Archive for January, 2011
There is a little quotation that I have printed out and have attached to my desk pad cover; it reads Press On Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not. Nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not. Unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will [...]
Judging by the weather, the world seems to have flipped upside down. For two winters running, an Arctic chill has descended on Europe, burying that continent in snow and ice. Last year in the United States, historic blizzards afflicted the mid-Atlantic region. This winter the Deep South has endured unusual snowstorms and severe cold, and [...]
Posted: January 26th, 2011 under Climate Change, Foundation News, General, Tipping Points, World News.
Tags: arctic, Climate Change, glacial melt, global warming, Ice free Arctic, icesheet loss, Tipping Points
Scientists have uncovered what appears to be a further dramatic increase in the leakage of methane gas that is seeping from the Arctic seabed. Methane is about 20 times more potent than CO2 in trapping solar heat. The findings come from measurements of carbon fluxes around the north of Russia, led by Igor Semiletov from [...]
Posted: January 22nd, 2011 under Climate Change, Foundation News, General, Tipping Points, World News.
Tags: arctic, catastrophic climate change, Climate Change, global warming, Ice free Arctic, methane, methane clathrates, Tipping Points
Time to break out tbe lauhala bags: A ban on plastic bags for customers of merchants in Kaua’i and Maui counties begins today. Unlike San Francisco’s landmark ban, which went into effect in November 2007, the Maui mandate includes both compostable and noncompostable plastic bags, presumably because the marine life that is at risk from [...]
Pine Island Glacier is a giant, an outlet glacier draining about 160,000 km2 of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. It is the focus of intense current concern because the area near its grounding line, where it feeds a floating ice shelf, has exhibited rapidly increasing rates of thinning and concurrent retreat of the grounding line. [...]
Posted: January 7th, 2011 under Climate Change, Climate Politics, World News.
Tags: catastrophic climate change, Climate Change, global warming, icesheet loss, sea level rise, West Antarctic
The scientific community has long agreed that our dependence on fossil fuels inflicts massive damage on the environment and our health, while warming the globe in the process. But beyond the damage these fuels cause to us now, what will happen when the world’s supply of oil runs out? In a new video series from [...]