Tag Archives: climate science

The great climate silence: we are on the edge of the abyss but we ignore it

kids playing
‘How can we understand the miserable failure of contemporary thinking to come to grips with what now confronts us?’ Photograph: Piyal Adhikary/EPA

We continue to plan for the future as if climate scientists don’t exist. The greatest shame is the absence of a sense of tragedy

May 5, 2017 — After 200,000 years of modern humans on a 4.5 billion-year-old Earth, we have arrived at new point in history: the Anthropocene. The change has come upon us with disorienting speed. It is the kind of shift that typically takes two or three or four generations to sink in. Continue reading The great climate silence: we are on the edge of the abyss but we ignore it

Scientists to take to the streets in global march for truth

scientists are coming out of the lab
Scientists are coming out of the lab and onto the streets in response to the new administration’s actions. Photograph: Mario Jose Sanchez/AP Photo

March for Science on 22 April will see scientists and supporters at more than 500 locations stand up for evidence-based thinking

April 18, 2017 — Scientists and science supporters will take to the streets in a global March for Science on 22 April . What began as a small Facebook group in the US capital, Washington DC has Continue reading Scientists to take to the streets in global march for truth

Our Economy Depends On Earth Observation And Scientific Research

earth
Image by deskbg.com

For climate science, indifference would be a step forward, since several new appointees to the Trump Administration have expressed hostility toward climate science and climate scientists

April 17, 2017 — Since the mid-1970s I have studied and worked as a practitioner in the areas of environmental policy and public management. In helping to build the academic field and profession of Continue reading Our Economy Depends On Earth Observation And Scientific Research

60M people worldwide hit by El Niño

taguig city
The sun sets in Taguig city, Philippines, March 6, 2016. Stringer/EPA

The 2015-2016 El Niño was one of the most powerful on record, and has caused significant damage across 13 countries across Africa, Asia, Central and South America and the Pacific

GENEVA, Switzerland (Apr. 27, 2016) — Some 60 million people worldwide need assistance due to havoc wreaked by the El Niño climate phenomenon, but a shortage of funding could threaten the Continue reading 60M people worldwide hit by El Niño

Climate change, Is the 1.5ºC target a mirage

filipino fishermen
Filipino fishermen maneuver their boat as the sun sets in Manila Bay, Philippines, April 1, 2016. Francis R Malasig/EPA

The Paris Agreement to try to cap global warming at 1.5ºC was a stunning political victory for poor countries threatened by climate change – but scientists tasked with explaining how to get there are less than thrilled

PARIS, France (Apr. 23, 2016) — The Paris Agreement to try to cap global warming at 1.5ºC was a stunning political victory for poor countries threatened by climate change.

Continue reading Climate change, Is the 1.5ºC target a mirage

El Niño damage in Cebu reaches P186M, so far

cebu province
RELIEF FUND. Cebu province has a Disaster Risk Management fund of about P135 million – about 30% of it is allocated for the Quick Response Fund

The figure is based on the damage reports submitted by 22 out of 51 local government units

CEBU CITY, Philippines (Apr. 22, 2016) — Damage to agriculture in this province due to the prolonged dry spell has reached P186 million, according to initial reports reaching Cebu’s Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office.

Continue reading El Niño damage in Cebu reaches P186M, so far

Climate changing at ‘unprecedented’ rate

gardens by the bay, singapore
A father holding up his child at a waterpark at the children’s garden in the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, March 17, 2016. Wallace Woon/EPA
Temperatures in the first two months of 2016 soared to new highs, following a year that broke ‘all previous records by a wide margin,’ the UN’s weather agency says

GENEVA, Switzerland (Mar. 22, 2016) — January and February 2016 smashed temperature records, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Monday, March 21, as it warned climate change was advancing at an “unprecedented” rate.

Continue reading Climate changing at ‘unprecedented’ rate

Release of CO2 fastest in 66 million years

new delhi, india
SMOGGY DAY. Indian man takes a morning walk in a public garden surrounded by the smog in the outskirts of Delhi, India, November 20, 2015. Harish Tyagi/EPA
Humans are disgorging heat-trapping carbon into the atmosphere 10 times faster than during any period of natural global warming in the last 66 million years

PARIS, France (Mar. 22, 2016) — Humans are disgorging heat-trapping carbon into the atmosphere 10 times faster than during any period of natural global warming in the last 66 million years, according to a study released Monday, March 21.

Continue reading Release of CO2 fastest in 66 million years

Climate change ‘forcing species to move’

voi, kenya
A picture made available on 20 June 2014 shows an elephant dust baths at sunrise at the Tsavo wildlife lodge in Voi, Kenya, 19 June 2014. Daniel Irungu/EPA
Data on thousands of species found that many had shifted their ranges towards the poles or up mountains over the past century

SYDNEY, Australia (Feb. 10, 2016) — Warming temperatures are causing about half of the world’s plants and animals to move location, an international conference in Australia heard Wednesday, February 10, with every major type of species affected.

Continue reading Climate change ‘forcing species to move’