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It’s Summer---and Endless

Author: Guest Writer/Monday, July 30, 2012/Categories: Uncategorized

It’s summer and hot---and getting hotter.

New data has now convinced even one of the most climate skeptics, physicist Richard Muller at UC Berkeley, that the human generated CO2 emissions are the cause of this global  temperature increase. His Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature Institute has just reversed its contrarian position and now accepts the data. Being one of the last of the “climate deniers”, and receiving financial support from several carbon intensive industries, this is a big deal.

However, this isn’t the only of new development in the climate change arena. This month, NASA released maps of a massive ice melting event that occurred on the Greenland ice cap. The satellite images show what the Agency calls unprecedented melting of the ice sheet that lasted four days just after the 4th of July. NASA ice scientist Tom Wagner said: "You literally had this wave of warm air wash over the Greenland ice sheet and melt it." Additionally, the chronic drought that hit western North America earlier this decade leaving dying pinyon forests and depleted river basins has now been determined to be the strongest in 800 years. Researchers in the southwest say such conditions will become the "new normal" for the coming century.

temp-graph       greenland-melt       chronic-drought

Surface temperatures, 1750-2000      Greenland Melt, July 2012                  New Mexico drought, 2000-2004

(credit: Berkeley Earth)                      (credit: NASA Earth Observatory)       (credit: USGS/

If all that wasn’t enough climate-wise, you can read the new math calculations by Bill McKibben for his Rolling Stone article on CO2 emissions. McKibben’s “news” has been viewed by over a half million people since it was published one week ago.  

These developments were put into perspective by the Weather Underground in a video, Welcome to the Rest of Our Lives:

Welcome to the Rest of Our Lives (credit: Weather Underground)

Connecting-the-dots is what scientists and researchers do. It remains to be seen if industrial and political organizations will do the same with the new environmental data. At least one important  “climate denier” has now done so.



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