Mark's Climate Mag

By Mark Dixon | Leading up to COP21 and beyond!

At midway point, 2017 is second-hottest year on record

June 2017 was 1.81°F (1.01°C) above pre-industrial average — Paris deal sets the mark under 2°C (3.6°F)<p>At the halfway point of the year, 2017 remains the second-hottest year to date — a surprise given the demise of the El Niño that helped boost temperatures to record levels last year.<p>The continued …

Global Warming

Baby Boomers could irreversibly ruin the planet for Millennials — and the clock is ticking

Twenty-nine years ago, James Hansen, the director of NASA's Institute for Space Studies, told the US Senate that the question of the day — whether climate change was happening — was no longer in doubt.<p>"It is time to stop waffling so much and say that the evidence is pretty strong that the …

Climate

When Will the Planet Be Too Hot For Humans? Much, Much Sooner Than You Imagine.

<b>I.</b> ‘Doomsday’<p><i>Peering beyond scientific reticence.</i><p>It is, I promise, worse than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears …

Climate Change

Just 100 companies are responsible for 71pc of greenhouse gases since 1988, report finds

The Chinese coal industry and stock market debutant Saudi Aramco have been named as the world’s biggest emitters of carbon dioxide.<p>As new data claims to have identified the top 100 emitters of greenhouse gases over the last three decades, a leading NGO has warned that natural resources companies …

Climate

Macron plans December climate summit

French President Emmanuel Macron today announced plans to host a climate conference on the two-year anniversary of the Paris Agreement.<p>“On December …

Climate

'INFLECTION POINT': Renewables will be the 'cheapest form of new power generation' by 2020

Renewable energy sources, like solar and wind, are quickly becoming as cheap—even cheaper—than their carbon-intensive counterparts like coal.<p>New research from Morgan Stanley estimates that renewables will be the cheapest source of power in the world in less than three years.<p>“Numerous key markets …

Renewable Energy

Bad news for climate contrarians – 'the best data we have' just got hotter

The favorite satellite data of contrarians like Ted Cruz corrected for some errors and ended up hotter<p>A new paper just published in the Journal of Climate is a stunning setback for the darling of cherry-picking for contrarian scientists and elected officials. Let’s walk though this so we appreciate …

Climate Change

Climate refugees will search hard for homes

<b>Where can the climate refugees go, if 2 billion are driven away by rising tides, and the interior available becomes ever more inhospitable?</b><p><i>LONDON, 29</i> …

We Only Have 3 Years Left to Prevent a Climate Disaster, Scientists Warn

A group of the world's leading thinkers on climate change have issued an urgent call for the world to reach peak greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, as …

Climate

A New Record for Global Pollution - Bloomberg

Even after a quarter century of United Nations talks to save the climate, carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels climbed to a record last year, …

Trump trades the planet for a few coal jobs in a doomed industry

‘Trump to future generations: Drop dead’<p>President Donald Trump just signed an executive order to halt the federal government’s efforts to fight climate change. That means that, with the stroke of a pen, Trump is putting the health and well-being of the future generations in danger — in the US and …

Climate

Trump White House reveals it's 'not familiar' with well-studied costs of global warming

Before President Donald Trump signed a sweeping executive order to roll back the Obama administration's climate legacy on Tuesday, the White House held a press call featuring a senior administration official. The purpose was to brief reporters on what the order would say and the thinking behind …

For better health, reduce greenhouse gases

In a new podcast series, “Harvard Chan: This Week in Health,” the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health brings you top health headlines — from …

Climate

Three Ways New EPA Head Scott Pruitt Will Dismantle Environmental Protection

Despite extraordinary backlash, former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has just been named to head the Environmental Protection Agency for the …

Climate

A scientist explains the very real struggle of talking to climate-change deniers

The world needs people like Andy Jorgensen, a professor of chemistry and environmental science at the University of Toledo. One of Jorgensen’s jobs is to create educational material on global warming, its impact, and what we can do to fight against it.<p>In a conversation with Redditors, Jorgensen …

Climate Change

Scientists hatch crazy $500 billion plan to refreeze the Arctic

As governments make slow progress towards alleviating climate change and denial marks the Trump Administration’s approach to the global crisis, …

EU Must Shut All Coal Plants to Meet Paris Pledges

<i>By Arthur Neslen, The Guardian</i>The European Union will “vastly overshoot” its Paris climate pledges unless its coal emissions are completely phased …

Climate

Here’s how we know Trump’s cabinet picks are wrong on human-caused global warming

The research is clear – humans are responsible for all the global warming since 1950<p>The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report – which summarizes the latest and greatest climate science research – was quite clear that humans are responsible for global warming:<p><i>It is extremely</i> …

Climate Change

Why read a 5-year-old book about ExxonMobil now? Two words: Rex Tillerson

If you want a deeper understanding of what has been inaugurated in Washington, read Steve Coll’s “Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power<i>.</i>” Rarely has a book been so profoundly and presciently relevant to events that would take place five years after its publication.<p>It is not just a book …

Climate

Uproar as PM Trudeau calls for end to oil sand production

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called for Canada to phase out its oil sand production. It's not a popular message with the province of …

Climate

Scientists have a new way to calculate what global warming costs. Trump’s team isn’t going to like it.

How we view the costs of future climate change, and more importantly how we quantify them, may soon be changing. A much-anticipated new report, just released by the National Academy of Sciences, recommends major updates to a federal metric known as the “social cost of carbon” — and its suggestions …

Climate

Here’s what optimistic liberals get wrong about Trump and climate change

Right after Donald Trump won the election, a number of observers worried that having a climate denier in the White House would be a crushing setback for efforts to tackle global warming. Here’s a sample hyperventilating headline from, uh, me: “There’s no way around it: Donald Trump looks like a …

Climate

India Could Leapfrog Advanced Countries By Adopting A Circular Economy

We have to slowly fix our economy to make it more sustainable. Growing countries like India could avoid the mistakes the first time.<p>As sleeping economic giants like India grow, the worry is they'll take on the same bad habits as advanced countries: the same diets, the same levels of car use, the …

Trump names Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma attorney general suing EPA on climate change, to head the EPA

President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday nominated Scott Pruitt, the attorney general of the oil and gas-intensive state of Oklahoma, to head the Environmental Protection Agency, a move signaling an assault on President Obama’s climate change and environmental legacy.<p>Pruitt has spent much of his …

Climate

Al Gore Meets With Donald Trump And Ivanka Trump Over 'Climate Issues'

The future first daughter is reportedly planning to make climate change one of her signature issues.<p>President-elect Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump met with former Vice President Al Gore on Monday to discuss “climate issues,” the Trump transition team said.<p>The transition team initially …

Donald Trump

Ogoni king: Shell oil is killing my people

King Emere was in a London court last week for the case that he hopes will allow him to sue Shell in the UK for polluting his tribal land<p>His Royal Highness Emere Godwin Bebe Okpabi, the paramount ruler and hereditary king of the Ogale community in the oil-rich Niger delta, is ready to explode.<p>After …

Environment

Fires and drought cook Tennessee - a state represented by climate deniers

Climate change intensified the extreme weather in Tennessee, but its legislators deny the science<p>With my new hope that deniers of climate change will take ownership of the consequences, I am sad to report that this week, terrible wildfires have swept through Tennessee, a southeastern state in the …

Climate Change

Beyond the Point of No Return — Imminent Carbon Feedbacks Just Made the Stakes for Global Warming a Hell of a Lot Higher

<i>“It’s fair to say we have passed the point of no return on global warming and we can’t reverse the effects, but certainly we can dampen them,”</i> said …

A bunch of carbon dioxide that's been trapped in the soil is starting to escape — and it’s bad news for the planet

A key greenhouse gas responsible for warming the planet, carbon dioxide, isn't just hanging around in the air. It's also locked up deep under the ground.<p>In the soil, stocks of carbon have built up over thousands of years, and levels have been kept relatively stable by the slow activity of bacteria …