Daily Archives: August 16, 2021

The U.N.’s Terrifying Climate Report | Elizabeth Kolbert

The U.N.’s Terrifying Climate Report

Scientists predict hotter heat waves and worse flooding in the decades ahead, but the catastrophe is evident everywhere this summer.

By Elizabeth Kolbert

August 15, 2021

In 1988, the World Meteorological Organization teamed up with the United Nations Environment Programme to form a body with an even more cumbersome title, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or, as it quickly became known, the I.P.C.C. The I.P.C.C.’s structure was every bit as ungainly as its name. Any report that the group issued had to be approved not just by the researchers who collaborated on it but also by the governments of the member countries, which today number a hundred and ninety-five. The process seemed guaranteed to produce gridlock, and, by many accounts, that was the point of it. (One of the architects of the I.P.C.C. was the Reagan Administration.) Indeed, when the scientists drew up their first report, in 1990, the diplomats tried so hard to water down their conclusions that the whole enterprise nearly collapsed. Every five or six years since then, the group has updated its findings, using the same procedure.

It’s in this context that the latest I.P.C.C. effort, released last week, has to be read—or, more likely, not read. Even the shortest and snappiest version of the report, the so-called Summary for Policymakers, which, at forty-one pages, is just one per cent of the length of the full document, is, in its mix of the technical and the turgid, pretty much impenetrable. Still, it manages to terrify. Owing to humans, the report states, the world has warmed by more than one degree Celsius—nearly two degrees Fahrenheit. Global temperatures are now higher than at any other time in the past hundred and twenty-five thousand years. Anthropogenic warming, the report observes, is already producing fiercer heat waves, heavier rainstorms, and more violent cyclones. In the coming decades, still hotter heat waves and worse flooding are to be expected, as events that are now considered extreme become commonplace. On Twitter, the climate activist Greta Thunberg described the I.P.C.C. report as a “solid (but cautious) summary of the current best available science.” The U.N. Secretary-General, António Guterres, called it a “code red for humanity.”

Of course, these days, you don’t need to be a climate scientist to know which way the smoke is blowing. As Corinne Le Quéré, a climate modeller at the University of East Anglia and one of the authors of the I.P.C.C. report, told the Washington Post, “It’s now become actually quite obvious to people what is happening, because we see it with our own eyes.” Just before the report came out, the Dixie Fire, burning northeast of Sacramento, became the largest single fire on record in California. (Last summer’s August Complex Fire is still the largest over all, but it was made up of multiple fires that started separately.) On Wednesday, the National Weather Service warned, “Stifling summer heat to stretch from coast-to-coast.” That day, about two hundred million Americans were under some kind of heat advisory.

Elsewhere in the world last week, the situation was similarly grim. The city of Siracusa, in Sicily, set what appears to be a new European temperature record of 119.8 degrees. More than sixty people were killed by wildfires in Algeria, which was also experiencing intense heat. Wildfires in Greece prompted the country’s Prime Minister to declare a “natural disaster of unprecedented dimensions,” and in the Chinese province of Sichuan more than eighty thousand people were evacuated because of flooding caused by torrential rains.

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Create a Timeline in Excel FINAL


Technology for Teachers and StudentsAug 16, 2021
Learn how to easily create a timeline in your Excel spreadsheets. ***Consider supporting Technology for Teachers and Students on Patreon***: https://www.patreon.com/technologyfor… Here’s my entire playlist of Excel tutorials: http://bit.ly/tech4excel Consider saying “Thanks” by clicking the Thanks button below the video. Here’s a link to the practice file that goes with the video: https://bit.ly/exceltimelines #excel #exceltutorials #microsoft365

Writing for Eos and a Broad Audience – Part 1


AGUAug 16, 2021
Are you a scientist looking to write about your research or an opinion in the Earth and space sciences for a broad audience? Eos, the science news magazine of AGU, may be the right venue for you.

Eos publishes scientist-authored articles in accessible language that focus on new and innovative research efforts, opinions that highlight scientific or cultural problems in the Earth and space sciences and make recommendations to address those problems, and features that offer overviews of a particular topic.

In part 1 of this two-part presentation, Eos Senior Science Editor Tim Oleson discusses the steps of the Eos editing process, what makes for successful articles, and several pieces of guidance the editorial staff often give to scientist-authors. In part 2, he will walk though example articles to illustrate the points raised in part 1.

We encourage you head to Eos.org (https://eos.org/) to read our current and past coverage, and to check out our Submission Guidelines (https://eos.org/learn-more-about-eos/…) to learn more about writing for Eos. Watch part 2 here: https://youtu.be/re7dVrgVOnw

Midday Monday tropical forecast: Fred, Grace, and TD8

FOX 13 Tampa Bay – Aug 16, 2021

A strengthening Tropical Storm Fred moved closer to Florida on Monday, just hours away from making landfall in the Panhandle. The National Hurricane Center said wind shear kept Fred from intensifying much overnight, but the storm is now encountering more favorable conditions in the hours before landfall. Tropical Depression Grace was dropping rain over Puerto Rico early Monday and forecast to move over Hispaniola later in the day. And Tropical Depression Eight formed late Sunday near Bermuda, likely to become Tropical Storm Henri.

RNC removes page from website touting Trump peace deal with Taliban: report

The Hill – Aug 16, 2021

A Republican National Committee (RNC) post touting the Trump administration’s peace deal with the Taliban is offline, Insider reported Monday.

Writing for Eos and a Broad Audience – Part 2


AGUAug 16, 2021
Are you a scientist looking to write about your research or an opinion in the Earth and space sciences for a broad audience? Eos, the science news magazine of AGU, may be the right venue for you.

Eos publishes scientist-authored articles in accessible language that focus on new and innovative research efforts, opinions that highlight scientific or cultural problems in the Earth and space sciences and make recommendations to address those problems, and features that offer overviews of a particular topic.

In part 1 of this two-part presentation, Eos Senior Science Editor Tim Oleson discussed the steps of the Eos editing process, what makes for successful articles, and several pieces of guidance the editorial staff often give to scientist-authors. Here in part 2, he walks though example articles to illustrate the points raised in part 1.

Articles mentioned in this video include the following:

“Why Sunlight Matters for Marine Oil Spills” https://eos.org/features/why-sunlight…

“Lessons from a Post-Eruption Landscape” https://eos.org/features/lessons-from…

“Exploring by Boring: Geothermal Wells as Research Tools” https://eos.org/science-updates/explo…

“Visualizing Science: How Color Determines What We See” https://eos.org/features/visualizing-…

“Earth System Modeling Must Become More Energy Efficient” https://eos.org/opinions/earth-system…

“Searching for Mount Meager’s Geothermal Heart” https://eos.org/science-updates/searc…

We encourage you head to https://eos.org/ to read more of our coverage, and to check out our Submission Guidelines (https://eos.org/learn-more-about-eos/…) to learn more about writing for Eos. Watch part 1 of the video series here: https://youtu.be/lBClc7mIGBs

Remembering George Jackson, revolutionary author and activist


The Real News NetworkAug 16, 2021
To celebrate Black August, TRNN Executive Producer and former Black Panther Eddie Conway talks with Claude Marks about the life and legacy of revolutionary author and activist George Jackson 50 years after his assassination.

Let’s Not Let This War Go Down the Memory Hole Too


Thom Hartmann ProgramAug 16, 2021
America has been lied into too many wars. It’s cost us too much in terms of money, credibility and blood. We must remember the lies. We can’t afford to let this one go down the memory hole, too.

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