Monthly Archives: March 2017

Climate Letter #884

An update on the extraordinary warming trend in the Arctic.  It continues month after month, up to and including next week’s forecast.  “It is extremely abnormal for the Arctic — or any other part of the world for that matter — to … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #883

An update on the atmospheric CO2 level.  Every year there is a seasonal peak at Mauna Loa that is reached in May.  Last year’s peak, just below 408 ppm, exceeded that of 2015 by a record of almost four parts, … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #882

Trump’s war on science, climate and the environment is now a really big story, widely reported.  Everything previously promised is coming true, and then some.  Here is how the Guardian tells it: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2017/mar/28/trump-has-launched-a-blitzkrieg-in-the-wars-on-science-and-earths-climate —– From the Washington Post, a report … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #881

Scientists warn about dangers posed by allowing temperatures to rise by 2C, or even 1.5C.  This report emphasizes the expected increase in frequency and intensity of deadly heatwaves.  About 350 million people will be living in places that have the … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #880

A new study links a number of extreme weather events to developments that occur high in the atmosphere due to amplified warming of the polar regions.  A team of high-profile scientists, including Michael Mann and Stefan Rahmstorf, has been able … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #879

A team of scientists has proposed a structured plan for actually accomplishing the goals set in Paris.  Their purpose is “to make a zero-emissions future an inevitability rather than wishful thinking,” mainly by requiring a tax on emissions starting at … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #878

How and why grid-scale solar electric power is spreading across the US, including Minnesota (Yale E360).  This great story is full of surprising information.  For example, “In the past seven years, the price tag for utility-scale solar in the U.S. … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #877

From the World Meteorological Organization, the 2016 State of the Global Climate report has been issued.  It was a notable year for broken records and extreme weather events, as summarized by Inside Climate News: https://insideclimatenews.org/news/21032017/climate-change-2016-world-meteorological-organization-arctic-weather —If you have a few … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #876

Scientists are learning more about the changes to ecological systems caused by the disruption of natural timetables.  They want to know why we are losing species at such a fast rate.  “It opens up the possibility that biological timing is … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #875

Dire prospects for Egypt’s Nile River Delta.  The area suffers from decreased water flow, rising sea level and salt water intrusion.  With a population of 90 million that is projected to double over the next fifty years the country is … Continue reading

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