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Infographic: Sea Level Rise and Global Warming | UCSUSA

Infographic: Sea Level Rise and Global Warming | UCSUSA | World Geography | Scoop.it
Sea level is rising -- and at an accelerating rate -- largely in response to global warming.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 7, 2013 10:56 PM

What is causing the sea level to rise? Where are the "hot spots" where the sea will rise the fastest? How quickly is land ice melting? 

These and many other questions related to sea level rise and global warming are shared in this infographic created by the Union of Concerned Scientists. There are also links to two additional resources. One is called "Causes of Sea Level Rise: What the Science Tells Us" and the other discusses the methodology and assumptions made in the creation of the infographic. It is also possible to download the infographic in sections. There are four facts discussed in the infographic:

* Global average sea level rise has increased 8 inches since 1880...

* Global warming is the primary cause of sea level rise.

* Sea level rise is accelerating.

* The choices we make today will determine how high sea level rises this century, how fast it occurs, and how much time we have to protect our communities.

Vloasis's curator insight, June 8, 2013 3:48 AM

Projections will vary on this, but it doesn't take a general consensus to see that it's happening.

Keith Thorogood's curator insight, June 18, 2013 3:21 PM

What is causing the sea level to rise? Where are the "hot spots" where the sea will rise the fastest? How quickly is land ice melting? 

These and many other questions related to sea level rise and global warming are shared in this infographic created by the Union of Concerned Scientists. There are also links to two additional resources. One is called "Causes of Sea Level Rise: What the Science Tells Us" and the other discusses the methodology and assumptions made in the creation of the infographic. It is also possible to download the infographic in sections. There are four facts discussed in the infographic:

* Global average sea level rise has increased 8 inches since 1880...

* Global warming is the primary cause of sea level rise.

* Sea level rise is accelerating.

* The choices we make today will determine how high sea level rises this century, how fast it occurs, and how much time we have to protect our communities

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India Must Rename Cyclone Phailin and Call Attention to Global Warming | CommonDreams.org

India Must Rename Cyclone Phailin and Call Attention to Global Warming | CommonDreams.org | World Geography | Scoop.it

Last month I wrote two articles (here, here), gave an interview to The Real News Network (here), and an interview to Uprising Radio (here) about the devastating floods in Colorado. With Boulder as its epicenter, the floods damaged more than 2,000 squares miles along the Colorado Front Range—from Colorado Springs to Fort Collins. Ten people were killed, nearly 18,000 homes were damaged or destroyed, hundreds of miles of road were washed out, and thousands of oil and gas wells flooded resulting in environmental contamination from toxic fracking fluids and nearly 40,000 gallons of spilled oil. Boulder got nearly its annual average rainfall in just five days, and it happened at a wrong time—September, not July/August, when rain usually falls in the desert southwest.

 

My main contribution was to raise the noise level that the corporate media had failed miserably in its reporting of the Colorado floods. Not a single journalist had raised the question on corporate TV: Did global warming play a part in causing or intensifying the Colorado floods?

 

Bamboozled by the lure of technology, humans have become deeply amnesic. We forget a tragedy soon after the corporate media stops reporting on a particular catastrophe. In a globally warmed Earth, however, before amnesia sets in, the next assault arrives.

 

This morning I woke up to the news of super cyclone Phailin in the Bay of Bengal that will make landfall tomorrow in the east coast of India. “Odisha and Andhra Pradesh braced for the “very severe” cyclone [Phailin] that is expected to hit the east coast with winds gusting up to 220 kmph [136 mph] tomorrow evening, as lakhs [1 lakh=100,000] of people were being evacuated to safer places and the military kept on standby,” The Hindu reports.

 

I had lived in the American southwest for eleven years, and I was born and grew up in Bengal. So, the recent Colorado floods and the super cyclone in the Bay of Bengal are personal.

There are already many news articles on the India cyclone that you can read: The Hindu here, Times of India here, India Today here, BBC here, Washington Post here. I won’t go into the details; instead, I’ll focus on bringing attention to two things: naming and blaming.

 

Apparently Phailin was named by Thailand and it means sapphire in Thai. What nonsense.  Some humans do desire the precious stone, but no one, I’d think, is desiring Phailin. India should rename this meaningless obfuscation and call attention to global warming immediately.

 

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Bushfires fan global warming debate

Bushfires fan global warming debate | World Geography | Scoop.it

Australia has been battling unseasonably bad bushfires for weeks. The flames have destroyed hundreds of homes - and have also intensified a political debate about whether there is a link with global warming.


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Mapping Europe's war on immigration

Mapping Europe's war on immigration | World Geography | Scoop.it
Europe has built a fortress around itself to protect itself from ‘illegal' immigration from the South, from peoples fleeing civil war, conflict and devastating poverty. The story is best understood through maps.

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Marist Geography's curator insight, October 17, 2013 8:05 AM

This shows how Europe controlles entry into its borders. With MEDC's being favoured over LEDC's

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A "Café géographique" with Philippe Rekacewicz" in ST Dié des Vosges for the International Festival of Geography. https://www.facebook.com/events/462634527184992/
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Timelapse of Sydney smoke-line

A timelapse of heavy smoke covering Sydney caused by out of control fires near Lithgow. October 17, 2013. Satellite image of the area on the same day: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=82189&src=eorss-nh
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Watch seismic waves ripple across the US

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“ IRIS is a consortium of universities dedicated to the operation of science facilities for the acquisition, management, and distribution of seismological data.”
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A Wave of Sewing Jobs as Orders Pile Up at U.S. Factories

A Wave of Sewing Jobs as Orders Pile Up at U.S. Factories | World Geography | Scoop.it
“Factories are finding that years of doing business overseas has withered what once was a thriving textile and apparel work force in the United States.”
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Ship-Shipping Ships

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"This is a ship-shipping ship, shipping shipping ships." http://geographyeducation.org/2013/10/14/ship-shipping-ships/
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Hispanic Population in the USA

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“This data visualization from the U.S. Census Bureau shows distribution of Hispanic or Latino population by specific origin. http://go.usa.gov/D7VH”
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World Food Day: October 16 Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

World Food Day: October 16 Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations | World Geography | Scoop.it
“Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition” will be the focus of World Food Day in 2013.The official World Food Day theme – announced at the start of every year by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) – gives focus to World Food Day observances and helps increase understanding of problems and solutions in the drive to end hunger.
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Ship-Shipping Ships

Ship-Shipping Ships | World Geography | Scoop.it
"This is a ship-shipping ship, shipping shipping ships." http://geographyeducation.org/2013/10/14/ship-shipping-ships/
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Global Warming Forecast for Amazon Rain Forest: Dry and Dying

Global Warming Forecast for Amazon Rain Forest: Dry and Dying | World Geography | Scoop.it
The Amazon rain forest's dry season lasts longer than it did 30 years ago, and the likely culprit is global warming, a new study finds.

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What Should Be Done About Global Warming? - Wall Street Journal

What Should Be Done About Global Warming? - Wall Street Journal | World Geography | Scoop.it

There's a consensus among leading scientists that global warming is caused by human activity


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Amazon Rainforest is ‘at Higher Risk of Tree Loss’ than ever before due to Global Warming

Amazon Rainforest is ‘at Higher Risk of Tree Loss’ than ever before due to Global Warming | World Geography | Scoop.it
Part of the Amazon rainforest may be more vulnerable to the effects of climate change than first thought, say researchers.

 

Findings showed that since 1979, the dry season lasted about a week longer in each decade. At the same time, the annual fire seasons have become longer. The most likely explanation for the increasingly longer dry seasons is global warming.

 

If the damage is severe enough, they say the loss of rainforest could cause the release of large volumes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, and could also disrupt plant and animal communities in one of the world’s most biodiversity-rich regions, as outlined in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

 

The team used ground-based rainfall measurements from the past three decades. Findings showed that since 1979, the dry season in southern Amazonia lasted about a week longer in each decade.

 

Professor Fu and her colleagues say the water stored in the forest soil at the end of each wet season is all that the trees have to last them through the dry months. The longer that lasts – regardless of how wet the wet season was – the more stressed the trees become and the more susceptible they are to forest fires.

 

They say the most likely explanation for the lengthening dry season in recent decades is human-caused greenhouse warming, which inhibits rainfall in two ways: It makes it harder for warm, dry air near the surface to rise and freely mix with cool, moist air above; and it blocks incursions by cold weather fronts from outside the tropics which could trigger rainfall.


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Sydney Huang's curator insight, November 21, 2013 3:58 PM

I.D. The amazon rainforest may be losing trees due to dry seasons.

 

S.D. It was shown that in 1979, the dry season lasted about a week londer in each deacade.

S.D. The most likely explanation for these dry seasons is global warming.

 

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Philippines earthquake: Death toll hits 100 following 7.2 magnitude quake, as 800 aftershocks hamper rescue efforts

Philippines earthquake: Death toll hits 100 following 7.2 magnitude quake, as 800 aftershocks hamper rescue efforts | World Geography | Scoop.it
“ The death toll from yesterday’s 7.2 magnitude earthquake in the central Philippines has risen to almost 100, with rescuers continuing to dig through the rubble of a collapsed church and hospital in the search for more victims.”
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What Each Country Leads The World In

What Each Country Leads The World In | World Geography | Scoop.it
A larger, zoom-able version can be found at http://thedoghousediaries.com/large/5414.png.
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National Geographic: Woodlands

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"Woodland" is often just another name for a forest
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Harvest 2013

Harvest 2013 | World Geography | Scoop.it
“From grains to grapes to cabbage and many other crops the harvest season has been in full swing in the Northern Hemisphere.”
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Podcast: Columbus's Voyage

Podcast: Columbus's Voyage | World Geography | Scoop.it
"This Geography News Network Article podcast is an historical description of Christopher Columbus's role in discovering the Americas."
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Geysers

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"A geyser is a rare kind of hot spring that is under pressure and erupts, sending jets of water and steam into the air. Roughly two-thirds of the world's geysers are in Yellowstone National Park in the United States. Where are some other geyser hotspots around the world? Click here for the answers."
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Smarter Food: Does big farming mean bad farming?

Smarter Food: Does big farming mean bad farming? | World Geography | Scoop.it
“In Minnesota, ‘industrial’ operation shows effort to balance economic, environmental sustainability.”
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How the Original London Bridge Ended Up in Arizona

How the Original London Bridge Ended Up in Arizona | World Geography | Scoop.it
“A town of 52,000 people has called the famous bridge its own since 1971.”
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Interactive Hunger Map

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“ From Africa and Asia to Latin America and the Near East, there are 870 million people in the world who do not get enough food to lead a healthy, productive life.”
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