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NOAA Jumps The Shark In Tampa Bay

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach [see Update at the end] I thought I might write about how I research a subject. Over at Dr. Judith’s excellent website, she periodically puts out a list of interesting papers that she has come across. This time it was “Week In Review: Water Edition” . She gave a link to an article from a Tampa Bay news station headlined Study: Sea level rise may severely impact Tampa by 2040 . Why did I pick this article? To me it’s obviously bogus. Sea level is rising around the world at something like 8-12 inches (200 – 300 mm) per century. It’s only twenty-four years until 2040, call it a quarter century. So by then Tampa will likely see on the order of 2 – 3 inches of sea level rise. That will not have a “severe impact” anywhere. So I went off to read the...
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Epic Antarctic voyage maps seafloor to predict ocean rise as glacier the size of California melts

I n East Antarctica , 3,000km south of the West Australian town of Albany, an ice shelf the size of California is melting from below. The concerning trend was confirmed by Australian scientists in December, who reported that warming ocean temperatures were causing the rapid melt of the end of the Totten glacier , which is holding back enough ice to create a global sea rise of between 3.5 metres and six metres. On Saturday, a team of international scientists left Hobart aboard the Australian research ship Investigator to map the seafloor ahead of the glacier to trace its history back to the last ice age, in the hopes of predicting its future melting patterns. The 51-day mission is one of the longest ever voyages by Australian scientists to Antarctica and will involve mapping the unexplored Sabrina Coast seafloor and taking samples of piles of glacial sediment left behind by...
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Deepwater spill: How long will 125 hydrocarbons stay on the seafloor?

Scientists have now analyzed long-awaited data from the Natural Resource Damage Assessment to determine the specific rates of biodegradation for 125 compounds that settled to the deep ocean floor after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The oil that discharged into the Gulf of Mexico following the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) rig in 2010 contaminated more than 1,000 square miles of seafloor. “It is slowly being biodegraded, but each compound is acting a bit differently.” “Now, we can finally take all of this environmental data and begin to predict how long 125 major components of the DWH oil on the deep ocean floor will be there,” says David Valentine, a professor in earth science at the University of California, Santa Barbara and coauthor of the study in PNAS . “The way in which we’ve analyzed all of these different compounds helps answer questions everybody asked right after the...
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As Earth gets hotter, scientists break new ground linking climate change to extreme weather

So here we are again with yet another annual global temperature record. That’s right, 2016 will go down as the warmest year globally since record-keeping began, with preliminary reports indicating that 2016 was 1.3 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times. If it feels like you’ve heard this song before it’s because you have. The last three years have all smashed the previous year’s record for highest globally averaged temperature, a clear signal that the Earth continues its unprecedented rate of warming. For sure, the 2016 record was helped along somewhat by one of the strongest El Niño events on record, but we also know that over many years, such cycles have very little to do with the overall global warming trend from rising greenhouse gas emissions. The trajectory is clear. But there’s more to the story. As temperatures rise, we’re also learning more about how these rising temperatures affect our weather –...
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The Corrupt Climate Criminal Who Could Be Secretary of State

Former Exxon Mobile Executive Rex Tillerson appears before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations for his confirmation hearing for the post of Secretary of State on Capitol Hill. This week, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a confirmation hearing for Rex Tillerson, nominated by President-elect Donald Trump to serve as Secretary of State after a 41-year career working for oil giant ExxonMobil—the last 11 as chairman and CEO. Previously, Tillerson was awarded the  Russian “Order of Friendship” by Vladimir Putin , oversaw an ExxonMobil subsidiary when the company’s private security forces  allegedly engaged in torture and human rights abuses  in Indonesia, “ defied State Department policy ” to cut a direct deal with Kurdish Regional Government, and  once told Charlie Rose , “My philosophy is to make money.” Tillerson has foreign policy experience—exclusively devoted to extracting oil and generating a profit. Tillerson was grilled over the past few days by both Democratic and...
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If Air China Bans Shark Fin, Why Can't FedEx?

Each year, humans kill as many as 73 million sharks to harvest their fins. But if they want to use  China ‘s national flag carrier for transport, they’ll need to think twice. Air China just became the first mainland airline to ban shark fin cargo. “It is a symbolic move that carries great significance,” Hong Kong-based activist Alex Hofford, of WildAid, tells me. “Their positive action sends out a very strong message to the Chinese public that their government disapproves of this cruel and unsustainable practice. As the Washington Post notes, the ban marks an important shift from China driving the demand for shark fins to leading the way for shark conservation. According to Oceana , more than 70 percent of the top 14 species are endangered or vulnerable. And shark fin soup , a traditional Chinese wedding dish that drives demand, is slowly slipping out of vogue. In the meantime, delivery...
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A Massive Iceberg Is Poised to Fracture in Antarctica

Within the past two decades, the Larsen ice shelf along the Antarctic Peninsula has undergone drastic geographical changes to the coastline. In 1995 and 2002, the Larsen A and B shelves splintered off. Now, a rift gradually splitting the section of Larsen C has expanded rapidly and once again poses a dramatic change to the landscape.  When pictured by NASA’s IceBridge mission on November 10, 2016, the fissure measured roughly 70 miles. Within the last month, it has expanded by 11 miles, with only a 12-mile sliver holding Larsen C to the main ice shelf. Once it calves, it will take on new life as an iceberg the size of the state of Delaware.  The rapid expansion of the cavernous fracture, which is more than 300 feet wide and a third of a mile deep, has been closely studied by Project MIDAS, a United Kingdom–based Antarctic research group with Swansea...
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Almost 75% of Japan's biggest coral reef has died from bleaching, says report

Almost 75% of Japan's biggest coral reef has died from bleaching, says report
Almost three-quarters of Japan’s biggest coral reef has died, according to a report that blames its demise on rising sea temperatures caused by global warming. The Japanese environment ministry said that 70% of the Sekisei lagoon in Okinawa had been killed by a phenomenon known as bleaching. Bleaching occurs when unusually warm water causes coral to expel the algae living in their tissues, causing the coral to turn completely white. Unless water temperatures quickly return to normal, the coral eventually dies from lack of nutrition. The plight of the reef, located in Japan’s southernmost reaches, has become “extremely serious” in recent years, according to the ministry, whose survey of 35 locations in the lagoon last November and December found that 70.1% percent of the coral had died. The dead coral has now turned dark brown and is now covered with algae, the Yomiuri Shimbun said. The newspaper said the average...
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