Category Archives: Climate Change

Lester Brown on Water shortages, Climate Change, Soil Erosion, Decreasing Crop Yields

Institute of Medicine. The Nexus of Biofuels, Climate Change, and Human Health: Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2014. BIOFUELS AND THE WORLD FOOD ECONOMY The session’s first speaker was Lester Brown, founder and president of the Earth … Continue reading

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How to Survive the Coming Century

Excerpts from 25 Feb 2009  How to survive the coming century http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20126971.700-how-to-survive-the-coming-century.html?full=true All of the world’s major deserts are predicted to expand, with the Sahara reaching right into central Europe. Glacial retreat will dry Europe’s rivers from the Danube to … Continue reading

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Marty Hoffert predicts feudal economy at best, hunter-gatherer at worst from future climate change

Marty Hoffert, is an emeritus physics professor at NYU and energy researcher, who wrote one of the most important articles on potential energy resources that could replace fossil fuels sent this note by e-mail: However welcome the news may be … Continue reading

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Methane on the Rise–Again

Atmospheric concentrations of the greenhouse gas methane are rising, but the reasons remain incompletely understood E. Nisbet et al.  31 January 2014. Science Vol. 343 no. 6170 pp. 493-495 Roughly one-fifth of the increase in radiative forcing by human-linked greenhouse … Continue reading

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James Hansen : Sea level could rise in decades, not centuries or millenia

James Hansen explains how sea level could rise in decades, not centuries or millenia Below are excerpts from this scientific paper: Climate change and trace gases. James Hansen, Makiko Sato, et al. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. (2007) 365,1925–1954 … Continue reading

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Science: A Drier Future. Global Warming is likely to lead to overall drying of land surfaces.

A Drier Future. Global Warming is likely to lead to overall drying of land surfaces. Sherwood, S & Fu, Q. Science. 14 Feb 2014. Vol 343. pp 737-739 Global temperature increases affect the water cycle over land, but the nature … Continue reading

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PNAS: Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change: Anticipating Surprises

Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change: Anticipating Surprises. 2013. sponsored by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Intelligence community. This was the best summary of the 223 page National Academy of Sciences publication I could … Continue reading

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Set the planet on fire: Burn underground coal to gasify it. Worse than Fracking.

Fire in the hole: After fracking comes coal. 13 February 2014 by Fred Pearce. NewScientist. Setting fire to coal underground could answer our energy prayers, or start an environmental disaster on a bigger scale than ever before. Without a way to … Continue reading

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Rate of global warming 10 times faster than past 65 million years

1 Aug 2013. Climate Change Occurring Ten Times Faster Than at Any Time in Past 65 Million Years. N. S. Diffenbaugh, C. B. Field. Changes in Ecologically Critical Terrestrial Climate Conditions. Science, 2013; 341 (6145): 486 DOI: 10.1126/science.1237123 The likely … Continue reading

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Global Warming increases violence and wars

2 Aug 2013. Seth Borenstein. Global warming may fuel wars. A massive new study finds that aggressive acts like committing violent crimes and waging war become more likely with each added degree of temperature. The study was published online yesterday … Continue reading

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