Time, I think, to start a thread with some info on
More than a billion people are set to be exposed to coastal flooding by 2060 through a combination of sea level rise, storm surges and extreme weather.
Very neat image by climate scientist Ed Hawkins showing temperatures rising
Massive wildfire in Canada now; horrendous and devastating for affected people.
Yet also, exactly the kind of thing expected with climate changing; also has footprint of our over-population.
The oil industry’s knowledge of dangerous climate change stretches back to the 1960s
From a lengthy, informative article on Dissent website:
[quote]For those who believe that the arc of the moral universe is long but bends toward justice, it is comforting to see that bend reflected in the polls. Over time, as public awareness of an outrage increases, tolerance for the status quo should diminish while the percentage of the population demanding change creeps up. With steady persistence, popular support for detrimental views will recede, ignorance will be undermined, and consensus around truth will solidify.
[quote]We calculate that the costs of a melting Arctic will be huge, because the region is pivotal to the functioning of Earth systems such as oceans and the climate. The release of methane from thawing permafrost beneath the East Siberian Sea, off northern Russia, alone comes with an average global price tag of $60 trillion in the absence of mitigating action — a figure comparable to the size of the world economy in 2012 (about $70 trillion). The total cost of Arctic change will be much higher.
World Bank press release:
Physicist Finds What Climate Scientists Already Know
Independent minded, publicity loving physicist confirms global temperature rise – and says humans chief culprits
A new report from major think tank the Club of Rome has some dire predictions for the near future. A press release includes:
Till lately, 1998 had been thought to be the hottest year on record, maybe tying with 2005. Now, however a new revised dataset - which includes more Arctic measurements - gives 2010 that dubious honour.
Exellent article by economist William D Nordhaus debunks various claims made by global warming deniers, and shows there is cause for great concern, and ample reasons for taking actions (which will not devastate our economy). Includes:
TED lecture by James Hansen, explaining why he must speak out about climate change:
Climate change sceptics have long tried arguing that data showing warming trends over past decades is somehow wrong, biased, global warming is some kind of big lie designed to take money from people (yeah, stupid notion this latter one, but all too common among the fearmongers who say
[quote]BOGOR, Indonesia (April 5, 2011) _ New research shows that mangroves store exceptionally more carbon than most tropical forests, but they are being destroyed from coastlines at a rapid rate causing significant emissions of greenhouse gases.
The findings from the study, which was carried out by scientists from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the USDA Forest Service, underscore a call by scientists for mangroves to be protected as part of global efforts to combat climate change.