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Austin, Texas: The Blizzard of ’21 – Summary and Photo Tour by Bruce Melton

By Abrupt changes, Climate Catastrophes, climate emergency, Extreme Weather, Impacts, Photo Tour, The Unexpected

Austin, Texas: The Blizzard of ’21 – Summary and Photo Tour by Bruce Melton First published in the Austin Sierran on March 9, 2021, updated March 13. By 10 pm on February 14, this map was updated with winter storm warnings (pink) issued for every county in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. They say it will…

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Pier Fire 2017, Black Mountain Grove, Unburnable Sequoias Burned

By Abrupt changes, Climate Catastrophes, Fire, Forest Mortality, Impacts, Photo Tour, Tipping

Pier Fire 2017, Black Mountain Grove Unburnable Sequoias Burned July 2019, Sequoia National Forest – We had been driving the Pier Fire burn for two days. Two days in the black. We camped at the intersection of two logging roads, parking in the middle of the widest spot, as we had only seen two vehicles….

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Film Screening, Dallas Sierra Club – Climate Change Across America, Inglorious Events, (44 min), Climate Change Now Initiative

By Gigs and Presentations

From South Texas to the North Slope of Alaska, climate change impacts are here. They are far more extreme and extensive than publicly understood, are mired in misinformation and the perceived debate, and are practically hidden in remote and difficult to reach areas. This film introduces a new right brain climate change adventure outreach strategy…

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Permafrost Collapse Ongoing – Completes With No Further Warming

By Abrupt changes, Arctic warming, climate emergency, climate restoration, Earth systems, Emissions flip, feedback, frozen ground, Negative emissions, Permafrost, Permafrost melt

Background: Permafrost Collapse is Underway With Emission Plausibly Rivaling All of Global Transportation… Across the Northern Hemisphere, permafrost collapse emitted 630 TgC, or 2.3 gigatons (Gt) CO2 (not including methane) on average every year from 2003 to 2017 as per findings from Natali et al., 2019, that tells us, “We estimate a contemporary loss of…

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Climate Change and Sea Level Rise: Beyond the Point of No Return Yet? Austin Sierra Club Climate Change Committee

By Gigs and Presentations

This presentation looks at recent reporting on sea level rise  from South Padre Island, and the poorly understood statement in popular press about climate change being beyond the point of no return, or already being irreversible. This concept is based on carbon budgets for emissions reductions scenarios where negative emissions are not considered. In other…

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Coastal Adaptation to Climate Change, National Sierra Club Climate Emergency Grass Roots Network

By Gigs and Presentations

National Sierra Club Climate Adaptation and Restoration Grassroots Network – Climate Change, Coastal Adaptation and Resilience Presentation: 54 days in 2019, high tide on Padre Island during non-storm periods was eroding the dunes. Normal is almost zero. This presentation is a documentation of the King Tides and normal sunny day high tides that have already…

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22,000 Percent Increase In Heat Extremes 1980 to Present – 60,000 Percent More Likely

By Abrupt changes, Extreme Weather, Heat, Impacts, Temperature

Extreme Heat Increased 22,100 Percent in Last 40 Years James Hansen has a new post out to his big list where he shows heat extremes across Northern Hemisphere land areas have increased a mind bending 22,000 percent. Breaking down Hansen’s work, in the classic 3-standard deviation bell curve colored red, white, blue and burnt sienna with…

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Rag Radio Podcast: Environmental Researcher & Activist Bruce Melton – Covid and Climate Change

By Gigs and Presentations

Thorne Dreyer’s guest is environmental researcher and activist Bruce Melton. Bruce, a longtime contributor to The Rag Blog and frequent guest on Rag Radio, is a professional engineer, filmmaker, author, and CEO of the Climate Change Now Initiative, the oldest independent climate science education organization in the world, founded in 2005. On the show Melton…

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