Climate change is any long-term significant change in the “average weather” that a given region experiences. Average weather may include average temperature, precipitation and wind patterns. It involves changes in the variability or average state of the atmosphere over durations ranging from decades to millions of years. These changes can be caused by dynamic processes on Earth, external forces including variations in sunlight intensity, and more recently by human activities.In recent usage, especially in the context of environmental policy, the term "climate change" often refers to changes in modern climate (see global warming). For information on temperature measurements over various periods, and the data sources available, see temperature record. For attribution of climate ...
There might be feedbacks in the climate system that we aren't aware of yet.
The amount of carbon in the oceans and atmosphere changes suddenly and dramatically. The oceans are acidified and significant extinctions result. On land, global temperatures increase anywhere from five to nine degrees Celsius, causing widespread habitat disruptions. Despite the sudden onset of the event, its impact lingers for 100 thousand years.
his might sound like a worst-case situation for the current anthropogenic influences on climate, but it's actually an historic event that the public is generally unaware ...
There is "absolutely no scientifically proven basis for the premise that man can affect what the climate does" is absurd. Our libraries are full of carefully compiled and critically reviewed scientific research that makes it clear that global warming is real, is caused by human activity and is significantly and rapidly changing the world's climate.The research conclusions of dozens of respected scientific organizations such as the American Geophysical Union, the American Physical Society, the National Academies of Science and the American Meteorological Society are easily available online.Our ...
Presentation of scary stories about global warming in the popular media makes us unnecessarily frightened. Even worse, it terrifies our kids.Al Gore famously depicted how a sea-level rise of 20 feet (six meters) would almost completely flood Florida, New York, Holland, Bangladesh, and Shanghai, even though the United Nations estimates that sea levels will rise 20 times less than that, and do no such thing. When confronted with these exaggerations, some of us say that they are for a good cause, and surely there is no harm done if the result is that we focus even more on tackling climate change. ...
Greenpeace Reaction to Charles Hendry's Tidal Lagoon Report 12 January, 2017
Greenpeace reaction following the appearance of Charles
Hendry on BBC Radio 4 Today, talking about the viability of tidal lagoons, in
which he said, "We know it absolutely works...We can start a new industry
at an affordable cost to consumers":
Greenpeace UK's Chief Scientist, Dr Doug Parr, said:
“Tidal lagoon energy is the most reliable source of
renewable energy for the UK and the Swansea Bay project is an opportunity to
lead in generating clean power from Britain's tides. Up to now, cost has been
considered a barrier but the Hendry report suggests that tidal lagoons can
potentially play a cost-effective role in the UK energy mix. And
the government should get on with it because it could be the first
of a wave of tidal lagoons across the UK, and even internationally.
So we can lead the world in providing a new, renewable innovation to meet our
A trip down a snow-filled memory lane The historic pictures of Johann Schönwetter (1875-1954) and his son Hans (1906-1997) from Braunwald in canton Glarus are part of the private collection of Fridolin Walcher, also a photographer from eastern Switzerland. The bulk of the Schönwetter’s legacy was bequeathed to canton Glarus. This comprises more than half a million negatives, slides, photo montages, postcards and prints on paper and film (some 50 kilometres) in various formats. The material gives a unique insight into the past and is of great aesthetic and historic value. Images from Foto Schönwetter appeared as postcards all around the world and featured in countless publications, thus contributing greatly to the identity and image of Glarus and its inhabitants. Here is a selection of pictures that document the early days of the mechanisation of winter sports: the Braunwald funicular, the 1901 cable car, the legendary sledge run that was still used until the mid-1970s. The second T-bar ever built in Switzerland was
Fiat accused of cheating on diesel emissions - Greenpeace reaction 12 January, 2017
Responding to reports that Fiat Chrysler has been accused of cheating on diesel emissions by the US Environmental Protection Agency, Areeba Hamid, clean air campaigner at Greenpeace UK, said:
‘How many nails in the coffin does diesel need? Just a day after Volkswagen admitted to cheating emissions tests in over 500,000 vehicles and received fines of $4.3bn, these are serious charges against Fiat which show that this industry is in crisis.‘But the writing should already be on the wall for diesel vehicles. Air quality in cities across Europe continues to suffer as a result of these cars polluting far more than they are allowed to, and we know that diesel emissions are toxic to human health. It’s time to embrace cleaner technologies: governments need to step in to end the sale of these cars and the motor industry needs to turn the page on
How hot was it in 2016? More than 150 years of Swiss weather data illustrates our changing climate. If 2015 was the warmest year on record, 2016 is not far behind. The animated graphic below shows how the monthly average temperatures in Switzerland have evolved over the past century and a half. Since the 1980s, temperatures rose markedly and have since remained at a high level. Switzerland experienced a particularly warm start in 2016, but overall the year ranks as the eighth hottest since 1864. Rising average temperature for all of Switzerland is clearly evident when looking at the deviation in yearly temperature against the 1981-2010 average. A global situation Experts have observed the same warming trend on an international level. Even though all of the data for 2016 has not yet been published, it appears that the first half of 2016 was the warmest since 1880, according to US space agency NASA. The United Nations' World Meteorological Organization (WMO) based in ...
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