Wednesday, January 18, 2017

This is no longer an indeterminate outcome, it is the future staring the world in the eye.

World temperatures (click here) hit a record high for the third year in a row in 2016, creeping closer to a ceiling set for global warming, US government agencies said on Wednesday.

2016 is also a global record setter. Everyone needs to realize this is the third year in a row that temperatures have marched higher. 

January 18, 2017

Earth’s 2016 surface temperatures (click here) were the warmest since modern recordkeeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Globally-averaged temperatures in 2016 were 1.78 degrees Fahrenheit (0.99 degrees Celsius) warmer than the mid-20th century mean. This makes 2016 the third year in a row to set a new record for global average surface temperatures....
Angry oil men are not the people anyone needs to hear from. In a warming ocean the "Beaufort Lens" is changing.

The Beaufort Sea Gyre (click here)

January 18, 2017
By Anna Nowogrodzki

Climate change (click here) has affected many things about the ocean—the temperature; sea level; which creatures live where. But it’s also changed something surprising: how the ocean sounds.

Two years ago, acoustic engineer Lee Freitag, from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, discovered a stark change in the Arctic Ocean’s Beaufort Sea: sounds, he found, could now travel about four times farther than they could a decade ago.

The US Navy wanted to know more. Their submarines communicate through underwater sound wave transmissions, making it vital to their operations to understand exactly where their signals are being carried....

Oxfam has an unusally informative assessments of global impacts of the climate crisis.

The IPCC (click here) has assessed the biomes for the continents. We know from Syria the climate crisis can cause civil wars.

Bolivia is a country particularly vulnerable (click here) to the impacts of climate change. In July 2009, a team of Oxfam researchers travelled to three areas of Bolivia (Trinidad in Beni, the Cochabamba valleys and Khapi under Mount Illimani, in La Paz) to take a snapshot of how poor families are experiencing the changing climate, and how they are adapting to it....

...Bolivia can expect five main impacts as a result of climate change:

- Less food security
- Glacial retreat affecting water availability
- More frequent and more intense ‘natural’ disasters
- An increase in mosquito-borne diseases
- More forest fires...