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US House Science Committee claims scientists faked climate change data- here’s what you should know

Even if NOAA fabricated data, the evidence still supports climate change Donald LeRoi, NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center Climate scientists have worked hard for decades to prove climate change. Why is the US House Committee on Science, Space and Technology working so hard not to believe them? On Sunday February 5th, the U.S. House of Representatives… [Read more →]

February 7, 2017   No Comments

A punchy climate book from a citizen scientist

This article titled “A punchy climate book from a citizen scientist” was written by John Abraham, for theguardian.com on Thursday 2nd February 2017 11.00 UTC We know the climate is changing, the Earth is warming, and humans are the cause. As a scientist who studies this daily, I know the evidence is compelling and mutually reinforcing.… [Read more →]

February 2, 2017   No Comments

Climate warnings masked by propaganda

Paul Brown

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Leading scientists say most people remain unaware of the truth that climate change is a stark reality now and will continue to get worse without drastic action.

A rise in world temperatures of 1.5°C degrees can no longer be avoided, according to the world’s leading climate scientists, who say that the majority of people have yet to wake up to the stark realities and dangers of climate change.

In a devastating summary of the crisis the world faces, the seven scientists say that propaganda by the fossil fuel lobby and failure of politicians to take action in the last 10 years means changes in lifestyles and radical action is needed if catastrophe is to be avoided.

Sir Robert Watson, former chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), says: “Climate change is happening now and much faster than anticipated.”

A doubling or tripling of existing efforts is necessary, he says, to avoid exceeding the 2°C degree danger threshold on global temperature rise agreed by the world’s government at last year’s Paris climate conference.

In a paper titled The Truth About Climate Change, the scientists depart from the normal cautious assessment that has characterised IPCC reports. [Read more →]

September 30, 2016   No Comments

How Climate Change Became a Liberal Hoax

Linguist, philosopher and political activist Noam Chomsky talks about the Chamber of Commerce, the American Petroleum Institute and other business lobbies enthusiastically carrying out campaigns “to try and convince the population that global warming is a liberal hoax.” According to Chomsky, this massive public relations campaign has succeeded in leading a good portion of the population into doubting the human causes of global warming.

Known for his criticism of the media, Chomsky doesn’t hold back in this clip, laying blame on mainstream media outlets such as the New York Times, which will run frontpage articles on what meteorologists think about global warming. “Meteorologists are pretty faces reading scripts telling you whether it’s going to rain tomorrow,” Chomsky says. “What do they have to say any more than your barber?” All this is part of the media’s pursuit of “fabled objectivity.”

August 26, 2016   No Comments

Noam Chomsky: If Nuclear War Doesn’t Get Us, Climate Change Will

 

World renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Noam Chomsky discusses the 2 greatest threats to human civilization and current level of habitability of the planet, namely Nuclear War and Environmental Catastrophe.

In the context of how systems of power operate, Noam Chomsky discusses how from the perspective of an external observer, such as an Extraterrestrial visitor, watching our escalation of these threats and our lack of action concerning them, might very well have led to the conclusion that we are about to destroy our civilization.

August 26, 2016   No Comments

Atlantic depths may hold key to heat hiatus

Tim Radford

A jellyfish floats just above the seafloor of the deep Atlantic Ocean. Image: NOAA/OAR/OER via Wikimedia Commons

A jellyfish floats just above the seafloor of the deep Atlantic Ocean. Image: NOAA/OAR/OER via Wikimedia Commons

Researchers analysing millions of oceanographic measurements believe they may finally have got to the bottom of the conundrum about why there is a slowdown in global warming despite greenhouse gas emissions rising.

For years, researchers have puzzled over the temperature rises that haven’t happened – but scientists in China and the US believe they have cracked the mystery of the missing heat.

While calculations indicate that global average temperatures should be rising predictably, the planetary thermometers tell a different story.

But now Xianyao Chen, an oceanographer at the Ocean University of China in Ongdao, and Ka-Kit Tung, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Washington in Seattle, report inScience journal that they think they know where the notional extra heat has gone. It is at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.

And this time their conclusion isn’t based only on mathematical models and computer simulations. In their research − funded by the US National Science Foundation and theNational Natural Science Foundation of China – they analysed millions of measurements of temperature and salinity taken by oceanographic instruments since 1970, and tracked the pathways that the heat must have taken since the beginning of the 21st century. [Read more →]

August 22, 2014   No Comments

Climate and economy fan flames in Spain

Tim Radford

 

Burn scars: a swathe of forest destroyed by wildfire in northern Spain. Image: DM Molina Terrén via Wikimedia Commons

Burn scars: a swathe of forest destroyed by wildfire in northern Spain. Image: DM Molina Terrén via Wikimedia Commons

The combined forces of climate, economic and social change are leaving Spain increasingly exposed to the damaging and costly effects of wildfires.

Climate change is gradually turning Spain into a fire zone – but it’s also the change in the economic climate that is inflaming the situation.

A research group reports in the journal Environmental Science and Policy that a mix of factors is behind the rise in both the numbers of forest fires and the areas of land scorched over the last 40 years.

Vanesa Moreno, a researcher in the geography department at the University of Alcalá in Madrid, and colleagues studied the pattern of fires in Spain from 1968 to 2010. [Read more →]

August 22, 2014   No Comments

Antarctic warming could accelerate sea level rise

Alex Kirby

Rising concern: warming would cause more Antarctic ice to break off and melt. Image: PIK (R.Winkelmann)

Rising concern: warming would cause more Antarctic ice to break off and melt. Image: PIK (R.Winkelmann)

An international study says warming is affecting not only the Arctic but also the Antarctic – and that could significantly raise global sea levels much faster than previously predicted.

The effect of climate change on the world’s two polar regions looks like a stark contrast: the Arctic is warming faster than most of the rest of the Earth, while most of Antarctica appears to remain reassuringly locked in a frigid embrace.

But an international scientific team says the reality is quite different. The Antarctic is warming too, it says, and the southern ice could become the main cause of global sea level rise during this century − far sooner than previously thought.

The study, led by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Germany, found that ice discharge from Antarctica could contribute up to 37 centimetres to global sea levels by 2100. [Read more →]

August 20, 2014   No Comments