Heatwave: Record breaking temperatures in the U.S. and Europe

Today The Guardian filed, ‘US temperatures hit record levels as south-west bakes in heatwave‘, and cites 114F in Phoenix, 109F in Las Vegas, Denver hit 100F (37,7C), in California inland areas reached triple digits. A dangerous heat swept across the American south-west over the weekend as potentially deadly heat set temperatures soaring to record levels…

The ecological costs of the war in Ukraine

Duke Today‘s Amanda Solliday recently interviewed Erika Weinthal, professor of environmental and public policy in Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment. Weinthal’s research examines global environmental politics, including conflict and peacebuilding. She wrote a book on shared water resources following the collapse of the Soviet Union, “State Making and Environmental Cooperation: Linking Domestic Politics and…

Denver: Late-season Wildfires, Tens of thousands evacuated, hundreds of homes destroyed

Related videos https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=denver+wildifire CBS News: DENVER — Winds driving fast-moving fires that forced tens of thousands of residents to evacuate their homes outside Denver have died down and  predicted snow has started to fall on the area, officials said during a news conference Friday. The hurricane-force winds had gusted up to 105 mph Thursday as fires engulfed parts…

Antarctica and Paris Goals: Risks of Massive Sea-level Rise

Recent published research shows the danger of massive, potentially irreversible, global sea-level rise within the next couple of centuries should temperatures overshoot 2°C. Perhaps most sobering, this loss may become rapid and permanent, with no halt in ice loss even should CO2 concentrations return t pre-industrial levels; and rates approaching 5 cm/year by 2150, and…

Footage of Floods in Canada and China (May 2017)

Rainfall broke several records. Jiulongzhen broke the daily rainfall record for Guangzhou, while Xintangzhen broke the three-hour rainfall record for the province. Rivers in Huadu district saw the biggest flood in 20 years. Water overflew three dikes, damaging one of them http://www.thestandard.com.hk/section-news.php?id=182565 Carbon dioxide sources from Alaska driven by increasing early winter respiration from Arctic tundra http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2017/05/02/1618567114…

Far outside the historical climate: Heat and Rainfall extremes

The study “Increasing heat and rainfall extremes now far outside the historical climate” found that the climate warmed 0.25C during the last decade, resulting in increased rainfall and heat extremes. Abstract Over the last decade, the world warmed by 0.25 °C, in-line with the roughly linear trend since the 1970s. Here we present updated analyses showing…

Eric Rignot: Sea level rise there is a distinct possibility it could go faster

We interviewed Eric Rignot, Donald Bren Professor and Chancellor Professor of Earth system science at the University of California, Irvine and Senior Research Scientist for the Radar Science and Engineering Section at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The 6th IPCC Report and Sea Level Rise Chris Machens: Hello Eric, back in 2015 I’ve asked you about…

Discovery: Process of ice mélange thinning suggests Antarctica’s ice-shelves could retreat Decades Earlier

Ice shelves buttress glaciers – a new mechanism involving rift dynamics suggests ice shelfs could retreat faster than previously modeled. SciTechDaily: “The thinning of the ice melange that glues together large segments of floating ice shelves is another way climate change can cause rapid retreat of Antarctica’s ice shelves,” said co-author Eric Rignot, UCI professor…