While it broke many of today’s records, 2017 is just a taste of what’s to come.source: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2018/jan/02/2017-was-the-hottest-year-on-record-without-an-el-nino-thanks-to-global-warming
The city of #Melbourne assigned trees email addresses so citizens could report problems. Instead, people wrote thousands of #love letters to their favorite trees.source: https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/07/when-you-give-a-tree-an-email-address/398210/
The International Maritime Organization (IMO), the industry’s main regulator, suggests that #carbon emissions from shipping could shoot up as much as 250 percent by 2050 as the world’s population grows and economies expand. At that point, the European Parliament estimates the industry could produce 17 percent of global emissions, up from less than 3 percent today.#ship #emission #environment #transport #economy #problem #news #future #ClimateChange #politics
But Tristan Smith, a leading shipping researcher at University College London’s Energy Institute, notes companies still have little reason to spend their time and money building a greener cargo fleet. “A very large proportion of the sector is really not interested in doing anything until the very last minute that the regulation hits,” he says.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded that it is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century. Over the last century, there are no alternative explanations supported by the #evidence that are either credible or that can contribute more than marginally to the observed patterns. There is no convincing evidence that natural variability can account for the amount of and the pattern of global warming observed over the industrial era.
But atmospheric temperatures are not the only temps that matter. #Sea surface temperatures were higher than normal in coastal regions, melting the #ice from the sides and from below —reducing thickness through heat exchange and wave action.#environment #climateChange #Arctic #IceAge #temperature #atmosphere #news #science #problem
Unlike #Trump, she has no malicious intent. She did not set out to destroy the agreements she helped to create. But the #Earth’s systems do not respond to mission statements or speeches or targets. They respond to hard fact. What counts, and should be judged, as she seeks a fourth term as German #chancellor in the elections on Sunday, is what is done, not what is said. On this metric, her performance has been a planetary #disaster.This Sunday, the sole ruler of Germany (Merkel) is confirmed in a so called democratic #election so that she can continue to govern.
In the end, each increase of 10 micrograms of fine particulates per cubic meter of air increased the risk of any cardiovascular #health event by 24 percent and the risk of dying from heart attack or stroke by 76 percent.#traffic #problem #future #world #atmosphere #poison #news #science #climate #change #environment #oil
According to the Guardian’s research, "cocoa is a monster that will eventually eat itself, scientists say. Farmers will miss the trees they cut and burned down for the very reason that their shade would have protected their #cocoa #plants from increasingly parched, dry seasons, driven by cutting down trees."...
“It’s white people who eat chocolate, not us,” one says.Is our appetite for chocolate destroying the rainforests?
“We have enough data from looking at wildlife, and the impacts that it’s having on #wildlife, to be concerned,” said Dr Sherri Mason, a #microplastic expert at the State #University of New York in Fredonia, who supervised the analyses for Orb. “If it’s impacting [wildlife], then how do we think that it’s not going to somehow impact us?”...
“We are living in The Plastic Age,” the investigation stated. “Plastic frees us, improving daily life in almost uncountable ways. And plastic imprisons us in waste and microscopic #pollution.”#humanity #science #nature #environment #problem #waste #life #news
Our country is now led by somebody who’s in complete denial about #climate #change. And one of the major parties, the Republicans, are also in complete denial about climate change. That’s going to cause more misery and more catastrophes. I think that politically, given the logjam in the executive branch and in the Republican Party, it’s going take local activists.#news #usa #Texas #ClimateChange #environment #weather #flood #politics
In #Houston, in one of the areas near the reservoirs that had very bad floods, as long ago as the ’80s and ’90s they formed a local action group to prevent further development—because they knew it would be disastrous. They fought against the city and county officials, trying to keep the floodplains as grasslands, which are crucial sponges for floods. They lost that battle.
The #problem is the greed of the developers, who pay for the campaigns of politicians who will approve new development. People need to keep at that; they have to band together and say, “We were forced out of our homes because of stupid, greedy development, and we have to stop this.” For the thousands of damaged homes from #Hurricane #Harvey, an intelligent city and #county political system would think about buying up some of those homes, compensating the owners, and letting some neighborhoods return to #grassland.