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We Could Stop Global Warming With This Fix—But It's Probably a Terrible Idea 27.3.2015 Mother Jones
Mount Pinatubo erupting in 1991 Bullit Marquez/AP Back in the late 1990s, Ken Caldeira set out to disprove the "ludicrous" idea that we could reverse global warming by filling the sky with chemicals that would partially block the sun. A few years earlier, Mount Pinatubo had erupted in the Philippines, sending tiny sulfate particles—known as aerosols—into the stratosphere, where they reflected sunlight back into space and temporarily cooled the planet . Some scientists believed that an artificial version of this process could be used to cancel out the warming effect of greenhouse gases. "Our original goal was to show that it was a crazy idea and wouldn't work," says Caldeira, who at the time was a climate scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. But when Caldeira and a colleague ran a model to test out this geoengineering scenario, they were shocked by what they found. "Much to our surprise, it worked really well," he recalls. "Our results indicate that geoengineering schemes could ...
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I'm twentysomething, I vote, and I won't take seriously any candidate who doubts climate change 27.3.2015 LA Times: Commentary
I am a voter — a white, male, college-educated twentysomething voter, born in the conservative South, living in the liberal North. I was raised in a middle-class family but now occupy an economic class more concerned with finding jobs than itemizing tax deductions. I understand the...
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HILARIOUS VIDEO: FL Emergency Management Director Trying Not to Say 'Climate Change' 27.3.2015 BradBlog
We're a few days late on this, but its worth it. If you didn't catch this in our laugh-out-loud Green News Report on Thursday (or even if you did), here's the full high-larious video of Brian Koon, Director of Florida's Div. of Emergency Management, trying and trying not to say ...
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Keeping warming to 2 °C is not enough to save species 27.3.2015 New Scientist: Being Human
The temperature limit we've chosen to protect our planet from harmful warming is 0.5 °C too high, say a growing number of climate ...
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Letter to the Editor of the Moment: 'Reality' 27.3.2015 BradBlog
Yesterday at the Tampa Bay Times... Climate change Deal with reality I've been a Republican for my entire adult life (a long time). In recent years, I've been troubled by the extreme course the party has taken on a number of issues. From my perspective, the Republican Party of years gone by was ...
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How Will Journalists Handle Climate Deniers In Their Presidential Coverage? 27.3.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Jay Rosen at his PressThink blog examines the range of approaches different publications have taken in covering presidential candidates who are climate change deniers (AKA "Republicans") and offers some options: I see four ways campaign journalists might go. All of them have problems. 1. Normalize it: treat denialist claims like any other campaign position. Here you simply say “the Senator doubts that climate change is really happening” and leave it at that, treating this as a normal position in a debate that carries on. You deal with a candidate’s denialism by not drawing any special attention to it. Just as some candidates think we need a fence at the southern border and others don’t, some think climate change is a myth or hoax and others do not. That’s politics! Advantage: It appears to be the most neutral way of handling the issue. And in a bitterly contested election neutral sounds awfully good. The problem: gross abandonment of the “checking” function that a free press is supposed to provide. It’s ...
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NYC Building Collapse Causes Massive Fire In East Village 27.3.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
We've had six building collapse in Philly in the past month. They say it's from the freeze-thaw-freeze cycle we have with the imaginary global warming. Why be afraid of terrorists when our failing infrastructure is a more immediate danger? Here's hoping no one was killed: As many as 30 people were hurt when an explosion caused a partial building collapse and ignited a massive fire in the East Village on Thursday afternoon, law-enforcement sources told The Post. Flames were engulfing two buildings at the scene and firefighters were spraying water on the blaze, as thick smoke billowed over the neighborhood. The destruction near the corner of Second Avenue and East Seventh Street was reported shortly before 3:30 p.m. Cops in the Ninth Precinct stationhouse, about a quarter-mile away, heard a loud bang and raced over, sources said. A diner who was eating at the Sushi Park restaurant at 121 Second Avenue told cops he heard an explosion inside the kitchen there, a source said. Day laborers also told cops they ...
Arctic Death Spiral: Sea Ice Extent Hits Record Winter Low As Thickness Collapses 27.3.2015 Think Progres

Arctic sea ice has been in a death spiral for over 30 years with serious implications for extreme weather, sea level rise and permafrost melt. As the surface area of sea ice has declined, the ice thickness during the summer minimum dropped a remarkable 85% from 1975 to 2012.

The post Arctic Death Spiral: Sea Ice Extent Hits Record Winter Low As Thickness Collapses appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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New Heat-Resistant Beans Could Stave Off Hunger In A Warming World 27.3.2015 Think Progres

Scientists announced the discovery of 30 new types of heat-tolerant beans that can beat the worst-case scenarios for global warming.

The post New Heat-Resistant Beans Could Stave Off Hunger In A Warming World appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Talk Climate to Me 26.3.2015 Truthout.com
Florida Governor Rick Scott’s henchmen punish staffers who utter the words "climate change." Guffaws punctuated a Florida legislative hearing the other day. Lawmakers and onlookers chuckled as Florida Division of Emergency chief  Bryan Koon  tied his tongue in knots to avoid saying "climate change" while talking about — well, climate change. Reveling in this live-action theater of the absurd, state senator Jeff Clemens, a Democrat who represents the spunky town of Lake Worth, proposed substituting the term "atmospheric reemployment." His incomprehensible jargon provoked more laughter. But this Orwellian exchange was no joke. Apparently it's not enough for Florida Governor Rick Scott to simply deny climate change. Now the Republican's henchmen are stamping out any mention of it at all in the Sunshine State. His administration has banned any use of the terms "climate change" and "global warming" for official state business, the  Florida Center for Investigative Reporting  revealed in early March. While ...
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Fact Checker: Ted Cruz’s claim that there has been ‘zero’ global warming in 17 years 26.3.2015 Washington Post: Politics
“Many of the alarmists on global warming, they’ve got a problem because the science doesn’t back them up. In particular, satellite data demonstrate for the last 17 years, there’s been zero warming.”—Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex,), “Late Night with Seth Meyers” interview, March 17, 2015Read full article ...
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Ted Cruz Compares Himself to Galileo, Gets Literally Everything Wrong About Galileo 26.3.2015 Little Green Footballs
Good grief. There's so much idiocy about climate change coming from conservatives today it boggles the mind (and we all know how painful that can be). Let's start with this absurdly stupid comment from GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz: "On the global warming alarmists, anyone who actually points to the evidence ...
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Spotlight on green news & views: No talking about xxxxxxx xxxxxx in Florida, Brown skewers Cruz 26.3.2015 Daily Kos
See the post on stored energy here Many environmentally related posts appearing at Daily Kos each week don't attract the attention they deserve. To help get more eyeballs, Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) normally appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The most recent Saturday Spotlight can be seen here . More than 22,060 environmentally oriented diaries have been rescued for inclusion in this weekly collection since 2006. Inclusion of a diary in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. Is the planet getting revenge? —by don mikulecky: "This article from The Washington Post by Chris Mooney is an example of how the Earth's response to Global Warming is a form of self organization that actually appears to be "punishing" one of the worst sources of that warming: Global warming is now slowing down the circulation of the oceans—with potentially dire consequences. So in sum: It appears that we’ve just seen yet ...
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The Fix: Ted Cruz compares climate change activists to ‘flat-Earthers.’ Where to begin? 26.3.2015 Washington Post: Politics
OK, so Ted Cruz said something, and we went back and forth about whether or not we should address it because it's just baffling. But then we figured, yes, even the baffling things deserve some sort of response.Read full article ...
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Ted Cruz Spews Idiocy and Ignorance on Climate Change, Bobby Jindal Joins Him 26.3.2015 Little Green Footballs
Good grief. There's so much idiocy about climate change coming from conservatives today it boggles the mind (and we all know how painful that can be). Let's start with this absurdly stupid comment from GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz: "On the global warming alarmists, anyone who actually points to the evidence ...
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Gallup Poll: Americans more positive about environment, less worried about specific eco-threats 25.3.2015 Daily Kos
The Gallup Poll reports that Americans are more positive about the environment than they have ever been in the 14 years the organization has been asking their views on the subject. Meanwhile, on six major environmental issues, including global warming, they are less worried than they were last year. The broader question that needs asking is whether the environment is actually better and whether there is less to worry about among those six issues. Certainly, in the case of global warming, there are plenty of reasons to worry more than before. Extinction of species? Ditto. Rain forest loss? Likewise. Half of those polled rated the environment excellent or good, up 6 percent over last year and 40 percent rate it as fair, down from 44 percent and the lowest level since 2001, when Gallup first asked the question. The 9 percent of Americans rating the quality of the environment as "poor" was close to what Gallup has found during the six years President Obama has been in office: Unlike the improvement seen in ...
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A Nasty Surprise in the Greenhouse: The Gulf Stream is Slowing Down 25.3.2015 Little Green Footballs
YouTube The disaster movie "The Day After Tomorrow" was based on long term scientific concerns about global warming's impact on the North Atlantic Current, also called the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, - what most people think of as "The Gulf Stream" - although that is a simplification. The movie was obviously ...
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The Fix: The number of people worried about climate change hasn’t changed since 1989 25.3.2015 Washington Post: Politics
Those who reject the scientific consensus that the world is warming due to human activity often point to what is referred to as the "warming hiatus," a period of years in which global temperatures have remained relatively flat -- high, but flat.Read full article ...
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Ted Cruz says satellite data show the globe isn’t warming. This satellite scientist feels otherwise 24.3.2015 Washington Post
Now that Ted Cruz is a presidential candidate, his views on science are, naturally, getting a lot of scrutiny. That’s particularly the case in that while he does seem to acknowledge the reality of at least some amount of climate change, he nonetheless seems a skeptic of the idea that human-caused climate change is happening right now, or has been happening lately.Read full article >>
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Swiss cheese is not a sign of Martian climate change 24.3.2015 New Scientist: News
Growing circular pits in Mars's south polar ice cap were thought to be a sign that the planet is warming – but a new model shows it is a natural ...
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