Climate Effects on Human Evolution

This article explores the hypothesis that key human adaptations evolved in response to environmental instability.  This idea was developed during research conducted by the Smithsonian’s Human Origins Program. Natural selection was not always a matter of ‘survival of the fittest’ but also survival of those most adaptable to changing surroundings. By the Smithonian  Background Paleoanthropologists – scientists who…

Spot On – Rising Seas in South Florida (PBS 2014)

PBS: Flood-prone South Florida considers proactive investment against rising seas March 19, 2014 (with Transcript). White House starting to make bigger climate change push – will help protect #SWWater if successful, but … http://t.co/OA7EX3OhgQ — Jonathan Overpeck (@TucsonPeck) March 21, 2014 Visit the new White House climate website https://climate.data.gov

Global Warming Speeds Up Methane Emissions from Freshwater

By Tim Radford (Climate News Network): Scientists think the amount of methane emitted to the atmosphere from freshwater ecosystems will increase as the climate warms, triggering further warming. LONDON, 20 March – British scientists have identified yet another twist to the threat of global warming. Any further rises in temperature are likely to accelerate the release of methane from…

EU could afford to lead international climate action

Late-comers face a clear trade-off between lower short term costs and higher transitional challenges PIK (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research) 03/19/2014 (Translation: Artikel in Deutsch) – This week, the heads of the EU member states will meet in Brussels to discuss the adoption of a 40 percent greenhouse gas reduction target for 2030. Despite…

Join Oxford University, BOINC Research Project To Assess Weather Anomalies

ClimatePrediction a University of Oxford project, recently launched an experiment to help better understand the impacts of precipitation on UK weather. The goal is to determine whether global warming made this winter’s extreme deluge more likely to occur, or not. Live Results Signup How to join the climateprediction.net experiment -> Getting Started http://www.climateprediction.net/getting-started/ Climate Prediction…

World’s Greatest Crime Against Humanity And Nature

By James Hansen: As I peer through Beijing’s impenetrable smog I feel nauseous. I have long been troubled by the injustice of human – made climate change to our children and grandchildren, which may soon constitute a tragedy of epic proportions. Now I stare in the face of another tragedy. Air pollution from coal kills over…

Christchurch, NZ – One in 100 Year Flood – Aerial Footage 2014

3 News reports: Global warming warning after ChCh floods Christchurch cleans up after latest natural disaster: It could still take two years to fully implement a flood… http://t.co/HcxrmZuWS8 — nzherald National (@nzheraldnznews) March 6, 2014 Strong storm brings 100-year flood to Christchurch, N. Zealand—a city already ravaged by 2011 earthquake @DiscoverMag http://t.co/vo2evLgGsE — Tom Yulsman…

The Antarctic Half of the Global Thermohaline Circulation is Collapsing

By FishOutOfWater (DailyKos): The largest source of the coldest water in the world’s oceans ceased producing Antarctic Bottom Water in 1976. The surface water around Antarctica, which has be been freshening since the 1950’s, formed a lid of low-density water stopping the overturning process in the Weddell sea near the coast of Antarctica. The Weddell…