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Power outages soar with climate change

Think Progress - A new report from Climate Central has found that major power outages have increased ten times over since the early 1980s — and extreme weather is by far the biggest culprit.

The analysis defined a “major power outage” as a loss of electrical power for at least 50,000 people for at least an hour, or where the power supply interruption reached at least 300 megawatts, or where demand exceeded supply by at least 100 megawatts. It found the big upswing in such events occurred in the 2000s. Weather drove 80 percent of all outages between 2003 and 2012, and only three years in that time period saw non-weather related events account for more than 10 percent of all outages.

Furthermore, the average number of weather-related outages doubled over the 2003-2012 period. More specifically, 59 percent of the weather-related outages covered by the analysis were due to storms and extreme weather; 19 percent were due to severe cold and ice storms; 18 percent were due to hurricanes and tropical storms; 3 percent were due to tornadoes; and 2 percent were caused by extreme heat and wildfires.

UN draft report has grim view of global warming

Greenland ice melting faster than expected

Climate Central - For years researchers believed the glaciers in the frigid northeast section of Greenland, which connect to the interior of the country’s massive ice sheet, were resilient to the effects of climate change that have affected so much of the Arctic.

But new data published in Nature Climate Change reveals that over the past decade, the region has started rapidly losing ice due to a rise in air and ocean temperatures caused in part by climate change. The increased melt raises grave concerns that sea level rise could accelerate even faster than projected, threatening even more coastal communities worldwide...

The stability of the region is particularly important because it has much deeper ties to the interior ice sheet than other glaciers on the island. If the entire ice sheet were to melt — which would take thousands of years in most climate change scenarios — sea levels would rise up to 23 feet, catastrophically altering coastlines around the world.

Sea levels have risen 8 inches globally since the start of the 1900s, and current projections show that figure could rise another 3 feet by the end of this century.

Some recent research has suggested that Greenland’s ice loss may slow, but not all researchers agree. Jason Box, a glaciologist at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, said the new study presented a novel analysis of the region and that other factors such as soot could contribute to even more rapid melt in Greenland and other parts of the Arctic.

Climate change already affecting food supply

Study: Geoengineering could be a disaster

Guardian, UK - Large-scale human engineering of the Earth's climate to prevent catastrophic global warming would not only be ineffective but would have severe unintended side effects and could not be safely stopped, a comparison of five proposed methods has concluded.

Science academies around the world as well as some climate activists have called for more research into geoengineering techniques, such as reflecting sunlight from space, adding vast quantities of lime or iron filings to the oceans, pumping deep cold nutrient-rich waters to the surface of oceans and irrigating vast areas of the north African and Australian deserts to grow millions of trees. Each method has been shown to potentially reduce temperature on a planetary scale.

But researchers at the Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany, modelled these five potential methods and concluded that geoengineering could add chaos to complex and not fully understood weather systems. Even when applied on a massive scale, the most that could be expected, they say, is a temperature drop of about 8%.

The potential side effects would be potentially disastrous, say the scientists, writing in Nature Communications. Ocean upwelling, or the bringing up of deep cold waters, would cool surface water temperatures and reduce sea ice melting, but would unbalance the global heat budget, while adding iron filings or lime would affect the oxygen levels in the oceans. Reflecting the sun's rays into space would alter rainfall patterns and reforesting the deserts could change wind patterns and could even reduce tree growth in other regions.

In addition, say the scientists, two of the five methods considered could not be safely stopped. "We find that, if solar radiation management or ocean upwelling is discontinued then rapid warming occurs. If the other methods are discontinued, less dramatic changes occur. Essentially all of the CO2 that was taken up remains in the ocean."

Even the foresting of deserts on a massive scale could prove disastrous if the irrigation needed to grow the trees were stopped, they say. "The desert regions would eventually return to desert and the carbon that was stored in the plant biomass and soil would slowly be returned to the atmosphere through decay and respiration," says the paper.

Celebrating 25 years of ignoring UN warnings on climate change

Extreme weather around the world

Largest cities have taken 8,000 climate actions

Where all this cold weather came from

17 California communities could run out of water

Winter in Alaska

Word: Al Gore on geoengineering

Punk Patriot - Saying that climate change isn't real because it's cold right now is like saying the sun isn't real because it gets dark at night.

Scientists predict seven degree temperature rise

Right wing governor embraces climate change

The effects of climate change in before and after photos

Poor countries walk out of UN climate talk over compensation for pollution

Sheldon Whitehouse's lonely climate fight

Americans strongly believe climate change is occurring, and we're the main cause

Leaked report outline climate change's affect on food supply

Greenhouse gases set record high

84% around the globe expect climate change to produce natural disasters

84% around the globe expect climate change to produce natural disasters

Insects moving north nearly 2 miles a year

Why not name extreme storms after climate change deniers?

Hidden causes of conflict

Another sign of climate change

Another approach to cleaning our air

Obama on climate change: more walkless talk

If you’re younger than 28, you’ve never experienced a month of below average global temperature

Obama said, "I urged Congress to come up with a bipartisan, market-based solution to climate change." Does he also want, for example, a bipartisan market-based solution to cancer?

40 percent of Americans say global warming is a major threat, compared to 54 percent of those surveyed from other nations by Pew

Climate change spreading deadly diseases

Animals adapting too slowly to climate change

Hawaii's gentle breezes are disappearing

Losing hay as the sun shines

Insurers have no doubts about climate change

Climate change will displace hundreds of millions

Thoreau's contribution to climate change research

Why insurance companies believe in climate change

America's future with climate change

Reducing work hours would do the climate a big favor

World warming faster than thought

Why Katrinia type storms will become more common

2012

Is climate change affecting property values?

What a Sandy type storm could do to Florida

Climate change ignored in debates for first time in nearly 30 years

68% of Republicans believe people can be possessed by demons but only 48% believe in climate change.

Insurance company agrees with climate change science

Rogue climate experiment roils waters

Republicans beginning to accept climate change

Three quarters of Americans believe in climate change

Insurance company agrees with climate change science

America is alone in harassing climate scientists

China hit by heaviest rains in 60 years

Learning what climate change looks like

The scientific and moral hazards of geoengineering

Ancient civilizations' collapse may have been pushed by climate change

Climate change may make Mt. Everest unclimbable

The Durban deal: more delay on facing the ecological crisis

Climate change scientist cleared of misconduct

Local heroes: Why I'm suing the federal government over climate change

Teenagers take legal action on climate change

An 1847 lecture on climate change. . .

Climate change affecting crop yields

Cancun agreements at a glance

Even best case misses climate stability

Building the case for climate crime prosecution

Why won't the environmental movement deal with population?

NUMBER OF TONS OF CO2 SAVED FOR EACH MILLION
INVESTED IN ABOVE PROJECTS

What's the best way to spend a million bucks reducing climate change?

CITIES ADD OWN PROBLEMS TO GLOBAL WARMING

WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO SPEND A MILLION BUCKS REDUCING CLIMATE CHANGE?

NASA OFFERS KEY EVIDENCE OF CLIMATE CHANGE

LOWERING SPEED LIMIT TO 50 MPH CAN REDUCE CO2 FLOW BY UP TO 30%

CLIMATE CHANGE KILLING AMERICAN FORESTS

3,000 LARGEST CORPORATIONS CAUSE MORE ECO DAMAGE THAN THE GDP OF NEARLY ALL COUNTRIES COMBINED

BEHIND THE STATS OF CLIMATE CHANGE

CONSERVATIVE GROUP DENIES HUMAN ROLE IN TRAFFIC JAMS

Administration says no to EU Carbon Tax on Airline Flights to Europe

WHY CAP AND TRADE WON'T WORK. . .AND WHAT WILL

FOR BANKS, COPENHAGEN'S ABOUT DERIVATIVES, NOT ECOLOGY

CLIMATE CHANGE: A GUIDE FOR THE PERPLEXED

CHENEY CENSORED CLIMATE CHANGE DATA

WHAT BASEBALL, POKER AND THE STOCK MARKET CAN TEACH US ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE

MAINE TOPS NATION IN REDUCING CARBON FOOTPRINT

CLIMATE CHANGE SPEEDING RELEASE OF CO2 FROM ARCTIC SOIL

EPA DECLARES GREENHOUSE GASES A PUBLIC HEALTH THREAT

UK'S CHIEF SCIENCE ADVISOR SEES ECO DISASTER LOOMING BY 2030

TOP SCIENTIST: CLIMATE CHANGE IRREVERSIBLE

HOTTER SUMMERS WILL DRASTICALLY CUT CROPS YIELDS

HEAT WAVES ARE NATURE'S BIG KILLERS

WEATHER-RELATED DISASTERS DOMINATE

EXPERTS: WE'RE MOVING TOO SLOW TO PREVENT CLIMATE CATASTROPHE

CHENEY BEHIND CENSORED, MISLEADING TESTIMONY ON CLIMATE CHANGE

SCIENTIST WHO WARNED OF GLOBAL WARMING 20 YEARS AGO SAYS TIME IS RUNNING OUT

USING THE TOBACCO APPROACH TO SUE COMPANIES OVER CLIMATE CHANGE

WARM CLIMATE CAN BRING BEETLE INFESTATIONS THAT LIMIT FORESTS' ABILITY TO ABSORB CARBON

EARLY GLOBAL WARMING SPOTTER SAY IT'S WORSE THAN WE THINK

PRINCE CHARLES SAYS ECO CRISIS SHOULD BE TAKEN AS SERIOUSLY AS WAR

RECOVERED HISTORY: SECRET PENTAGON REPORT SEES ECO DISASTER COMING

EVEN CLIMATE ACTIVISTS DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW BAD IT IS

REPORT DETAILS BUSH'S MANIPULATION OF CLIMATE CHANGE INFORMATION

SCIENTISTS UNITE ON DANGER OF CLIMATE CHANGE

CLIMATE CHANGE'S UNCERTAINTY PRINCIPLE

WASHINGTON POST STILL DOESN'T GET CLIMATE CHANGE

WHY THE EARTH IS RUNNING OUT OF TIME

'VERY UNLIKELY' WE CAN AVOID CATASTROPHIC CLIMATE CHANGE

Gases

Carbon dioxide emissions reach record high

Greenhouse gases reach record high

U.S. CARBON EMISSIONS DROP 7% IN ONE YEAR

CARBON EMISSIONS DOWN 9 PERCENT IN TWO YEARS

STUDY: HD TV GAS 17,000 TIMES WORSE FOR PLANET THAN CO2

GREENHOUSE GASES HIGHEST IN AT LEAST 800,000 YEARS

CARBON AND METHANE IN AIR UP SHARPLY

Media

Top publishers misleading students on climate change

Percent decrease in the incidence of the terms “global warming” and “climate change” in major newspapers in 2011: 33 - #HarpersIndex

Public opinion & politics

Weather affecting public's belief in climate change

Polls: Percentage of Americans who believed in anthropogenic global warming in 2001: 75. . . Percentage of Americans who believe in anthropogenic global warming today: 44.... Harpers Magazine

Gen X unconcerned by climate change

Scientist backed by Koch foundation now says climate change is rea

CIA is concealing what it’s learned about climate change

100 QUICK REBUTTALS TO CLIMATE CHANGE DENIERS

GOP A HAVEN FOR CLIMATE CHANGE KNOW NOTHINGS

GOP candidates dumber on climate change than average Republican

REPUBLICANS ARE ONLY MAJOR PARTY IN WORLD'S DEMOCRACIES TO DISPUTE CLIMATE CHANGE

GOP A HAVEN FOR CLIMATE CHANGE KNOW NOTHINGS

One in three say climate change is not a serious problem

Why talking about climate change is so hard. . .

THREE OUT OF FOUR AMERICANS ARE ECO-EXTREMISTS, AGREE WITH SCIENCE ON CLIMATE CHANGE

WHAT DRIVES CLIMATE CHANGE DENIERS?

ONLY TWO PERCENT OF CLIMATE SCIENTISTS DOUBT MAINSTREAM CONCLUSIONS

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WEATHER

Global temperatures close to a 11,000 year peak

Australia having hottest summer in over 100 years

Heat from cities may be aiding climate change

@growingwisdom - All time record cold was set for the Northern Hemisphere just 5 days ago when a town in Siberia hit 96 below zero! Old record back in 1933.

Lower 48 states 8.6 degrees warmer than usual in March

Louisiana gets 20 inches of rain

Warm weather eliminates maple syrup at New England farm

Highest tornado death toll since 1953

HOW CLIMATE CHANGE COULD PRODUCE DRASTICALLY COLD WEATHER

WATER

Water absorbing much global warming, , , but not for long

California's state water supply to be turned off this summer

2013

Ocean species moving towards poles faster than those land based

Sea levels could rise over 2 meters for each degrees Celius that temperatures increase

Hundreds of American cities face sea level threat

Climate change threatens 82% of California's fish

Fish have been migrating towards the poles for 30 years

Warm sea water forces shut down of Connecticut nuclear plant

Great Lakes water temperature at record levels

Sea level rise can't be stopped

East coast sea levels rising much faster than global average

Melting icecaps provide new military targets

Report: oceans in a surprisingly dangerous state

PLACES THREATENED BY SEA LEVEL RISE TAKES ON GLOBAL WARMING

Sea levels could rise 70 feet in coming centuries

Report: Sea levels to rise up to three feet in next hundred years

Floods reflect climate change

Atlantic coast sea level rising more than in past 2000 years

Study: Oceans could rise five feet by 2100

INDICATORS

2013

2013 was the 4th or 7th warmest year on record

No rain at all fell in San Francisco in October and only 3.95 inches has fallen since Jan. 1, the smallest amount of precipitation to date since record keeping began 164 years ago, according to the National Weather Service.

Canadian Arctic temperatures highest in at least 44,000 years

Climate change killing people in Sweden

Carbon dioxide emissions drop 11 percent since 2007

Fairbanks sets heat record

@climateprogress - Death Valley hit 129 degrees on Sunday, the highest recorded US June temperature ever

Numerous cities in Alaska have recorded their all-time hottest temperatures on record, and according to Wunderground's weather historian, Christopher C. Burt, the unofficial 98° measured at Bentalit Lodge on Monday, June 17, ties the record for the hottest reliably measured temperature in state history. The only other time Alaska has been this hot was on June 15, 1969, when the mercury hit 96° in Fairbanks, and a 98° reading was recorded in Richardson (near Fairbanks.)

Sydney, Australia hits 115.7 degrees


Extreme weather in 2012
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Critters feeling global warming faster than thought


CLIMATE CENTRAL


RECORD HIGHS AND LOWS

Korean drought worst in a century

America's warmest year on record so far

2011 weather disasters costliest in history

Environmental stress forcing millions from their homes

European heat waves were worst in 500 years

2010 warmest year on record

Earth has gotten windier

2010 tied 2005 as warmest year on record

RECORD SUMMER HEAT IN INDIA

LAST DECADE THE WARMEST SINCE MODERN MEASUREMENTS BEGAN

TIBET HEAT RECORD

CANADA HAS WARMEST WINTER

DAILY RECORD HIGH TEMPS BEAT RECORD LOW TEMPS BY 2 TO 1 OVER PAST DECADE

CLIMATE CHANGE ALREADY AFFECTING COUNTRY

TREE DEATH RATE DOUBLES

RECORD NUMBER OF FLOODS, DROUGHTS AND STORMS AROUND THE WORLD - AND YEAR ISN'T OVER

DROUGHT IN SPAIN WORST IN 40 YEARS

PROJECTIONS

NOAA predicts sea level rise of up to six feet by 2100

French scientists: global warming estimates too low

What two decades tell us

GLOBAL WARMING CUTTING RICE YIELDSReport: 50 million environmental refugees by 2020

International agency gives us 5 years to deal with climate change

Temperatures may rise 7 degrees over next 50 years

Climate change could lead to colder winters in northern regions, according to a study by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research reported by Reuters. Vladimir Petoukhov, lead author of the study, said a shrinking of sea ice in the eastern Arctic causes some regional warming of lower air levels and may lead to anomalies in atmospheric airstreams, triggering an overall cooling of the northern continents.

GLOBAL TEMPS SET TO RISE OVER TEN DEGREES BY 2100

REPORT: CLIMATE CHANGE WILL FORCE 75 MILLION PACIFIC ISLANDERS TO RELOCATE

MIT STUDY: 90% PROBABILITY OF 6-13F DEGREE RISE IN TEMPERATURES BY 2100

WHAT A WORST CASE CLIMATE SCENARIO MIGHT LOOK LIKE

SCIENTISTS: FIVE FOOT RISE IN SEA LEVEL BY 2100 POSSIBLE

SCIENTISTS TELL CONGRESS HEAT WAVES MIGHT MAKE LIFE UNBEARABLE IN SOME CITIES

CLIMATE CHANGE MAY WIPE OUT OR DAMAGE 60% OF AMAZON BY 2030

ARCTIC & ANTARCTIC

Canadian Arctive temperatures highest in at least 44,000 years

The greening of Greenland

Arctic summers could be ice free by 2030

Summer Antarctic ice melt setting record

Arctic summers warmest in 600 years

Summer Antarctic ice melt setting record


GLOBAL POWER SHIFT


The Arctic crash

West Antarctic warming more than thought

Ice in Greenland is melting five times faster than in the early 90s

Record Arctic water warmth in Norway

Summer sea ice gone in four years?

Arctic sea ice at lowest level ever

Rate of Arctic summer sea ice loss is 50% higher than predicted

Unprecedented plumes of methane released in Arctic

Study: 70% of Arctic ice loss due to humans

Nearly all of Greenland's surface ice melts in four days

Antarctica losing ice from below

Earth losing 39 cubic miles of ice annually

BILL GATES, MONSANTO & THE ROCKEFELLER FOUNDATION BUILD A DOOMSDAY VAULT IN THE ARCTIC

Greenland sets half century ice melting record

Warming of Arctic water producing large amounts of methane gas

Largest ever ozone hole in Arctic

Arctic sea ice loss greatest in past 1 1/2 millennia

Wikileaks confirms battle to carve up the Arctic

Arctic waters warmest in at least 2,000 years

HUGE PIECE OF GLACIER BREAKS OFF

GREENLAND RISING AS ICE MELTS

NEW STUDY SAYS ICE LOSS SHOULD BE HALVED

GLOBAL WARMING, MELTING ICE CAPS COULD HELP TRIGGER MORE VOLCANIC ERUPTIONS

MAJOR ARCTIC ICE MASS SHRINKING FOR PAST 25 YEARS

NEW EVIDENCE SUGGESTS METHANE COULD CAUSE MORE CLIMATE CHANGE THAN CARBON DIOXIDE

SCANT ICE OVER THE ARCTIC SEA THIS WINTER

ANTARCTIC ICE MELTING FASTER THAN THOUGHT

GREENLAND ICE MELTING FASTER

STUDY: IN 20 YEARS NO ARCTIC ICE IN SUMMER

WATCHING THE ARCTIC MELT

LARGE ANTARCTIC GLACIER THINNING FOUR TIMES FASTER THAN A DECADE AGO

ARCTIC ICE AREA SMALLEST IN 800 YEARS

OLDER ARCTIC SEA ICE DECLINING

ANTARCTIC ICE SHELF ON THE VERGE OF COLLAPSE

HUGE ANTARCTIC ICE SHELF ON BRINK OF COLLAPSE

IMPORTANT GLACIER MELTING AT MORE THAN GLACIAL SPEED

ARCTIC ICECAP MELTING IN WINTER AS WELL AS SUMMER

SCIENTISTS FIND METHANE TIME BOMB IN ARCTIC

POLAR BEARS RESORT TO CANNIBALISM

ARCTIC ICE MELTING FAR FASTER THAN THOUGHT

ANTARCTIC ICE SHELF CONTINUES TO BREAK UP. . . IN WINTER

GREENLAND IS RISING WITH LOSS OF ICE

ANTARCTIC RISE IN FRESH WATER WORRIES SCIENTISTS

NEW ARCTIC SEA ICE UNABLE TO SURVIVE SUMMER SUN

FAST MELTING GLACIERS ENDANGER GLOBE

ICE LOSS IN ANTARCTICA MATCHES THAT IN GREENLAND

SUMMER ARCTIC SEA ICE COULD DISAPPEAR BY 2012

ANTARCTICA'S PENGUINS FADING BECAUSE OF CLIMATE CHANGE

DROUGHT

California in heavy drought

2013

Living with the Texas drought

Colorado River drying up

Dust bowl conditions returning to western U.S.

West Texas town runs out of water

Lake Powell may dry up within a few decades

Drought kill hundreds of thousands of trees

2012

Record Low Water Levels in Lake Huron, Lake Michigan

The return of major dust bowls

Drought shows net explansion in 2012

Mississippi River may soon be too shallow to navigate

Drought's effect on farm families

Dust bowl keeps expanding

Bacon shortage possible due to drought

Drought damage across the U.S.

Drought causing bears to raid backyards

Mississippi River reaching crisis point

Wildlife more desperate for water and food

Popcorn another victim of the drought

Drought causing houses to crack

U.S. Sees Corn Yields Hitting 17-Year Low

58,000 fish die as Iowa river water hits 97 degrees

78% of continental America in drought

July was hottest month in US history

Korean drought worst in a century

Ag Department declares largest drought disaster area ever

Third of nation's corn showing drought damage

UK had driest March in 59 years

Africa facing worst drought in 60 years

TREE RINGS SUGGEST SOUTH CAROLINA HAVING WORST DROUGHT IN 800 YEARS

LAKE MEAD MAY BE DRY BY 2021