Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Hope On The Horizon?

With the election yesterday of Barack Obama to the highest office in The United States bring hope to the dire situation of climate change. He has talked the talked throughout the election that he would do something about our environment, but will he really?

Have a look at the National Geographic video below for a bit more background information about the dangers of climate change...

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Indians Are Smart

Let's just hope it doesn't come to that...

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Four Degrees Warmer

This video from the National Geographic gives us an idea of what our world would be like if global temperatures rose by just four degrees. The results would be catastrophic.

For more climate change effects watch The Glaciers Around Our World!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Arctic Ice In A "Death Spiral"

Well we didn't manage to beat last years record thaw in the Arctic, but this years melt was the second worst on record in the Arctic. A disturbing trend has been forming over the past few decades and it looks like things are only going to get worse. Remember all of this melting is just going to increase the Snowball Effects of Global Warming. The more ice that is melted the more heat is absorbed by the darker seas. Also methane and other greenhouse gases are released as the ice continues to melt...

What do you think of this latest report? Have we finally passed the tipping point of no return?

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Earth The Climate Wars Episode 1

The documentary below by the BBC give us a good look back on how Global Warming and Climate Change became scientific consensus. I can't wait to see the next episode... I will post it when it becomes available...

To check out part two of the series, click here!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The Glaciers Around The World Are Melting

As the glaciers around the world melt the water that is run off lubricates the glaciers and make them retreat even quicker. Also the more water puddles on the tops of the glaciers the more heat is trapped in that water. Think of it this way, you can have a white shirt (snow and ice) or a black shirt (water) in the summer, which would you choose? Glad I don't live on the coast...

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Global Warming 20 Years In Perspective

Some people are just ahead of the curve I guess, this clip shows NASA's climatologist Jim Hansen and looks back at his testimony from 20 years ago.

This wasn't the last time Jim Hansen testified, take a look at these sets of videos, that show us how the Bush Administration among others have been misleading the public when it comes to climate change.

I know it is dry stuff, but unfortunately these people are the ones that make the policies, which means these are the people we need to force to make serious changes...

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

The Effect Of Climate Change In The United States Today

If you watch the news all you see these days is major tornadoes, wild fires and droughts. This is only going to continue as climate change accelerates and we stand by and do nothing. Here is a clip from PBS with Anthony Janetos of the Joint Global Change Research Center. He makes some very good points...

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Antarctica Continues To Break Apart

A chunk of ice the size of the Isle of Man has broken away from Antarctica in what scientists believe is further evidence of a warming climate. To put that into perspective the Isle of Man is about 221 square miles!

Satellite images suggest that some of the adjoining ice shelf will collapse in the next few days or weeks. The Wilkins Ice Shelf has been stable for most of the last century, but began retreating in the 1990s. Six ice shelves in the same part of the continent have already been lost, says the British Antarctic Survey (BAS).

Professor David Vaughan of BAS said: "Wilkins is the largest ice shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula yet to be threatened.

"I didn't expect to see things happen this quickly. The ice shelf is hanging by a thread - we'll know in the next few days or weeks what its fate will be."

Jim Elliott, who was on board the plane, said he had never seen anything like it before.

He said: "We flew along the main crack and observed the sheer scale of movement from the breakage.

"Big hefty chunks of ice, the size of small houses, look as though they've been thrown around like rubble - it's like an explosion."

A 41-by-2.5km (25-by-1.6 mile) berg has already broken away, and a large part of the Wilkins Ice Shelf is now protected only by a thin strip of ice spanning two islands.

Since an ice shelf is a floating platform of ice, its loss will have no impact on sea level. But scientists say it heightens concerns over the impact of climate change on this part of Antarctica.

'Unprecedented' warming

Professor Vaughan predicted in 1993 that the northern part of the Wilkins Ice Shelf would be lost within 30 years if climate warming continued. But he said it is happening more quickly than he expected.

He told BBC News: "What we're actually seeing is a chunk of the ice shelf drop off in a way that suggests it is not just a normal part of iceberg formation.

"This is not a sea level rise issue, but is yet another indication of climate change in the Antarctic Peninsula and how it is affecting the environment."

Scientists say the Antarctic Peninsula, which juts out into the Southern Ocean towards the tip of South America, has experienced unprecedented warming over the last 50 years.

Several ice shelves have retreated in the past 30 years - six of them collapsing completely.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Greenland On Thin Ice

I thought this video was quite informative... Hopefully you get a little something out of it. Climate refuges might be a new term to some of you, but I can guarantee you will be hearing it a lot more in the coming years...

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Antarctica Is Melting

Just this week it was released that 2007 tied for the warmest year on record according to NASA. The eight warmest years on record have all occurred since 1998, and the 14 warmest years in the record have all occurred since 1990.

As I watch this election becoming more and more about the economy, I think that climate change will again be put on the back-burner by The United States. As this video from CNN will show you, we have much bigger fish to fry them our economy...

Friday, January 04, 2008

A New Study From The Arctic

Since the Arctic holds a large portion of the world's ice and is shrinking even faster than scientist expected perhaps it is time for some major changes. Study after study is released to the public, yet not a lot is done here in the states at least. What a shame that it has come to this...