Monthly Archives: February 2018

Climate Letter #1115

Extraordinary North Pole temperatures are expected to continue next week.  The cold air rebound is now shifting away from North America and toward Europe, which can see temperatures fall 35F below normal.  The heat around the Pole is the highest … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #1114

The heatwave on the East Coast is a sign of climate change, and likely to happen more often.  This post has all the numbers, including a chart near the end showing an anomaly of around 20F over a large area … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #1113

Three charts that show how the Arctic is warming.  Note that the temperature gain inside the Arctic Circle (4C or 7F) since the late 1970s is equal to about four times the global average. https://thinkprogress.org/record-arctic-temperatures-85b0c287a78b/ –Today’s average at the North … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #1112

How should we go about protecting wildlife?  The Guardian provides a well thought-out discussion of this important subject, centered on the idea that half of the Earth’s land surface should be protected for wildlife, plus other angles. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/feb/18/should-we-give-half-planet-earth-wildlife-nature-reserve —– A … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #1111

The fragmentation of tropical forests is reaching a critical tipping point.  Fragmentation is now being measured with extremely high resolution, and the results are disturbing on all three continents that have these forests.  When certain laws of physics are applied … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #1110

Tim Radford writes about the recent study on what it would take to have a fully-populated planet where everyone could lead a reasonably good life, doing so in a way that is completely sustainable.  That of course is a far … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #1109

The outlook for extreme weather events is definitely troublesome (LA Times).  That is the understanding gained from a new study that has looked at eight different types of extreme weather events in many parts of the world.  The basic conclusion … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #1108

Antarctic krill, a vital part of the marine food chain, are in a serious state of decline.  Overfishing and climate change have both been responsible.  Climate change has caused a reduction in the ice structure needed for habitat; in addition, … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #1107

Ethiopia is facing its fourth consecutive year of drought.  In a part of the country next to Somalia a large population of nomadic herders are now being relocated and must learn how to pursue a new lifestyle.  Fortunately, they are … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #1106

“In Defense of Biodiversity:  Why Protecting Species from Extinction Matters.”  This is by Carl Safina, the prize-winning author of seven books about life in the animal world.  Safina makes one eloquent argument after another in opposition to those who are … Continue reading

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