Monthly Archives: January 2017

Climate Letter #841

Climate change contributes to a tipping point for residents around the Bay of Bengal.  Their problem is the continuing decline of fisheries that were once abundant.  A majority of the 200 million people living on the coasts are dependent on … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #840

Rising temperatures cause large increases in mercury in the marine food web.  A new study explains the mechanism, which affects some lakes as well as oceans.  “Rising temperatures could boost mercury levels in fish by up to seven times the … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #839

Lake Chad could completely disappear within twenty years.  The story is told here in a short video which mostly covers the human side, which is tragic indeed.  You might want to do a regular search to learn more about its … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #838

Massive wildfires are the worst in Chile’s history.  The stage was set by nearly a decade of mega drought.  Thanks to Robert Fanney for providing extensive coverage of this otherwise underreported extreme event.  The post also explores the relationship of … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #837

A deep perspective about what is going on in Washington and what should be done about it, from a magazine report by Bill McKibbin.  He includes several interesting quotes from Russ Tillerson, who has argued that supplying cheap energy in … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #836

New research shows why there is growing potential for destructive storms.  Global warming increases the efficiency of Earth’s atmosphere as a heat engine.  “In this case, increased efficiency isn’t a good thing. It suggests more potential energy is being converted … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #835

At current rates of destruction rainforests will completely vanish in 100 years.  Deforestation activity accounts for about 12% of current manmade emissions and also greatly reduces the potential for future uptake.  Much of it is happening in poor countries that … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #834

A very large iceberg is about to be created in Antarctica.  A rift forming on the interior of the Larsen C Ice Shelf keeps lengthening and will soon break apart.  The post begins with an exceptionally fine map of the … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #833

A new international study provides reasons to worry about substantial crop losses as temperatures rise.  “For every single day the temperature remains above 30°C, they find, maize and soya plants can lose about 5% of their harvest. But that is … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #832

2016 global temperature report from a James Hansen group.  Official numbers are now ready for thorough analysis and chart updating as provided in this report.  One outstanding number is plus 1.07C without short-term variability, relative to a baseline that simulates … Continue reading

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