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Drought

We Can Have a Healthy Climate With Zero Warming in Our Lifetimes, by Bruce Melton

By | Abrupt changes, Drought, forest health, Forest Mortality, Impacts, in-depth and Popular Press, pine beetle, Shifting Ecology, Truthout.org | No Comments

  We can have a healthy climate — a climate with zero warming — in our lifetimes. The message for the last 20 years has been that we have to reduce emissions drastically to prevent dangerous climate change of more than 2 degrees C (3.6…

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Unprecedented Drought Projections: Significantly Worse Than in the Last 1,000 Years in the American Southwest and Central Plains

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The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific organization that produces the academic journal Science, has just begun a new open publishing journal; Science Advances (no paywall!). Their first issue includes a paper titled: Unprecedented 21st century drought risk…

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Welcome to Climate Change Texas Part 3: Have we crossed a threshold?

By | Agriculture, Austin, Central Texas, Deniers and Delayers, Drought, Extreme Weather, in-depth and Popular Press, rainfall, Temperature | No Comments

The Texas Forest Service tells us that a half billion trees have died. The first of this series of droughts in 2005/6 was just classified as extreme. The last two have been one category worse than extreme — the exceptional category. The last 12 months…

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Welcome to Climate Change Texas Part 1: What Can Be Done About Climate Change in Texas?

By | Abrupt changes, Agriculture, alternatives, Austin, Central Texas, Climate Catastrophes, Deniers and Delayers, Drought, forest health, Forest Mortality, Impacts, in-depth and Popular Press, rainfall, Solutions | No Comments

As I have been saying in the first two installments of this series, climate change is already much more extreme than most scientists have been predicting. This is mainly because the majority of predictions are based on the “most likely” emissions scenario and because we…

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Rain! sort-of…

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247 of  Texas’ 254 counties are under Texas Forest Service burn bans. In Austin we have only had 50% of our normal annual rainfall (9 inches behind) and we are about 60 percent behind for the last 10 months. We have had 36, 100-degree days…

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