Climate Letter #1150

Explaining the consequences of the Gulf Stream slowdown.  Yesterday’s report from two new studies, which you saw here, is very big news, being taken most seriously in the scientific community.  For starters, the information comes from sources that are regarded as having the highest level of credibility.  This post from the Guardian provides a good introduction to the consequences, which must be avoided “at all costs,” especially in the case of Western Europe.
–This piece from Joe Romm has more to say about how the East Coast of the US will be affected.  There is also a quote from Michael Mann about how this phenomenon has happened much more quickly than predicted by models, which will now need to be upgraded.
–For those who want a deeper look into the work behind the studies, Stefan Rahmstorf, who was one of the authors, has written this story for the Real Climate website:
A new global survey creates awareness of the risk of losing Earth’s pollinators.  This involves much more than bees—“a vast range of insect species, along with birds, bats and even squirrels, are also key pollinators.”  They are all exposed to some kind of danger, with agricultural chemicals and climate change both having leading roles of responsibility.  There is a threat to the supply of industrial raw materials that is emphasized as well as to food security.
Sweden has begun testing electrified roads for recharging car batteries.  This post will give you some idea of how the system works, somewhat puzzling but certainly interesting if everything adds up in practice.
Young activists have a trial date set for their climate change lawsuit.  All of the preliminary challenges are now out of the way.  The trial will be conducted in Eugene, Oregon beginning October 29.  This was the idea that was originated by James Hansen several years ago, amidst much doubt, and has obviously been handled in a manner that is skillful, well financed and quite serious about getting positive results.
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