July 2021 may be the hottest month in recorded history

August 17, 2021 by  
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Data released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ( NOAA ) shows that July 2021 was the hottest month in recorded history. Due to climate change, the average monthly temperatures for July have risen in recent years.  According to NOAA climatologist Ahira Sanchez-Lugo, the last seven Julys from 2015 to 2021 have been the hottest in the 142 years of record keeping. Rick Spinrad, NOAA administrator, said that the new record only adds to a disturbing trend that climate change has set for the world.  Related: Sicily hits record high temperature amid heatwave “July is typically the world’s warmest month of the year, but July 2021 outdid itself as the hottest July and month ever recorded. This new record adds to the disturbing and disruptive path that climate change has set for the globe,” said Spinrad. This year’s average July temperature recorded by NOAA was 16.73 degrees Celcius (62.07 degrees Fahrenheit). Although this only exceeds the previous record in 2016 by 0.01 degrees Celcius, such a rise is cause for alarm. Based on the Paris agreement , the world wants to keep global warming temperature increases “well below 2, preferably to 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels.” However, due to limited action from policymakers, global temperatures have continued to rise and set new records. There have been marginal variances between the data released by NOAA and that recorded by the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service, but scientists say this variance between agencies is normal. According to Copernicus Climate Change Service, July 2021 is the third hottest year in history. “Regardless of exactly where it ends up on the leaderboards, the warmth the world is experiencing this summer is a clear impact of climate change,” said Zeke Hausfather, a climate scientist at the Breakthrough Institute. “The extreme events we are seeing worldwide — from record-shattering heat waves to extreme rainfall to raging wildfires — are all long-predicted and well understood impacts of a warmer world. They will continue to get more severe until the world cuts its emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases down to net-zero.” Via EcoWatch Lead image via Pixabay

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Dragonflies are losing their color due to climate change

July 13, 2021 by  
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A  new study  published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science shows that dragonflies are losing key features due to climate change . The study has established that global warming is causing male dragonflies to lose their color, a feature used to attract mates. The study was lead and co-authored by Michael Moore, an evolutionary biologist at Washington University in St. Louis. In the study, researchers analyzed over 300 dragonfly species from across the U.S., Canada and Mexico. They also cross-referenced wing colors between about 2,700 individual dragonflies from different locations and climates. It was found that male dragonflies were losing their wing colors due to increasing global temperatures.  Related: Global warming driving mass migration of marine life “Our research shows that males and females of these dragonfly species are going to shift in pretty different ways as the climate changes,” Moore said in an interview. “These changes are going to happen likely on a much faster timescale than the evolutionary changes in these species have ever occurred before.” A  different study  done in 2019 found that male dragonflies with darker wing patterns thrive in colder conditions. The darker pigmentation absorbs more heat and is likely to increase their body temperature by 2 degrees Celsius. In contrast, they tend to give away their color to adapt to higher temperatures.  “Evolutionary changes and wing coloration are a really consistent way that dragonflies adapt to their climates ,” Moore said. “This got us wondering what the role of evolutionary changes in wing coloration might be as dragonflies respond to the rise in global temperatures.” While the study raises serious concerns about the future of dragonflies and mating, the researchers are unable to explain the changes experienced in female dragonflies. According to Moore, female dragonflies usually do not show drastic changes to climate change, and when they do, it is the opposite of what happens to male dragonflies. In other words, female dragonflies may get darker as temperatures rise. “We don’t yet know what’s driving these evolutionary changes in female wing coloration,” Moore said. “But one of the very important things that this indicates is that we shouldn’t assume that males and females are going to respond to climatic conditions in exactly the same way.” Via CNN Lead image via Pixabay

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Fireworks banned due to heat in parts of western US

July 1, 2021 by  
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The U.S. has long prized personal rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of sparkly stuff to set on fire come the Fourth of July. But this year,  fire  chiefs in some cities across the West Coast are saying no to fireworks. Excessively hot and dry conditions plus amateur pyrotechnics equals a terrifying  wildfire  season for western states. Fireworks have started major wildfires in the past, including the 2017 Eagle Creek fire outside Portland, which was started by a 15-year-old boy and burned 50,000 acres. A 2020 gender reveal party in California started a wildfire that killed a firefighter. Related: Wildfires have burned 2.3M acres across California this year Portland , Oregon, broke heat records last Monday with a sizzling 116 degrees. In response, the Portland Fire Department has prohibited all fireworks until further notice. Fire departments in nearby Tualatin, Oregon, have banned fireworks through July 9. “If we don’t take this proactive step now, I fear the consequences could be devastating,” said Portland fire chief Sara Boone in a statement. “It is not easy to make a decision like this so close to our national  holiday , but as fire chief I feel I have a higher responsibility to sometimes make unpopular decisions during unprecedented times to protect life, property and the environment.” City officials in Yreka,  California , which is only thirty miles from the currently raging Lava Fire, have also banned fireworks until further notice. Some Utah, Washington and Montana towns have banned private fireworks this year. Steamboat Springs, Colorado, canceled its official public fireworks show. Clark County, in southwest Washington state, banned the sale and use of fireworks from June 29 through midnight on the Fourth of July. “We recognize that this decision will cause some hardship to some residents’ celebration plans as well as businesses and non-profit organizations that sell fireworks,” said Eileen Quiring O’Brien, the county council chair, according to KATU. “We empathize with all who are affected, but we must follow county codes. They are in place to protect the welfare and  safety  of Clark County residents.” Via The Guardian Lead image via Pixabay

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Major climate science denial group admits to using false temperature data

August 21, 2017 by  
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Though 97 percent of leading scientists agree that climate change is a very real threat that needs to be addressed immediately, certain factions refuse to accept mounting data on Earth’s rising surface temperatures . In fact, some groups have gone as far as to fabricate information – including the so-called Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF). The climate science denying group recently admitted to providing false data in an interview with the BBC. On August 13, 2017, the climate science denying think tank admitted to sharing “erroneous” temperature data to support Lord Lawson’s false claims he made to the BBC that global temperatures are not rising. The interview was immediately criticized by both the media and scientists, reports DeSmog . This is because Lawson was wrong to claim that the average global temperatures have “slightly declined” since 2007. In reality, the global surface temperature over this period has increased. 2014, 2015 and 2016 are now the three hottest years on record. Related: Koch brothers is launching a new, multimillion-dollar group to fight the rise of electric cars Screenshot of GWPF tweets taken on August 14, 2017. Three days after the interview, the climate change denial group tweeted that it was “happy to correct the record.” It has since removed the tweet, as requested by climate scientists Ed Hawkins . Thanks for acknowledging this Benny. Are you could to delete the original tweet so that this erroneous claim doesn't spread further? — Ed Hawkins (@ed_hawkins) August 13, 2017 Indeed. My bias, my mistake. — GWPF (@thegwpfcom) August 13, 2017 The tweets reveal that the graph was originally produced by US meteorologist Ryan Maue, who is an adjunct scholar of the libertarian group the Cato Institute. Weather forecaster and climate science denier Joe Bastardi later published the graph. Both Bastardi and Male work for the private weather consulting firm WeatherBell Analytics , which is funded by climate change deniers such as the Koch brothers. After admitting to fabricating data, the GWPF immediately tweeted that the rest of Lawson’s claims to the BBC were true — despite many being demonstrably false. Additionally, the group went right back to proclaiming that climate change is a hoax. While the situation is frustrating, at least in this instance it has been verified that  global temperatures are, in fact, increasing. Via Desmog Images via Pixabay

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Climate change ups the urgency on saving the world’s seeds

May 16, 2016 by  
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In the face of rising temperatures and worsening drought, the world’s repositories of agricultural seeds may hold the key to growing food under increasingly harsh conditions.

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No rain in San Francisco for first January in 165 years

February 2, 2015 by  
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There are a lot of songs about California weather, but songwriters will have to come up with a new tune to mark the disturbing absence of rain in San Francisco this January. For the first time in recorded weather history, the city didn’t receive a single drop of measurable rain in the first month of the new year. San Francisco wasn’t alone; cities all around the Bay area were significantly drier than average last month – which is terrible news for the state’s worst drought on record . Read the rest of No rain in San Francisco for first January in 165 years Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: California , Climate Change , Drought , dry , global warming , heat , January 2015 , rain , rainfall , record , rising temperatures , San Francisco , weather

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Climate Change Will Make Refugees Out of Hundreds of Millions, Expert Warns

May 13, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock After news broke last week that carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere have officially surpassed the 400 parts per million mark , a leading economist and researcher has warned that hundreds of millions of people will become climate refugees in the coming decades. The head of Grantham Institute for Climate Change , Lord Stern warned that mass migrations will occur as a result of climate change, which will exacerbate desertification and whole continents will experience crop failure, The Guardian reports . Read the rest of Climate Change Will Make Refugees Out of Hundreds of Millions, Expert Warns Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 400ppm carbon dioxide levels , armed conflict from climate change , Climate Change , climate refugees , crop failure , desertification , environmental news , Lord Stern Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change , melting ice caps , News , rising sea levels , rising temperatures        

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