Tag Archives | Climate Change
The Meanwhile In The Future podcast (at Gizmodo) decides to look at ways to genetically modify humans to survive climate change:
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A lot of researchers are thinking about how to genetically engineer crops and food animals to help them withstand post-climate change heat and parched conditions. But what about genetically engineering humans to slow our constant carbon contributions?
In 2012 a philosopher named Matthew Liao co-authored a paper that proposed altering human biology to combat climate change. In the paper, Liao and his colleagues propose a number of possible changes to human biology to help us combat climate change. When the paper came out, it got a lot of attention. Some people thought that Liao and his colleagues were trolling the academic community or that it was some sort of early April Fools joke. Bill McKibbon, a prominent environmental advocate Tweeted that the suggestions in the paper were the “worst climate change solutions of all time.” And, of course, climate skeptics thought it was totally insane to alter human genetics in response to a problem they do not believe in.
A new report by InsideClimate News reveals how oil giant ExxonMobil’s own research confirmed the role of fossil fuels in global warming decades ago. By 1977, Exxon’s own senior experts had begun to warn the burning of fossil fuels could pose a threat to humanity. At first, Exxon launched an ambitious research program, outfitting a supertanker with instruments to study carbon dioxide in the air and ocean. But toward the end of the 1980s, Exxon changed course and shifted to the forefront of climate change denial. Since the 1990s, it has spent millions of dollars funding efforts to reject the science its own experts knew of decades ago.
They were “involved with a team whom presented to the IPPC panel in France recently and following on from their presentation to the panel we have come to the conclusion that we are wasting our time with a diplomatic approach, they ignore all of our concerns and we are no further forward after months of hard work.”
The alternative approach is to take direct action against alleged geoengineering by, for instance, building a Wilhelm Reich ‘Orgotron’ Chem-Cannon and using it to “bust” chemtrails. The individual requested:
Please could you encourage your community to just build one device in support of this important cause and pass on this information to interested parties and encourage them to build?
Scientists have debunked statistical models that appear to show a 15-year pause in rising global temperatures, reports the Christian Science Monitor:
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In a changing climate, it’s easy to understand the impulse to seek out good news. But some scientists may have been too hopeful.
Many climate scientists have observed that, since 1998 or so, the rise of global temperatures had stopped, or at least slowed down, in what has been variously called climate change’s “pause” or “hiatus.”
But, there was no global warming “hiatus,” say Stanford scientists.
The pause was actually a statistical error, according to a new study published Thursday in the journal Climatic Change.
“The alleged or purported hiatus in the warming of the global climate system does not have a sound scientific basis,” says study lead author Bala Rajaratnam, an assistant professor of statistics and Earth system science at Stanford University.
From Rebel News:
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The past couple of decades has seen a disconcerting trend of declining populations in species across the world, according to a report released this week by the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) and the Zoological Society of London. “Population sizes of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish fell by half on average in just 40 years,” the report states.
The Living Planet Index (LPI) collects data inclusive of “10,380 populations of 3,038 vertebrate species,” which has been hurt significantly, mainly by human exploitation, but also affected by habitat degradation and climate change.
According to the report, marine life has been hurt the most. “The period from 1970 through to the mid- 1980s experienced the steepest decline, after which there was some stability – but more recently, population numbers have been falling again,” it states.
From 1970 to now, there has been a 50 percent reduction in the population of all fish.
OK, it’s a joke, the state bird of Alaska is not really the monster mosquito that is so prevalent there, but with Alaska’s climate becoming rapidly warmer, it seems like it. National Geographic reports:
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When the wind drops and the endless summer sun bakes the ponds that dot the frozen tundra, some of the Arctic’s most ferocious predators emerge and form menacing blizzards that darken the horizon – and everyone’s mood.
“It is the talk of the town when the Arctic mosquitoes are out,” says Lauren Culler, a postdoctoral researcher who studies insects in Greenland for Dartmouth College’s Institute of Arctic Studies. “There aren’t a lot of animals for them to eat in the Arctic, so when they finally find one, they are ferocious. They are relentless. They do not stop. They just keep going after you.”
Climate change, it turns out, may make that even worse.
Large, blood-sucking mosquitoes already are the bane of people, caribou, reindeer, and other mammals eking out a living in the frozen north.
Selomon and Shantastic Shine speak with Desiree Bullard about the effect that our wasteful habits are having on the planet and simple things we can do to live more sustainably.
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Will our wasteful ways be the next big meteor to destroy civilization? In this episode we speak with Eco Vital Solutions founder Desiree Bullard about how our simple lifestyle choices can damage the Earth and simple things we can do to fix it!
Consumerism is a major contributor to climate change and global environmental damage, according to Vital Eco Solutions. Changing our shopping habits can be one of the most effective ways to reduce negative environmental impacts.
Vital Eco Solutions can show you how to become an ecologically responsible consumer. See “Green Living” for more information. When businesses apply similar ecological practices, the impact reductions are even greater. See Green Business” for more information. Whether a household or a business, changing consumer habits to be more eco-friendly can save you money.
An ancient virus found in Siberian permafrost is still capable of infecting, though the virus “can’t be said to be ‘alive,'” it’s still functional.
Stephanie Pappas via Live Science:
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It’s 30,000 years old and still ticking: A giant virus recently discovered deep in the Siberian permafrost reveals that huge ancient viruses are much more diverse than scientists had ever known.
They’re also potentially infectious if thawed from their Siberian deep freeze, though they pose no danger to humans, said Chantal Abergel, a scientist at the National Center for Scientific Research at Aix-Marseille University in France and co-author of a new study announcing the discovery of the new virus. As the globe warms and the region thaws, mining and drilling will likely penetrate previously inaccessible areas, Abergel said.
“Safety precautions should be taken when moving that amount of frozen earth,” she told Live Science.
The much despised media mogul, Rupert Murdoch, now owns the majority of National Geographic, which came with a price tag of $725 million dollars.
Xeni Jardin via BoingBoing has the details:
The National Geographic magazine has been a nonprofit publication since inception in 1888, but that ends today. The long-running American publication becomes very much for-profit under a $725 million dollar deal announced today with 21st Century Fox, the entertainment company controlled by the family of Rupert Murdoch.
Murdoch is a notorious climate change denier, and his family’s Fox media empire is the world’s primary source of global warming misinformation. Which would be no big deal here, I guess, were it not for the fact that the National Geographic Society’s mission includes giving grants to scientists.
Or had you forgotten? Here’s a refresh for you, a fun little interview with Murdoch on his climate change views.