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Oceans

West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) Collapse: The Latest Case for Zero Warming

By | Abrupt changes, Antarctica, Climate Policy, Climate Reform, ice sheet, Oceans, Policy, Sea Level Rise, Strategy, underice | No Comments

New research has for the first time defined the tipping point between a stable WAIS and an Antarctica that collapses uncontrollably. Potsdam Institute researchers (Levermann and Feldmann) tell us is that if we do not return our oceans to their preindustrial temperature by 2050, we…

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

By | El Nino, Gulf Stream, in-depth and Popular Press, Oceans, pause hiatus, Temperature, Uncategorized | No Comments

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…

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There All Along: “Exceptional” Slowdown of the Gulf Stream From Greenland Melt

By | Abrupt changes, Arctic, Glaciers, Greenland, Gulf Stream, Oceans, Truthout.org | No Comments

First Published on Truthout, April 13, 2015. The Gulf Stream plays an immensely important role in moderating the climate of eastern North America and Europe. Moreover, Greenland melt impacts ocean current processes in the North Atlantic. For years, contradictory research has alternately said the Gulf…

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One Hundred Times Faster than Anything in 65 Million Years: The Speed of Climate Change

By | clathrates, Climate Catastrophes, Extinction events, Methane, Oceans, Shifting Ecology, Temperature, Uncategorized | No Comments

Climate change projected by the IPCC 2013 report under the business as usual scenario (RCP8.5) projects climate change in the next 100 years to be as big as the Paleocene/Eocene Thermal Maximum extinction event 56 million years ago. Changes today however are happening 100 times…

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HMS Challenger Expedition (1872 to 1876) — The Greatest Scientific Venture of the 18th and 19th Century

By | Oceans, Uncategorized | No Comments

HMS Challenger Expedition gave us exceptional baseline data for 21st century ocean warming evaluation. Average global ocean temperature change is  0.59 degrees C.   Reference: Roemmich,135 years of global ocean warming between the Challenger expedition and the Argo Programme, Nature Climate Change, April 2012. http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/v2/n6/full/nclimate1461.html?WT.ec_id=NCLIMATE-201206…

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Catastrophic Change and Climate Blindness

By | Antarctica, Arctic, CO2 Removal and Sequestration, forest health, Forest Mortality, Greenland, ice sheet, Impacts, in-depth and Popular Press, Oceans, Shifting Ecology, Solutions | No Comments

How do we curb emissions with the way our society has evolved? Really. I mean serious curbing; enough to prevent dangerous climate change? When considering the answer, dangerous climate change must be clearly defined. So, what exactly is dangerous climate change? Read More — First published…

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