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International report confirms 2016 was third consecutive year of record global warmth | NOAA Climate.gov

Global surface temperature in 2016 compared to the 1981-2010 average. NOAA Climate.gov map, based on data provided by Robert Dunn.

Author: Jessica Blunden August 10, 2017

A new State of the Climate report confirmed that 2016 surpassed 2015 as the warmest year in 137 years of recordkeeping. Last year’s record heat resulted from the combined influence of long-term global warming and a strong El Niño early in the year.

2016 surface temperatures

The report found that the major indicators of climate change continued to reflect trends consistent with a warming planet. Several markers such as land and ocean temperatures, sea level and greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere broke records set just one year prior.

A massive new report by more than 450 scientists, confirms that the Earth warmed to a new record in 2016, driven by a record increase in carbon dioxide levels.

The 27th annual “State of the Climate” report, led by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), stands as the first comprehensive rebuke by the nation’s and world’s climate scientists to the presidency of Donald Trump. Trump has repeatedly called climate change a “hoax” and reaffirmed last week that he intends to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement, which remains the best hope for America and the world to avert catastrophic impacts.

“Surface temperature and carbon dioxide concentration, two of the more publicly recognized indicators of global-scale climate change, set new highs during 2016,” the report explains, “as did several surface and near-surface indicators and essential climate variables.”

NOAA’s news release explains that 2016 set several major new climate records — all of which topped records previously set the year before:

  • Greenhouse gases were the highest on record.
  • Global surface temperature was the highest on record.
  • Average sea surface temperature was the highest on record.
  • Global sea level was the highest on record.

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Government Scientists Leak Climate Change Report Before Trump Can Get His Hands On It

The Ring of Fire

Published on Aug 12, 2017

The federal government has completed an analysis of the effects, and causes, of climate change. The scientists within the federal government who were part of the report were so afraid that Donald Trump would somehow suppress the information, so instead of waiting for him to make a move, they decided to leak it to the public instead. It is a sad day in the United States when we have to fear that science will be censored by our president and his cabinet. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.

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Ultimate Farm to Table Food Truck Has Garden on Site to Grow Fruits & Vegetables

Learn Organic Gardening at GrowingYourGreens

Published on Aug 12, 2017

John from http://www.growingyourgreens.com/ visits Carta Buena Food Truck in Rincon, Puerto Rico to share with you the ultimate Farm to Table Model: Growing Fruits and Vegetables on Site to serve customers juices, smoothies, and food made with just picked fruits and vegetables.

In this episode, John visits the organic garden of Carta Buena that is growing food on-site for the Food Truck. You will learn more about the food truck concept and why John believes its a great way of starting a food service business.

You will get a tour of the fruit and vegetable garden at Carta Buena, and John will share his favorite, flowers, fruits and vegetables they are growing.

You will learn about John’s favorite smelling flower: Ylang Ylang as well as an edible flower that looks like a clitoris: Clitoria ternatea also known as butterfly pea.

You will learn about the most underutilized fruit they are growing in the garden as well as the most utilized fruit. You will discover how they are are growing ginger in the shade as well as some other vegetables they serve at the food truck. You will discover some easy-to-grow tropical vegetables that can be grown in Puerto Rico or other tropical areas.

Next, you will learn how all food scraps and garden waste is composted on site, and how they can improve the process.

Finally, John will interview the Owner of Carta Buena to learn more about why he started the food truck and his tips for starting a food truck and garden.

After watching this episode, you may be inspired to start your own food truck and/or garden to help feed people or yourselves healthier food.


Bill McKibbon – Koch-funded study…”Global Warming Real!”

The Big Picture RT

Published on Jul 31, 2012

A Koch brother-funded climate change skeptic has suddenly reversed course – and now proclaims that humans are “entirely the cause” of global climate change. Three years ago – this guy – physicist Richard Muller – was given $150,000 from the Koch brothers to co-found the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature Project to debunk climate change arguments. But on Sunday, after three years of intense research, Muller is biting the hand that feeds him by promoting genuine science and ringing the alarm bell that climate change is happening and humans are to blame. As Muller wrote on Sunday in the New York Times: “My total turnaround, in such a short time, is the result of careful and objective analysis… it appears likely that essentially all of this increase [in temperatures] results from the human emission of greenhouse gases.” From unprecedented ice melting in Greenland – to unprecedented heat waves and droughts in America – to sudden die-offs of reefs and phytoplankton in the oceans – the world is changing rapidly. And even Koch-funded scientists can’t deny it anymore. Unfortunately – it may now be too late. Centuries of hurling toxic greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere may have already pushed the world passed the climate change threshold. Meaning in the coming years, decades, centuries – our planet could be radically different than we are prepared to handle. For more on this – Bill McKibbon joins me – he’s an environmental activist and founder of 350.org – as well as the author of the book: “Eaarth.”

Scientists Bury GPS in Antarctic Ice to Measure Effects of Tides

NASA Video Collection

Published on Aug 12, 2017

How Monsanto’s Dicamba Kills Your Crops

RT America

Published on Aug 12, 2017

Mike talks with attorney Bev Randles about Monsanto’s legal dilemma over Dicamba.


BBC World Service – Science in Action, Plastic Planet

More than 8.3 billion tons of plastic have been manufactured since the material was initially mass-produced in the 1950s. Plastic is low cost, easy to manufacture and versatile, which is why it has permeated throughout our daily lives, from shopping bags to bottles. A new global study has quantified the production and consumption of plastic over the decades. Revealing a very big problem. If our current rate of plastic waste generation continues, it’s predicted that by 2050 there will be over 13 billion tonnes of it discarded into landfills and the environment around us.

Transparent Hearts
Our hearts, as muscles, are very complex and dense, making them opaque even to our most powerful microscopes. This can be particularly problematic for creating 3D structural images of the tissue, which is important for those studying heart disease and its potential treatments. Yet, a quick and simple way to turn heart tissue transparent has recently been developed, providing scientists with an opportunity to discover more about our most complex organ.

Sex-changing Clownfish
Clownfish – made famous by the Disney film Finding Nemo – have been shown to undergo sex-changing behaviour. When the larger female in a pair dies, the male (possibly triggered by hormones) grows and becomes female, even able to breed and lay viable eggs.

Earth’s Protective Forcefield
Since 2012, NASA’s Van Allen probes have been measuring the Van Allen Belts; belts of radiation cocooning the Earth protecting it from high energy particles blasted out by solar winds and eruptions. Recent measurements have shown that there has been an anthropogenic effect on the belts. Very Low Frequency (VLF) signals, which provide a way for people on land to communicate with underwater crafts such as submarines, are interacting with electrons in the Van Allen belts. The interplay between the two is creating man-made layers that act as a barrier to the highest energy, or ‘killer’ electrons heading towards Earth.

Picture: Dirty used coloured plastic bottle pile, credit: sebasnoo

Presenter: Roland Pease
Producer: Jack Meegan

The Ongoing Battle Between Science Teachers And Fake News

LA Johnson/NPR

July 28, 20176:06 AM ET   Heard on Morning Edition Avi Wolfman-Arent

Every year Patrick Engleman plays a little trick on his students. The high school chemistry teacher introduces his ninth-graders in suburban Philadelphia to an insidious substance called dihydrogen monoxide. It’s “involved in 80 percent of fatal car crashes. It’s in every single cancer cell. This stuff, it’ll burn you,” he tells them.

But dihydrogen monoxide is water. He says several of his honors classes decided to ban it based just on what he told them.

The lesson here isn’t that teenagers are gullible. It’s that you can’t trust everything you hear. In a time when access to information is easier than ever, Engleman says that his current students have much more to sift through than his past students. These days kids come in with all sorts of questions about things they’ve read online or heard elsewhere.

And science teachers aren’t immune themselves. Earlier this year, Engleman received a booklet from the conservative Heartland Institute.

The packaging included a cover letter, “glossy book and a CD” advising teachers to be skeptical because scientists — it says — are unsure about the cause of climate change.

According to Heartland, one of these booklets will be sent to every public school science teacher in America. And those teachers could be a receptive audience. A recent study out of Penn State showed that one-third of science teachers are open to the idea that climate change could be naturally occurring, instead of human caused.

This poses a particular challenge to people like Susan Yoon, who are training the next generation of science teachers. She’s a professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education.

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