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Post Tue Jul 07, 2015 4:41 pm
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To put it succinctly, in places where malaria is new or varies in time, climate change increases the rate of infection. There’s also good news hiding in the paper: the wise use of mosquito nets, antimalarial drugs, and insecticides can offset the effects of climate change by reducing the rate of infection — basically mimicking a place with constant (and low) exposure.

So, it’s not climate only that will drive the spread of malaria in the future: any forecast must also include more complex factors like the immunity patterns in the human population. However, in principle it looks like wise decisions could help mitigate the problems of climate change at least in the spread of this nasty disease.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/matthewfran ... te-change/

Post Fri Jul 10, 2015 2:25 pm
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UBC research shows world's monitored seabird populations have dropped 70 per cent since the 1950s, a stark indication that marine ecosystems are not doing well.


http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/20 ... 102850.htm

Post Tue Jul 14, 2015 2:29 am
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Among climate activists, gloom is building. Jim Driscoll of the National Institute for Peer Support just finished a study of a group of longtime activists whose most frequently reported feeling was sadness, followed by fear and anger. Dr. Lise Van Susteren, a practicing psychiatrist and graduate of Al Gore's Inconvenient Truth slide-show training, calls this "pretraumatic" stress. "So many of us are exhibiting all the signs and symptoms of posttraumatic disorder—the anger, the panic, the obsessive intrusive thoughts." Leading activist Gillian Caldwell went public with her "climate trauma," as she called it, quitting the group she helped build and posting an article called "16 Tips for Avoiding Climate Burnout," in which she suggests compartmentalization: "Reinforce boundaries between professional work and personal life. It is very hard to switch from the riveting force of apocalyptic predictions at work to home, where the problems are petty by comparison."


http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a3 ... ists-0815/

Post Tue Aug 04, 2015 4:52 pm
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The scholarship is very strong that the optimal path for dealing with climate change involves both slowing human causes of climate change and adapting to the changes that will occur on the way, while avoiding both panic and stasis,” Alley told me.

The key to safety, then, isn’t to escape—relocation to another world isn’t exactly an option—but to deal with and prepare for the reality of what’s happening. It isn’t pretty. In fact, it’s arguably “apocalyptic,” Hansen wrote in The New York Times in 2012, imploring political leadership for urgent action on climate change.

“Global warming isn’t a prediction,” he said. “It is happening.”


http://www.citylab.com/weather/2015/08/ ... =SFTwitter

Post Wed Aug 05, 2015 9:47 pm
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Post Sun Aug 16, 2015 2:42 am
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Methane levels appear to be rising by over 10 parts per billion a year at Barrow, Alaska. Worryingly, high peaks have been showing up there recently.

In conclusion, Arctic sea ice looks set to take a further battering over the next few weeks and could end up at a record low around half September 2015. If things get really bad, sea ice collapse could occur and the remaining pieces of sea ice could be driven out of the Arctic Ocean altogether by storms, resulting in a blue ocean event as early as September this year.

The situation is dire and calls for comprehensive and effective action, as discussed at the Climate Plan.

http://arctic-news.blogspot.com/2015/08 ... ate-4.html

Post Fri Dec 25, 2015 6:55 am
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"Although the study is largely theoretical, a number of other more empirically-focused studies — by KPMG and the UK Government Office of Science for instance — have warned that the convergence of food, water and energy crises could create a 'perfect storm' within about fifteen years. But these 'business as usual' forecasts could be very conservative."


http://www.mic.com/articles/85541/nasa- ... .9d6rgkHp9

Post Tue Mar 29, 2016 3:15 pm
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In any event, Walsh said it was becoming increasingly clear the Arctic would never return to its previous frozen state, even if there are small gains in ice cover in a single year.

“The balance is shifting to the point where we are not going back to the old regime of the 1980s and 1990s,” he said. “Every year has had less ice cover than any summer since 2007. That is nine years in a row that you would call unprecedented. When that happens you have to start thinking that something is going on that is not letting the system go back to where it used to be.”

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/ ... low-winter

Post Thu Apr 21, 2016 2:32 am
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‘And then we wept': Scientists say 93 percent of the Great Barrier Reef now bleached

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/ene ... ?tid=sm_fb

Post Tue Jun 21, 2016 12:42 am
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Polar bears are carnivorous creatures, and no matter what animal they consume, the act of eating is likely to be gruesome. But the blood and bones in these pictures aren’t the shocking part—it’s what the bears are eating.

A study conducted in the Svalbard Archipelago of Norway revealed the first recorded instances of polar bears seeking out white-beaked dolphins for prey.

Warming waters have allowed the dolphins to travel north to an area they would normally avoid until summertime.

http://www.takepart.com/article/2015/06 ... pid=ait-fb

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