Category Archives: Global Climate Disruption and Impacts

On wildfires, climate change, and politicians saying burn, baby, burn

A day after California Governor Jerry Brown declared a wildfire state of emergency, the President's Science Adviser John Holdren appeared in a video linking increased wildfires in the U.S. West to human-caused climate change. In response to urgent calls for … Continue reading

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A note on global warming, ocean acidification, and the future of medicine

The likely loss of natural chemicals that might have life-saving value in advancing the development of new medicines should be added to the list of consequences of global warming, ocean acidification, and loss of biodiversity.

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New research on ocean acidification threat and recalling some political history

New NOAA-led research on ocean acidification and the threat it poses to marine life is more evidence of the dangerous implications of human-caused climate disruption. Scientists have been calling attention to the acidification threat for quite a few years now, … Continue reading

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As sea ice melts in a warming Arctic, walruses outpace politicians

Even as the new IPCC Fifth Assessment Report concludes that anthropogenic influences have very likely contributed to unprecedented Arctic sea ice retreat since 1979, an estimated 10,000 walruses hauled out on land along Alaska’s north coast -- forced ashore by the disappearance of … Continue reading

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Wildland firefighting at the rough cutting edge of climate change

"Western firefighters are more often encountering conditions they have never before experienced, with extreme fire behavior and extreme weather conditions," writes former U.S. Forest Service firefighter Nick Sundt. “Many of our elected representatives in Washington are napping on the fireline. They … Continue reading

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Commander of U.S. Forces Pacific: Climate change is top threat

According to Navy Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III, the Commander of U.S. Forces Pacific:  Significant upheaval related to the warming planet "is probably the most likely thing that is going to happen . . . that will cripple the security environment, probably more … Continue reading

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2012 the warmest and second most extreme year on record for the U.S.

The U.S. government reported the average U.S. temperature in 2012 was 3.2 degrees higher than the 20th-century average, and 2012 was the second worst on the Climate Extremes Index. Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the data … Continue reading

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Has climate change created a monster?

To adapt a famous quote on another subject:  you may not be interested in climate change, but climate change is interested in you.  While both presidential candidates and moderators of the debates have taken criticism for avoiding the subject of … Continue reading

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NOAA-led study: 'Arctic amplification' could add to U.S. and European weather extremes

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported on October 10:  “Changes in summer Arctic wind patterns contribute not only to an unprecedented loss of Arctic sea ice, but could also bring about shifts in North American and European weather, … Continue reading

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