Archive | Climate Change

Biblical Flooding, Crocodiles in the Arctic and Warning Signs on North America’s Highest Mountain

Published on Truthout, 11 July 2016.

Dramatic signs of the impacts of human-caused climate disruption abound, even on North America’s highest peak. NASA records another hottest month of its type, studies warn of palm trees in the Arctic and more in this month’s climate dispatch from Dahr Jamail.

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Mangroves in Crisis: Why One Man Works to Save the Plants That Fight Climate Disruption

Published on Truthout, 31 May 2016.

It’s not news that anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD) is accelerating at unprecedented rates, according to climate scientists. Fifteen of the 16 hottest years ever recorded have occurred since 2000, and this year is on track to be the hottest year ever recorded — by far. And the pace of planetary warming is only increasing, as is made dramatically clear in this recently published graphic.

Hence, the need to do everything possible to work towards mitigating this crisis is obvious. There is no way to completely reverse the trend, but as more and more people acknowledge our shared moral responsibility to mitigate the impacts, some are uncovering creative strategies for fighting planetary warming. For instance, an unlikely epiphany led one man towards an effort to preserve and protect mangrove forests, a tactic that would not necessarily be most folks’ first tactic to address climate disruption.

In 1992, Alfredo Quarto was in southern Thailand working on an article about fisherfolk when he became aware that mangrove forests were under threat by the shrimping aquaculture industry.

“The common threat I saw to all these local farmers [was] outside investors who were destroying both their lands and livelihoods by destroying the mangrove forests they depended upon in order to make more shrimp farms,” Quarto told Truthout. “I was deeply moved by a village headman whose father had been murdered by a local shrimp mafia because he defied their cutting down the mangroves.”

Quarto said that the man told him, “If there are no mangrove forests, then the sea will have no meaning. It is like having a tree with no roots, for the mangroves are the roots of the sea.”

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Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Concentration Has Passed the Point of No Return

Published on Truthout, 23 May 2016.

Human-caused climate disruption is causing “unprecedented” melting in the Arctic, and record wildfires and warm temperatures. It’s also a driving force behind increased risks of extinction for one-third of all North American birds — and for human beings.

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Arctic Sea Ice Could Disappear This Summer

Published on Truthout, 11 May 2016.

A blue ocean event means a complete absence of Arctic sea ice, allowing the heat of the sun to fully penetrate the open waters of the Arctic, which would then dramatically accelerate the rate of warming in the Arctic. Recent trends, coupled with ongoing record heating in the Arctic, mean that it’s not out of the realm of possibility that this event could occur as early as September.

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