How fast emissions would reduce if other plans were adopted

The United States is doing pretty poorly in reducing emissions. For The New York Times, Brad Plumer and Blacki Migloiozzi, show the current status and what could happen if the U.S. adopted more drastic plans already in place around the world.

The moving particles underneath the trend line is a nice touch to bring the abstract closer to what the data represents. Contrast this piece with Plumer’s piece from a couple of years ago to see the shift in focus.

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Maps show spring arriving earlier

From Joshua Stevens at the NASA Earth Observatory:

But over the longer term, climate change is causing spring to begin earlier and earlier across the United States. These maps reveal just how much earlier spring is arriving in National Parks across the country. The data were published in 2016 by ecologists from the National Park Service, working in collaboration with colleagues at other agencies and institutions.


Limited to only national parks, the view still provides a good idea. For a model-based view at higher granularity, check out the USA National Phenology Network.

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Surprise, the world was warmer again in 2017

According to NASA estimates, 2017 was the second warmest year on record since 1880. Henry Fountain, Jugal K. Patel, and Nadja Popovich reporting for The New York Times:

What made the numbers unexpected was that last year had no El Niño, a shift in tropical Pacific weather patterns that is usually linked to record-setting heat and that contributed to record highs the previous two years. In fact, last year should have benefited from a weak version of the opposite phenomenon, La Niña, which is generally associated with lower atmospheric temperatures.

Good times ahead.

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Can US Cities, States Reduce Carbon Emissions without Feds? Coping with Trump and Climate Change

0000-0002-8715-2896 Lizards, microbes, and climate change after leaving the Paris accord   Posted June 9, 2017 by Tabitha M. Powledge in Uncategorized post-info AddThis Sharing Buttons above LIZARDS AND GLOBAL WARMING Been reading about how

Conflicted public opinion about global warming

Based on estimates from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, The New York Times mapped the percentage of people who think global warming will harm the country against the percentage of people who think it will harm them personally. It’s a big contrast. A delayed trend essentially, which is a big source of why action is so slow-moving.

Check out the Yale interactive too to see more contrasting opinions.

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More global warming, more flooding

Sunny Day Flooding

Water levels are rising, and naturally, the coasts are feeling it. Jonathan Corum for the New York Times shows the rise in tidal flooding along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts. Scientists think it’s going to get a lot worse fast.

The time series charts are an interesting use of dual axes. The background is mean sea level rise, and the bars are days of flooding. Most of the time, mixed units don’t work so well, but I think it works here, with labeling and varying color gradient to differentiate the two chart types placed one on top of the other.

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Nobel-worthy gravitational waves; Supreme Court legalities for climate change, abortion

GRAVITATIONAL WAVES MAKE WAVES Here it is only February, but the long-sought detection of gravitational waves announced last week is likely to be the biggest science news of 2016. The ability to see/hear gravitational waves

Majority of Americans agree that anthropogenic climate change is happening: will we be fairly represented in Paris?

image.pcol_.v02.i36.g001_landscapeImage credit: Mikael Miettinen (creative commons license)   By Sasha Wright, Mary Seeburger, and Willa Tsokanis This week I invited my FIT students, Mary Seeburger and Willa Tsokanis, to co-write a piece with me about education, public

Yes, climate change causes extreme weather, and asteroid mining will be legal

climate-n-weatherDO CLIMATE CHANGE AND GLOBAL WARMING CAUSE WEIRD WEATHER? Yes. Some of it, anyway. So says a new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This news is going to be a help to

Drug price hikes: revolt on the way? Also, the Pope, climate change, and a super eclipse

WILL DARAPRIM DISPUTE TOPPLE DRUG PRICES? Will the rage over Martin Shkreli’s extortionate overpricing of the old reliable toxoplasmosis drug Daraprim trigger a rebellion over the cost of our medicines? That’s what Dan Diamond argues at Vox. He hails Shkreli … Continue reading »

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