon at night by the Suomi NPP satellite. Click on it to enlarge it. […]The post California Drought, Midwest Chill Tied to Climate Change? appeared first on ImaGeo.
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4:08 PM | California Drought, Midwest Chill Tied to Climate Change?
Here we are in mid-April and the Midwest is experiencing yet another unusual wintry blast. No wonder there’s still quite a lot of ice in the Great Lakes, as you can see in the remarkable image above, captured under a full moon at night by the Suomi NPP satellite. Click on it to enlarge it. […]The post California Drought, Midwest Chill Tied to Climate Change? appeared first on ImaGeo.

April 16, 2014

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3:19 PM | A Risk Analyst Explains Why Climate Change Risk Misperception Doesn’t Necessarily Matter
A longtime analyst of risk misperception says leaders can't wait for the public to "get" global warming.
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2:30 PM | Ranchers Behaving Badly, Hippie Hockey Players, 'Fartpacks' for Cows—Wait, What?!
By Jason Bittel Tasing saddles: In exchange for a fee, ranchers in Nevada are allowed to graze their cattle on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. But one rancher, Cliven Bundy, stopped paying that fee 21 years ago, saying he doesn’t recognize the federal government as even existing. And because Bundy refuses to pay the more than $1 million buckaroos he owes the BLM, the government confiscated the cows on its land. In reply Bundy […]

April 15, 2014

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8:11 PM | A Green Group Sees Hope in ‘The End of China’s Coal Boom’
Greenpeace sees growing signs that China is heading toward peak coal, putting climate targets within sight.
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6:30 PM | Wells Spew Greenhouse Gas During Pre-Fracking Drilling
The potent greenhouse gas methane is spewing from Pennsylvanian natural gas wells during the drilling that precedes fracking.
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1:30 PM | Fisking Henry Markram’s Comment About “Recursive Fury” and the Frontiers Retraction
Henry Markram, a chief editor at Frontiers, the journal that recently retracted (resulting in multiple resignations of editors from that journal), inappropriately, an important paper on climate change denialism, just made the following comment on a post on that journal’s blog. My own personal opinion: The authors of the retracted paper and their followers are…
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10:00 AM | Food security and Biofuels
A short extract of some of the main points raised during the course “Examining Issues around Global Food Security” by Dr Julie Flood from CABI at the Department of Continuing Education’s program of the University of Oxford on March 7th, 2014. The course aimed to highlight the issues of food security/insecurity, and particularly around growing […]

April 14, 2014

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11:56 PM | Massive Sea of Warmth Propels March to Fourth Hottest
An area of extraordinarily high temperature stretching more than half way around the globe helped propel this past March into the record books as the fourth warmest since historical record-keeping began in 1880, according to NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. The global average temperature for March was warmer only in 2002, 2010 and 1990. The […]The post Massive Sea of Warmth Propels March to Fourth Hottest appeared first on ImaGeo.
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