French President to U.S. Congress: There is No Planet B!

“I believe in building a better future for our children, which requires offering them a planet that is still habitable in 25 years,” he says. Macron is confident that “one day” the U.S. will recommit to the Paris climate agreement. After all, as he says in the address, “there is no Planet B.” https://grist.org/briefly/the-french-president-gave-america-the-climate-change-speech-that-trump-never-will Full…

Dry Conditions, then Tumbleweed Invaded Town

Victorville in Southern California suddenly submerged by tumbleweed. And this wasn’t the first town! Study: Climate change may reshuffle western weeds http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sdut-farm-scene-western-weeds-020609-2009feb06-story.html Tumbleweed footage by James Quigg with the Victor Valley Daily Press http://www.vvdailypress.com/news/20180416/tumbleweed-takeover-high-winds-leave-neighborhood-overrun Thomas footage by Mike Eliason https://twitter.com/EliasonMike Australia town consumed by ‘hairy peänic’ http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-35600546 Hundreds of homes in Montecito … http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-thomas-fire-ledeall-20171216-story.html Tumbleweed…

Huge Climate Surprises for Canada, UK, France, Spain, and Many Others

This press conference was part of the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2018, and delved into some future climatic prospects for Canada and many European countries, including weather, hydro logical potentials, and geo-morphological activities https://client.cntv.at/egu2018/pc6

For more selected 2018 talks from EGU visit https://egu2018.eu/webstreaming.html

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In Just 10-15 Years World May Hit 2 Degrees of Warming

Back in 2011, a Cornell University research team first made the groundbreaking discovery that leaking methane from the shale gas fracking boom could make burning fracked gas worse for the climate than coal. https://www.desmogblog.com/2018/04/11/climate-change-two-degree-warming-fracking-natural-gas-rush-ingraffea Why a half-degree temperature rise is a big deal https://climate.nasa.gov/news/2458/why-a-half-degree-temperature-rise-is-a-big-deal Paris 1.5-2°C target far from safe, say world-leading scientists http://www.climatecodered.org/2017/07/paris-15-2c-target-far-from-safe-say.html Transcript…

ICE ALIVE – Documenting Life and Rapid Change

Joseph Cook is taking a closer look at the microbial life that can be found all over the planet’s glaciers and ice sheets. It is increasingly clear that this rich ecosystem affects the melt rates of polar ice and snow and could be accelerating climate change. Narrated by Jim Al-Khalili and starring Chris Hadfield. For…

This new Antarctic Discovery will affect You massively

Past studies of Antarctica’s accelerated glacier retreat focused on regional trends, a new study now finds continental trends of over ten percent of marine terminating glaciers moving inland. Current peak retreat has been documented to be in the ballpark of 25 meters each single year. Read Chris Mooney’s Washington Post article study summary goo.gl/HuxtxL /…

Thousands of little Volcano like Hills form in Arctic!

Scientist speculated that pingos may erupt and lead to the creation of craters – small lakes, thaw ponds. New satellite observations reveal continuous trend. The Siberian Times article, Pingo in Arctic goo.gl/mwNnEF / http://siberiantimes.com/other/others/news/crater-formed-by-exploding-pingo-in-arctic-erupts-a-second-time-from-methane-emissions/ The trend from frozen tundra soils shifting to thermokarst erosion and thaw ponds, may in the future be exacerbated by increased…

The New Record Low Arctic Sea Ice and Our Weather

Arctic sea ice decline has long been projected to occur. 2018 and 2017 are the two lowest winter time Arctic sea ice records observed. Disappearing sea ice and moisture transport into the Arctic are believed to cause something called Arctic amplification, which in turn has been linked to two effects (weaker westerly winds, and intensified…