Fourth Iceland Geothermal Conference

24-27 April 2018


Online — The 4th Iceland Geothermal Conference (IGC 2018) will be hosted in Iceland in April 2018. The conference offers an in-depth discussion of the barriers that hinder development of the geothermal sector and how to overcome them. Read more Fourth Iceland Geothermal Conference

One less swamp monster in D.C.

“Did the EPA borrow its latest PR strategy from my teenage self”

Did the EPA borrow its latest PR strategy ...Extracts from an online article at GRIST, by Eve Andrews, who writes: “I REFUSED to acknowledge my role in that in any way.”

“I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY THIS KEEPS HAPPENING,” I would moan at every tardiness slip. I understood extremely well why this kept happening.”

According to a Huffington Post report by Alexander Kaufman, the EPA is taking a very similar approach to its communications on climate change.

“On Tuesday evening, the agency’s Office of Public Affairs (OPA) sent around an internal set of talking points.

“To sum up: The EPA is dealin’ with climate change! But it sure doesn’t know why it’s happenin’!”

Consider some of the OPA-provided points:

  • “Human activity impacts our changing climate in some manner. The ability to measure with precision the degree and extent of that impact, and what to do about it, are subject to continuing debate and dialogue.”
  • “While there has been extensive research and a host of published reports on climate change, clear gaps remain including our understanding of the role of human activity and what we can do about it.”

 

Replace ‘human activity’ with ‘staying up until 1 a.m. on the internet’ and ‘changing climate’ or ‘climate change’ with ‘always being late to school,’ and my point stands.”

Read the whole article to get her full point at:  https://grist.org/briefly/did-the-epa-borrow-its-latest-pr-strategy-from-my-teenage-self/.

ED. NOTE: We can only cringe and shake our heads at EPS’s OPA “thoughts”, as Eve does.

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Scientists Warn of Permanent drought for 25% of the Earth by 2050

 If Paris Goals are Not Reached

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Online — There are lots of research on climate change and these studies have stated the detrimental effects of man-made gases that are released into the atmosphere daily.

Today, climate change has been as a result of man-made activities, and researchers have linked and stated that the spread of extreme droughts has been as a result of human activities for many years. It has also been known that the only way to limit these effects is by avoiding the conditions that could result in climate change to a temperature of about 1.5 °C.

Furthermore, Dr. SU-Jong Jeong, a scientist in China’s University of Science and Technology has also concluded that “the temperature of the earth has warmed up by 1 °C but to keep global warming by 1.5 °C, is to decrease the emissions of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, which may lead to the circumvention of aridification in many parts of the earth” this includes America, Africa, Australia, and Asia (which has almost 20% of the world’s population)

“It is important to know that aridification poses a serious risk to the earth because of its threat to vital areas such as biodiversity, farming, water quality, and so on”.

Lead researcher and author at the Southern University and Technology in Shenzen, China, Chang-Eui Park, stated this in a recent news release. He has also indicated that aridification can also result in an increase in more droughts and wildfires in many parts of the world – related to those seen intense in California and its environs.

The recent research also concluded and showed that decreasing global warming to a 1.5 °C rise would prevent the spread of drought, and it is important to note that the rates of drought across the world today has already increased beyond human expectations. This is due to the fact that the temperature of the Earth has sporadically risen to 1 °C in global average temperature.

Scientists have taken a critical look at the probable occurrence of aridification for different levels of global warming, containing a 1.5 °C and 2 °C rise in the average temperature of the earth.

Although, the Paris climate accord has been with lots of critics from environmentalists and scientists as not being adequate to the tasks of combating the problems associated with climate change which is already imposing lots of havoc across the world today. Nevertheless, the main objective of the Paris agreement is to decrease global warming to 2 °C by the end of the century. However, if we are to achieve this feat, “prompt measures” have to be taken to restrain the emergence of aridification.

The issue associated with the Paris agreement is that the U.S (which is the second largest emitter of carbon in the world) recently withdrew its support for the Paris accord under the governance of President Donald Trump.

Meanwhile, President Trump has instead, moved to other directions stated by other scientists. Together with this, Trump has also increased his actions to gut adequate measures that have been put to place for environmental protection by the former administration during his first year in office, and it is vital to know that Trump is showing no signs of limiting his actions.

Furthermore, Trump has also stated last week of his enthusiasm of a warmer planet, when he tweeted that the United States “could use a little bit of that good old global warning” to fight the cold weather that is taking over other states in the east. In addition to this, he has shown that he is unaware of the discrepancy between weather and climate. Trump’s move to withdraw the U.S from the Paris climate accord has been criticized by lots of ecologists as “stupid and reckless

The reckless decision has categorized Trump’s tactic to the environment, not only to the United States alone but also to the world – throughout his first year as the President of the United States. However, Trump’s tweet last week sparked lots of comments from environmentalists and analysts, but this is not the first tweet made by the American President on cold weather to suggest that the world should embrace climate crisis.

Moreover, David Sirota of the International Business Times has said that the president tweet should be preserved forever so that generations to come can know the reason why the American government didn’t take adequate measures to combat climate change.

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NASA study finds sea level rise accelerating

Published in the journal “The Cryosphere,”

A NASA study based on an innovative technique for crunching torrents of satellite data provides the clearest picture yet of changes in Antarctic ice flow into the ocean.

The findings confirm accelerating ice losses from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and reveal surprisingly steady rates of flow from its much larger neighbor to the east.

The computer-vision technique crunched data from hundreds of thousands of NASA-U.S. Geological Survey Landsat satellite images to produce a high-precision picture of changes in ice-sheet motion.

The new work provides a baseline for future measurement of Antarctic ice changes and can be used to validate numerical ice sheet models that are necessary to make projections of sea level. It also opens the door to faster processing of massive amounts of data.

Read the rest of the article online at: https://sealevel.nasa.gov/news/110/new-study-sharpens-focus-on-antarctic-ice-loss

Also online is the NASA whiteboard basics about sea level rise:  https://sealevel.nasa.gov/resources/72/nasas-earth-minute-sea-level-rise.

Lots of popular climate change articles aren’t totally credible, scientists say.

Dept of the Interior Tweets...Some of these articles are sensationalized very nearly to the point of inaccuracy. Others are cases of “elaborate misinformation.”

A review from Climate Feedback, a group of scientists who survey climate change news to determine whether it’s scientifically sound, looked at the 25 most-shared stories last year that focused on the science of climate change or global warming.

Of those, only 11 were rated as credible, meaning they contained no major inaccuracies. Five were considered borderline inaccurate.

Read more Lots of popular climate change articles aren’t totally credible, scientists say.