Surging Seas: When Sea Level Rises, How Bad Will It Suck Where You Live?

Surging Seas from Climate Central: Tracking Sea Level ChangesClimate Central recently released Surging Seas so people can track the effects of storm surge + sea level rise in their area and hopefully it’ll strike a chord. We’ve been told for 25+ years that the polar ice caps are melting but today, you’ll still hear waterfront homeowners swear that they’re not seeing it. Unfortunately, when sea level does noticeably rise, it’ll probably be too late to reverse it. Might already be. [Climate Central]

Related article: Weighing the Risk of Sea-Level Rise

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Haters Gonna Hate. Deniers Gonna Deny.

Kent cigarette advertisement - smoking is goodRemember the old days when tobacco companies tried to convince us that smoking was healthy and did not cause cancer? Well the debate over climate change can be framed in those same terms. The NY Time’s article, “A Reminder That Science Can Override Pressure”, is probably the best I’ve read about the climate debate and how time and science will eventually change minds. [NY Times]

Related: Merchants of Doubt

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Jim Inhofe Writes A Book. “The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future”

A over-tanned Senator Jim InhofeFortunately, I don’t read much and in the case of the new book from Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe, I probably don’t need to start because his book title says it all. If there was a Climate Denier Hall of Fame, Mr. Inhofe would be elected first ballot and that is why I sure hope he’ll live long enough (b. 1934) to write a follow up apology book. But I’m not holding my breath. Because today, even as the nation of Tuvalu goes underwater and global average temperatures continue to rise, he still holds onto his views, points to a freak snowstorm and will never admit that our actions contribute to global warming.

I guess that is what gets me about the whole climate debate – so much time is wasted trying to change minds that can only go one way. I want Mr. Inhofe to be right but the reality is that our climate is changing and we’re the only ones that might be able to slow it down. My recommendation: ignore the Inhofes of the world, do what you can to consume less resources and most of all, spend less time convincing. Time will tell but some [narrow] minds will never change.

Related article: Tornado record? A month’s worth of tornadoes strike in 1 day

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So, Is The Planet Getting Hotter Or Colder?

The NY Times Green Blog is one of my favorite sites for information about climate change, renewable energy and everything related. The release time of these two articles, “A Very Warm January” and “On Our Radar: The Danube Ices Over,” probably could’ve been better. Climate skeptics may use these articles as proof that there isn’t any man-made climate change going on; the weather difference equals out. But the reality is that these two articles highlight the extreme weather events that will be a part of our changing climate and that we should expect more of this in the future.
NY Times Green Blog for February 9th, 2012

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The Most Depressing Video We’ll Show You Today – Warming World 1880-2010 From NASA

[youtube width=”425″ height=”239″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZzNL898oW4[/youtube]Using data compiled by Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA has created a video showing the earth’s warming over the last 130+ years. Suck3. [ClimateCentral.org via NYTimes]

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Call It What You Will: Geoengineering or Climate Remediation. Either Way, Here Comes Crazy.

Geoengineering and Climate RemediationIf you haven’t seen the movies Contact, Deep Impact or Armageddon, you might want to soon to get an idea of what may have to happen on a national level to change the weather and outlook for our planet. The NY Times has a pretty scary article, Group Urges Research Into Aggressive Efforts to Fight Climate Change, that describes a bipartisan panel of scientists, former government officials, national security experts and their efforts to directly affect the earth’s climate and lower its temperature. The panel of 18 was brought together by the Bipartisan Policy Center and they’re acting on a United Nations report that global temperatures have risen 1.3 degrees in the last 100 years. We are not changing our ways enough to cutback on greenhouse gas emissions so the panel is investigating some pretty far out measures for curbing them. They include:

“Scattering particles in the air to mimic the cooling effect of volcanoes or stationing orbiting mirrors in space to reflect sunlight. A secondary technique includes spewing ocean water into the air to form clouds. – NY Times

The ideas behind geoengineering and climate remediation are not new and have been floated around for years. But the discussion has already expanded its reach from the national to a global arena and so has the scope of the potential fallout from any implementation. Check out the article and decide for yourself if this is to scare you or if it’s getting too real.

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