It’s a banner week for the end of the world, because we’ve officially pushed atmospheric carbon levels past their dreaded 400 parts per million. Permanently.
According to a blog post last Friday from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, “it already seems safe to conclude that we won’t be seeing a monthly value below 400 ppm this year—or ever again for the indefinite future.” Their findings are based on weekly observations of carbon dioxide at Hawaii’s Mauna Loa Observatory, where climate scientists have been measuring CO2 levels since 1958…
Climate Disruption The Movie was uploaded to highlight the overwhelming about of scientific information pointing to human extinction by 2030. Governments and Universities they control are in denial. I wish it wasn’t so!
NASA is sounding the alarms about climate change. Again. Will anyone in power listen this time? Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below. http://tytnetwork.com/join
“The planet is warming at a pace not experienced within the past 1,000 years, at least, making it “very unlikely” that the world will stay within a crucial temperature limit agreed by nations just last year, according to Nasa’s top climate scientist.
This year has already seen scorching heat around the world, with the average global temperature peaking at 1.38C above levels experienced in the 19th century, perilously close to the 1.5C limit agreed in the landmark Paris climate accord. July was the warmest month since modern record keeping began in 1880, with each month since October 2015 setting a new high mark for heat.
“In the last 30 years we’ve really moved into exceptional territory,” Gavin Schmidt, director of Nasa’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, said. “It’s unprecedented in 1,000 years. There’s no period that has the trend seen in the 20th century in terms of the inclination (of temperatures).””*
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We are being told of record world temperatures due to man-made global warming. Is it truly the hottest time in human existence?
Thermometers paint a picture of world temperature for over the last 150 years, but what do fossils and ice-cores tell us about the last 10,000?
How were Germans growing olives on the Rhine river 2000 years ago? What were temperate oak forests doing in the middle of Norway and Sweden 8000 years ago? When did the Vikings have cattle stamping around Greenland? Who was the King whose army galloped across the Baltic Sea to invade Denmark?
And has temperature really been dancing in step with rocketing carbon dioxide increases? Or is there something else going on?
Told by Dr Howard Brady, Alumnus Scientist of the Year, Northern Illinois University, and who undertook four expeditions to Antarctica with the US Office of Polar Programs.
Dr Brady is the author of ‘Mirrors and Mazes: A guide to the climate debate’.
NextGen Climate and MTV are partnering on Let’s Talk #50by30 to get voters under 30 and over 50 talking about renewable energy and climate change. Together, we’ll urge all presidential candidates to release a plan to power America with more than 50 percent clean energy by 2030.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump met in St. Louis last night for the 2nd Presidential Debate moderated by Anderson Cooper of CNN and Martha Raddatz of ABC. It wasn’t until the bitter end that the issue of energy and climate change came into the discussion when Town Hall participant Ken Bone asked:
“What steps will your energy policy take to meet our energy needs while at the same time remaining environmentally friendly and minimizing job loss for fossil power plant workers?”
“Absolutely. I think it’s such a great question, because energy is under siege by the Obama administration. Under absolute siege. The EPA—the Environmental Protection Agency—is killing these energy companies. And foreign companies are now coming in, buying so many of our different plants and then rejiggering the plant so they can take care of their oil. We are killing, absolutely killing our energy business in this country.”
Thanks to NPR’s Scott Horsley, we find Trump’s response skewed. Horsley noted, while fact checking Trump’s response:
Domestic oil and gas production have increased steadily during President Obama’s time in office. The U.S. has been the world’s leading producer of natural gas since 2011 and the top producer of oil since 2013.
The Energy Information Administration says gasoline prices averaged $2.25 a gallon last week—about seven cents a gallon cheaper than a year ago, and about 20 cents a gallon less than Obama’s first year in office.
Clinton’s initial response to Bone’s question, “We are, however, producing a lot of natural gas which serves as a bridge to more renewable fuels. And I think that’s an important transition,” took a hard hit on Twitter:
David Chang, Chef and Founder at Momofuku, with Jeffrey Goldberg, National Correspondent for The Atlantic, at The Atlantic’s Washington Ideas Forum. Watch the full interview: https://youtu.be/-_nV8vFfuRU
In Massachusetts, the communities of Everett and Chelsea have been living in Exxon’s shadow for decades. A major spill from the oil giant’s storage facility could wreak havoc on neighborhoods nearby and change the lives of people here forever.
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