Monthly Archives: June 2016

Climate Letter #691

Conditions in the Amazon rainforest are not good.  This is at least partly a result of the recent major El Nino, which caused a reduction in rainfall.  There is now a high risk forecast for an unusually intense fire season, … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #690

How climate change is heating things up in Iceland.  This heavily glaciated country is watching its glaciers melt away, leaving behind a barren moonscape. http://www.bna.com/climate-change-heating-b57982076081/ —– A close look at how the Tibetan Plateau is melting.  Temperatures are rising at … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #689

Rainfall has been improving in the Sahel region of Africa.  This highly educational story provides a new explanation, linked to warming of the Mediterranean Sea. http://www.carbonbrief.org/sahel-rainfall-recovery-linked-to-warming-mediterranean-study-says? Warming of the Mediterranean is otherwise not entirely welcomed, thanks to an invasion of … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #688

Peat bogs are being converted into fuel-packed fire hazards.  CO2 in the atmosphere has increased about 4 ppm over where it was 12 months ago.  That is more than 60% greater than the gain we would normally have seen with … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #687

What is happening to the planet’s boreal forests, from National Geographic.  The focus of this troubling report is mainly on the damage done by wildfires, but you will also get a broad education about this enormous habitat for life and … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #686

Big cities are acting on their own by forming globe-wide alliances to confront climate change.  This is happening without much publicity, in an atmosphere that seems to lack the kind of intense opposition that so easily infects national governments.  Extra … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #685

Excessive riverbank erosion is causing the annual displacement of many thousands of families in Bangladesh.  Climate change is a contributor to the phenomenon by way of a combination of sediment buildup in the riverbed and higher flood volumes that result … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #684

How aerosol emissions affect the climate.  Anyone interested in climate science should get real benefit from this review of a new study on the effects of aerosol emissions.  For example, regional variations in the concentration of aerosols is said to … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #683

India’s monsoon season is running about one week late.  The front edge of these rains moves along a line that proceeds slowly from the southeast to northwest, as clearly detailed in this link, updated daily by the India Meteorological Department.  … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #682

Extreme heat in the southwestern US.  Temperature records are threatened, and intense wildfires are also being reported in several states.  If you scroll down a ways, this interesting website includes information about how current heatwaves are being amplified by increased … Continue reading

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