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July 15 2018

TV meteorologists, agroecology, a sand mafia, solar panel recycling

A remarkable and important development in the effort to educate Americans about climate change has been the evolution of meteorologists on television from mis-informers to active educators. TV meteorologists are the closest many Americans get to science, and the number of stories on global warming by TV meteorologists has increased 15-fold over five years (at this link you can also find some excellent interviews with TV meteorologists). Key to this shift has been the Climate Matters program of Climate Central, which develops relevant data analyses and graphics for use by meteorologists. InsideClimate News reports that Republican Senators are now questioning the National Science Foundation’s support for Climate Matters, claiming this is a political rather than an educational effort.

Marshall Shepherd, a past president of the American Meteorological Society, explains in Forbes why many meteorologists were previously skeptical about climate science due to their training, and how many TV stations shy away from discussing such a “controversial” topic…

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June 30 2018

Antarctic melting, the Pope does the math, 30 years after Hansen’s warning, support for the Kigali amendment

The Washington Post reports on a recent a study that concludes the rate of ice melt in Antarctica has tripled over the past decade and is now raising sea levels half a millimeter each year. The result is the product of the Ice Sheet Mass Balance Inter-Comparison Exercise, an international scientific collaboration that compared estimates of melt using multiple techniques. The increased melting is largely attributable to just two huge glaciers in West Antarctica, Pine Island and Thwaites, and if this acceleration continues it makes higher estimates of future sea level rise much more likely.

In a piece of good news from Antarctica, a study summarized in the Washington Post notes that the land mass of West Antarctica is rising relatively quickly as the glaciers melt (the phenomenon of glacial isostatic adjustment). If this rate continues and is widespread, it could slow ice loss from West Antarctica…

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IN BRIEF: PAST
CLIMATE NEWS

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NEWS
+
VIEWS

I’m going to do all this reading and research anyway… might as well share what I learn!

July 15 2018

TV meteorologists, agroecology, a sand mafia, solar panel recycling

A remarkable and important development in the effort to educate Americans about climate change has been the evolution of meteorologists on television from mis-informers to active educators. TV meteorologists are the closest many Americans get to science, and the number of stories on global warming by TV meteorologists has increased 15-fold over five years (at this link you can also find some excellent interviews with TV meteorologists). Key to this shift has been the Climate Matters program of Climate Central, which develops relevant data analyses and graphics for use by meteorologists. InsideClimate News reports that Republican Senators are now questioning the National Science Foundation’s support for Climate Matters, claiming this is a political rather than an educational effort.

Marshall Shepherd, a past president of the American Meteorological Society, explains in Forbes why many meteorologists were previously skeptical about climate science due to their training, and how many TV stations shy away from discussing such a “controversial” topic…

read more
June 30 2018

Antarctic melting, the Pope does the math, 30 years after Hansen’s warning, support for the Kigali amendment

The Washington Post reports on a recent a study that concludes the rate of ice melt in Antarctica has tripled over the past decade and is now raising sea levels half a millimeter each year. The result is the product of the Ice Sheet Mass Balance Inter-Comparison Exercise, an international scientific collaboration that compared estimates of melt using multiple techniques. The increased melting is largely attributable to just two huge glaciers in West Antarctica, Pine Island and Thwaites, and if this acceleration continues it makes higher estimates of future sea level rise much more likely.

In a piece of good news from Antarctica, a study summarized in the Washington Post notes that the land mass of West Antarctica is rising relatively quickly as the glaciers melt (the phenomenon of glacial isostatic adjustment). If this rate continues and is widespread, it could slow ice loss from West Antarctica…

read more

IN BRIEF: PAST
CLIMATE NEWS

MORE MY TAKES