Archive for the ‘Global Warming’ Category

Forest fires

So it’s back up in the nineties here in St. Louis again and what topic do I pick to post about but, fire which in turn always reminds me of the book “Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout” by Philip Conners.

Reading this article tonight however, entitled “Let it burn: Smokey was wrong. You can’t prevent wildfires, and you shouldn’t try” b over at the Grist was an eye-opener to say the least. The most surprising part was the fact that climate change plays a rather minor role when it comes to forest fires. Learn something new everyday.

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Fort McMurray

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Winter, spring, winter, spring

So which is it? Well, it looks like it might finally be spring here in the Midwest but wasn’t it just last month where we were in the 60’s? Anyway, apparently it’s not just me as evident by this bear cub.

You can see for yourself in this video over at Yahoo News entitled “Bear Wakes Early from Hibernation, Wanders onto Ski Slope” by Mike Krumboltz. Safe to say this is just another piece of evidence that whatever you want to label it, global warming or climate change,  something is going on.

Heaven help us!

 

Green Librarian

The weather it is a-changin

I remember when climate change used to be called global warming. Unfortunately, most of the news these days seem to focus on the evidence .

In fact, I came across an article tonight that looked good but unfortunately I don’t have access to it, so I will have to check at work tomorrow and see if I can access it. The article is entitled “The Night: The Heat of the Night is Intensifying” by Nicola Jones at NewScientist.

Then I found another article that looked good on the topic entitled “Orca Invasion: Killer Whales in a Warmer World” by Sharon Oosthoek but it too is unavailable. I have to say I don’t think I’ve ever had this problem before.

So I guess it’s true that the third time is a charm as I found this article entitled “Climate Change Signals a Whale of a Shift in Feeding Patterns” by Rebecca Kessler at the Environmental News Network via Yale 360 where there is more information. Meanwhile, I’ll keep you posted on the other ones.

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Green Librarian

Disappearing act of our coasts

So while we debate the reasons as to how we are getting there, the evidence as to what is happening continues to mount. One of the most obvious ones is how the coastlines are vanishing as the seas continue to rise. This article by Benjamin Strauss and Robert Kopp, “Rising Seas, Vanishing Coastlines” over at the New York Times, presents some of the possible scenarios.

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400 and counting

One subject to me that I’ve never been clear about is climate change or as it was known previously, global warming. That however was until  just recently when Bob Berman helped paint a clearer picture of it for me in his book “The Sun’s Heartbeat and Other Stories From the Life of the Star That Powers Our Planet“. 

In his book he talks about carbon dioxide (a term I’m a little familiar with ) and how were getting close to this somewhat magic number of 400 ppm, a barrier in which we will probably break by 2016. Anyway, that got me to thinking how I remembered hearing about that number recently.

Well, apparently not a lot of other people were paying attention either as we find out in this article over at the New York Times by Justin Gillis entitled “Heat-Trapping Gas Passes Milestones, Raising Fears“. So even though Bob Berman talks about the four variables, including carbon dioxide, that affect the earths heat swings (along with the Sun’s irrandiance, volcanic dust, El Nino) , it’s seems that at the moment carbon dioxide has taken the lead in this race.

Not to be outdone however, NASA put together this video last month of the sun compiled over three years. The article is entitled “Sun’s Daily Life Captured in New Video” by Stephanie Pappas over at LiveScience.

Stay tuned!

 

Green Librarian

 

 

Speak of the devil (so to speak)

Just as I mention his name, here he is quoted over at the Grist on the same topic, the heat wave. Check out the article “Top Australian Climate Scientist: Heat Wave ‘encroaching on entirely new territory’” by James West.

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