With President Obama in Alaska this week talking about the effects of climate change on the Arctic, and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change meeting at the Bonn Climate Change Conference, it is a good time to try to catch up on the environmental and climate science news reported over the past month.
Below is just a sampling from the Washington Post’s “Energy and Environment” reporting, and Think Progress “Climate” reporting. There has been much more environment and climate science reporting over the past month.
You should ask yourself why the media in Arizona does not report environmental and climate science news, especially those bobble-head “meteorologists” on your local TV news who repeat the same damn weather report at least four times every half hour. If they really are “meteorologists,” shouldn’t they be using some of their time to educate and inform their viewers about the environment and climate science?
Perhaps the lack of quality science reporting by the media is why Americans, and Arizonans in particular, are so damn ignorant about the environment and climate science (you know who you are). It’s not like quality science reporting is not available. It is a conscience editorial decision to not report on the environment and climate science — unless it is to provide an echo chamber for Republican attacks on the EPA, or to promote their major advertiser, a utility company from the Carbon Monopoly.
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Diminishing sea ice in the Chukchi sea could be pointing toward another massive walrus haul-out in Alaska, which is dangerous for the animals.
Experts said more walruses are milling offshore and the numbers are expected to grow.
Update: 5,000 to 6000 walruses are on the shore, according to an estimate from the Fish and Wildlife Service.
Thirty whales have been found dead since May, adding another item to the list of this summer’s strange happenings in the Gulf of Alaska.
Alaska, a vast landmass with harsh winters and remote native towns facing high energy costs, has become a unique innovator in renewable energy.
A federal judge seeks to compel testimony from retired EPA official, setting up new clash between agency and backers of huge gold mine planned for Alaska’s Bristol Bay.
NASA isn’t saying — yet — that sea level will be worse than expected this century, but it’s certainly rushing to study the possibility.
Alarmingly, scientists can’t say whether it’s a new record or not.
The agency is flexing its muscles to study Greenland — the melting that is occurring on top of the ice sheet, and the retreat of its outlying, oceanfront glaciers.
Recent research suggests that Greenland is losing 378 gigatons — or, 378 billion metric tons — of ice each year.
Whether West Antarctica is a slow or fast moving disaster makes all the difference.
Scientists have discovered that Antarctic melting is actually very good for the marine food web.
New research examines how rising seas and sinking land affect 48 major global river deltas, the home to 340 million people.
Public peer review is under way for a controversial, alarming paper released last month by famed former NASA climate scientist James Hansen.
A new study counters recent work and reasserts that there really was a global warming slowdown or “pause.”
Large fires are now burning in 11 states, including 12 in Oregon and 14 in California.
Only six other years on record have seen so many acres burned — and all have occurred since the year 2000.
Some 30,000 firefighters and supporting personnel are now battling across the United States, and that’s still not enough. Military personnel are being trained and support from outside the U.S. being added as five Western states each have at least 10 active fires.
The staggering 2015 Alaska wildfire season is now number two in the record books.
By threatening the world’s forests, humans ultimately harm themselves.
New research suggests that tropical forests may be disappearing even faster than we thought.
EPA unveils a plan to cut methane emissions from oil and gas wells, a major contributor to greenhouse-gas pollution.
It wasn’t the worst case scenario.
Researchers refer to these possible storms as “gray swans,” riffing on the concept of a “black swan” event. Are we prepared?
It’s not just that the water is low.
A survey found more males are dancing to woo females.
The Monarch massacre part 2. They’re losing their home in Mexico.
Electricity from wind is now cheaper than ever before, says the Energy Department.
Its new tool that estimates the amount of energy and savings solar power could generate for any given home.
Another sign that utilities are getting into the community solar game, the solar sphere’s hottest growth market.
Meet “demand flexibility” — shifting when you use power to hours of the day when it costs less.
Analysts think gas will fall back to $2 a gallon — but not just yet.
On Wikipedia, the science of acid rain is still contentious — even though the issue itself has largely vanished from public debate.
Several environmental groups are planning a large climate rally on the Mall during Pope Francis’s visit.
A new study tried to replicate the findings of 38 climate contrarian studies, and found recurring mistakes throughout the research.
July 2015 was Earth’s hottest month “among all 1627 months in the record that began in January 1880.” 2014 was the hottest year on record. 2015 will easily top that. And 2016 could well beat 2015. The long-awaited speed up in global warming appears to starting now.
2015 is likely to crush the previous record — 2014 — probably by a wide margin. We appear to be in the midst of the long-awaited jump in global temperatures.
A new study directly links human-caused global warming to the catastrophic May flooding in Texas and Oklahoma this spring.
Scientists have linked the extreme drought to climate change before, but this is the first study to determine how much of the drought can be blamed on climate change.
The short-term burst of warming in the tropical Pacific (from the monster El Niño) is now combining with the strong underlying long-term global warming trend. So 2015 will likely blow past the record for hottest year just set in 2014. And if history is any guide, 2016 may well top 2015.
“The time to heed the critics and the cynics and the deniers is past,” Obama said. “Those who want to ignore the science, they are increasingly alone. They’re on their own shrinking island.”
Glacial melt, which contributes to sea level rise, is one of the most catastrophic effects of climate change.
A new study finds there is no “deus ex machina” way to prevent a catastrophic collapse of ocean life for centuries if not millennia — if we don’t start slashing carbon pollution ASAP.
A new report from Citibank found that acting on climate change by investing in low-carbon energy would save the world $1.8 trillion through 2040, as compared to a business-as-usual scenario. In addition, not acting will cost an additional $44 trillion by 2060 from the “negative effects” of climate change.
An official statement released by Taylor Energy claims that the company has reached a settlement with environmental groups, though those groups contradict those claims.
Nearly 2.5 million metric tons of methane escape from processing facilities each year.
Methane is less common in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide but 86 times more potent in its ability to trap heat.
The plan is an attempt to more tightly regulate a sector that accounts for nearly a fifth of total U.S. methane emissions.
“Islam teaches us: ‘Man is simply a steward holding whatever is on Earth in trust.’”
“What will future generations say of us, who leave them a degraded planet as our legacy? How will we face our Lord and Creator?”
Seven large oil companies, including Southwestern Energy, Statoil, and Total, have committed to reducing emissions ahead of the U.N. Paris climate talks.
Oil and gas extraction contributes to climate changes, which causes drought, which affects oil and gas production. To everything, turn, turn, turn?
A new report outlines exactly how exporting oil overseas would impact the country’s environment.
A federal judge issued a temporary injunction Thursday, halting the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers’ regulation of some small streams, tributaries and wetlands.
Speaking generally, Americans really care about clean water. So it might be confusing that there’s been so much opposition to the EPA’s clean drinking water rule, known as the Waters of the United States rule, or WOTUS.
Most Americans want their state to come up with a plan to reduce carbon from power plants.
The vast majority of seabirds likely have plastic in their guts, according to a new study.
By 2050, an area of forests the size of India is set to be wiped off the planet if humans continue on their current path of deforestation, according to a new report.
The company aiming to buy Hawaii’s utilities should probably pay attention to this.
Despite lagging behind the rest of Europe in renewable energy, France is trying to be the first country to use floating wind farms on an industrial scale.
The president’s keynote address at the Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas seemed to be pointed right at Nevada’s biggest utility, which is fighting hard to kill residential solar.