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The Disaffected Lib: IPCC – "Criminally Complacent"

Arctic expert, professor Peter Wadhams, doesn’t think much of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In fact, the Cambridge professor of ocean physics and head of the university’s Polar Oceans Physics Group, denounces the IPCC as a dangerous sellout.

He highlighted that the IPCC has failed to quantify and properly assess the risk of . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: IPCC – "Criminally Complacent"

The Disaffected Lib: The Deadly Delusion of 2C

It sounded like a plan back when they came up with it.  World governments would do whatever necessary, mainly slashing carbon emissions, so that we might limit global warming to no more than 2 degrees Celsius by 2100.  That, we were told, would give us a reasonable chance of avoiding catastrophic, runaway global warming. . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The Deadly Delusion of 2C

The Disaffected Lib: The Face of Sea Level Rise

We read a lot about how sea level rise is ravaging small island nations in the South Pacific but it’s all very abstract, out of sight/out of mind.  That’s why you should check out this interactive photo-essay from The Guardian.

As you scroll through the before and after photos, bear in mind that . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The Face of Sea Level Rise

reeves report: Melting Glaciers to Release Billions of Kilograms of CO₂ by 2050

A new study finds sea-level rise isn’t the only thing to fear about melting glaciers.

Antarctic Ice Shelf Loss Comes From Underneath by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center \ CC BY 2.0 via Flickr

WE KNOW SEA levels are rising as climate change causes glaciers to melt. But it turns out rising seas may . . . → Read More: reeves report: Melting Glaciers to Release Billions of Kilograms of CO₂ by 2050

The Disaffected Lib: Sea Levels Rising Faster Than We Had Imagined

If there’s one aspect of climate change that even diehard denialists are having trouble writing off, it’s sea level rise.  That’s especially noticeable in states along America’s eastern seaboard and Gulf coast.  There’s some grand real estate along America’s waterfront up to an including gorgeous ante-bellum mansions that dominate the barrier islands off the . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Sea Levels Rising Faster Than We Had Imagined

The Disaffected Lib: We Just Keep Getting it Wrong

It’s a guessing game and we’re not very good at it.  The “game” is trying to work out how quickly the planet’s ice fields are melting.  In essence, we’re guessing how much time we have before the meltwater hits our shores.

The latest guesstimate to fall is the Greenland ice sheet.  It’s melting faster than . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: We Just Keep Getting it Wrong

The Disaffected Lib: What Madness Looks Like

It’s said to be a done deal, just the matter of a few centuries at the outside.  That’s how long it’s expected to take to melt all the great ice fields of the Earth.  The Arctic sea ice will disappear first, followed by the world’s glaciers and then the Greenland ice sheet.  All the while . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: What Madness Looks Like

Environmental Law Alert Blog: RISING to the challenge and protecting our communities and our coastlines

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

RISE, a recent competition organized by Simon Fraser University, asked entrants to come up with a visionary solution to make the greater Vancouver area more resilient to sea level rise. West Coast Environmental Law teamed up with DG Blair from the BC Stewardship Centre and Cathy LeBlanc, a . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: RISING to the challenge and protecting our communities and our coastlines

The Disaffected Lib: Climate Science Goofs – Again

The climate scientists got it wrong, badly wrong.  You could say they were out by a country mile (if anyone still remembers what that is).

This time it’s ocean temperatures or, to be more accurate, ocean warming.  And, as usual, the scientists underestimated the amount of heat absorbed in the top half-mile of our . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Climate Science Goofs – Again

The Disaffected Lib: October 9. Miami’s Day of Reckoning.

On October 9, the Earth, sun and moon will align just so to create a King Tide, the highest tides of the year.   In Miami, all eyes will be on the rising seas.

On high tides or in the event of storm surge, Miami streets are awash in sea water.  Storm sewers back . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: October 9. Miami’s Day of Reckoning.

The Disaffected Lib: This Is Going to Trash Real Estate Prices

Starting this year, buyers shopping for a nice coastal dream home in the U.S. will be able to consult ‘storm surge maps’ produced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  That is, unless Congress kills this idea before it came come to pass.

Starting this 2014 hurricane season, NOAA’s National Hurricane Center will . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: This Is Going to Trash Real Estate Prices

The Disaffected Lib: Always Wanted to Visit "The Big Easy"?

Many of us have at one time or another wanted to visit New Orleans, The Big Easy.  If you still want to go, you might want to go sooner rather than later.

Louisiana, you see, is experiencing a major problem with sea-level rise, far more than state officials expected.

Stunning new data not yet . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Always Wanted to Visit "The Big Easy"?

350 or bust: If You Wait Until You’re Dead Certain About Grave Danger, You’re Already Dead

It’s TED Talk Tuesday on 350orbust, and here’s a great presentation by Rear Admiral David Titley from the U.S. Navy on why he changed from being a climate skeptic to being very very concerned about climate change, and what America can do to respond to this crisis. *

350 or bust: Global Warming Debunked

Well, okay, maybe not so much debunked as, well, confirmed. Oops – it turns out we should still be worried, and working our butts off to preserve this wonderful world for our children and all the yet-to-be-born children. This video looks at four examples that clearly illustrate the impact of a warming planet: the reduction . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Global Warming Debunked

The Disaffected Lib: Is Florida Finis?

It’s going to be a tough century for places like the state of Florida.  For all its many challenges, the greatest one facing this retirement Mecca is climate change.

Low-lying Florida has water problems, too much and too little.   The too much is seawater.   The too little is freshwater.   Heavy demand for freshwater by Florida . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Is Florida Finis?