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- Sketches of the Amistad Captives & Contemporary Commemoration: Mondays at Beinecke, March 29, 2021 September 28, 2022
- Biden administration launches environmental justice office – The Boston Globe September 28, 2022
- The queen’s death raises questions over the future of the Commonwealth | 1A September 28, 2022
- The strain of censorship on public libraries – 1A September 28, 2022
- Historic General Assembly wraps with calls for action on nuclear arms | United Nations September 28, 2022
- Screening at Kenya-Uganda border for Ebola September 28, 2022
- Mondays at Beinecke Online: Chet Van Duzer on the Martellus Map | Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library September 28, 2022
- The Last Word on the Vinland Map? | Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library September 28, 2022
- How Do I Talk to a Climate Change Denier? | BU Today | Boston University September 28, 2022
- Is Big Oil Trying to Make Americans Hate Democrats? September 27, 2022
- Pakistan floods: Time running out for families in Sindh – BBC News September 27, 2022
- Warm waters turbocharge Hurricane Ian September 27, 2022
- Maps, Myths, and Men: The Story of the Vinland Map: Kirsten A. Seaver September 27, 2022
- Yale putting high-tech tests to its controversial Vinland Map | YaleNews September 27, 2022
- The Vinland Map Saga: An Interview with Author John Paul Floyd September 27, 2022
- Kirsten Seaver on Father Josef Fischer (1858 – 1944) and the forgery of the Vinland Map September 27, 2022
- Maddow: Endgame Of GOP Undermining Elections Is To Evade Accountability To Voters September 27, 2022
- Jan. 6 Committee Member Slams GOP For Conspiracy Theories September 27, 2022
- ‘Let’s Get Right To The Violence’: Roger Stone In New Documentary Footage September 27, 2022
- “Immoral & Sinful”: Bishop Barber Blasts Mississippi Gov. for Failing to Protect Jackson’s Water September 27, 2022
- Strengthening Hurricane Ian Puts 19 Million People At Risk September 27, 2022
- Global weather events and climate change September 27, 2022
- Basil Davidson_Africa September 27, 2022
- America’s climate havens of the future | On Point September 27, 2022
- The World in Maps, 1400-1600 September 26, 2022
- The climate crisis: A masterclass with academics, journalists and activists | The Guardian Members September 26, 2022
- Who’s really using up the water in the American West? September 26, 2022
- Storm Fiona: Heavy rainfall continues along Canada’s east coast September 26, 2022
- Donating to an ActionAid emergency appeal: where your money goes September 26, 2022
- Julien Brave NoiseCat: ‘Indigenous peoples have survived an apocalypse’ • FRANCE 24 English September 26, 2022
- LIVE: Tracking Hurricane Ian | NBC News September 26, 2022
- Climate – The Boston Globe September 26, 2022
- Houses washed into sea as Storm Fiona batters Canada – BBC News September 25, 2022
- Italy’s right-wing, led by neo-fascist Meloni, wins election, exit polls say • FRANCE 24 English September 25, 2022
- United in Action: Holistic Climate Solutions Summit September 25, 2022
- Read the full Climate Change 2021 report by the UN’s IPCC – The Boston Globe September 25, 2022
- The FRONTLINE Dispatch: How American Democracy Reached a Moment of ‘Existential Crisis’ September 25, 2022
- Reforestation Solution: Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration September 24, 2022
- Tree Announcement – 9/21/22 September 24, 2022
- Groundwater Trust Forum Promo September 24, 2022
- Category 5 Typhoon Noru still intensifying | Ian a hurricane threat | Force Thirteen Live September 24, 2022
- Fiona slams Canada’s Atlantic coast September 24, 2022
- Tracking the tropics September 24, 2022
- Tracking the Tropics: Why Gulf Coast meteorologists are keeping close eye on tropical wave in Atlantic September 24, 2022
- Hurricane Fiona causes mass destruction in Caribbean September 24, 2022
- Vanuatu becomes first country to call for global treaty to phase out fossil fuels at UNGA September 24, 2022
- The 1-2-3s Of Boston’s Rising Sea Level | WBUR News September 24, 2022
- Advancing Environmental Justice and Civil Rights September 24, 2022
- Climate change has reached an unprecedented level, with little time to act, a stark new UN report finds – The Boston Globe September 24, 2022
- Flooding could shut down Logan airport, hospitals, and other critical infrastructure in Mass., and the risk is only growing, report says – The Boston Globe September 24, 2022
Daily Archives: January 8, 2018
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Climate change manifests in snowier winters in places like Boston, thanks to a warmer Arctic. Credit: Peter Enyeart, via Flickr
Rising Arctic temps are changing the jet stream, drawing cold air further south, showing climate change can drive extreme weather in unexpected ways.
Aug 31, 2015
Melting sea ice and warmer temperatures in the Arctic are to blame for the brutal cold snaps that have plagued parts of Asia and North America in recent years, according to new research by Korean and European scientists released Monday.
The study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Geoscience, adds to the growing evidence linking rising Arctic temperatures to changing weather patterns across the globe. It also helps further debunk one of climate deniers‘ favorite arguments: cold weather proves the world isn’t warming from the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
Deniers reveled in their theory last winter as a record-breaking 110.6 inches of snow fell on Boston and temperatures as low as minus-35 degrees Fahrenheit chilled wide swaths of the Central Plains and Northeast. Republican Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe famously brought a snowball onto the Senate floor to “prove” his point and Republican Presidential frontrunner and businessman Donald Trump tweeted in February, “Record low temperatures and massive amounts of snow. Where the hell is GLOBAL WARMING?“
“This research blasts enormous holes in that argument, if the deniers choose to pay attention to these findings,” said Jennifer Francis, a climate scientist at Rutgers University in New Jersey who was not involved in the research.
A strong polar vortex (left, from December 2013) is centered over the Arctic. A weakened polar vortex (right, from January 2014) allows cold air to dip farther south. Credit: NOAA
The loss of sea ice may be weakening the polar vortex, allowing cold blasts to dip south from the Arctic, across North America, Europe and Russia, a new study says.
By Bob Berwyn, InsideClimate News Sep 28, 2017
When winter sets in, “polar vortex” becomes one of the most dreaded phrases in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s enough to send shivers even before the first blast of bitter cold arrives.
New research shows that some northern regions have been getting hit with these extreme cold spells more frequently over the past four decades, even as the planet as a whole has warmed. While it may seem counterintuitive, the scientists believe these bitter cold snaps are connected to the warming of the Arctic and the effects that that warming is having on the winds of the stratospheric polar vortex, high above the Earth’s surface.
Here’s what scientists involved in the research think is happening: The evidence is clear that the Arctic has been warming faster than the rest of the planet. That warming is reducing the amount of Arctic sea ice, allowing more heat to escape from the ocean. The scientists think that the ocean energy that is being released is causing a weakening of the polar vortex winds over the Arctic, which normally keep cold air centered over the polar region. That weakening is then allowing cold polar air to slip southward more often.
Norfolk and Miami frequently see nuisance flooding now. The cost to protect them and other coastal cities in the future is rising with the tide.
By Nicholas Kusnetz Dec 28, 2017
To get a sense of how much it will cost the nation to save itself from rising seas over the next 50 years, consider Norfolk, Virginia.
In November, the Army Corps released a proposal for protecting the city from coastal flooding that would cost $1.8 billion. Some experts consider the estimate low. And it doesn’t include the Navy’s largest base, which lies within city limits and likely needs at least another $1 billion in construction.
Then consider the costs to protect Boston, New York, Baltimore, Miami, Tampa, New Orleans, Houston and the more than 3,000 miles of coastline in between.
Rising seas driven by climate change are flooding the nation’s coasts now. The problem will get worse over the next 50 years, but the United States has barely begun to consider what’s needed and hasn’t grappled with the costs or who will pay. Many decisions are left to state and local governments, particularly now that the federal government under President Donald Trump has halted action to mitigate climate change and reversed nascent federal efforts to adapt to its effects.