You need to forget about Trump’s wall. Its what Trump is doing to the climate that matters. It is the effect Trump is having on our oceans that counts. Its what he is doing to the majestic glaciers of the world that is important.
Make no mistake. For those of us working on environmental issues, for social justice, to protect our children, our health, our water, our communities who are on the frontline of fossil fuel extraction, we are in a fight like never before.
How can it be that as the evidence about climate change gets stronger, politicians like Trump seem to get more ignorant?
Just over a year ago, the Climategate scandal rocked climate science to its core. The scandal damaged the Copenhagen climate talks and has been fodder for the sceptics ever since. A year on, and the scientist at the centre of the row, Professor Phil Jones, argues that it will take a long time to convince … Read More
It may not be the ski season, but alpine skiing and snowboarding may be under greater threat from climate change than scientists have previously thought, new research suggests. A study of snowfall spanning 60 years has indicated that the Alps’s entire winter sports industry could grind to a halt through lack of snow.
One of the ways climate change will affect us will be in ways we do not expect. We may have climate models, but we cannot predict all the horrors that lie in store. Here is one such horror. The New Scientist has run a story about how “decades after most countries stopped spraying DDT, frozen … Read More
The world’s glaciers are melting faster than at any time since records began, threatening catastrophe for hundreds of millions of people and their eco-systems. The details are revealed in the latest report from the World Glacier Monitoring Service and will add to growing alarm about the rise in sea levels and increased instances of flooding, … Read More
UK scientists working in Antarctica have found some of the clearest evidence yet of instabilities in the ice of part of West Antarctica. If the trend continues, they say, it could lead to a significant rise in global sea level. The new evidence comes from a group of glaciers covering an area the size of … Read More
Just days after the revelation that Antarctica is melting faster than predicted (See blog), comes news that the Greenland ice sheet is also shrinking fast. Last summer Greenland’s ice sheet melted more than at anytime in the last 50 years, international glaciologists and climatologists report today in the Journal of Climate.
The melting of mountain glaciers and ice caps as a result of global warming over the next century is likely to cause bigger than expected increases in sea levels, according to scientists. An assessment of the volume of water running into the oceans from melting ice caps suggests that sea levels could rise by two … Read More