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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."

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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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Submersible Raspberry Pi drone - Raspberry Pi

Submersible Raspberry Pi drone - Raspberry Pi | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
We found something rather fabulous on YouTube. Niels Affourtit has taken his home-made underwater drone (or ROV – Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle) from bathtub tests to real-world deployment in a great big lake somewhere in the Netherlands. It’s a sophisticated build – the video below says that it uses an HD camera, the Raspberry Pi, …

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Hydropower dams worldwide cause continued species extinction

Hydropower dams worldwide cause continued species extinction | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
GR:  The decline of species on the islands is consistent with the theory of island biogeography.  No ecologist would be surprised by the decline. University of Stirling:  New research led by the University of Stirling has found a global pattern of sustained species extinctions on islands within hydroelectric reservoirs. Scientists have discovered that reservoir islands…
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NASA looks at ‘snow-killing’ atmospheric river storms | Summit County Citizens Voice

NASA looks at ‘snow-killing’ atmospheric river storms
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New Extreme Climate to Hurl More Rain Bombs at Texas, Light off Another Record West Coast Heatwave | robertscribbler

More Severe Storms.  They call them rain bombs. A new breed of severe storm fueled by a record hot atmosphere. One capable of dumping 2-4 inches of rainfall an hour and generating voracious flash floods that can devour homes and cars in just minutes. And in southeast Texas, the rain bombs have been going off…

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Record Rain Events a Global Pattern | Climate Denial Crock of the Week

Record Rain Events a Global Pattern | Climate Denial Crock of the Week | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

GR:  As predicted by scientists more than 30 years ago, the storms are growing stronger.  As the Earth's atmosphere and oceans warm, the storms will continue to grow.

Climate denial:  "This weekend’s record flooding in Germany was a reminder of one of the most basic, first-order-physics predictions of climate science – warmer air holds more…

Climate denial:  "This weekend’s record flooding in Germany was a reminder of one of the most basic, first-order-physics predictions of climate science – warmer air holds more…."

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Philippines New President Duterte Supports Population Control

Philippines New President Duterte Supports Population Control | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Philippines Population Control Needed GR:  Joe Bish of the Population Media Center points out that "the advocacy group Philippine Legislators Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD) have voiced support of improved implementation of the RH Law, while sensibly tacking away from a 3 child policy. It is likely that the RH Law, as written, contains a…
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How fracking can contribute to climate change | Environment | The Guardian

How fracking can contribute to climate change | Environment | The Guardian | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
One of the justifications for fracking is the use of natural gas as a bridging fuel between coal and a low-carbon future. However natural gas is mostly methane, which has strong global warming impacts in its own right. Natural gas therefore only provides climate benefits over coal if the leakage is no more than 2-3%.…
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Fire in the Sky — More Than 330,000 Lightning Strikes Hit Europe in Just Eight Hours | robertscribbler

Fire in the Sky — More Than 330,000 Lightning Strikes Hit Europe in Just Eight Hours | robertscribbler | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
“Whatever happened to normal weather? Earth has always experienced epic storms, debilitating drought, and biblical floods. But lately it seems the treadmill of disruptive weather has been set to fast-forward.” — Paul Douglas. A cold, unstable air mass aloft. A record atmospheric moisture load due to human-caused climate change. Add in 80 degree or warmer…
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One-fifth of world’s plants at risk of extinction: study | The Japan Times

One-fifth of world’s plants at risk of extinction: study | The Japan Times | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The survey by Britain’s Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, London, said 21 percent of species are under threat. The report, the first of its kind, is intended to become a global reference point for the study of plants. The study, which estimates there are a total of 390,900 plants known to science, found farming to…
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We tend to focus on animals. However, plants are the primary producers upon which all animals, including humans, depend. This study gives us an extremely valuable starting point for evaluating the status of plants. I suspect that further analysis will show that there are more plant species at risk than the 21% indicated here. I think this is because the effects of climate change are not yet fully understood by many scientists. For instance, several recent studies (here's an example) found that most forest trees will disappear this century. With them will go many of the understory plants and, of course, the animals.
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The number one thing we can do to protect Earth’s oceans | Ensia

The number one thing we can do to protect Earth’s oceans | Ensia | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Protecting Earth's Oceans By Liza Gross When New England fishers complained of working harder and harder to catch fewer and fewer fish, Spencer Baird assembled a scientific team to investigate. Though a fishery failure would once have seemed inconceivable, Baird wrote in his report, “an alarming decrease of the shore-fisheries has been thoroughly established by…
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A very nice piece on the Law of the Sea.
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This Is The Side Of The Great Barrier Reef The Government Doesn’t Want You To See – BuzzFeed News

This Is The Side Of The Great Barrier Reef The Government Doesn’t Want You To See – BuzzFeed News | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Australia Coral Reef Deception:  BuzzFeed News: Photos and text from: Rob Stott, BuzzFeed News Reporter, Australia Take a quick look at the Tourism Australia website and social media channels and you’ll find all of the things you’d expect from the Great Barrier Reef: glossy photos of divers, happy turtles, and coral. Lots of coral. But…
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Meteorologists are seeing global warming’s effect on the weather | Paul Douglas | Environment | The Guardian

Meteorologists are seeing global warming’s effect on the weather | Paul Douglas | Environment | The Guardian | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

GR:  Read my last post to see how forecasters failed to predict the extreme rainfall and flooding that hit Texas today.


"Whatever happened to normal weather? Earth has always experienced epic storms, debilitating drought, and biblical floods. But lately it seems the treadmill of disruptive weather has been set to fast-forward. God’s grandiose Symphony of…GR:  Read my last post to see how forecasters failed to predict the extreme rainfall and flooding that hit Texas today. "Whatever happened to normal weather? Earth has always experienced epic storms, debilitating drought, and biblical floods. But lately it seems the treadmill of disruptive weather has been set to fast-forward. God’s grandiose Symphony of…

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Agreement turns I-35 into pollinator haven | Finance & Commerce

Agreement turns I-35 into pollinator haven | Finance & Commerce | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
GR:  It is definitely time to get serious about pollinator protection.  Unfortunately, this agreement is not binding and it does not mention mowing or herbicides, the principal roadside vegetation management tools of departments of transportation.  If I-35 roadsides start to become wild and rough, it will be a sign that the effort to aid pollinators…
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Simulated Global Temperature Change–Updated

This animated spiral portrays the simulated changes in the global averaged monthly air temperature from 1850 through 2100 relative to the 1850 - 1900 average. The temperature data are from Community Climate System (CCSM4) global climate model maintained by the National Center for Atmospheric Research. The simulation is for the IPCC Representative Concentration Pathway 8.5…
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This is an updated animation. Sad to say that it represents our most likely future. Huge storms, long droughts, crowded polluted cities, disappearing plants and animals, dying seas, and shortened life spans. How quickly we have destroyed so much.
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Forest-destroying palm oil powers cars in EU. Surprised?

Forest-destroying palm oil powers cars in EU.  Surprised? | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
GR:  The human efforts to destroy the Earth are like the moves of a chess grand master--always catching us by surprise. Marlowe Hood:  "Palm oil produced on tropical plantations that drive deforestation has become a major biofuel for vehicles in the European Union, industry figures released Tuesday by an environmental group revealed. "In 2014, nearly…
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Extreme weather increasing level of toxins in food, scientists warn | The Financial Express

Extreme weather increasing level of toxins in food, scientists warn | The Financial Express | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

GR:  With increasing levels of pesticides and natural toxins, the Earth factory farm won't be producing healthy food.  Shortened life spans in the human future?

"As they struggle to deal with more extreme weather, a range of food crops are generating more of chemical compounds that can cause health problems for people and livestock who…GR:  With increasing levels of pesticides and natural toxins, the Earth factory farm won't be producing healthy food.  Shortened life spans in the human future?

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Sierra Club Releases 2016 Report Card for Arizona Legislature and Governor | Sierra Club

Sierra Club Releases 2016 Report Card for Arizona Legislature and Governor | Sierra Club | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Phoenix, AZ – The 52nd Legislature’s focus was on limiting safeguards for much of what makes Arizona special. Legislators sought to further weaken water laws, promoted unaccountable special taxing districts to accommodate unsustainable developments, clouded the future of rooftop solar, and passed bills to hinder protection of public lands via national monuments and via the…
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Dishonest Donald Denies The Ongoing California Drought as Lake Mead Hits New All-Time Record Low | robertscribbler

We now find that under the current amount of warming, the probability of a severe drought year has approximately doubled. — Park Williams, assistant research professor at Columbia University’… Source: Dishonest Donald Denies The Ongoing California Drought as Lake Mead Hits New All-Time Record Low | robertscribbler
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Homeowners kept in dark about climate change risk to houses, says report | Environment | The Guardian

Homeowners kept in dark about climate change risk to houses, says report | Environment | The Guardian | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
GR:  Efforts by governments to support development by hiding important information from consumers is rampant in the U. S.  I am not surprised that this is true in Austrailia as I assume that it is true worldwide. Guardian:  "The risk that houses in some areas of Australia are likely to become uninsurable, dilapidated and uninhabitable…
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Pharmaceutical pollution widespread in Southeast U.S. streams | Summit County Citizens Voice

Pharmaceutical pollution widespread in Southeast U.S. streams | Summit County Citizens Voice | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
GR:  We have known about this for at least 20 years, but nothing has been done because of the high cost of filtering urban waste water.  Large corporations and stock holders avoid taxes, and what the rest of us pay is insufficient for more than a tot-lot or two and more roads to support further…
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Disappearing West

Disappearing West | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
  Construction Eliminating Plants and Animals Every 2.5 minutes, the American West loses a football field worth of natural area to human development. This project maps a rapidly changing landscape, explores what is being lost, and profiles a new movement for conservation that is gaining ground. Natural areas in the West are going fast. With…
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Excellent review of the loss of natural areas to construction.
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Peace park proposed for Karen State, Myanmar- DVB Multimedia Group

Peace park proposed for Karen State, Myanmar- DVB Multimedia Group | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Proposed Nature Sanctuary/Park in Myanmar KESAN hopes the introduction of the Salween Peace Park will also stop logging concessions in the area, which cause irreparable damage to wildlife and the environment.  Source: Peace park proposed for Karen State- DVB Multimedia Group Click for Photo Source  
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Abrupt Sea Level Rise Looms As Increasingly Realistic Threat by Nicola Jones: Yale Environment 360

Abrupt Sea Level Rise Looms As Increasingly Realistic Threat by Nicola Jones: Yale Environment 360 | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Ninety-nine percent of the planet's freshwater ice is locked up in the Antarctic and Greenland ice caps. Now, a growing number of studies are raising the possibility that as those ice sheets melt, sea levels could rise by six feet this century, and far higher in the next, flooding many of the world's populated coastal…
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Electric aircraft Sun Flyer – Business Insider

Electric aircraft Sun Flyer – Business Insider | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
A small Denver, Colorado, manufacturer has rolled out the first prototype of a new all-electric aircraft, suggesting that the same revolution currently sweeping through the auto industry may soon become airborne.  Source: Electric aircraft Sun Flyer - Business Insider
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Multi-Day ‘Siege of Storms’ Follows Exxon Shareholder Meeting | robertscribbler

Multi-Day ‘Siege of Storms’ Follows Exxon Shareholder Meeting | robertscribbler | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
A multi-day siege of severe thunderstorms morphed into a major flash flood event in parts of Texas, Kansas, and other states late Thursday into Friday, and more severe weather is expected into Friday night.

NOAA weather forecasts earlier this week had identified some risk of severe rainfall over this region. But the forecasts had only predicted around 3 inches of rainfall in the most heavily affected areas. The forecast therefore undershot Thursday rainfall intensity by 14-16 inches. And this makes it look like the current weather models are having some serious difficultly keeping up with the human-forced atmospheric changes that are now fully in swing. Combine this with current weather media’s near complete blindness (there are noted exceptions — Weather Underground included) to factors related to human-caused climate change and we have what could best be described as a hazardous degree of under-reporting on climate related risk factors. And the result is a great underutilization of a vast array of weather sensors and scientific talent that would be capable of providing helpful and life-saving information if only they were enabled to. But media-wide, we’re still living and acting as if climate change doesn’t affect the weather. Source: Multi-Day ‘Siege of Storms’ Follows Exxon Shareholder Meeting | robertscribbler
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GR:  Forcasting in the time of climate change.
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