Climate Change

More Record-Breaking Heat

Month after month, year after year temperature records keep being broken. Last July was the hottest month ever recorded and 2019 was the second hottest year on record. The five last years have been the hottest on record, as was the decade from 2010-2019. The five warmest decades on record have all occurred in the last 50 years and each successive decade was warmer than any preceding decade. We have seen 425 consecutive months of above-average surface temperature and 43 consecutive years with above-average global land and ocean temperatures. Since the 1970s global temperatures have risen an average of 0.2...

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Zombie Pathogens and 5 Other Climate Concerns Undermining Human Health

The world is preoccupied with coronavirus, however, our health is also being impacted by climate change in a number of ways. There are a host of serious diseases that are being unleashed as the world continues to warm. Melting ice and rising seas are expected to add to the number of pathogens that undermine human health. One of the most terrifying climate-related diseases is something called "zombie pathogens" that are being released from melting permafrost. These frightening diseases come from a resurgence of deadly bacteria and viruses that have been dormant for thousands of years. Warming temperatures have caused outbreaks...

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More Record Breaking Heat

Month after month, year after year, decade after decade we keep setting new temperature records. The world’s five warmest years have all occurred in the last five years and the period from 2010-2019 was the hottest decade ever recorded. We have seen 421 consecutive months of above average temperatures. The five warmest decades on record have all occurred in the last 50 years and each successive decade was warmer than any preceding decade. Last July was is the hottest month ever recorded and 2019 was the second hottest year on record. This was the 43rd consecutive year with above average...

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Combating the Biodiversity Crisis and Learning to Live in Harmony with Nature

We are facing a biodiversity crises and the actions we take this year will determine the fate of life on Earth. Humans have altered three quarters of the land and two thirds of the seas and in the process we are destroying the natural world and driving mass extinction. The combination of habitat loss, pollution, exploitation of natural resources, population growth, environmental degradation, and climate change have pushed the creatures that inhabit this planet to the brink. For many species it is already too late. Most studies estimate that current extinction rates are 100-10,000 times greater than background extinction rates...

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Rising Emissions are Exhausting our Carbon Budgets

Greenhouse gas emissions are rising and our carbon budget* is dwindling. Between 2014 and 2016, global carbon emissions remained mostly flat, but emissions began to rise again in 2017. They rose in 2018, and there is good reason to believe they have risen again in 2019. According to the UN's 10th Emissions Gap Report, global emissions are expected to keep climbing putting us on track to push past dangerous upper threshold temperature limits. A report from the Global Carbon Project expects that emissions from industrial activities and the burning of fossil fuels will add an estimated 36.8 billion metric tons of...

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Liars and Wildfires: A Tale of Two Idiots

Once upon a time there were two political leaders who exacerbated the suffering of their citizens and ignored their pleas for help. Those two men are none other than U.S. President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Both men have dismissed calls for climate action while their people suffer from savage wildfires induced by global warming. Both men ignore the constellation of hot data even though Australia and the U.S. suffered through some of their worst heatwaves last year. These heatwaves triggered an epidemic of wildfires in 2019 effectively illustrating the fact that these fires have become the...

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The Epidemic of Climate Change Induced Wildfires in 2019

More intense and longer duration wildfires have ravaged countries all around the world. The thread that weaves all these wildfires together is global warming and the catalyst is heat, the harbinger of fire. Extreme heat exacerbates wildfires making this the new abnormal. Warmer temperatures dry out vegetation which fuels the fires, less precipitation and dry winds also play a role.  It is hard to refute the link between the climate crisis and wildfires. A June attribution study showed that climate change is responsible for last year's heat and wildfires in the northern hemisphere. An IPCC special report also made the...

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Australian Wildfires and the Federal Government’s Complicity

Hot dry conditions sparked an early start to fire season in Australia and people are demanding more climate action from the federal government that has refused to acknowledge the seriousness of the crisis. As the situation continues to worsen, protests have broken out across the country, however, Prime Minister Scott Morrison is has made it clear that he will not get serious about climate action. Australia is suffering from record breaking heat and the worst wildfires in 35 years. As many as 500 million animals have been killed, more than 1,000 homes have been destroyed and 4.86 million hectares (12...

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Heat Records Tell Us What We Need to Know

This year will go down in history as one of the warmest years on record and 2019 will also be remembered for the month of July which is the hottest month ever recorded.  The months of June, September and October also broke records. Except for January of this year, each month in 2019 has been in the top three hottest on record. Although parts of North America were colder than usual in October,  it is important to remember that we are talking about global average temperatures. According to NOAA, temperatures in the rest of the world were all above the...

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Another Heat Record Falls in October

After a string of heat records, we saw another all time global average heat record set for the month of October.  According to the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service, October 2019 beat out October 2015 for the dubious distinction. This is the fifth month in a row that has broken or almost broken heat records. October is the 418th consecutive month with above average temperatures, it follows the hottest September and the hottest summer that included the hottest month ever recorded (July). Eight of the ten warmest years have occurred in the last decade, the five warmest years have...

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