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A 2002 report presents 20 questions & answers about the complex science of ozone depletion, the nature of atmospheric ozone, the chemicals that cause ozone depletion, how global & polar ozone depletion occur, & what could lie ahead for the ozone layer.
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CCBJ estimates the global climate change industry at $171 billion in the US. and $615 billion globally in 2008. While growth in 2009 will be flat due to the global recession, we expect growth to resume in 2010, with the industry reaching $380 billion in the U.S. and $960 billion worldwide by 2012. Segments related to depressed industries such as green buildings and transportation will have a longer struggle to return to pre-crisis momentum. On the other hand, U.S. federal funding for renewable energy, grid infrastructure and energy efficiency will boost the low-carbon and renewable power and e... More →
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In June, 2015, Pope Francis, in his encyclical on the environment, called upon humanity to take responsibility for the planet, including climate change. Yet millions of Americans(37%) just do not trust scientists warning of a 95% certainty humans cause global warming.

Responding to the climate threat will take an all-hands-on-deck approach that combines policies at the national level with coordinated actions by state and local governments. To support climate policy-making, climate scientists create detailed models of climate change risks at the local level.

The Yale Proj... More →
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Jess Vilvestre reports that global emissions from livestock account for 14.5% of all greenhouse gas emissions, with about 44% of emissions in the form of methane. Researchers discovered they can radically decrease livestock emissions by adding a small amount of dried seaweed to the Bovine diet.

Although natural, cows burping and tooting profusely has not has a positive impact on our world. The agriculture and forestry industry is the second largest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions. Researchers in Queensland, Australia believe it is possible to radically decrease livestock emi... More →
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Dr. Conca reports that the rate of global warming during the last 15 years has been as fast as the warming seen during the last half of the 20th Century, according to new study published in Science this month by scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The new study used the latest global surface temperature data and other improvements in the quality of the observed record. This study refutes the notion that there has been a slowdown, hiatus, or Pause, in the rate of global warming in recent years. The Pause has been a rallying cry for those not wa... More →
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Dr. Robert Yeats, Professor at Oregon State University, won the AAPG Michael T. Halbouty Memorial Human Needs Award in 1998 .... But now fast-forward to 2015, he opines that oil & gas geologists are now faced with a different kind of problem ... climate change. But many members of AAPG reject the research on climate change being man-made, even though most climate geoscientists accept varying forms of global warming based on analysis of ice cores from Greenland and Antarctica, melting of Arctic sea ice and a steady increase in CO2 in our atmosphere.

Students graduating from major... More →
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Monica Heger reports that when the nations set a goal in Paris last year of limiting the average temperature increase to no more than 2 degrees Celsius, the impact on health was not front and center. But, a study published today in Nature Climate Change suggests that if the U.S. reduces emissions from the transportation and electricity sectors in order to meet those targets, 295,000 American lives could be saved by 2030.

Researchers from Duke University modeled emissions scenarios for the electricity and transportation sectors, the two biggest contributors to air pollution and carb... More →
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We have studied sulfuric acid aerosol nucleation in an atmospheric pressure reaction chamber using a 580 MeV electron beam to ionize the volume of the reaction chamber. We find a clear contribution from ion-induced nucleation and consider this to be the first unambiguous observation of the ion-effect on aerosol nucleation using a particle beam under conditions that resemble the Earth's atmosphere. By comparison with ionization using a gamma source we further show that the nature of the ionizing particles is not important for the ion-induced component of the nucleation. This implies that inexpe... More →
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Along with various Seattle business and community leaders, city planners and politicians, a large group of scientists from the University of Washington got a chance to preview the new film, An Inconvenient Truth, last week. The film is about Al Gore's efforts to educate the public about global warming, with the goal of creating the political will necessary for the United States to take the lead in efforts to lower global carbon emissions. It is an inspiring film, and is decidedly non-partisan in its outlook (though there are a few subtle references to the Bush administration's lack of leadersh... More →
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Published on Dec 22, 2014, this webpage shows the history of atmospheric carbon dioxide from 800,000 years before present until January, 2014. Recommend full screen/HD to read titles properly. See http://carbontracker.noaa.gov for more information on the global carbon cycle.

Also see narrated video of yearly map views of CO2 variations ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1SgmFa0r04
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Al Gore and associates put together a motion picture on what may become an important contribution to the planet. Time will tell.
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John Schwartz, of the NY Times, opines that by just about any measure, the movement to battle climate change has grown so large that the truths of the Al Gore decade-old movie now seem more mainstream than inconvenient. In Paris, 195 nations agreed to reduce greenhouse gases. In the U.S., 70% of Americans say that climate change is real. Pope Francis has joined the call for action. Hundreds of thousands of people have come together for climate marches in Paris and New York, and demonstrators recently held fossil-fuel protests on six continents.

But the movement that started with a s... More →
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J. Turner, et al., report that an undocumented major warming of the Antarctic winter troposphere that is larger than any previously identified regional tropospheric warming on Earth. This result has come to light through an analysis of recently digitized and rigorously quality controlled Antarctic radiosonde observations. The data show that regional mid-tropospheric temperatures have increased at a statistically significant rate of 0.5- to 0.7-Celsius per decade over the past 30 years. Analysis of the time series of radiosonde temperatures indicates that the data are temporally homogeneous. Th... More →
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Claude Whitacre and others blogged about a new episode of Through The Wormhole, with Morgan Freeman narrating on the Science Channel. It covered several credible university and government experiments that indicate why humans may naturally be bigots. It was also interesting how we reacted when playing violent video games, and how it affected our sense of fairness. There was also a social experiment, the results of which offer a possible reason "Takers" become ostracized from the accepted flow of society in the U.S., and "Givers" are more involved.

But the best exp... More →
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Steve Hatfield-Dodds, et al., report that over two centuries of economic growth have put undeniable pressure on the ecological systems that underpin human well-being. While it is agreed that these pressures are increasing, views are divided on how they may be alleviated.

Some suggest technological advances will automatically keep us from transgressing key environmental thresholds. Others that policy reform can reconcile economic and ecological goals. While a third school argues that only a fundamental shift in societal values can keep human demands within the Earth ecological limit... More →
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IAH has produced a bibliography on the impacts of climate change and variability on ground-water resources
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David Biello opines that more than 300 watts per square meter of sunshine hits the top of our atmosphere each year. A third is reflected and the sky, sea and land absorb the rest. Much of that warmth tries to escape back to space but only a little over half makes it each year. That proportion is declining as concentrations of gases in the atmosphere, notably carbon dioxide, edges ever upward. The result is global warming.

One solution is to block some of that sunlight from coming in. That is the solution known as geoengineering ... the large-scale manipulation of the planet environm... More →
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Benjamin H. Straussa, Scott Kulpa, and Anders Levermann report that anthropogenic carbon emissions lock in long-term sea-level rise that greatly exceeds projections for this century, posing profound challenges for coastal development and cultural legacies.

Analysis based on previously published relationships linking emissions to warming and warming to rise indicates that unabated carbon emissions up to the year 2100 would commit an eventual global sea-level rise of 4.3 to 9.9 m. Based on detailed topographic and population data, local high tide lines, and regional long-term sea-lev... More →
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Probably the most effective use of a carbon tax is for developing climate preparedness, i.e., strengthening those agencies and infrastructure that can best help us withstand, and recover from, the worst effects of a changing climate. Agencies such as FEMA, NOAA, NASA, CDC, NIH, EPA, FDA and the U.S. Coast Guard should have their budgets dramatically increased. Yes, any carbon tax we end up generating needs to go to those people who are critical to saving our lives, now and into the future. The latest word on global warming came out of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change last week and... More →
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David Roberts of Vox Energy and Environment says that Katie Couric recently interviewed Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, and the subject of climate change came up. They discussed it for over four minutes, likely marking the longest any national GOP political figure has spent talking about climate change in the past five years.

Conservatives are delighted with the Fiorina performance. Thrilled. Pumped. They think she crushed Couric and showed how to outwit liberals on climate change. In fact, Fiorina comments are a farrago of falsehoods and red herrings, a derp differ... More →
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Human industry and ingenuity has done more to diversify and distribute minerals on Earth than any development since the rise of oxygen over 2.2 billion years ago. The work bolsters the scientific argument to officially designate a new geological time interval distinguished by the pervasive impact of human activities called the Anthropocene Epoch.

In the paper, published by American Mineralogist, a team led by Robert Hazen of the Carnegie Institution for Science identifies for the first time a group of 208 mineral species that originated either principally or exclusively due to human... More →
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China and India issued a statement underscoring the importance of working together and with other countries to conclude an ambitious, comprehensive, universal, balanced and equitable climate agreement in Paris later this year.

Both countries are looking to nuclear energy as one means of reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. China and India together account for the majority of planned new reactors, as well as those under construction. In addition to 26 units already in operation, China has 24 reactors under construction and has plans to build more than 40 others. India has 21 oper... More →
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Geologic time connects a wide variety of research endeavors in geoscience - missing is the corresponding cyberinfrastructure that allows the resources of all these endeavors to be pooled by seamlessly integrating geoscience databases and tools.
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Joby Warrick reports that four weeks before the official rollout, the news for President Obama signature regulation on climate change suddenly went from bad to abysmal. Already, the Senate top Republican was urging a nationwide boycott of the carbon-cutting proposal known as the Clean Power Plan. Fourteen states had joined in a lawsuit seeking to block the rule even before it became final. Then came a blow from the Supreme Court - a surprise June 29 decision blocking the White House previous attempt at curbing pollution from coal-burning power plants.

By July 7, the head of the Envi... More →
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A well-formed commentary is presented by Steve McIntyre on the developed and developing climate research, from tree rings to forams, to hurricanes, and cave sampling, etc. Demonstrates the scientific method.
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