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This is What A Fossil Fuel Dystopia Looks Like — The Arctic Sea Ice is Breaking Up North of Greenland in June

This is What A Fossil Fuel Dystopia Looks Like — The Arctic Sea Ice is Breaking Up North of Greenland in June | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
GR.--Read to the bottom for Scribbler's forecast based on the Arctic ice events. RobertScribbler.--The Arctic sea ice is breaking up to the north of Greenland during June. It’s the fossil fuel burning global dystopia phrase of the day. Another cognitive dissonance producing instance of something that would have never happened without the added heat kick…
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Climate Change and Violence in the Philippines

Climate Change and Violence in the Philippines | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
From Syria to Kidapawan: time to look at climate change as a peace issue

On April 1, the Philippines was shocked by violence in Kidapawan City, the capital of Cotabato Province, where police opened fire on farmers protesting and asking for rice, killing three and injuring 116.

Eighty-seven were listed as missing in the incident, which erupted over frustrated farmers experiencing an intense drought brought on by the El Nino climate phenomenon who felt the government was doing nothing for them. The Philippines is an island nation frequently battered y weather, often typhoons. Now it is drought.
Garry Rogers's insight:
GR:  According to the MIT computer model commissioned by the Club of Rome (Limits to Growth, 1974), the collapse of human civilization begins around 2020 (https://garryrogers.com/2014/09/03/limits-to-growth/).  The collapse results from our growing population's use of the planet's limited resources, and the environmental pollution accompanying use of those resources.  The severity of climate-change impacts may have moved up the beginning of the collapse.  To this year. 
However, the collapse will be gradual.  Many people will not feel the shocks of our failing civilization for another 10-20 years.
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Climate: Study sees global warming fingerprint on long-running drought in Mediterranean region

Climate: Study sees global warming fingerprint on long-running drought in Mediterranean region | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Thanks to Bob Berwyn for more details on one of the regions discussed in the climate-emergency declaration (bit.ly/1R3dN6k).
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Risk level rises for North American forests - GLOBE-Net

Risk level rises for North American forests - GLOBE-Net | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
LONDON, 6 March, 2016 – Drought and climate change are now threatening almost all the forests of the continental US, according to new research.

Scientists from 14 laboratories and institutions warn in the journal Global Change Biology that climate is changing faster than tree populations can adapt

Existing forests, effectively and literally rooted to the spot, are experiencing conditions hotter and less reliably rainy than those in which they had evolved.

“Over the last two decades, warming temperatures and variable precipitation have increased the severity of forest droughts across much of the continental United States,” says James Clark, professor of global environmental change at Duke University, North Carolina.

He and colleagues synthesised hundreds of studies to arrive at a snapshot of changing conditions and a prediction of troubles ahead.
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Uplifting Homework – Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions

Uplifting Homework – Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
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This may be the most important suit ever filed!
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"Hey! Ho! Fossil Fuels Have Got to Go!" -- World Sees Largest Climate March in History Amidst Mounting Dangers

"Hey! Ho! Fossil Fuels Have Got to Go!" -- World Sees Largest Climate March in History Amidst Mounting Dangers | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
According to the National Climate Data Center, the summer of 2014 was the hottest in the global record. It was a season of record wildfires, sea surface temperatures far above the 20th Century average, and of record droughts and rainfall events around the globe. And it was a year in which the ability of nations to provide food for the world’s seven billion and growing population amidst a mounting tally of extreme droughts and floods was called increasingly into question.

On Sunday September 24, 2014, the ever-more alarmed people of the world responded.

In New York City, an estimated 410,000 took ...
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GR:  Human impacts are so massive that "reasonable" compromises have no effect.  This post is about greenhouse gasses and global warming.  Other stories about plastic in the oceans, pesticides on the land, and our bulging population’s growing need for building, burning, cutting, fishing, grazing, hunting, and plowing are also untouched by "reasonable" compromises.  We need to redefine our compromises as effective immediately (say 2 years) vs. long-term (10 years).  It is nonsense to let special interests such as the oil/coal industry have their congressmen suggest reasonable solutions.

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Vulnerability of biodiversity hotspots to global change

Vulnerability of biodiversity hotspots to global change | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

 http://t.co/t5iYsfgr7D

Results

Our findings show that hotspots may experience an average loss of 31% of their area under analogue climate, with some hotspots more affected than others (e.g. Polynesia–Micronesia). The greatest climate change was projected in low-latitude hotspots. The hotspots were on average suitable for 17% of the considered invasive species. Hotspots that are mainly islands or groups of islands were disproportionally suitable for a high number of invasive species both currently and in the future. We also showed that hotspots will increase their area of pasture in the future. Finally, combining the three threats, we identified the Atlantic forest, Cape Floristic Region and Polynesia–Micronesia as particularly vulnerable to global changes.

Main conclusions

Given our estimates of hotspot vulnerability to changes, close monitoring is now required to evaluate the biodiversity responses to future changes and to test our projections against observations.

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GR:  Invasive species and climate change threaten biodiversity everywhere. Invasive plants have already overrun one of my desert research areas in the central Great Basin Desert.  Invasive species are spreading in other desert areas now.

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No More 'Hiatus' -- Human Emission to Completely Overwhelm Nature by 2030

No More 'Hiatus' -- Human Emission to Completely Overwhelm Nature by 2030 | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

"Keep burning fossil fuels at current rates and you can kiss nature's influence over temperature good-bye. That's the conclusion of two recent scientific studies."

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GR:  The current global-warming slowdown is predicted to end by 2030 as ocean-stored heat begins to escape.

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Thomas Piketty, climate change and discounting our future

Thomas Piketty, climate change and discounting our future | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

"French economist Thomas Piketty and his book Capital in the Twenty-First Century are a global publishing phenomenon. But while Piketty’s writing on wealth inequality has been widely debated, far fewer people know that he has some useful things to say about climate change and public capital."

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This is a sad example of the type of professional economist debates that have given economics such a poor reputation.  The debate here is not about the immediate emergency need to stop the irreversible extinction of Earth's species; it is about when the monetary costs of climate change will be paid.

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Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret--a Review of a Terrific Video

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret--a Review of a Terrific Video | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

"The movie goes far beyond the obvious impacts of livestock production such as overgrazing of rangelands, and talks about everything from water pollution (from manure) to energy use in the production of meat to the mistreatment of meat producing animals by humans. Overall it makes a very cogent and articulate argument against meat/dairy consumption.

"They even take on Alan Savory, advocate of more livestock production as a means of reducing global warming, pointing out that methane production from domestic animals is one of the largest contributors to warming climate, and vastly exceeds any ability of grazed grassland ecosystems to absorb more carbon.

"The video is full of facts illustrated with great graphs like how many more gallons of water or the amount of land required in the production of a hamburger vs. a veggie burger that will make it easy to understand why livestock are one of the greatest threats to global biodiversity and ecosystems.


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GR:  The Earth could get along just fine without us.  If anyone can think of an ecosystem function that requires our presence, I would like to hear about it.  Circumstantial and fossil evidence indicates that even when human numbers were small, the fires, animal drives, and plant preferences had harmful effects.  Ecosystem resilience absorbed early human impacts, but now with more than seven billion of us, the impacts are simply overwhelming earth ecosystems. Livestock?  Earth could tolerate a few domestic beasts, but not the billions we have now.  Watch the video.

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Exquisite oil paintings reflect on climate change consequences

Exquisite oil paintings reflect on climate change consequences | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
In this thought-provoking collection of paintings, Canadian artist Eric Vanasse poses important questions about the fate of our planet and the humans and animals that call it home. (Wow, what a strong message & reality check!
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The arts clarify tough issues with elegance and brevity.

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With No Relief in Sight, Extreme to Exceptional Drought Now Covers Over 80 Percent of California

With No Relief in Sight, Extreme to Exceptional Drought Now Covers Over 80 Percent of California | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
It's no longer a question of 100% drought coverage for the stricken state of California. That barrier was crossed months ago. Today, it's how severe that drought coverage has become. And in a state...
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Excellent article.

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Patricia Randolph's Madravenspeak: Doomsday climate scenario no longer far-fetched

Patricia Randolph's Madravenspeak: Doomsday climate scenario no longer far-fetched | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
MADRAVENSPEAK “Consider this. What if all life on earth could go extinct because of man-made climate change?” — “Last Hours” documentary There is little, these days, that brings state power in line...
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The "Urgent Care prescription" at the end is worth reading and discussing.

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Climate: Increased Antarctica snowfall no buffer to sea level rise

Climate: Increased Antarctica snowfall no buffer to sea level rise | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
New research suggests that Antarctica's contribution to sea level rise over the next few decades has been underestimated By Bob Berwyn When it comes to the question of how much sea levels will rise in the global warming era, Antarctica is the big, frozen, enchilada. Just a partial meltdown of the ice shelves along the…
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Are American Cities Prepared for Climate Change? | Homeland Security News

Are American Cities Prepared for Climate Change? | Homeland Security News | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

Image:  Hurricane Sandy by Gordontarpley.


Infrastructure is, by design, largely unnoticed until it breaks and service fails. It is the water supply, the gas lines, bridges and dams, phone lines and cell towers, roads and culverts, train lines and railways, and the electric grid; all of the complex systems that keep our society and economy running. Engineers typically design systems to withstand reasonable worst-case conditions based on historical records; for example, an engineer builds a bridge strong enough to withstand floods based on historical rainfall and flooding. But what happens when the worst case is no longer bad enough?

From September 2012 until March 2013, Australia sweltered. And burned.

The worst heat wave recorded in the continent’s history sent temperatures soaring well over 100°F for weeks. Fires spread along the coasts and across Tasmania. In the Outback, roads melted.

News reports called it the “angry summer.” It was so bad that it literally changed the map: meteorologists had to add two new color bands to their maps on the evening weather reports, to go up to 130°.

So Australians turned on the air conditioning.

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When the world was united against climate change

When the world was united against climate change | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
FEATURE: Small island states, radical young lawyers and a Republican president were among those who delivered the first global warming treaty a quarter of a century ago
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Thatcher gives a fine speech.  Sad to reflect on what we might have today were it not for human nature--fear and desire (greed).
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Can wildlife adapt to climate change?

Can wildlife adapt to climate change? | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
With rising temperatures and seas, massive droughts, and changing landscapes, successfully adapting to climate change is increasingly important. For humans, this can mean using technology to find s...
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Yet another "good news" commentary that makes unrealistic assumptions about what people will do.  This is the sort of soft-sell that lets corporations and governments continue on wrecking the planet.
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B Team Open Letter Calls For Bold Climate Action at COP21 in Paris - The B Team

B Team Open Letter Calls For Bold Climate Action at COP21 in Paris - The B Team | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Dear Christiana Figueres (Executive Secretary, UNFCCC), Today, as global business leaders and members of the B Team, we are calling on governments and businesses to commit to bold action at this year’s COP21 negotiations in Paris. Our ambition – a global goal of net-zero greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 – builds on recent talks at …
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Yay! Global business leaders for zero greenhouse emissions.  Now they have to start buying up elected representatives to bring governments along.

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The Most Influential Climate Science Paper Today Remains Unknown to Most People | InsideClimate News

It is probably the most influential paper on climate science today. But few outside scientific circles even know it exists. Though just six pages long, its dense, technical writing makes it largely incomprehensible to non-experts.
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GR:  The discussion of this paper on Inside Climate News is informative.

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Climate Change and Food Riots: Learn to Farm

Climate Change and Food Riots: Learn to Farm | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

AKIRA WATTS FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT (Photo: Christian Fischer)"[D]uring the summer of 1789 a fresh cause of discontent was added to all those which have just been enumerated. This cause was the famine — the exorbitant price of bread, for lack of which bread the poorer classes were suffering in most of the towns."

- Peter Kropotkin, The Great French Revolution 1789–1793.

Garry Rogers's insight:

GR:  Most of us have no place to farm, but even in urban places there are ways to garden.  Of course, that won't be enough.  Perhaps the article's advice should be to make connections with nearby farmers.  Some added advice is to pay attention to water supplies for farmers.

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Irreversible damage from climate change seen in leaked UN paper

Irreversible damage from climate change seen in leaked UN paper | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
LONDON — Humans risk causing irreversible and widespread damage to the planet unless there's faster action to limit the fossil fuel emissions that cause climate change, according to a leaked draft United Nations report.
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GR:  Climate scientists such as James Hansen (http://wp.me/p26kDO-7c2) and biologists such as E.O. Wilson (http://wp.me/p26kDO-7ZO) believe we are in the midst of an emergency.  More than climate change, we are reducing habitat through construction, farming, and grazing; we are aiding the takeover by invasive species (http://wp.me/p26kDO-4we), we are eliminating fresh water supplies for wildlife, and we are polluting the land, air, and water.  Where is the emergency response?

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NOAA: Ocean Acidification Rises, Shells Shrink

NOAA: Ocean Acidification Rises, Shells Shrink | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

"The oceans act as a “carbon sink,” absorbing vast amounts of carbon dioxide. Acidification occurs when amounts of carbon dioxide are dissolved into seawater, where it forms carbolic acid.

Scientists say the oceans are now 30 percent more acidic than they were at the beginning of the industrial revolution about 250 years ago.

Among the sea species most vulnerable to acidification are shellfish, because a build-up of acid in waters prevents species developing their calcium shells. Alaska’s salmon stocks are also at risk as one of the main ingredients of a salmon diet are pteropods, small shell creatures."

Garry Rogers's insight:

Greenhouse gas (mainly CO2) buildup in the atmosphere has a spreading web of consequences. The tentacles of the web are spreading quickly, too quickly for species to adapt.  The human impact is more like a massive meteorite strike than the ice-age climate changes or the slower continental drift changes.  

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The White House posted a video linking the California wildfires to climate change. Here’s why.

The White House posted a video linking the California wildfires to climate change. Here’s why. | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Wildfires are tangible. Carbon dioxide is not.
Garry Rogers's insight:

GR:  Fire fighters know that climate controls fire occurrence.  Day to day variations and annual averages of temperature, humidity, wind, and fuel are principal ingredients in fire severity and spread.  As the normal gradient from arctic to tropics breaks down and the jet stream wanders and stalls, occasional high-fire-danger conditions can persist long enough for destructive fires to spread far beyond historical experience.

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Scientists discover vast methane plumes escaping from Arctic seafloor | EarthSky.org

Scientists discover vast methane plumes escaping from Arctic seafloor | EarthSky.org | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
"We are sniffing methane. We see the bubbles on video from the camera ... All analysis tells the signs. We are in a mega flare."
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The significance of the mega flare is uncertain.  The research team is working on the issue, and we hope they feel the urgency the issue deserves.

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The Brink of Mass Extinction

The Brink of Mass Extinction | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

March through June 2014 were the hottest on record globally. While a single extreme weather event is not proof of anthropogenic climate disruption, the increasing intensity and frequency of these events are.

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Excellent review of news on effects and responses to anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD).  Covers Earth, water, air, fire, and denial. 

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