Daily Archives: July 27, 2022

See what three degrees of global warming looks like | The Economist

Oct 30, 2021

If global temperatures rise three degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, the results would be catastrophic. It’s an entirely plausible scenario, and this film shows you what it would look like.

00:00 – What will a 3°C world look like? 00:57 – Climate change is already having devastating effects 02:58 – How climate modelling works 04:06 – Nowhere is safe from global warming 05:20 – The impact of prolonged droughts 08:24 – Rising sea levels, storm surges and flooding 10:27 – Extreme heat and wet-bulb temperatures 12:51 – Increased migration and conflict 14:26 – Adaptation and mitigation are crucial

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Listen to an episode of “The Intelligence” podcast about a 3°C world: https://econ.st/2Zw3Utv

What would different levels of global warming look like? https://econ.st/2ZBsZDb

How climate modelling works: https://econ.st/3jNmlAN

Read about the IPCC’s starkest warning yet about climate change: https://econ.st/3nxagk6

What to look out for at COP26: https://econ.st/2ZHngeZ

Why the COP26 climate summit will be both crucial and disappointing: https://econ.st/3Gvvibz

Broken promises, energy shortages and covid-19 will hamper COP26: https://econ.st/3EnDBnU

Why damage from climate change will be widespread and sometimes surprising: https://econ.st/3Et40kq

Children born today are likely to face seven times more extreme weather events than their grandparents: https://econ.st/3GyuXEO

How to prepare for rising sea levels: https://econ.st/3EmtO1t

Podcast: The growing risk of deadly heatwaves: https://econ.st/3nFWFH8

The danger posed by heatwaves needs to be taken more seriously: https://econ.st/3k7SbZd

What if firms were forced to pay for frying the planet: https://econ.st/3nGpseT

Trump’s New Jan. 6 Nightmare: ‘Devastating’ Evidence Sparks MAGA Panic As Fox News Ignores 45

Jul 27, 2022

Fox News ignored Trump’s speech from his first appearance back in Washington D.C. since leaving office. Two former party chairs join MSNBC’s Ari Melber. Former Governor Howard Dean says he “hopes Trump is the nominee” because he thinks Democrats “have a great chance of beating him.” On Fox News turning on Trump, Michael Steele says, “I think from Trump’s perspective, it grates on him. But he knows he holds more cards than these organizations do in the end.”

As drought continues, many Massachusetts communities enact water bans

Jul 26, 2022

WBZ-TV’s Paul Burton reports.

75% of Massachusetts in moderate drought

Jul 11, 2022

Drought conditions could get worse in Massachusetts. WBZ-TV’s Louisa Moller reports.

75% of Massachusetts in drought

Jun 30, 2022

The moderate drought extends from Cape Ann to the edge of the South Shore and west into Berkshire County. The rest of the state, including Cape Cod and the Islands, is considered abnormally dry.

How Massachusetts drought is impacting growers

Jul 14, 2022

Approximately 80% of Massachusetts is experiencing drought conditions and 21% of the state is in a severe drought.

Lawrence: James Murray Is The Problem At The Secret Service

Jul 20, 2022

NBC News is reporting that members of the Secret Service were told at least three times to preserve text messages and communications on their agency phones. MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell breaks down the new developments and explains how the problems at the Secret Service may go all the way to the top.

Hungary PM Viktor Orban’s adviser resigns over ‘pure Nazi’ speech – BBC News

Jul 27, 2022

A close ally of the Hungarian prime minister, Viktor Orban, has resigned, comparing his recent comments on race to those of the Nazi era.

Zsuzsa Hegedus, who has known the nationalist Mr. Orban for 20 years, described the speech as a “pure Nazi text”, according to Hungarian media.

The International Auschwitz Committee of Holocaust survivors called the speech “stupid and dangerous.”

Mr Orban said European peoples should be free to mix with one another, but that mixing with non-Europeans created a “mixed-race world”.

The Hungarian prime minister, known for his anti-migration views, spoke out against becoming “peoples of mixed race”.

Mr. Orban’s spokesman said the media had misrepresented the comments.

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Ancient Saharan rivers provide clues to a wetter Mars

Jul 27, 2022

By studying ancient rivers and deltas in the eastern Sahara and modern Iraq, scientists are learning about similar features on Mars. Researchers studied fluvial systems (rivers and deltas) that formed during much wetter conditions than the present and which bear striking similarities to martian systems. The terrestrial features show evidence of short-lived, very heavy rainfall events during wet periods that might have spanned tens to a few hundred years over a total duration of about 10,000 years. Between the wetter times the wind took over sculpting ridges out of old drainage channels. The researchers suggest that strikingly similar features on Mars suggest similar local and heavy runoff that lasted tens to hundreds of years over thousands of years, possibly sufficient to support habitability. A shift toward arid conditions led to the sculpting of fluvial ridges and the widespread formation of dunes across the modern martian landscape.

Source: Fluvial Depositional Systems of the African Humid Period: An Analog for an Early, Wet Mars in the Eastern Sahara; A. S. Zaki, J. M. Davis, K. S. Edgett, R. Giegengack, M. Roige, S. Conway, M. Schuster, S. Gupta, F. Salese, K. S. Sangwan, A. G. Fairén, C. M. Hughes, C. F. Pain, S. Castelltort [2022] JGR Planets

DOI: 10.1029/2021JE007087


Economist Jayati Ghosh: Global Debt Crisis Is Perfect Storm of Unrest, Economic Disaster, Starvation

Jul 27, 2022

We look at the looming possibility of a global recession amid rising inflation, the pandemic and the Russian war in Ukraine. World financial institutions and wealthier countries should take stronger actions such as writing off debts that are crippling developing nations, says Jayati Ghosh, economics professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. “This is just completely lack of political will. It’s not because we don’t know what to do.” Her piece in The Guardian is headlined “There is a global debt crisis coming — and it won’t stop at Sri Lanka,” and she also discusses other countries on the brink of an economic collapse, including Pakistan, Nepal, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Panama and Argentina.