Climate Change

Climate Change Induced Wildfires Burn Out of Control in Southern California

One hundred and twenty five thousand people have been evacuated and businesses, schools and amusement parks have been shut down in Southern California due to the threat from wildfires. Many homes have been destroyed and millions of dollars of damage has been reported so far. The devastating spate of fires have also spawned what is being called "firenados", a surreal twister made of flame. The Fire Department is fighting the flames and has deployed water-bombers. Local officials have indicated that there is a connection between California's wildfires and climate change. According to scientists, climate change has lengthening the fire season...

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Implications of Arctic Heat: Less Ice and More Global Warming

The Arctic continues to warm and ocean sea ice continues to retreat at an alarming pace. This has dramatic implications that are both global and local. Arctic ice has been both retreating and thinning in volume for four decades. As reported in the Ecologist, the latest study by Stroeve et al. from the University College London, was published in Geophysical Research Letters. This study shows that the ice-free period is increasing by 5 days every decade. In some regions of the Arctic, the autumn freeze is now up to 11 days later every decade. The research examined satellite imagery of...

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Petition to Avoid a Repeat of Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy was a superstorm that was fueled by climate change. In an effort to minimize the likelihood of a recurrence, Sierra Club has launched a petition that they will send to US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Gina McCarthy. This petition tells her that "you remember the lessons of Sandy and that it's time to move beyond the biggest causes of climate disruption, starting with climate pollution from new power plants." As of October 31, almost 4,000 people have signed the petition. See the text of the petition below: I urge you to move forward with the strongest possible...

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Video – How Climate Change Fuels Wildfires

From the Rim fire currently engulfing California to the Black Forest fire that burned more than 500 homes in Colorado, wildfires are becoming more destructive. In this video Matthew Hurteau, Assistant Professor of Ecosystem Science and Management at Pennsylvania State University explains the link between climate change and wildfires. Warming temperatures, prolonged drought, and a century’s worth of fire suppression policy are “priming the system to make it more flammable.” Related Articles The Rim Fire: More Evidence of Climate Change New Report on Extreme Weather in Australia The President's Climate Action Plan Full Transcript of President Obama's Georgetown Speech Climate...

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US Climate Change Policy: Hurricane Sandy, Drought and Rising Sea Levels (Video)

Hurricanes and drought in the US this year make it difficult for Americans to ignore the costs of climate change. It is hoped that President Barack Obama will elevate the national climate change conversation, but he is constrained by a Congress that is resistant to the idea of making climate change a national priority. Related Articles Hurricane Sandy, Climate Change and the Upcoming Election The Staggering Costs of Ignoring Climate Change Tornadoes and Floods Underscore the Costs of Global Warming Insurance Company Acknowledges that Extreme Weather is Caused by Climate Change Hurricane Sandy is a Powerful Reminder for those who...

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Hurricane Sandy Prompts Gov. Cuomo and Other Democrats to Speak Out on Climate Change

The horrendous impact of Hurricane Sandy is putting climate change back on the political radar just ahead of election day. A growing number of politicians are speaking out on the need for public policy that addresses the impacts of extreme weather events caused by climate change. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York has been traveling across the country stumping for President Obama. “It’s a longer conversation,” Cuomo said at a press briefing last Wednesday. “But I think part of learning from this is the recognition that climate change is a reality, extreme weather is a reality, it is a...

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Hurricane Sandy Underscores Republican’s Anti-Science Climate Change Denial (Video)

As Hurricane Sandy pounds the east coast Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks discusses the Republican party's stance on climate change. Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney's comments on climate change during is RNC speech are discussed. Cenk also breaks down the real reason the Republican party has the opinions they do about climate change, turns out it's all about the money. Related Articles Romney's Climate Change Ignorance on Display (Video) Romney Ignores the Causes of Hurricane Sandy as Republicans Shout Down Climate Change Advocate (Video) Meteorologist Discusses Relationship Between Hurricane Sandy and Climate Change (Video) Hurricane Sandy is a...

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Romney Ignores the Causes of Hurricane Sandy as Republicans Shout Down Climate Change Advocate (Video)

At a Romney rally in Richmond, Virginia, a Climate Change advocate was shouted down by an angry crowd of Republicans. In response to the statement "What about climate? That's what caused this monster storm. Climate change," the Republicans in attendance all began booing and then started chanting "U-S-A". The man, who was holding a sign that read "END CLIMATE SILENCE" was immediately escorted out of the event. Throughout, Romney has a frozen smile and just waits for the protestor to be removed. He then continues with his speech right where he left off without saying a word about climate change....

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Meteorologist Discusses Relationship Between Hurricane Sandy and Climate Change (Video)

Forecasters say Hurricane Sandy is a rare, hybrid super storm created by an Arctic jet stream from the north wrapping itself around a tropical storm from the south. Jeff Masters, director of meteorology at the Weather Underground, warns that such a "Frankenstorm," as it is called, is an outgrowth of the extreme weather changes caused by global warming. "When you heat the oceans more, you extend the length of hurricane season," Masters says. "There's been ample evidence over the last decade or so that hurricane season is getting longer -- it starts earlier, ends later. You're more likely to get...

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