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2013 SkS Weekly News Roundup #15A

Posted on 12 April 2013 by John Hartz

  • Another climate change warning
  • Climate change will lead to bumpier flights
  • Climate change will threaten wine production
  • Crabs may upset Chesapeake’s balance
  • Heavy, dam-busting rainstorms to increase
  • High-altitude ice reveals a climate on the rocks
  • How US energy policy fails to address climate change
  • Oceans may explain slowdown in climate change
  • Rebuilding the shores, increasing the risks
  • Texas provides clues to climate change impacts
  • University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll
  • US congressman cites biblical flood 

Another climate change warning

We’ve all heard about rising sea levels and the possibility of more frequent, stronger storms. But oyster death? The Post’s Darryl Fears on Monday highlighted one of the many consequences of carbon dioxide emissions that scientists are only just beginning to detect — and most Americans have probably never considered — in Washington’s nearby Chesapeake Bay. 

Another climate change warning, written in the shells of crabs by Stephen Stromberg, Washington Post, April 8, 2013


Climate change will lead to bumpier flights

The shifting of the jet stream over Europe caused by global warming will lead to clear-air turbulence.

Climate change will lead to bumpier flights, say scientists, by Damian Carrington, The Guardian, Apr 8, 2013


Climate change will threaten wine production, study shows

Global warming will make it difficult to raise grapes in traditional wine country, but will shift production to other regions

Climate change will threaten wine production, study shows by Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian, Apr 8, 2013


Crabs may upset Chesapeake’s balance

Crabs are bulking up on carbon pollution that pours out of power plants, factories and vehicles and settles in the oceans, turning the tough crustaceans into even more fearsome predators.

Crabs, supersized by carbon pollution, may upset Chesapeake’s balance by Darryl  Fears, Washington Post, Apr 7, 2013


Heavy, dam-busting rainstorms to increase

Boosted by the added moisture from warming air and ocean temperatures, the heaviest precipitation events — those that can cause dams to fail, rivers to spill over their banks, and cities to flood — are likely to become significantly heavier by the end of this century, according to a new study. The study, published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, warns engineers and planners that are designing long-lasting, critical infrastructure that planning for only the current types and severity of extreme events is likely to underestimate the actual risk. 

Heavy, Dam-Busting Rainstorms To Increase, Study Finds by Andrew Freedman, Climate Central, Apr 5, 2013


High-altitude ice reveals a climate on the rocks

Ohio State glaciologist Lonnie Thompson has spent a career unl.ocking climate secrets frozen at the top of the world's highest mountain ranges

High-altitude ice reveals a climate on the rocks by Doug Struck The Daily Climate/Scientific American, Apr 9, 2013 


How US energy policy fails to address climate change

To manage energy supplies and climate change risks, the United States has done little in terms of policy that makes sense given the gravity of the climate change challenges it and the world face, Cobb writes.

How US energy policy fails to address climate change by Kurt Cobb, Energy Voices Blog, The Christian Science Monior, Apr 6, 2013


Oceans may explain slowdown in climate change

Climate change could get worse quickly if huge amounts of extra heat absorbed by the oceans are released back into the air, scientists said after unveiling new research showing that oceans have helped mitigate the effects of warming since 2000.

Oceans may explain slowdown in climate change, study says by Alister Doyle, Reuters/Alertnet, Apr 7, 2013


Rebuilding the Shores, Increasing the Risks

This might be a good time to take a look at the most important environmental law that nobody has ever heard of. 

Rebuilding the Shores, Increasing the Risks by Justin Gillis, New York Times, Apr 8, 2013


Texas provides clues to climate change impacts

Want to see what happens when the impacts of climate change are felt? Well, just look at Texas, some scientists say.

Texas provides clues to climate change impacts by Ramit Plushnick-Masti, AP/Houston Chronicle, Apr 6, 2013 


University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll

The latest results from The University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll are out (link). The findings indicate that a majority of Americans favor domestic energy production, oppose exporting domestic natural gas, and accept that climate change is occurring.

Poll: Americans oppose exporting natural gas, support of fracking regulation, and accept climate change by David Wogan, Scientific American, Apr 11, 2013


US congressman cites biblical flood

Texas Republican Joe Barton says deluge 'certainly wasn't because mankind had overdeveloped hydrocarbon energy.' 

US congressman cites biblical flood to dispute human link to climate change, The Guardian, Apr 10, 2013 

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    And these guys have control of enough atomic weapons to blow the top metre of the earth off into space.  You would think that the religious right would take seriously god's gift of dominion over all his great works.  After all, Dad was passing  on the family business to his kids.  He didn't specifically tell us not to squander them but I think it would be fair to assume that he hoped we would look after them.  I don't get the conservatives.  They have a preponderance of fundamentalists but totally ignore  the good book. Why aren't conservatives conservationists.

    Just in the middle of Farley Mowat's book, Sea of Slaughter.  A must read.

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  2. Climate Change will also lead to bigger brigher and more impressive rainbows....

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