This Guy Used To Believe In Climate Change And Global Warming…

… now, he doesn’t. (Deniers, he’s all yours.)

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Don’t Hate On Young Conservatives For Energy Reform. Encourage Them.

Just read a skeptical article about Young Conservatives For Energy Reform (YC4ER) on Climate Denial Crock of the Week. And judging by the early comments, you’ll get the expected haters and a little I told you so.

My take is that if you truly identify yourself as an environmentalist who believes in climate change, you would encourage YC4ER’s efforts. No, you don’t have to agree with everything the YC4ER support and no they don’t wear hemp clothing adorned with peace signs but you do need these suit wearers on your side. They’re conservatives who believe in climate change which fortunately puts them to the left of Jim Inhofe. [CDCW]

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The City Of Chicago’s Efforts To Counter The Heat Island Effect.

Heat islands are best described as urban areas that experience higher temperatures than their nearby rural neighbors. It occurs when natural vegetation is replaced with buildings and infrastructure. The heat island effect can raise urban air temperatures by 1.8–5.4°F (1–3°C) during the day and up to 22°F (12°C) at night. PBS NewsHour reported on how Chicago, which has seen its average summer temperature rise by 2° since 1945, is attacking the problem with green rooftops and water permeable pavement (green alleys).

In 2010, we wrote about Solterra Systems and their green rooftop retrofits. Be sure to contact them if you have any questions about green roofs or need a quote. [CDCW]

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Climate Change Skeptics Heard Antarctica Sea Ice Is Expanding. Can’t Wait To Melt It.

It was reported in the NY Times Green Blog, “Running the Numbers on Antarctic Sea Ice,” that Antarctic sea ice coverage has actually increased over the last five years from 13.8% to 14.6%. Climate skeptics rejoice at this kind of news. What’s Jubbling’s reaction? We see this as an opportunity.

Maybe if climate change skeptics accept data indicating a moderate increase in Antarctic sea ice as an affirmation of their views, they’ll also acknowledge and value similar mathematical indicators of the significant shrinking Arctic sea ice coverage (from 51% in 1979 to 24% in 2012). Hopefully skeptics will cuddle the changing sea ice coverage numbers on both poles and finally admit that climate change is real. (Not holding my breath.)

Check out the article for a more in depth explanation. [NYT Green Blog]

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Start Consuming Less Immediately Or They’ll Blow Up Asteroids To Create A Sunshade.

Geoengineering:  Corralling and blowing up an asteroid to create a sunshade.Prevent this tragedy! A team from Advanced Space Concepts Laboratory, University of Strathclyde, proposed corralling and then blowing up an asteroid to create a dust sunshade that’ll block the sun’s rays and offset an expected 2 °C increase in mean global temperature. Just another example of geoengineering gone wild.

So if we do get desperate, and decide to go this route, we might as well practice on the moon. [ScienceDirect via Inhabitat]

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Arctic Sea Ice Melt Disaster: Not In 40 Years, Not In 30 Years – One Expert Predicts It’ll Happen In 4!

Arctice sea ice melt since 1979. NASA, NRDCNow this is scary. We’ve all heard the dire predictions about the Arctic ice melt that give us 20+ years to not act. But Professor Peter Wadhams of Cambridge University, an expert on Arctic sea ice, is putting it all out there by predicting that the Arctic sea ice will collapse around the time of the 2016 Olympics. From the Guardian:

“Climate change is no longer something we can aim to do something about in a few decades’ time, and that we must not only urgently reduce CO2 emissions but must urgently examine other ways of slowing global warming, such as the various geoengineering ideas that have been put forward.”

What’s even scarier is knowing that Professor Wadham, who has spent years studying and measuring Arctic sea ice, now recommends going with geoengineering as a viable solution to slow down the melt and global warming.

Check out the article for more info on the implications of an Arctic ice melt. Professor Wadham really changes the game by predicting an Arctic ice melt disaster and accelerated global warming before most of think we’ll be able to live on Mars. [Guardian]

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