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Warming Arctic Spreading Seal Diseases sticky icon

 

ICE, WATER, WARMING, & DISEASE

Ribbon Seal
An adult male ribbon seal lays on the ice, NOAA Fisheries, Polar Ecosystems Program.
An adult male ribbon seal lays on the ice, NOAA Fisheries, Polar Ecosystems Program.

 

Warming Arctic Spreads Disease

Melting Arctic Sea Ice Linked to Emergence of Deadly Virus in Marine Mammals,
University of California - Davis, November 7, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

The Problem
"Scientists have linked the decline in Arctic sea ice to the emergence of a deadly virus that could threaten marine mammals in the North Pacific..."

"Phocine distemper virus (PDV), a pathogen responsible for killing thousands of European harbor seals in the North Atlantic in 2002, was identified in northern sea otters in Alaska in 2004, raising questions about when and how the virus reached them."

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Emperor Penguins Quick-Marching Towards Extinction sticky icon

 

ICE BIRDS IN TROUBLE

Emperor Penguins
Emperor Penguins under Climate Extinction Threat, Stephanie Jenouvrier, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
The fate of emperor penguins is largely tied to sea ice, making them particulary vulnerable to warming. Photo by author, Stephanie Jenouvrier, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

 

Antarctic Snow, Ice & Penguin Decline

Unless Warming is Slowed, Emperor Penguins will be Marching Towards Extinction,
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, November 7, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Bye Bye Birdie
"...a warming climate may render them extinct by the end of this century."

"If global climate keeps warming at the current rate, we expect emperor penguins in Antarctica to experience an 86 percent decline by the year 2100."

"At that point, it is very unlikely for them to bounce back."

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Finding Some Truth behind the Failure of The Paris Climate Agreement by Examining Its Pledges sticky icon

 

 

ECO-CRASHING NEWS: INTERNATIONAL FRAUDS

Grow, China, Grow!
Grow, USA, Grow!
Modern Industrial Infrastructure
A Power Plant
 Last of the Mohicans, if Paris is going to, "work?" Credit Carnegie Inst. Sci.
One of the, "Last of the Mohicans," if Paris is going to, "work?" Credit Carnegie Inst. Sci.

 

Not Targeting the Sources, Nor even the Symptoms!

The Truth behind the Paris Agreement Climate Pledges,
Universal Ecological Fund, November 5, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

It Studies Itself
This study, "...examines in great detail the 184 voluntary pledges under the Paris Agreement, the first collective global effort to address climate change."

"Simply, the pledges are far too little, too late."

It Concludes Disaster Approaches
They Keep Saying, "If,"
"Failing to reduce emissions drastically and rapidly will result in an environmental and economic disaster from human-induced climate change."

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NOAA Assessing the U.S. Climate in October 2019 sticky icon

 

CLIMATE, WATER, & WEATHER: US SEPTEMBER

Extremes of US Temperature & Precipitation Continue

Assessing the U.S. Climate in October 2019,
NOAA NCEI, November 6, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Record Cold in NW with Record Heat in Southeast
"Below-average temperatures were observed from the High Plains to the Pacific Coast, while above-average temperatures blanketed the eastern third of the contiguous U.S. Parts of southern Florida were record warm."

October Temperatures
NOAA October US Mean Temperature Percentiles.
October US Mean Temperature Percentiles
 

Extreme Cold Event in Northwest
"An early-season snowstorm and associated bitter cold temperatures affected Rockies and Midwest...All-time record low temperatures for Oct were set across the West.

Extreme October Temperature
Wow
"Peter Sinks, UT, often one of the nation’s coldest locations, dropped to −46°F early on October 30, according to the Utah Climate Center. This temperature may be the coldest October temperature on record across the contiguous U.S."

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NOAA Assesses the Global Climate in October 2019: Second Hottest October on Record sticky icon

 

ECO-CRASHING NEWS

NOAA Tracking Our Devolving Climate & Weather

Assessing the Global Climate in October 2019,
NOAA, November 18, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Second Warmest October Ever,
Second Warmest Year to Date, within range of records…
"The global land and ocean surface temperature departure from average for October 2019 was the second highest for the month of October in the 140-year NOAA global temperature dataset record, which dates back to 1880. "

Second Hottest Year to Date
The year-to-date temperature for 2019 was also the second warmest on record for the January–October period."

Global Land & Ocean Temp Percentiles Sept 2019
NOAA Global Land & Ocean Temp Percentiles for September 2019 showing the second hottest October ever.

NOAA charting the heat distribution of the second hottest October ever...

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Full Range of Rapid Climate Changes Across the Arctic Felt in Alaska sticky icon

 

ECO-CRASHING NEWS-CLIMATE ISSUES INTERSECT IN ALASKA

The Incredible Rapidly Shrinking-Disappearing Alaskan Winters
Length of the snow season (gray bars) in Alaska each year from 1997-2018, by Rick Thoman, Alaska Center for Climate and Policy.
Length of the snow season (gray bars) in Alaska each year from 1997-2018. Orange slanting bars show the trend: the date when the state becomes 50 percent snow covered is arriving a week later in October than it used it, and the spring "snow-off" date—when half the winter snow has melted—is arriving nearly two weeks earlier. Image by Rick Thoman, Alaska Center for Climate and Policy.

 

Full Range of Rapid Changes Across the Arctic Felt in Alaska

New Report Highlights Alaska’s last Five Years of Dramatic Climate Change,
NOAA Climate, October 15, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

"Alaska’s climate is changing, thanks to human-caused global warming, and the effects are widespread and sometimes dangerous."

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Massive 2019 Blob Forms sticky icon

 

OCEANS, ICE, WATER, & THE BLOB

Comparing The Blobs of 2014 & 2019
Comparing Blobs of 2014 & 2019, NOAA Sea Surface Temperatures, Big Maps.
NOAA Sea Surface Temperatures representing the 2014 & 2019 Blobs, Big Maps.

 

UPDATE

Marine Heat Wave Returns to the Northeast Pacific,
NASA Earth Observatory, September 12, 2019.

 

Massive 2019 Blob Forms

New Marine Heatwave Emerges off West Coast, Resembles "the Blob,"
NOAA Fisheries, September 5, 2019.

 

WATCH the BLOB
Current & Recent
Sea Surface Temperatures
(Scroll up for El Nino Information)

 

MAIN POINTS

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Eco Crash News, 2018: Observing Our Rapidly Shifting Seasons and Ecosystems sticky icon

 

 

 CHANGING WEATHER, 

&
CHANING WORLD,
NEWS

2018


Last
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December 16,  2018

 

Next
2019 Climate Change News

 

 The transitions between seasons, their basic character, their timing, temp, and humidity transitions have all changed. The directions from which the seasonal winds blow have changed. These changes are reverberating through and disrupting webs of life that wrap around the whole planet.

Blooming, feeding, mating, and migration patterns of all living things are changing around the world.

Here we track the obvious and the subtle human affects on Nature. The club and the knife, if you will.

 

 

Next
2019 Climate Change News

Earlier
October through December 2017

 

 

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Land Use, Erosion, and Climate Change's Ancient and Modern Relationship

 

ECO-CRASHING NEWS: LAND USE, EROSION, AND MORE RAIN

Is this What Happened to Summer, Ur, & Babaylon?
Is this What Happened to Summer, Ur, & Babaylon? Photo by Rick Bohn / United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
Erosion caused by agriculture is a major cause of land degradation. Photo by Rick Bohn / United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

 

Its Ancient Beginning: Massive Climate Feedback Loop Well Underway

Human Activities Boosted Global Soil Erosion Already 4,000 Years Ago,
Institut national de la recherche scientifique - INRS, October 28, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Ancient Land Use Erosion
"...recorded temporal changes of soil erosion by analyzing sediment deposits in more than 600 lakes worldwide. They found that the accumulation of lake sediments increased significantly on a global scale around 4,000 years ago. At the same time, tree cover decreased as shown by pollen records, which is a clear indicator of deforestation. The study suggests that human practices and land-use change have intensified soil erosion long before industrialization."

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NOAA Assesses the Global Climate in September 2019: Hottest September on Record

 

ECO-CRASHING NEWS

Tracking Our Devolving Climate & Weather

Assessing the Global Climate in September 2019,
NOAA, October 16, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Warmest & Wettest September Ever
Second Warmest Year to Date on Record
"...2019 tied with 2015 as the highest for the month of September in the 140-year NOAA global temperature dataset record, which dates back to 1880. The year-to-date temperature for 2019 was the second warmest January–September on record."

Hottest Global Land & Ocean Temp Percentiles for Sept during 2019
The September temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.71°F above the 20th century average of 59.0°F and tied with 2015 as the highest for September in the 1880–2019 record. NOAA.

Points

Hot Run
"The 10 warmest Septembers have all occurred since 2005, with the last five years (2015–2019) being the five warmest Septembers on record."

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The US Army Assesses What We're Up Against

 

STRATEGIC AND TACTICAL IMPLICATIONS OF CLIMATE-WEATHER DESTRUCTION

Coming to an MegaCity Near You
Urban Tanks in our Climate Breakdown Future? Michel_van_der_Vegt, Pixabay.
Urban Tanks in our Climate Breakdown Future? Michel_van_der_Vegt, Pixabay.

 

The US Army Assesses What We're Up Against

Implications of Climate Change for the US Army,
Army War College. May 2019, PDF.

Our Future, According to the Army

I typically comment at the end of research. This report draws me to consider the environment in which this research was prepared.

While reading the highlights of this report, one must note that this military assessment seeks to provide information for the preparation of strategic and tactical responses not to, "climate change," but to the likely breakdown of whole countries and societies.

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El Nino Growing and Changing with Rising Temperatures is Only the Tip of the Problem

 

OCEANS, WARMING, RADICALLY CHANGING WEATHER, & EL NINO BEHAVIORS

Comparing the Massive 1997 & 2015 El Ninos
Comparing the Massive 1997 & 2015 El Ninos, Credit to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
This visualization shows side by side comparisons of Pacific Ocean sea surface height (SSH) anomalies of what is presently happening in 2015 with the Pacific Ocean signal during the famous 1997 El Niño. These 1997 and 2015 El Niño animations were made from data collected by the TOPEX/Poseidon (1997) and the OSTM/Jason-2 (2015) satellites. More. Credit to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

 

El Nino Growing and Changing with Rising Temperatures is Only the Tip of the Problem

Climate Warming Promises more Frequent Extreme El Niño Events,
University of Hawaii at Manoa, October 21, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

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The West Coast Ocean Warming Kelp, Urchin, Abalone, Starfish Disaster Continues

 

OCEANS, ICE, WARMING SEA LIFE & THE BLOB

Bull Kelp on Northern California Coast
Bull Kelp on Northern California Coast, by Peggy Foreman, NOAA Fisheries.
Man cooking the Bull Kelp off the ocean floor is having bad consequences. Image by Peggy Foreman, NOAA Fisheries.

 

West Coast Ocean Disaster Continues

California's Crashing Kelp Forest,
University of California - Davis, October 21, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Ocean System Crash
2013-2017
"First the sea stars wasted to nothing. Then the purple urchins took over, eating and eating until the bull kelp forests were gone. The red abalone starved. Their fishery closed. Red sea urchins starved. Their fishery collapsed. And the ocean kept warming."

West Coast Kelp Crash
"...use two decades of kelp ecosystem monitoring data to chronicle the catastrophic shift in 2014 from a robust bull kelp forest to a barren of purple sea urchins. Similar impacts are being observed in kelp forests from Baja California to Alaska."

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Antarctic Ice Cliff Failure Postponed a Century or Two?

 

OCEANS, ICE, WATER, & HEAT

Lots of Water There...
The Getz Ice Shelf to Remain Intact?
The Getz Ice Shelf extends several miles into the ocean from the Getz glacier as it empties into the ocean along the Antarctic coast, NASA / Dick Ewers, Operation Ice Bridge.
The Getz Ice Shelf extends several miles into the ocean from the Getz glacier as it empties into the ocean along the Antarctic coast. The vertical face of the ice shelf is almost 200 feet high and is estimated to extend another 1000 feet below the ocean surface. NASA / Dick Ewers, Operation Ice Bridge.

 

Antarctic Ice Cliff Failure Postponed a Century or Two?

Antarctic Ice Cliffs may Not Contribute to Sea-Level Rise as Much as Predicted,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, October 21, 2019.

MAIN POINT

"...our work shows that cliff failure is probably not the mechanism by which we would get a lot of sea level rise in the near future."

Bottom Line

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September 2019 in the USA brings Extremes of Wet, Warm, and Dry

 

CLIMATE, WATER, & WEATHER: US SEPTEMBER

Extremes of Wet & Dry

Assessing the U.S. Climate in September 2019,
NCEI, October 8, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Second Warmest Month
September 2019 was second warmest in record, by NCEI.
"...second warmest September in the 125-year period of record. The warmest September on record occurred in 1998 and was 0.5°F warmer than in 2019."

Average Precip
September 2019 US Total Precipitation Percentiles, by NCEI.
"...September precipitation total for the contiguous U.S. was 2.42 inches, 0.07 inch below average, ranking in the middle third of the 125-year period of record."

Note the division of record precipitation and record dryness across the US during September. The extremes dry of the Southeast and extreme wet of the Upper Midwest balanced into an average of extremes.

Drought Growing in Southeast

Drought Report

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The Heat Always Flows Somewhere

 

CLIMATE CHANGE

Pumping Atmospheric Warming into World Oceans
The warming rate of the atmosphere is affected by the air-sea energy transport, by Jing Xu,Chinese Academy of Sciences.
The greenhouse (GHG) effect caused by CO2 and other GHG gases acts as a "pump", feeding more and more energy into the Earth system. Most of this energy is ultimately stored in the ocean, and the warming rate of the atmosphere is affected by the air-sea energy transport, by Jing Xu,Chinese Academy of Sciences.

 

The Heat Always Flows Somewhere

Has Global Warming Stopped? The Tap of Incoming Energy Cannot be Turned Off,
Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, October 10, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Issue
The "Pause" in Global Warming
"...the observational global mean atmospheric temperature leveled off over the first decade of the 21st century, in contrast to the rapid warming during the late 20th century."

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For the Climate Skeptics-Deniers, Straight Talk From an Expert on Climate Change, & The Paris Accord is a TOTAL Corporate Farce

 

ECO-CRASHING NEWS

For the Skeptics

Straight Talk From an Expert on Climate Change,
AGU Blog, September 21, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

A powerful set of Warming-Skeptical Questions and Powerful Statistical Chart Answers.

Charts

Solar Energy

Orbital Cycles

Earth Total Heat Content

 

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Climate Warming Directly Responsible for 400% Increase in California Fires

 

WARMING TREES & FORESTS BURNING

Recent Extreme Warming
The years 2014-2018, averaged on this map, were the warmest years in the modern record, NASA.
The years 2014-2018, averaged on this map, were the warmest years in the modern record compared to GISTEMP's 1951-1980 baseline. The areas in red experienced warmer than normal temperatures, while the areas in blue were cooler than normal during this period. NASA, Big.

 

Climate Warming Directly Responsible for 400% Increase in California Fires

Rising Global Temperatures Influence California’s Fire Season,
NASA Earth Observatory, September 3, 2019.

Read the Research

MAIN POINTS

Increasing Fire
"...the annual burned area across California has increased fivefold over the past five decades, and the main driver is higher temperatures."

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Huge Heat Waves Coming

 

ECO-CRASHING NEWS

Our Hot Future
Our Hot Future, heatwaves could double by mid-century, Pixabay, Gellinger.
Heat waves are predicted to be more frequent and more intense. Now this research says they could be up to twice as large by 2050. Image on Pixabay, by Gellinger.

 

Huge Heat Waves Are Coming

Heat Waves Could Increase Substantially in Size by Mid-Century, says New Study,
NOAA Headquarters, October 7, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

The Situation
"...scientists expect the frequency and intensity of heat waves to increase. However, a commonly overlooked aspect is the spatial size of heat waves, despite its important implications."

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Tropical Soils, Microbes, and Heat Add Up to 10% More Atmospheric CO2

 

ECO-CRASHING NEWS: CO2 FEEDBACK LOOPS

Tropical Soils, Microbes, and Heat Add Up to 10% More CO2

Microbes in Warm Soils Released More Carbon Than Those in Cooler Soils,
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, September 30, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Unknown
"The fate of soil carbon in response to global heating remains one of the greatest sources of un-certainty in our predictions of future climate."

"Tropical soils have a particularly large influence on the global carbon cycle and are home to unique biodiversity, but their response to warming remains poorly understood."

Not Well Modeled
".while tropical forests may have the potential to release vast amounts of carbon into the atmosphere as they warm, the effects of warming on tropical soils and the microbes that break down organic matter are poorly characterized."

The Experiment
"At four sites in the Peruvian Andes, Nottingham and colleagues removed soil cores from the ground. A set of cores stayed at the same site, while other cores were moved to sites either higher up the mountain (thus, cooler) or lower on the mountain (warmer), a 3,000-meter range equivalent to plus or minus 4 to 15 degrees Celsius."

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