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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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June 15 2018

sidelining science in government decisions, nuclear power’s challenging future, the drying Salton Sea, the promise of energy efficiency

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has emerged as the most greedy and corrupt member of the Trump administration, with multiple investigations pending into his office expenditures, cozy relationships with lobbyists and misuse of EPA staff among other items (Pruitt now has a “defense fund” for which he is soliciting money; critics are calling it his “tip jar”). While egregious, these scandals are mere sideshows to the most dangerous problem with Pruitt’s EPA: the attempt to sideline the use of scientific evidence in matters affecting public health. Examples include the proposal to require release of confidential health information behind key studies (to ensure studies will thus not be used), rejecting scientific advice to limit the use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos and biasing public hearings regarding climate science.

And now, the Los Angeles Times reports on yet another attempt by Pruitt to ignore public health impacts and reverse an Obama administration regulation on the sale of “glider trucks” (new truck chassis/cab put on old polluting truck engines). This sordid tale includes ignoring the EPA’s own findings on these vehicles, and relying exclusively on a study purportedly from Tennessee Technical University but actually funded by and conducted at the glider truck manufacturer (who is a major donor to the Trump campaign [surprise!])…

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NEWS
+
VIEWS

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

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
June 15 2018

sidelining science in government decisions, nuclear power’s challenging future, the drying Salton Sea, the promise of energy efficiency

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has emerged as the most greedy and corrupt member of the Trump administration, with multiple investigations pending into his office expenditures, cozy relationships with lobbyists and misuse of EPA staff among other items (Pruitt now has a “defense fund” for which he is soliciting money; critics are calling it his “tip jar”). While egregious, these scandals are mere sideshows to the most dangerous problem with Pruitt’s EPA: the attempt to sideline the use of scientific evidence in matters affecting public health. Examples include the proposal to require release of confidential health information behind key studies (to ensure studies will thus not be used), rejecting scientific advice to limit the use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos and biasing public hearings regarding climate science.

And now, the Los Angeles Times reports on yet another attempt by Pruitt to ignore public health impacts and reverse an Obama administration regulation on the sale of “glider trucks” (new truck chassis/cab put on old polluting truck engines). This sordid tale includes ignoring the EPA’s own findings on these vehicles, and relying exclusively on a study purportedly from Tennessee Technical University but actually funded by and conducted at the glider truck manufacturer (who is a major donor to the Trump campaign [surprise!])…

read more

IN BRIEF: PAST
CLIMATE NEWS

MORE MY TAKES