Climate Change Facts for My Children and Their Families

Facts About Climate Change You Need to Know

Alex On The Beach

Alex On The Beach

Climate change and its effects are peeking at us from the sky, the land, and the sea.  Few of us have noticed these first small effects, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t real, or that they will not grow.  I just ran across three reports by a specialist in threat analysis that you must read.  These well-documented reports describe an effect of climate change that hasn’t made the news yet.  It will begin making the news as people realize that it could be the great destroyer of life on Earth.

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Obama warns climate change happening ‘right now’

As President Obama prepares to visit Alaska, he spoke about the effects of global warming in his weekly address, warning Americans that climate change is …

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GR:  Put politics aside and listen.

How will climate change affect your livelihood?

As the reality of global warming starts to hit home, people may ask: “How will it affect my livelihood?”

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GR:  Droughts, storms, lost forests, exhausted groundwater, extinct pollinators, and dying oceans–these will affect everyone’s livelihood.

Climate change: A ‘pause’ in global warming? Not on this evidence – The Independent

Some have called it the “pause”, others the “hiatus”.  Sourced through from:

Shrinking Sea Ice Forces Alaskan Walruses Ashore

Global warming is forcing thousands of walruses in Alaska go ashore due to the shrinking loss of Arctic ice.

GR:  This may happen every year now until they are all gone.  Innocent creatures dying for our ignorance and carelessness.

Increasingly severe disturbances weaken world’s temperate forests

Longer, more severe, and hotter droughts and a myriad of other threats, including diseases and more extensive and severe wildfires, are threatening to transform some of the world’s temperate forests, a new study published in Science has found. Without informed management, some forests could convert to shrublands or grasslands within the coming decades.

“While we have been trying to manage for resilience of 20th century conditions, we realize now that we must prepare for transformations and attempt to ease these conversions,” said Constance Millar, lead author and forest ecologist with the USDA Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station.

Many forests are remarkably resilient, re-growing after years of logging. Yet, the researchers note from review of the enormous body of work on the subject, climate change and rising global temperatures are giving rise to “hotter” droughts—droughts that exhibit a level of severity beyond that witnessed in the past century. During a hotter drought, high air temperatures overheat leaves and also increase the stress on trees by drawing the moisture from their tissues at faster rates than normal. Snow that would normally act as emergency water storage for trees during the dry season instead falls as rain.

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GR:  And there go the forests.  This is the third analysis this week that concludes forests will not do well as climate changes.

Shades of a Canfield Ocean — Hydrogen Sulfide in Oregon’s Purple Waves?


Here we are at 1-degree C above normal, calling for a 2-degree limit, and already we get hints of horrors that might come. These purple waves should be treated as an early warning and cause for intensive investigation.

Originally posted on robertscribbler:

Are we already starting to awaken some of the horrors of the ancient hothouse ocean? Are dangerous, sea and land life killing, strains of primordial hydrogen sulfide producing bacteria starting to show up in the increasingly warm and oxygen-starved waters of the US West Coast? This week’s disturbing new reports of odd-smelling, purple-colored waves appearing along the Oregon coastline are a sign that it may be starting to happen.

Purple Waves

(Purple waves wash over the Oregon beach of Neskowin on August 15. A form of hydrogen sulfide consuming bacteria is known to color water purple. Is this an indicator that the deadly gas is present in Oregon’s waters? Image source: Jeanine Sbisa and Beach Connection.)

A Dangerous Beauty

Oregon beachgoers and ocean researchers alike are flummoxed. There’s something strange in the water. Something that’s coloring the waves of Oregon’s beaches purple even as the off-shore waters are painted…

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Top Scientist — Threat of Catastrophic Permafrost Thaw is “Real and Imminent”


Unmeasured dangers rising up and still nothing effective from our governments. More members of the U. S. House and Senate need to speak up and add weight to the President’s calls for action.

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There’s a lot of carbon stored in the Arctic’s thawing permafrost. According to our best estimates, it’s in the range of 1,300 billion tons (see Climate Change and the Permafrost Feedback). That’s more than twice the amount of carbon already emitted by fossil fuels globally since the 1880s. And the sad irony is that continuing to burn fossil fuels risks passing a tipping point beyond which rapid destabilization and release of those carbon stores becomes locked in.


(Global permafrost coverage as recorded by the World Meteorological Organization. A 2 C global warming threshold is generally thought to be the point at which enough of the Arctic permafrost will go into catastrophic destabilization, to result in a global warming amplifying feedback that then thaws all or most of the rest. The 2 C threshold was chosen because it is the bottom boundary of the Pliocene — a time when this…

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Climate: Scientists say Arctic ice loss speeding up

By Bob Berwyn

FRISCO — Sea level is set to rise at least three feet during the next few decades, NASA scientists and ice researchers said this week, updating their latest research and findings on how fast the world’s ice sheets and glaciers are melting.

The scientists said they’re still not sure exactly how fast the water will rise, but they’re getting closer to nailing down the timing, thanks to several ongoing research projects, including a five-year effort to measure ice loss around the edge of Greenland.

The goal, of course, is to help coastal communities prepare for the big changes ahead. Agriculture, transportation and other infrastructure like water treatment plants will all be affected by sea level rise.  Sourced through from:

Global Warming: The Future is NOW! Part 1

Originally posted on Exposing the Big Game:

Looking at the news on the subject lately, it would seem that the Pacific Coast is climate change central. Starting with the sad excuse for a snowpack last winter and the near total lack of rains since then that’s led to the current and ongoing drought, which in turn is contributing to the catastrophic fires across the West, it’s looking like Nature has set her sights on our part of the planet.

But the fact is, global warming is a worldwide problem. July has joined a dozen or more previous months in getting overall “hottest on record” nods—like it or not.

If you’ve been following this blog recently, you might have had your fill of Okanogan Complex fire updates, or general articles with anecdotes about the other changes to predictable patterns the Earth is undergoing thanks to Anthropogenic Climate Disruption (or simply, too many humans creating too many tons of carbon). And if…

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