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Godzilla Niño and the Blob: How Weather Cycles and Ocean Temperatures Mask Global Warming

By Gulf Stream, in-depth and Popular Press, Oceans, pause hiatus, Temperature, Uncategorized

First published on Truthout: October 4, 2015. Over 20 years after a global consensus of earth scientists at the Rio Earth Summit first suggested we control carbon dioxide emissions to prevent dangerous climate change, the United States has finally acted. This is excellent news for 20 years ago but today, Kyoto V2 (the EPA’s Clean…

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The Clean Power Plan Is Barely Better Than Kyoto; IPCC Says: We Must Remove CO2 From the Atmosphere

By adaptation, aerosols, Climate Policy, climate pollutants short-lived, CO2 Removal and Sequestration, in-depth and Popular Press, summary, Truthout.org

First published on Truthout, August 16, 2015. The EPA’s Clean Power Plan is 12 percent more stringent than the Kyoto Protocol, yet since 1978, the US has emitted as much carbon dioxide as we emitted in the previous 228 years. Globally, since 1984, our civilization has emitted as much carbon dioxide as in the previous…

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IPCC: More Than All of Observed Warming Has Been Caused by Humanity’s Emissions

By aerosols, Emissions, in-depth and Popular Press, Temperature

First published on Truthout.org April 24, 2015. “The best estimate of the human-induced contribution to warming is similar to the observed warming [from 1951 through 2010].” IPCC 2013, Summary for Policy Makers.(1) This statement differs radically from the almost ubiquitous understanding that part of global warming has been caused by humanity and part is natural. In…

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With This Decade’s Climate Policy, Expect More Warming Than if Nothing Was Done at All, by Bruce Melton

By Abrupt changes, Climate Policy, climate pollutants short-lived, CO2 Removal and Sequestration, Emissions, Emissions Scenarios, in-depth and Popular Press, Methane, Temperature, Truthout.org

First Published on Truthout, August 27, 2014 (link) The fundamental climate change policy question today is not how much we should reduce carbon dioxide emissions by when, but what will currently proposed carbon dioxide emissions reductions do to our climate in the near-term? In addition, what are the ramifications of short-lived climate pollutants that are…

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Critical Sea Level Rise on Padre Island, April 2014, Bruce Melton

By Beach Report, Beaches coastal, in-depth and Popular Press, Sea Level Rise

First published on the Rag Blog April 23, 2014 Link — Sea level rise is accelerating. At some point, our barrier islands will cross a disintegration threshold and begin to disappear. Because every mile of every beach is created differently, we will see some beaches begin to suffer sooner than others. PADRE ISLAND — For…

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Calling all earthlings: Climate change communications may as well be from aliens, by Bruce Melton

By in-depth and Popular Press, Messaging, Psycho, Solutions

Relative to most of the 20th century, Austin’s January highs and lows were not 2.9 and 1.4 degrees above normal, but 9.9 and 10.4 degrees above normal! (First published on The Rag Blog, April 25, 2013. http://theragblog.blogspot.com/2013/04/bruce-melton-calling-all-earthlings.html ) AUSTIN — Average temperatures have risen rapidly at the Austin reporting station since the turn of the…

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The Climate Change awareness drought is over Part Three: It’s only pollution

By alternatives, Climate Policy, Deniers and Delayers, in-depth and Popular Press, Myths, Solutions

For decades, the concept of installing privies in every house, business, and public building, and then piping human waste to a central treatment system, was perceived as lunacy that would bankrupt society. First published on the Rag Blog Part 3 of a three part series: Part 1: The Climate Awareness Drought is Over: Time to Change…

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The Climate Change awareness drought is over Part Two: Voices tell us ‘the warmists are dead’

By Deniers and Delayers, ice sheet, in-depth and Popular Press, Myths

Which side is biased and how do we tell with all the noise in the media? First published on the Rag Blog Part 2 of a three part series: Part 1: The Climate Awareness Drought is Over: Time to Change the Tone Part 2: The Climate Change awareness drought is over Part Two: Voices tell us ‘the warmists…

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The Climate Awareness Drought is Over: Time to Change the Tone

By Deniers and Delayers, in-depth and Popular Press, Myths, Psycho, Uncategorized

The shift in awareness is very encouraging and seems quite likely to be more or less permanent because the number of unprecedented weather events will very likely continue to increase. First published on the Rag Blog Part 1 of a three part series: Part 1: The Climate Awareness Drought is Over: Time to Change the Tone…

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Welcome to Climate Change Texas Part “Extra”: The Worst-Case Scenario is Happening

By Abrupt changes, Climate Catastrophes, Deniers and Delayers, Extreme Weather, Impacts, in-depth and Popular Press, Temperature

                (This article is an expansion of and provides technical backup for Bruce Melton’s three-part series, “Welcome to Climate Change in Texas,” published in December 2011 and January 2012 on The Rag Blog.) Read More — Extra:  Welcome to Climate Change Texas: The Worst-Case Scenario is Happening (expansion and backup) Part…

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

By Agriculture, Deniers and Delayers, Drought, Extreme Weather, in-depth and Popular Press, rainfall, Temperature

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 were drier than the worst 12 months of the great…

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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, Climate Catastrophes, Deniers and Delayers, Drought, forest health, Forest Mortality, Impacts, in-depth and Popular Press, rainfall, Solutions

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 have not reduced our emissions like climate scientists told us…

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Welcome to Climate Change Texas Part 2: Drought and wildfires

By Abrupt changes, Drought, Extreme Weather, in-depth and Popular Press, rainfall

AUSTIN — If this is not climate change, then this is exactly what climate change will be in as little as a decade. What has been happening in Texas, with these unprecedented (in time frames that matter) droughts and wildfires, is exactly what the climate scientists have been warning us about for over 20 years….

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