Global Warming Updates May 15 ,2013

Climate Change Updates May 15 & 16, 2013


  • Not much climate change doubt in science Having doubts over climate change and the role of humans? You’re unlikely to find many scientists who share your uncertainty. That is the finding of a University of Queensland-led study that surveyed the abstracts of almost 12,000 scientific papers from 1991-2011 and claims to be the largest peer-reviewed study of its kind. Of those who a stated a position on the evidence for global warming, 97.1 per cent endorsed the view that humans are to blame. Just 1.9 per cent rejected the view. The report’s lead author, John Cook, a fellow at the University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute and founder of the website com, said the scientific consensus was overwhelming, growing and had been around since the early 1990s.



  • Survey finds scientific consensus on cause of climate change: humans A survey of thousands of peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals has found 97.1% agreed that climate change is caused by human activity. Authors of the survey, published on Thursday in the journal Environmental Research Letters, said the finding of near unanimity provided a powerful rebuttal to climate contrarians who insist the science of climate change remains unsettled. The survey considered the work of some 29,000 scientists published in 11,994 academic papers. Of the 4,000-plus papers that took a position on the causes of climate change only 0.7% or 83 of those thousands of academic articles, disputed the scientific consensus that climate change is the result of human activity, with the view of the remaining 2.2% unclear.


  • Climate change threatens global fish stocks                                                                                                                                                                        Ocean warming has already affected global fisheries in the past four decades, a new international study has found, driving up the proportion of warm-water fish being caught and posing a threat to food security worldwide.


  • North Pole wanders, thanks to climate change                                 As if the swelling number of kids in the world isn’t enough to keep him busy, Santa Claus is being forced to shift his home eight inches every year to keep up with climate change. Assuming I’m getting this fable right, the jolly old dude who rose from the dead and ascended to the North Pole to construct a toy-building redoubt and a reindeer-based delivery system could consider himself one of the many refugees of the changing climate.




  • Helping Forests Gain Ground On Climate Change Maps developed by Laura Gray, a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Renewable Resources at the U of A, provide projections of climatically suitable habitat for tree species based on climate predictions for the 2020s, 2050s and 2080s. Currently, Alberta forestry companies and government agencies plant 80 million spruce, fir and pine seedlings to reforest more than 50,000 hectares of harvested land annually.


  • Emotional Response to Climate Change Influences Whether We Seek or Avoid Further Information                                           Because information about climate change is ubiquitous in the media, researchers at the University at Buffalo and the University of Texas, Austin, looked at why many Americans know so little about its causes and why many are not interested in finding out more.



  • Paris projected as pivotal climate point We’ll always have Paris. Paris is a nice place for a romance, or restaurants, or writing poems, or all of the above, by all accounts. But how about Paris as a place to settle the world’s global warming troubles? Paris is about as perfect as we are going to get, predicts one climate analyst, and that meeting will be in 2015.



  • Kerry: US must do more on climate change                                                         The US response to climate change has been inadequate, Secretary of State John Kerry has admitted. Speaking en route to the Arctic Council Ministerial meeting in Sweden, Kerry praised his host’s efforts in cutting its emissions, but said his own country;’s performance was a matter of ‘regret’. “The Prime Minister [Fredrik Reinfeldt] pointed out to me that, in fact, Sweden’s contribution to the problem of climate change is a tiny point percentage of the total problem. And yet Sweden’s contribution to the solution is much more significant than anything that might be expected,” he said.


  • Ice melt, sea level rise, to be less severe than feared: study                                                                            A melt of ice on Greenland and Antarctica is likely to be less severe than expected this century, limiting sea level rise to a maximum of 69 cm (27 inches), an international study said on Tuesday. Even so, such a rise could dramatically change coastal environments in the lifetimes of people born today with ever more severe storm surges and erosion, according to the ice2sea project by 24, mostly European, scientific institutions. Some scientific studies have projected sea level rise of up to 2 meters by 2100, a figure that U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called a worst case that would swamp large tracts of land from Bangladesh to Florida. Ice2sea, a four-year project to narrow down uncertainties of how melting ice will pour water into the oceans, found that sea levels would rise by between 16.5 and 69 cm under a scenario of moderate global warming this century.



  • Climate change may be baring Mount Everest,0,7957473.story                      A warming climate is melting the glaciers of Mount Everest, shrinking the frozen cloak of Earth’s highest peak by 13% in the last 50 years, researchers have found. Rocks and natural debris previously covered by snow are appearing now as the snow line has retreated 590 feet, according to Sudeep Thakuri, a University of Milan scientist who led the research.


  • World’s poorest set to assume leadership role at UN talks “The time is gone to think of this whole thing in terms of aid. I am one of those who argues the age of aid is over”. Not the words of a right wing politician, but Dipak Gyawali, a former government minister from Nepal, one of the poorest countries on the planet. They illustrate the growing sense of confidence among the world’s Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and a belief that the past 60 years of ‘development thinking’ has not worked. It is leading many of them to ask rich nations to keep their money and instead focus on ensuring their own economic goals do less damage to the planet. Gyawali was speaking at the offices of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), which is supporting a new LDC expert group aimed at influencing the UN’s proposed Sustainable Development Goals


  • What will it take for policymakers to act on climate change?                                                                                        A year filled with superstorms, devastating floods and extreme droughts, 2012 left many people around the world wondering how extreme climate change impacts will have to be in order for policy and decision makers to make firm commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and finance measures to increase resilience to climate change. This year brings with it uncertainty of what climatic phenomena is to come but also opportunity to aggressively address climate change mitigation and adaptation policies, programs and practices.


Climate Changes Updates 15 May 2013

1.     Mount Everest’s Ice Is Melting

2.     Arctic Nations Debate Future

3.     Scientists say united on global warming, at odds with public view

4.     Research and Markets: Analyzing Carbon Management – 2013: How are Different Regions Dealing With Global Climate Change and Carbon Trading

5.     Arctic Council decision leaves region open for oil and gas drilling

6.     EU fast start finance claims ‘misleading’ say observers

7.     New study confirms science consensus on climate change

8.     Scientists report glacial retreat in Mount Everest region

9.     Sea levels could rise one metre by 2100 – scientists

10.                        Meet America’s first climate refugees

11.                        Should we geoengineer the climate? We already are.

12.                        US weather clean-up bill eclipses education and transport spend

13.                        Floods could ‘overwhelm Thames Barrier by end of century’

14.                        Should We Change the Climate If We Could?

15.                        What Do You Think About Geo-engineering?

16.                        EXCLUSIVE: Internal engagement ‘vital’ for a low carbon construction sector

17.                        Clam Fossils Divulge Secrets of Ecologic Stability

18.                        Methane Emissions Higher Than Thought Across Much of U.S.

19.                        Emotional Response to Climate Change Influences Whether We Seek or Avoid Further Information

20.                        ‘Fish Thermometer’ Reveals Long-Standing, Global Impact of Climate Change

21.                        Helping Forests Gain Ground On Climate Change



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