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Changing Timing of Life Bleeding Fertility Out of Nature, The Case of the Japanese Bumblebees sticky icon

 

ECO-CRASHING NEWS

Big Jap Bumbler & Its (Once) Perfectly Timed Plant Pal
Jap Bumblebee Visits Corydalis Ambigua after Overwintering, Yuimi Hirabayashi (Bihoro Museum), Hokkaido University.
Coming in for Landing: A far Northern Japanese Bumblebee visits Corydalis ambigua after overwintering, by Yuimi Hirabayashi (Bihoro Museum), Hokkaido University.

 

Changing Timing of Life Bleeding Fertility Out of Nature

Early arrival of spring disrupts the mutualism between plants and pollinators,
Hokkaido University, July 12, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Bummer for Jap Bumblers & Flowers…
"...demonstrated that early snowmelt results in the spring ephemeral Corydalis ambigua flowering ahead of the emergence of its pollinator, the bumblebee."

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Science Performs Intellectual Gymnastics to Preserve Paris Accord Farce sticky icon

 

ECO-CRASHING NEWS

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

 

Science Performs Intellectual Gymnastics to Preserve Paris Accord Farce

Two-degree climate goal attainable without early infrastructure retirement,
Carnegie Institution for Science, July 2, 2019.

Main Points

Current CO2 Production
"...China is predicted to produce the largest share--41 percent--and the United States and European Union 9 percent and 7 percent respectively."

What about India?

Present Costs Exceed Limits
"...future emissions from these existing facilities would take up the entire carbon budget needed to to limit mean warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius and close to two-thirds of the budget needed to constrain warming to below 2 degrees Celsius over the next three decades."

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Alaska Setting Heat and Dryness Records during July of 2019 sticky icon

 

ECO-CRASHING NEWS

FREAK WEATHER

It Was A Balmy 90 Degrees Yesterday In Anchorage — For The First Time On Record,
NPR, July 5, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

90 Degrees
"...the all-time heat record for the northerly city."

"Anchorage's previous record high (at least since 1952) was 85 degrees Fahrenheit, set on June 14, 1969."

Hottest & Driest June Ever
(After Shortest Winter Cold)
"...hottest June ever, according to the National Weather Service. Average temperature for the month was 60.5 degrees, 5.3 degrees above normal. It was the 16th consecutive month with above-average temperatures."

"...the driest June on record."

Baking Alaska
"Several Alaskan cities set or matched all-time heat records on Thursday: 89 degrees in Kenai and King Salmon, 88 in Palmer."

Fire & Smoke
"...battling wildfires across the state, and on Monday authorities issued an air quality advisory for south-central Alaska."

 

More Information

Better than NPR

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MORE FREAKISH, EXTREME WEATHER: Massive 2019 Midwestern Flooding sticky icon

 

HISTORIC, FREAKISH, EXTREME WEATHER

Massive Midwestern Flooding

KEY POINT
The Whole US is Wettest Ever
"The continental United States recently finished its wettest twelve months in 124 years of modern recordkeeping."

NOAA

River Flood Outlook

All Flood Hazard Warnings Page

3-7 Day Flood Hazards Page

 

Corporate Press
UPDATE

The Wettest, Wildest Planting Season U.S. Farmers Can Remember,
Bloomberg, June 3, 2019.

Corporate Press
Flooding continues to pose threat to communities along Mississippi, Arkansas rivers,
GMA, Yahoo, May 31, 2019.

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

 

 

 CHANGING WEATHER, 

&
CHANING WORLD,
NEWS

2018


Last
Updated Daily 

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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News of Climate & Ecological Change, The Summer of 2019

 

 

CHANGING WEATHER, 
&
CHANING WORLD,
NEWS

2019

Updated Daily 

July 12,  2019

 ECO-CRASHING NEWS

Summer of 2019

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.

 

Previous Reports-Research

Spring of 2019

Winter of 2019

2018 Climate News

October-December 2017

 

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Global Warming Spruce Beetles are Fat, Happy, Sexed-Up Spruce Beetles

 

ECO-CRASHING NEWS: GOING BUGGY

Hey, Hi,... I'm Your New Neighbor...
The Head of a Spruce Beetle (Dendroctonus rufipennis)
The Head of a Spruce Beetle (Dendroctonus rufipennis), Joseph Benzel, Colorado State University.
Joseph Benzel, Colorado State University.

 

Warm Spruce Beetles are Fat, Happy, Sexed-Up Spruce Beetles

New Research Shows Importance of Climate on Spruce Beetle Flight,
Colorado State University, June 19, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Current Situation
"...the current spruce beetle epidemic affecting Colorado Engelmann spruce forests has been one of the largest on record. The Colorado State Forest Service estimates that since 1996, over 40 percent of the state's high-elevation forests, encompassing an area larger than Delaware and Rhode Island combined, have already been affected by this latest cycle."

The Future
"...slightly warmer conditions could contribute to longer flight periods and more eruptive beetle populations, due to larger populations of fertile females. This combination could equate to more intense insect pressure on spruce forests."

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Biggest Global Glaciers Going Down Fast: The Himalayas

 

OCEANS, ICE, FISH, & WATER

Wasting Himalayan Glacial Ice
Wasting of Changri Nup Glacier in Himalayas, Joshua Maurer.
Changri Nup Glacier, one of the hundreds studied by the researchers. Much of it is covered by rocky debris. The peak of Mt. Everest is in the background at left. Joshua Maurer.

 

Biggest Global Glaciers Going Down

Melting of Himalayan Glaciers has Doubled in Recent Years,
Earth Institute at Columbia University, June 19, 2019.

Main Points

2000 to Present
Losing a Foot of Ice per Year
Himalayan glaciers in, "...India, China, Nepal and Bhutan, indicates that glaciers have been losing the equivalent of more than a vertical foot and half of ice each year since 2000..."

Thaw Accelerating
"...double the amount of melting that took place from 1975 to 2000."

Major Threat to Billions
"...potentially threatening water supplies for hundreds of millions of people downstream across much of Asia." (See, "Disappearing Buffer," below.)

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Clearer View of Greenland Ice Melting Potentials

 

OCEANS, ICE, WATER, & FISH

Study Predicts More Long-Term Sea Level Rise from Greenland Ice
Study Predicts More Long-Term Sea Level Rise from Greenland Ice, NASA / Cindy Starr.
"The researchers ran their model 1500 times, testing a variety of land, ice, ocean and atmospheric variables to see how they affected ice melt rate - including three possible future climate scenarios (from left to right: low, medium, and high emissions out to the year 2300). Credits: NASA / Cindy Starr."

 

Clearer View of Greenland Ice Melting Potentials

Study Predicts More Long-Term Sea Level Rise from Greenland Ice,
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, June 19, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Data from Ice Bridge Observations
“NASA’s space and airborne campaigns, like IceBridge, have fundamentally transformed our ability to try and make a model mimic the changes to the ice sheet.”

Fancy New Model
"In the next 200 years, the ice sheet model shows that melting at the present rate could contribute 19 to 63 inches to global sea level rise..."

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Second Fastest, Largest C02 Growth in 2019, Carbon Dioxide Levels Hit Record Peak in May

UPDATE
Carbon Dioxide Reaches Record Levels, Plus 6 Things to Know About the Greenhouse Gas,
NASA Earth Observatory, June 14, 2019.

Global CO2
Global CO2, NASA.
NASA, read more about this image measuring global CO2 here.

 

Original Article
ECO-CRASH NEWS: OCEAN of AIR

Oceans of Hot Air

Carbon Dioxide Levels Hit Record Peak in May,
Monthly average surpassed 414 parts per million at Mauna Loa Observatory,
Scripps Institute of Oceanography, June 4, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

CO2 Over the Top
"...the average for May peaking at 414.8 parts per million (ppm)..."

"...highest seasonal peak recorded in 61 years of observations on top of...Mauna Loa..."

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Extreme Weather Increasing, Tropical Cyclones are Stalling More

 

ECO-CRASHING WATER NEWS

West Houston, Texas
West Houston Texas, After Hurricane Harvey, NOAA Image.
After Hurricane Harvey, NOAA Image, more.

 

Extreme Weather Increasing

Tropical Cyclones are Stalling More,
NASA Earth Observatory, June 7, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Extreme Rainfall Hurricanes
Recently Stalled/Parked Hurricanes
'18, Hurricane Florence, "...lingered in a confined region near the North Carolina coast for 53 hours, becoming the wettest tropical cyclone on record for the Carolinas."

'17, "Hurricane Harvey stalled for more than 100 hours in the northern Gulf of Mexico, pumping disastrous amounts of moisture into Texas."

'08, "Tropical Storm Fay hovered near Florida for at least 66 hours and became one of the most prolific rain-producing storms in the area."

Trending
Longer is Stronger...
"...those stalls were not freak occurrences, but instead fit with a growing trend of slower, longer-lasting hurricanes in the North Atlantic."

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Fertilizer Plants Underreported Emissions More CO2 than All US Industrial Production

 

ECO-CRASHING NEWS: ROOTS of the PROBLEM

Factory Smoke
Factory Smoke,  by JuergenPM.
Conversion of more & more energy. JuergenPM

 

Under Counting on the Ground--BUT--Everything Counts Up in the Sky

Fertilizer Plants emit 100 times more Methane than Reported,
Cornell University, June 6, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Fertilizer Plants
Methane Emissions

> "...100 times higher than the fertilizer industry's self-reported estimate."

> "...higher than the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimate for all industrial processes in the United States."

Self-Regulation & Reporting
"It shows us that there's a huge gap between a priori estimates and real-world measurements."

Natural Gas
Burned
"...use of natural gas has grown in recent years, bolstered by improved efficiency in shale gas extraction and the perception that natural gas is a less dirty fossil fuel."

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Africa to Fry Under Any of the Current Climate "Scenarios"

 

ECO-CRASHING NEWS HEALTH & FITNESS

Africa to Fry Under Any of the Current Climate "Scenarios"

Extreme Heat to Hit One Third of the African Urban Population,
Université de Genève, June 5, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

173 African Cities
"...a range of possible scenarios regarding the rate of climate change and socio-economic development in 173 African cities for the years 2030, 2060 and 2090."

Population Growth & Urbanization
"...highlight the influence of socio-economic development on the impact of climate change."

Lethal Combination
"...Africa - are experiencing heavy urbanisation and socio-economic development, leading to an explosion in the size of urban populations. A combination of these two factors is having a major impact on the living conditions of city-dwellers in Africa, especially in terms of exposure to extreme - or even lethal - temperatures."

Measuring Unbearable
"...calculate the number of people per day exposed to apparent temperatures above 40.6°C (105°F) in cities in Africa on an annual basis."

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WARNING: Torrential Downpour Activity has been Building for Fifty Years, and is Continuing

 

ECO-CRASH NEWS, DEPT of TORRENTIAL DOWNPOURS

"Atmospheric River" Smacking California
Fantastic Shot of Pineapple Express Tropical Transport Mechanism by Jesse Allen, NASA Earth Observatory/ VIIRS satellite.
Fantastic Shot of, "Pineapple Express," Tropical Transport Mechanism by Jesse Allen, NASA Earth Observatory/ VIIRS satellite.

 

WARNING
Torrential Downpour Activity has, and is Building

Downpours of Torrential Rain more Frequent with Global Warming,
University of Saskatchewan, June 3, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

50 Years of Increasing Downpours
"The number of extreme downpours increased steadily between 1964 and 2013--a period when global warming also intensified..."

Extreme Events
"By introducing a new approach to analyzing extremes, using thousands of rain records, we reveal a clear increase in the frequency extreme rain events over the recent 50 years when global warming accelerated."

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2019: Earth's Mountain Glaciers Breaking Down Rapidly, Feeding 10 Inches Sea Level Rise by 2100

 

OCEANS, ICE, WATER, & FISH

Kennicott Glacier
The Kennicott Glacier flows out of the Wrangell Mountains in Alaska. Regina Hock, UofA.
See it now... The Kennicott Glacier (gog mapguide) flows out of the Wrangell Mountains in Alaska. A new review of glacier research found that glaciers worldwide will lose up to 36% of their mass by 2100, resulting in almost 10 inches of sea level rise. By Regina Hock.

 

Mountain Glaciers Breaking Down

Melting Small Glaciers could add 10 inches to Sea Levels,
University of Alaska Fairbanks, May 22, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

"...a future planet with a lot less ice and a lot more water."

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Asia's Departing Glaciers Provide(d) a Now Disappearing Buffer against Drought Times

 

WATER, SNOW, & ICE

Glaciers Departing Rapidly Everywhere

Asia's Glaciers Provide Buffer against Drought,
British Antarctic Survey, May 29, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Role
"...assess the contribution that Asia's high mountain glaciers make to relieving water stress in the region..."

Where
"The high-mountain region of Asia, known as the Third Pole, encompasses the Himalayas, Karakoram, Pamir, Hindu Kush, Tien Shan, Kunlun Shan and Alai mountains and has 95,000 glaciers in total. About 800 million people are partly dependent on their meltwater."

Vital Drought-Time Water Supply
"...during droughts, glaciers become the largest supplier of water to some of Asia's major river basins. This melt-water is important for the people living downstream when the rains fail and water shortages are at their worst."

Massive Summertime Glacial Water Subsidy
"Each summer, glaciers release 36 cubic kilometres of water - equivalent to 14 million Olympic swimming pools - to these rivers. This is enough water to fulfil the basic needs of 221 million people, or most of the annual municipal and industrial needs of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan."

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The Relationship between Jet Stream Breakdown, Polar Vortex Instability, & Loss of Sea Ice

 

ECO-CRASHING NEWS

The Jet Streams
Actual Jet Stream Configuration, Lyndon State College Meteorology.
Actual Jet Stream Configuration, Lyndon State College Meteorology.

 

ECO-CRASHING NEWS

The Relationship between Jet Stream Breakdown, Polar Vortex Instability, & Loss of Sea Ice:

A Warming Arctic Produces Weather Extremes in our Latitudes,
Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research,
May 28, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Increasing Jet Stream Disruptions-Freak Outs
"For years, climate researchers around the globe have been investigating the question as to whether the jet stream's winding course over the Northern Hemisphere - observed with increasing frequency in recent years - is a product of climate change, or a random phenomenon that can be traced back to natural variations in the climate system."

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Our Freak, "Modern," Weather: Nope, It's Not Natural

 

 

ECO-CRASHING NEWS

Nope, It's Not Natural

Natural Cycles had Little To Do with 20th-Century Temperature Trends,
Ars Technica, May 21, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

The Question
How Much Climate Change is Natural Variability?
"...a look at the influence of natural causes on the temperatures of the last century."

The Answer
Natural Variability Not A Factor
"...the study shows that our knowledge of the climate system can explain the major 20th century temperature changes without much contribution from natural ups and downs..."

Not Natural Change
"Overall, the study shows that our knowledge of the climate system can explain the major 20th century temperature changes without much contribution from natural ups and downs, contrary to uninformed claims that global warming is “just a cycle.”

 

The Bottom Line

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Highest, Coldest, Permafrost is Changing Rapidly

 

ECO-CRASHING NEWS: PERMAFROST

Cluster of Retrogressive thaw Slumps
Cluster of High Longitude Retrogressive thaw Slumps, Melissa Ward Jones, McGill University.
Due to record summer temperatures in recent years, high Arctic polar terrain is changing at Ellesmere and Axel Heiberg Islands, located at approximately 80 °N! Melissa Ward Jones, McGill University.

 

Highest, Coldest, Permafrost is Changing Rapidly

Widespread Permafrost Degradation seen in High Arctic Terrain,
McGill University, May 23, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Observing
"...close to 30 years of aerial surveys and extensive ground mapping of the Eureka Sound Lowlands area of Ellesmere and Axel Heiberg Islands located at approximately 80 °N."

Retrogressive Thaw Slump
"...a particular landform (known as a retrogressive thaw slump) that develops as the ice within the permafrost melts and the land slips down in a horseshoe-shaped feature. The presence of these landforms is well documented in the low Arctic."

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Temperature Dataset Correlation Supports Grim Climate Models

 

ECO-CRASHING NEWS

UPDATE

Global Warming-2014-2018
Compared to GISTEMP's 1951-1980 baseline
Global Warming-2014-2018, compared to GISTEMP's 1951-1980 baseline, 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.

UPDATE

New studies increase confidence in NASA's measure of Earth's temperature,
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, May 23, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

"A new assessment of NASA's record of global temperatures revealed that the agency's estimate of Earth's long-term temperature rise in recent decades is accurate to within less than a tenth of a degree Fahrenheit, providing confidence that past and future research is correctly capturing rising surface temperatures."

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