How climate change infiltrated popular culture
- The climate stripes follow other visualizations of climate data that I’ve created in recent years, including an animation depicting global temperature rise data as an ever-expanding spiral.
- Earlier in 2019 we created a website that allows people to download climate stripes for around 200 countries and individual US states.
- This allowed people to share stripes which charted the recent climate history of their own corner of the world.
- If we want climate action to become the demand of a mass movement then we can’t expect discussions to be restricted to po-faced conversations between scientists and politicians.
- Infiltrating popular culture is one way scientists can help trigger a step change in attitudes that will lead to mass action.
- This article is republished from The Conversation by Ed Hawkins, Professor of climate science, University of Reading under a Creative Commons license.
About International Repair Day - Open Repair Alliance
- International Repair Day is a joint initiative of the Open Repair Alliance, celebrated every year on the third Saturday of October.
- This day highlights the value of repair and promotes global community efforts to fix the stuff we own.
- During the first two editions of Repair Day, we witnessed great interest and sharing through social media, where people posted their repair events and stories, and we heard from fixers and community repair events across the world, from the UK to Spain, Iran, Argentina or the US.
- International Repair Day also presents an opportunity to further promote community repair events globally: motivating active groups, encouraging new ones to emerge, and inspiring citizens to share their skills as volunteers.
- Beyond repairing in the community, this day can help independent repair shops promote their work, and also inspire companies to show support for repair, sharing information, tools or spare parts.
The climate of a retrograde rotating Earth
- The experiments show that the sense of rotation has relatively little impact on the globally and zonally averaged energy budgets but leads to large shifts in continental climates, patterns of precipitation, and regions of deep water formation.
- The different patterns of storms and changes in the direction of the trades influence fresh water transport, which may underpin the change of the role of the North Atlantic and the Pacific in terms of deep water formation, overturning and northward oceanic heat transport.
- The global ocean conveyer belt (Broecker, 1991), with meridional overturning in the North Atlantic fueling a deep western boundary current that winds through the southern ocean, around Africa and into the Indian Ocean and North Pacific where waters again upwell, is a profound example of a hemispheric asymmetry that might ultimately result from zonal asymmetries in the climate system.
What Earth might look like in 80 years if we're lucky — and if we're not
- Accelerated planet-wide warming has been linked to more species extinctions, an increased number of annual heat-waves, and more frequent natural disasters like wildfires and hurricanes.
- According to the most recent report from the United Nations' International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), global temperatures will likely rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels between 2030 and 2052 if warming continues at the current rate.
- An increasing number of people are demanding such action: In September, 4 million across 161 countries participated in a worldwide climate strike led by Swedish youth activist Greta Thunberg.
- But if emissions continue to increase and Earth's temperature increases by more than 3 degrees Celsius, according to the IPCC , oceans would be an average of 3 feet higher by the year 2100.
- Read More: Sea levels are projected to rise 3 feet within 80 years, according to a new UN report.
How Elizabeth Warren could 'vaporize' America's oil boom
- Her rising 2020 polling numbers are also striking fear in the heart of Big Oil. Warren, currently the odds-on favorite to be the Democratic presidential nominee, wants to ban fracking "everywhere." And the Massachusetts senator pledged to immediately sign an executive order to stop all new offshore drilling leases.
- Although an outright fracking ban seems unlikely to get through Congress and the courts, such a move would halt America's historic shale oil boom in its tracks, drive up gasoline prices, threaten good-paying jobs and make the nation more dependent on foreign oil.
- Besides Warren, Democratic presidential nominees Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris and Cory Booker have also pushed to ban fracking, the controversial drilling technique that involves shooting water, sand and other compounds underground to release trapped oil and gas.
- During Biden's time as VP, Congress and President Barack Obama effectively encouraged more fracking by lifting the 40-year ban on oil exports.
Volvo just announced its first electric car ever as it plans to stop making conventional gas-powered cars within 5 years
- The XC40 Recharge is Volvo's first fully-electric car, and the first car to appear in the automaker's "Recharge" car line.
- The car line will consist of fully-electric and plug-in hybrid cars and is a part of the automaker's objective of launching a fully-electric car every year for the next five years.
- Volvo's goal is to make fully-electric cars 50% of its global sales by 2025, with the remaining 50% consisting of hybrids.
- During that time, the automaker also aims to reduce its carbon footprint by 40% per car.
- This is a part of the automaker's plan to become a climate-neutral company by 2040, which it claims was designed to follow the Paris Climate Agreement's goal of curtailing the rising global temperature.
- This includes "all-out" electrification in its cars, reducing carbon emissions in its factories, and increasing reusing and recycling across its supply chain.
Scientists say these 11 major cities could become unlivable within 80 years
- In a study published in 2016 in the journal Nature Climate Change, Mathew Hauer looked at the risk of sea-level rise in the continental US.
- If sea levels were to rise by just 3 feet, more than 100,000 New Orleans residents — about a third of the city's population — could be inundated.
- The study found that Gulf cities like Dubai in the United Arab Emirates would see temperatures as high as 113 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer after 2070, and that wet-bulb temperatures could exceed their fatal threshold — 95 degrees — once every decade or two thereafter.
- A 2017 analysis found that wet-bulb temperatures in South Asian cities like Delhi could reach 95 degrees Fahrenheit — the point at which they become fatal — by 2100.
Hyundai Motor Group is receiving support from South Korea for self-driving car development
- Hyundai's push for AVs is getting heavy support from the South Korean government, which has set ambitious timelines for AV development and commercialization.Hyundai's investment will help it meet the government's goal for the company to deliver AVs to fleet operators in 2024 and to consumers by 2027.
- This support and ambitious commercialization timeline for AVs will result in a more favorable regulatory climate for AV developers looking to bring a solution to the market — the government said it will prepare a regulatory and legal framework for AVs by 2024.
- If countries like South Korea or the UK want to meet their AV goals, they must come together to set international standards that allow AV developers to deploy and test their solutions across markets.
Extinction Rebellion Blockade Google HQ
- More than 1,600 Extinction Rebellion protesters have been arrested as the group promises to continue its civil-disobedience campaign despite a London-wide ban on its demonstrations.
- In an open letter to the media, high-profile supporters of Extinction Rebellion have said there are more important issues than their own confessed hypocrisy.
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The Pioneering Maps of Alexander von Humboldt
- The image below, which Humboldt called Tableau Physique in the French version of his original publication, organizes these observations in an intuitively visual way, showing Chimborazo in cross-section, with text indicating which species lived at different elevations on the mountain.
- As the global climate has warmed, the habitat of many plant species has shifted to higher elevations in mountainous regions, and Humboldt’s Tableau presents a rare opportunity to compare the modern distribution of species with their distribution two centuries ago, just as the Industrial Revolution—and the industrial scale generation of greenhouse gases—was getting underway.
- Even so, when the researchers compared the Tableau with recent surveys on Antisana, they found that plant species had shifted up the mountain 700-900 vertical feet since Humboldt’s time, consistent with the rate of change scientists have observed in other parts of the world.