Concerned about plastics in the ocean? Webinar 9AM EDT July 24

I'm already registered to attend. The PEW Charitable Trust does good things. View in web browserFriday 24th July 202009:00–10:30 EDT / 14:00–15:30 BST / 20:00–21:30 WIBThe Pew Charitable Trusts and SYSTEMIQ invite you to the global virtual launch of the new report "Breaking the Plastic Wave: A Comprehensive Assessment of Pathways Towards Stopping Ocean Plastic … Continue reading Concerned about plastics in the ocean? Webinar 9AM EDT July 24

Yet another active methane source adding to climate crisis problems

Methane is already being added to the atmosphere from thawing of frozen tundra, bubbles coming up from the seabed off Siberia, and fossil fuel production. This is a new, possibly major, source. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jul/22/first-active-leak-of-sea-bed-methane-discovered-in-antarctica? First active leak of sea-bed methane discovered in Antarctica Researchers say potent climate-heating gas almost certainly escaping into atmosphere An image of … Continue reading Yet another active methane source adding to climate crisis problems

Too much talk about CO2 — look at those horrendous methane levels

Two interesting places where methane has been releasing in increasing volumes -- burbling up in the ocean off Siberia and releasing from what used to be frozen, but is not thawed, Arctic tundra. And then there are always those cows releasing it as part of their digestive process. That last one can be substantially mitigated … Continue reading Too much talk about CO2 — look at those horrendous methane levels

Biggest climate risk to NYC now? Heat

As one of those who made the choice to come to NYC, rather than just being born here, I chose again not to leave despite what should be a rugged next few years. Fortunately, despite its other problems, NYC's weather problems are few despite climate change. We get stronger storms but -- so far -- … Continue reading Biggest climate risk to NYC now? Heat

Pink ice showing up in glaciers is no good

https://www.sciencealert.com/italy-s-alps-have-turned-pink-prompting-an-investigation-into-the-sudden-algal-bloom? Mysterious Emergence of Pink Ice in The Alps Could Have Dire Consequences PASSO GAVIA, AFP6 JULY 2020 Scientists in Italy are investigating the mysterious appearance of pink glacial ice in the Alps, caused by algae that accelerate the effects of climate change. There is debate about where the algae come from, but Biagio Di Mauro … Continue reading Pink ice showing up in glaciers is no good

100 degrees in Siberia is downright scary

The time during which we can reverse the accelerating increase in global temperatures is getting very short. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jun/17/climate-crisis-alarm-at-record-breaking-heatwave-in-siberia See also: https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/18/europe/siberia-warming-climate-crisis-intl-hnk/index.html Climate crisis: alarm at record-breaking heatwave in Siberia Unusually high temperatures in region linked to wildfires, oil spill and moth swarms A map showing places warmer (red) or cooler (blue) in May than the … Continue reading 100 degrees in Siberia is downright scary

Vatican asks Catholics to stop investing in fossil fuels

I've always thought that anyone who believes that the planet is a gift from God should be an enthusiastic environmentalist. After all, shouldn't it be a duty to preserve what's been given you for future generations? https://www.ecowatch.com/vatican-fossil-fuels-divest-2646208168.html?rebelltitem=4#rebelltitem4 Vatican Asks Catholics to Ditch Fossil Fuel Investments Jordan Davidson Jun. 19, 2020 01:37PM EST Photo of St. … Continue reading Vatican asks Catholics to stop investing in fossil fuels

May the hottest in recorded history — zombie fires?

https://www.discovermagazine.com/environment/nasa-last-month-was-earths-warmest-may-on-record? NASA: Last Month Was Earth's Warmest May on Record Particularly intense warmth in Siberia this spring may have awakened "zombie" fires, portending a brutal summer ahead ImaGeoBy Tom YulsmanJune 13, 2020 1:30 AM Abnormal warmth dominated the globe in May, making it the warmest such month on record, according to NASA. (Source: NASA GISS via … Continue reading May the hottest in recorded history — zombie fires?

Remember the climate crisis hockey puck chart? Here’s what it’s showing up in the ocean

If only we were putting in even half the effort at even mitigating the climate crisis as we are with COVID-19. We're running out of time. It's no longer going to be possible to take small steps. We need to do major things right now. https://www.ecowatch.com/oceans-heating-rate-scientists-2646090903.html Oceans Likely to Heat up at Seven Times Their … Continue reading Remember the climate crisis hockey puck chart? Here’s what it’s showing up in the ocean

2020-2021 could be a bonanza year for hurricanes hitting the U.S.

Other natural disasters aren't going to disappear or even hold back just because we're already wrestling with a pandemic that will probably have its second wave in the fall/winter. The national forecasters keep increasing their projections of the number of major storms that could hit the East Coast of the U.S. this hurricane season. Time … Continue reading 2020-2021 could be a bonanza year for hurricanes hitting the U.S.