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. ...
Beijing smog makes city unliveable, says mayor Guardian: Beijing’s mayor, Wang Anshun, has called the city “unliveable” because of its noxious smog, according to state media.
“To establish a first-tier, international, liveable and harmonious city, it is very important to establish a system of standards, and Beijing is currently doing this,” he said last Friday, according to the China Youth Daily newspaper.
“At the present time, however, Beijing is not a liveable city.”
Anshun’s speech came days before the market research company Euromonitor International...
Solar Impulse arrives at starting gate The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft – the second version of the Swiss solar-powered plane – has arrived in Abu Dhabi. From there it is expected to commence its five-month-long world tour in March 2015. The cargo aircraft transporting Solar Impulse 2 left the Payerne airbase at on Tuesday morning and landed in Abu Dhabi in the early evening. Even though the solar aircraft is designed to withstand turbulence in flight, it is a delicate machine to transport. It has a wingspan of 72 metres, which is larger than that of the cargo aircraft transporting it. Thus, the wing was disassembled into three pieces and all the components of the aircraft were placed in specially-designed holding containers. A team of six specialists worked into the night to pack the solar plane into the 747. The cost of transporting the plane is estimated at CHF400,000 ($397,972), which is less expensive than the CHF500,000 spent to transport Solar Impulse 1 to the United States last year. After a few ... Show more
Ops note - Westminster rally calling for fracking moratorium on Monday 23 January, 2015
26 January 2015 from 12:30pmWhere:
Palace Yard, opposite the House of LordsSpeakers:
Jagger, Caroline Lucas MP, John
Ashton, Julian Huppert MP, Vivienne WestwoodOrganisers: Friends of the Earth,
Greenpeace UK, 38 Degrees, The Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation,
Occupy Democracy, Reclaim The Power, Climate RevolutionProgramme: Speeches from 1:00pm,
and petition hand-in at 2.15pm
Over a hundred people including Bianca Jagger, Chair of The Bianca Jagger
Human Rights Foundation, and residents from affected communities are expected
to join a Westminster rally calling for an immediate fracking moratorium on the
day of a crunch vote in the Commons on Monday.
The demonstration, supported by campaign groups including Friends of the
Scotland announces moratorium fracking for shale gas Guardian: The Scottish government has announced a moratorium on all planning consents for unconventional oil and gas extraction, including fracking.
Welcomed by campaigners as “a very big nail in the coffin for the unconventional gas and fracking industry in Scotland”, energy minister Fergus Ewing told the Scottish parliament on Wednesday afternoon that the moratorium would allow time for the government to launch a full public consultation on the controversial drilling technique, and to commission a full...
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