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Climate change could increase the risk of malaria in cool areas « Afronline – The Voice Of Africa

Climate change could increase the risk of malaria in cool areas « Afronline – The Voice Of Africa | Global warming | Scoop.it

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The study published in Climatic Change last month (19 June), says research on malaria predictions that use global climate change simulation fail to show impacts at specific locations.

To determine how future climate change would affect malaria transmission in four locations in Kenya — the cool upland areas of Kericho and Kitale, the warm lower altitude site of Kisumu and the hot savannah-like environment of Garissa — the researchers downscaled projections made by conventional low-resolution climate models.

They evaluated the potential of malaria transmission across the four sites for 1981-2000 and 2046-2065 using both the conventional and downscaled or high-resolution models.

The results predicted an upsurge of future transmission potential in the cooler sites of Kericho and Kitale due to temperature rises.

According to the study, whereas mean malaria transmission potential using a conventional model is expected to increase by 72 per cent in 2046-2065 compared with 1981-2000 in Kericho, the corresponding figure for a downscaled model is 1,800 per cent increase.

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Florida Congressman: If Humans Cause Climate Change, Then ‘Why Did The Dinosaurs Go Extinct’?

Florida Congressman: If Humans Cause Climate Change, Then ‘Why Did The Dinosaurs Go Extinct’? | Global warming | Scoop.it
Florida also happens to be one of the most vulnerable places to climate change in the United States.

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John Kerry’s climate change nonsense, Global Warming is a Lie, Listen to Mr. Herman Cain

John Kerry’s climate change nonsense, Global Warming is a Lie, Listen to Mr. Herman Cain | Global warming | Scoop.it
John Kerry's climate change nonsense, These people have no idea how jobs are really created, wind, solar, biofuels, carbon emissions,

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Embarking on geoengineering, then stopping, would speed up global warming

Embarking on geoengineering, then stopping, would speed up global warming | Global warming | Scoop.it

Seattle WA (SPX) Feb 24, 2014 - Spraying reflective particles into the atmosphere to reflect sunlight and then stopping it could exacerbate the problem of climate change, according to new research by atmospheric scientists at the


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We PROVE the farce of global warming (video)

We PROVE the farce of global warming (video) | Global warming | Scoop.it
Global warming is as real as the unicorn, and another Liberal snipe hunt. Well this video PROVES it's a farce!

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Tune in, sit back and enjoy, no matter what you already think you know.  Don't be scared.

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Go home, Arctic, You’re Drunk.

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If global warming is real, then why is it so cold? We are hearing this question quite often today and it will be asked many times by many people over the next few days as record low temperatures are set in many parts of the United States.

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Ten Charts That Make Clear The Planet Just Keeps Warming

Perhaps you thought that the whole “planet isn’t warming” meme was killed by this summer’s bombshell Koch-funded study. After all, it found ”global warming is real,” “on the high end” and “essentially all” due to carbon pollution.

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Is Global Warming Really Slowing Down?

Is Global Warming Really Slowing Down? | Global warming | Scoop.it
Skeptics say global warming is over. They're wrong.

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Global warming news: consensus, denial, and rebuttal

Global warming news: consensus, denial, and rebuttal | Global warming | Scoop.it

A lot of news has bubbled up about global warming over the past few days, and devoting a post to each one would be 1) carpal tunnel syndrome-inducing, and 2) depressing as hell. So in the manner of ripping off a Band-aid quickly, here is a torrent of global warming info, and as usual it’s about reality and the foes thereof.

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Chilling Effects: Climate Change Deniers Have Scientific Paper Disappeared | Techdirt.com

Chilling Effects: Climate Change Deniers Have Scientific Paper Disappeared | Techdirt.com | Global warming | Scoop.it

Let me let you in on a little fantasy of mine: every once in a while, I like to imagine finding myself meeting the person who came up with the term "global warming." Why? So I can punish that person. Severely. See, what a term like "global warming" does is allow the guy in the cubicle next to me to point out of the window in Chicago and say, "If global warming is true, why is it snowing out again?" And that, friends, is something nobody should have to deal with.

Climate change is the better term, of course, and the majority of the scientific community firmly believes that there is such a thing as man-made climate change. From there, we could have a discussion about how profound the effects of climate change are, whether they're actually better or worse, what other contributing factors might be in play in impacting climate, and all the rest, and those would be worthy conversations to have. What we shouldn't do is try to use the law to silence dissenting opinions, particularly if those opinions come in the form of scientific research.

 

Yet, that is exactly what one scientific journal has allowed to happen after publishing an article on the link between those who deny climate change and those who believe in a more wide-ranging array of conspiracy theories. Frontiers originally published the piece last year, but took it down once the legal threats started rolling in. After an internal investigation found the peer-reviewed study to be sound, you'd have thought they'd re-publish it. You'd be wrong. Here's the statement about the retraction from the journal itself.

 

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New study confirms water vapor as global warming amplifier

New study confirms water vapor as global warming amplifier | Global warming | Scoop.it
A new study from scientists at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and colleagues confirms rising levels of water vapor in the upper troposphere – a key amplifier of global warming – will intensify climate...

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Save The Sacred Headwaters of Northern British Columbia – Reduce Global Warming

Save The Sacred Headwaters of Northern British Columbia – Reduce Global Warming | Global warming | Scoop.it

The Sacred Headwaters of Northern British Columbia, in western Canada, is an unspoiled natural region, unique in the world.  TheSacred Headwaters and the Tahtlan people,whose livelihood and culture depend upon the natural environment there, are under threat of permanent harm, by the activities of mining companies and the failure of the provincial government to ensure protection of the region. 

The most serious threat now is a proposal by Fortune Minerals to level Mt. Klappan in the Sacred Headwaters, by open-pit coalmining, not only destroying local natural environments by the excavation of a massive coal bed, but also releasing a vast quantity of coal to be burned by industry and so to contribute greatly to the accumulation of Greenhouse Gases in Earth’s atmosphere and further aggravate already serious conditions of Global Warming.  The coal bed deposit under Mt. Klappan has been described as one of the largest coalbeds remaining on Earth – All the More Reason to Leave It Buried!  No good can come from such a harmful industry, but great harm is inevitable if it is not stopped.

The Sacred Headwaters has been compared to the Serengeti Plains of Africa, for the importance of its natural, unspoiled, and unique biological diversity.  The region is of such importance that there have been calls to designate it as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 “The Sacred Headwaters is the shared birthplace of three of B.C.’s most important wild salmon rivers: the Skeena, the Nass and the Stikine. This remote alpine basin in northern B.C. is home to grizzly bears, wolves, moose, caribou, mountain sheep and other mammals that are part of the Spatsizi ecosystem,one of the largest intact predator-prey systems anywhere in North America. It is also home to the Tahltan First Nations, whose people have hunted and trapped in the Sacred Headwaters for millennia.” - Sierra Club of BC (http://www.sierraclub.bc.ca/our-work/hotspots/sacred-headwaters)

Protection of the Sacred Headwaters is vital to maintaining abundant ecosystems throughout the vast watersheds of the three rivers, the Skeena, Nass, and Stikine, from the interior plateau,  down through hundreds of miles of river systems, to the North Pacific Coast of both Canada and Alaska (USA). Thousands of people, in many communities, depend for their health and livelihood upon the natural stability of those rivers and watersheds. The beautiful, pristineSacred Headwaters is the source and the heart of those biological and economic systems.

In the past, the Sacred Headwaters have been threatened by companies like Royal Dutch Shell, that wanted to drill thousands of Fracking wells there, to extract coal-bed methane from the region.  However, after determined opposition by the Tahltanand their supporters world-wide, Shell agreed to leave the area, and the Government of British Columbia promised to ban all other oil and gas companies from the Sacred Headwaters and guaranteed that further protection of the area would be discussed.

However, the Sacred Headwaters is at risk again: Fortune Minerals, a mining company, is drilling test wells there, with the consent of the BC Government, towards developing a massive 4,000 hectare open-pit coal mine on Mt. Klappan, a sacred and vital hunting ground on Tahltan territory. The project plan includes building 147 kilometers of railway through the headwaters to export the coal, and a 112-km power line linking the mine to the Northwest Transmission Line, a controversial project funded by the BC government, already drastically over-budget.

The Tahltan and their supporters have stopped harmful developments in the Sacred Headwaters before, and there is urgent need now, and they are determined to do it again.

Stand up and support the Tahltan in their campaign to protect the Sacred Headwaters for the benefit of all people, for generations to come.

Sign the petition and make your voice heard -  That we will not sit idly by while injustice takes place, and while a world-unique natural region is destroyed forever by greed for short term profits, through industry that would do permanent harm to a natural region unique in the world, and that would contribute vastly to the increasingly serious threat of Global Warming to environments and communities the world over. 

For further information: www.Skeenawatershed.com and Facebook: Klabona Keepers 

To: 
Hon. Christy Clarke, Premier of British Columbia 
Hon. Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines 
Hon. John Rustad, Minister of Aboriginal Relationships and Reconciliation Government of British Columbia 
Mr. Robin Goad, President & CEO, Fortune Minerals Limited 
Ms. Karen Christie, Executive Project Director, Arctos Anthracite Project, BC Environment Assessment Office 
Mr. Troy Nazarewicz, Investor Relations Manager, Fortune Minerals Limited 
Mr. Claude Mongeau, President & CEO, Canadian National Railway Company 
Hon. Steve Thomson, Min. of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations, Government of British Columbia I support the Tahltan First Nation in their efforts for permanent protection of the Sacred Headwaters from Industrial Development. 
I strongly urge Fortune Minerals and Atrum Coal to abandon their tenures for their proposed coal mines. 
I also strongly urge CN Rail to abandon its plans for a railway into the Sacred Headwaters. 
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We’re further off track than ever in limiting global warming

We’re further off track than ever in limiting global warming | Global warming | Scoop.it
Ostensibly, the world's governments are spending two weeks in Poland working out a way to limit global warming to 2.0C (3.6F) above pre-industrial levels. In reality, according to a new report, we're getting further off track.

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Valorie Morgan's curator insight, November 26, 2013 9:32 AM

This article may not be very lengthy but it's an eye-opener. Also the site lets you express your insight so it’s full of opinions. Emissions are hard to control when we set high standards for ourselves. Australia tried to reduce its emissions by 5% but actually increase emissions by 12%. This makes you realize how out of control the matter is. Sure, the percentages seem quite low, but this low number can affect a lot of people, more than you think.

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Climate Change: Changes in Rainfall Patterns Could Drive Rise in Debilitating Disease

Climate Change: Changes in Rainfall Patterns Could Drive Rise in Debilitating Disease | Global warming | Scoop.it

Climate change could spread a debilitating disease that's prevalent in developing countries, according to a recent study.

 

Researcher from Bournemouth University in the United Kingdom found that Buruli ulcer, a disease that affects thousands of people every year, mainly in developing countries, could be spread by the changes in rainfall patterns.


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Linking Climate Change to Extreme Weather ("since 2010, the data and events are obvious")

Meteorologist Jeff Masters explains why climate scientists once were hesitant to link climate change with the trend of extreme weather events.

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Bert Guevara's curator insight, August 10, 2014 12:20 PM

Since 2010, the weather has started to act like crazy. Meteorologists have accumulated enough data to start concluding that the warming of the planet is causing a drastic change in weather patterns.

Here is one weather man who explains it in simple terms.

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Chump change: Stopping global warming is much cheaper than you think

Chump change: Stopping global warming is much cheaper than you think | Global warming | Scoop.it
Politicians like to claim we can't afford to take drastic climate action right now. A U.K. report debunks that myth.

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How Are U.S. Local Governments Adapting to Climate Change?

How Are U.S. Local Governments Adapting to Climate Change? | Global warming | Scoop.it
Fighting global warming means stopping pumping more greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, but it also increasingly mean adapting to new weather patterns. The ICLEI has compiled a list of actions taken by local governments.

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Sea Level Rise, It's Real and No Joke (VIDEO) - Huffington Post

Sea Level Rise, It's Real and No Joke (VIDEO) - Huffington Post | Global warming | Scoop.it
Sea Level Rise, It's Real and No Joke (VIDEO)Huffington PostIn fact, one of the best ways to help our families in the United States, and around the world -- particularly the most vulnerable and poor -- is to heal the damage we have done to our home,...

Guess it needs to be said: rising seas due to global warming is real, and no damn joke. And, we can do something about it, while creating a greener, cleaner economy.

In fact, one of the best ways to help our families in the United States, and around the world -- particularly the most vulnerable and poor -- is to heal the damage we have done to our home, Earth, and slow sea level rise by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Create more resilient cities, and a greener economy. Not to mention protect some of the most valuable real estate in the United States, including Wall Street.


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Global Warming Systemically Caused Hurricane Sandy

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Global warming is real, and it is here. It is causing -- yes, causing -- death, destruction, and vast economic loss.
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What 95% certainty of warming means to scientists

What 95% certainty of warming means to scientists | Global warming | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top scientists from a variety of fields say they are about as certain that global warming is a real, man-made threat as they are

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CLIMATEGATE: A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY

CLIMATEGATE: A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY | Global warming | Scoop.it

The United Nations IPCC just released their report reasserting that global warming is real and that they are 95% certain humans are to blame. The preliminary report that was leaked admits there has been no warming at all for the last 15 years, but that climate scientists were being ordered not to reveal that fact. Der Spiegel reported that governments were pressuring the IPCC to delete the absence of warming from their report which is what appears to have happened.

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Researchers claim satellite data proves global warming caused by humans

Researchers claim satellite data proves global warming caused by humans | Global warming | Scoop.it

A team of climatologists with members from the U.S., Australia, Canada and Norway is claiming in a paper they've had published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, that they have found proof that global warming is being caused by human influences. They are basing their claims on computer simulations they've run and data obtained from three decades' worth of satellite observations.

Most of the world's scientists agree that our planet is experiencing global warming. Most also generally support the theory that the cause of global warming is due to an increase in greenhouse gasses, primarily carbon dioxide. And while many also support the notion that the increase in greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere is likely due to human emissions, few are willing to go on record claiming that global warming is due directly to human activities. The researchers in this new effort are one such group and they claim they have proof.

Satellites, as most everyone knows, have been hovering over or circling our planet for over half a century. Over that time period they have grown progressively more sophisticated, measuring virtually every conceivable aspect of the planet below—from gas levels in the atmosphere to temperature readings on an averaged global scale, to the impact of natural events such as volcanic eruptions. It's this data the researchers used in their attempt to root out the true source of global warming.

 

The research team conducted a two stage study. The first involved creating computer models that simulated climate evolution over the past several decades under three different scenarios: a world without human influence, a world with only human influence and a world without human emissions or naturally occurring incidents such as volcanic eruptions. The second stage involved gathering data from satellites and comparing it with what the team had found in creating their simulations. They say patterns emerged that prove that human influence is the cause behind global warming. One example they cite is data that shows that the troposphere (the part of the atmosphere closest to us) has seen a steady rise in temperature over the past several decades, even as the layer just above it, the stratosphere, has cooled slightly.

 

But what has the team really convinced that humans are the true source behind global warming, is that they were unable to produce the type of warming we've seen with just natural events—it's only when human emissions are added to models that such a trend can be realistically simulated. That, they say, proves that human practices over the past several decades are responsible for global warming.


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With use of satellites, testing and various experiments, scientists are now able to prove that global warming is the cause that has been produced by humans. 

This theory has been proven by a stage two study - involving three satellites measuring the impact from three scenarios , one being without human influence, one with only human influences and one without natural or human emissions. 

With this experiment conducted, it was proven that humans are the cause behind Global Warming. 

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Why Cold Weather Doesn't Mean Global Warming Isn't Real

Why Cold Weather Doesn't Mean Global Warming Isn't Real | Global warming | Scoop.it
This past week has given climate change skeptics plenty of events that seem like reasons to dispute global warming: A ship got stuck in Antarctic ice, there was a major snowstorm, and now record-low temperatures have descended on parts of the...

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How Factory Farming Contributes to Global Warming | NationOfChange.org

How Factory Farming Contributes to Global Warming | NationOfChange.org | Global warming | Scoop.it

A growing number of organic consumers, natural health advocates and climate hawks are taking a more comprehensive look at the fundamental causes of global warming. And its led them to this sobering conclusion: our modern energy-, chemical- and genetically modified organism (GMO)-intensive industrial food and farming systems are the major cause of man-made global warming.

 

How did they reach this conclusion? First, by taking a more inclusive look at the scientific data on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions—not just carbon dioxide (CO2), but also methane and nitrous oxide. Next, by doing a full accounting of the fossil fuel consumption and emissions of the entire industrial food and farming cycle, including inputs, equipment, production, processing, distribution, heating, cooling and waste. And finally, by factoring in the indirect impacts of contemporary agriculture, which include deforestation and wetlands destruction.

 

When you add it all up, the picture is clear—contemporary agriculture is burning up our planet. And factory farms or, in industry lingo, Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), play a key role in this impending disaster.

 

The science behind global warming is complex. Without question, coal plants, tar sands and natural gas fracking have contributed heavily to GHG pollution, the major cause of global warming. We must unite to shut down these industries. Similarly, consumer overconsumption of fossil fuels represents another big piece of the climate-crisis equation. We absolutely must rethink, retrofit and/or redesign our gas-guzzling cars and our energy-inefficient buildings, if we want to reduce fossil fuel use by 90 percent over the next few decades.

 

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Explaining the Global Warming Hiatus | NewRepublic.com

Explaining the Global Warming Hiatus | NewRepublic.com | Global warming | Scoop.it

Even as scientists asserted an incontrovertible consensus on climate change, a funny thing has happened over the last 15 years: Global warming has slowed down. Since 1998, the warmest year of the twentieth century, temperatures have not kept up with computer models that seemed to project steady warming; they’re perilously close to falling beneath even the lowest projections.

 

Some people are playing the hiatus as good news: “Apocalypse perhaps a little later,” the Economist put it. But in a political environment where vast swathes of the American right reject even the premise of global warming—and where prominent right-wing pols suggest it’s an enormous fraud—this inconvenient news could easily lead to still more acrimony over the subject. Especially since scientists themselves aren’t entirely sure what the evidence means. If scientific models can’t project the last 15 years, what does that mean for their projections of the next 100?

 

It might seem like a decade-long warming plateau would cause a crisis for climate science. It hasn’t. Gerald Meehl, a Senior Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, has seen hiatus periods before. They “occur pretty commonly in the observed records,” and there are climate models showing “a hiatus as long as 15 years.” As a result, Isaac Held, a Senior Research Scientist at NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, says “no one has ever expected warming to be continuous, increasing like a straight line.” Those much-cited computer models are composed of numerous simulations that individually account for naturally occurring variability. But, Meehl says, “the averages cancel it out.”

 

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