Obama Administration Releases Major Climate Change Report

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A new report released by the Obama administration details the tough toll of climate change on the U.S. and what may happen if it's not addressed. The findings are especially bad for California and Alaska, which will experience severe drought and melting.

The Obama administration released a wide-ranging climate change report on Tuesday, laying out exactly what impact the changing climate is having on the U.S., and what could happen if it isn’t addressed.

The third National Climate Assessment (NCA), a kind of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report focused on the U.S., is the product of years of work by over two hundred climate scientists. A review draft was released last year, but the report has now been signed off by the federal National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee.

The White House will unroll the report’s findings with a PR blitz today, the latest signal that President Barack Obama is placing a fresh emphasis on climate change during his second term in office.

Among the NCA’s findings, four critical conclusions stand out:

1.The Southwest will bake: California’s epic drought has done more than anything else this year to draw attention to the threat of global warming—even if the climate history of the West has shown evidence of decades-long droughts even before humans started pouring carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. But climate change will only make it worse—the reports predicts that the entire region, including states like California and Arizona, will get hotter, and the southern half of the region will get much drier, prompting major wildfires. Given that population in the Southwest has been growing rapidly in recent years, warming will only increase the decades-old competition for water in the West.

2.Alaska will melt: The Arctic is the fastest warming part of the world, which is why Alaska—America’s Arctic state—has been heating up more than twice as rapidly as the rest of the country over the past 60 years. That trend will likely continue in the future, which might sound like good news in a place where winters can last for more than six months. But the retreating summer sea ice, shrinking glaciers and melting permafrost will radically change Alaska—and especially Inuit communities that have lived on the land for thousands of years.

Written By: Bryan Walsh
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  1. Several acquaculture enterprises have shut down operations due to acidification of the ocean at their locations on the British Columbia, Canada coast. They are a majour polluter of waters here but the bigger worry is the rise in acidification. Perhaps this is the tip of the iceberg showing itself in terms of oceanic change.

  2. The trouble with reports like this is that it seems the more you bombard the deniers with evivence, the deeper they dig their trenches.
    They were out in droves yesterday after Huffington Post put this story up.

  3. I want to explain how the climate is cyclical and not constant….backed up by astronomy…..we were taught that the planets revolve around the sun, …they dont
    the planets are actually in a lower helical pattern following the sun, the gravitational forces, like that of a magnet when you drag another magnet along, make the planets move towards the sun or away from the sun….that provides cyclical warming and cooling that we have observed…

    the you have to account for pole shifts….maybe the ice caps did melt, then….oh, they refroze in a different spot, thats what we are seeing right now

    let me explain summer and winter…..the north pole is always attenuated to the center of the galaxy due to gravitational and magnetic pull, the wobble is caused by moving in a helical pattern following the sun, but as the earth goes to one side of the sun, you have summer, the other side you have winter….

    its not hard to see when you have an animation

    teach our kids the truth

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yp5kQtQwPNQ

    • I just watched the video that you linked to. Not sure what you really are getting at.

      BTW, the person (s) who posted your video need (s) to use a grammar check and correct their usage of the word “your” when they mean you’re”. See “your” is a bit different from “you are”.

      From the video… “when your here, do you feel like your sideways?”… And the mistake is made a buncha buncha times.

      My point is, the video is supposed to be “from NASA’s vaults and files”. Bullshit. NASA does not make such grammatical errors.

      So, the source is immediately suspect.

      I am surprised that a person that knows as much about these very advanced scientific ideas didn’t pick up on the simple grammatical errors. How’d ya miss them?

      In reply to #5 by t00ls742:

      I want to explain how the climate is cyclical and not constant….backed up by astronomy…..we were taught that the planets revolve around the sun, …they dont
      the planets are actually in a lower helical pattern following the sun, the gravitational forces, like that of a magnet when you drag anoth…

      • In reply to #7 by crookedshoes:

        I just watched the video that you linked to. Not sure what you really are getting at.

        BTW, the person (s) who posted your video need (s) to use a grammar check and correct their usage of the word “your” when they mean you’re”. See “your” is a bit different from “you are”.

        From the video… “when…

        I couldn’t find the video in question, but my visit to youtube reminded me of the simple, salient, incontrovertible fact that it only takes a rudimentary understanding of how science functions to be able to immediately recognize false information purporting to be scientific, and or spoofs, and people sorely need to be able to do so, because the web has become chockablock with such trash.

        And this is definitely not the place where you’d expect to find references to such rubbish, let alone links to it.

      • In reply to #7 by crookedshoes:

        I just watched the video that you linked to. Not sure what you really are getting at.

        Excellent take-down, though at some risk as the Mods don’t like any critiques of grammar or such. 😉

        IMO, you are vindicated by the fact that the post was removed by the original poster.

        Steve

        • Thanks,
          I felt “on thin ground” with the grammar critique. But, I was not challenging the person on their grammar, just pointing out that the folks at NASA would probably employ correct usage! That’s probably why my snarky “meanness” was allowed to stand!

          In reply to #15 by Agrajag:

          In reply to #7 by crookedshoes:

          I just watched the video that you linked to. Not sure what you really are getting at.

          Excellent take-down, though at some risk as the Mods don’t like any critiques of grammar or such. 😉

          IMO, you are vindicated by the fact that the post was removed by the origina…

          • In reply to #17 by bluebird:

            In reply to #15 by Agrajag:

            … fact that the post was removed by the original poster

            Unsubstantiated.

            Fixed it for ya! :-)

            “… reasonable speculation that the post was removed by the original poster.”

            Steve

    • In reply to #9 by Stafford Gordon:

      photograph of a hanged man.

      Appropriate symbolism perhaps?

      Not in the u.s.! Anathema.

      I see it as a man in despair – human constructs are no match against mother nature.

      • In reply to #12 by bluebird:

        In reply to #9 by Stafford Gordon:

        photograph of a hanged man.

        Appropriate symbolism perhaps?

        Not in the u.s.! Anathema.

        I see it as a man in despair – human constructs are no match against mother nature.

        I hope you didn’t take offence at my comment.

        My aim was flippancy, as light relief from the justifiably serious tone of the debate.

        • In reply to #13 by Stafford Gordon:

          In reply to #12 by bluebird:

          In reply to #9 by Stafford Gordon:

          photograph of a hanged man.

          Appropriate symbolism perhaps?

          Not in the u.s.! Anathema.

          I see it as a man in despair – human constructs are no match against mother nature.

          I hope you didn’t take offence at my comment.

          My aim was…

          I didn’t make the connection at first but there was something about that photo that reminded me of something but when you mentioned lynching I realized what it was. There is an iconic picture of a black man being lynched in the South with a bunch of white people watching, I think it was actually a post card at one point and the general layout looks very similar to that picture.

  4. 5 by t00ls742:

    I want to explain how the climate is cyclical and not constant….backed up by astronomy…..

    That is correct and it is the very basis for long-term climate calculations. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milankovitch-cycles – as used by climatologists to separate long-term natural effects from short term man-made ones.

    we were taught that the planets revolve around the sun, …they dont the planets are actually in a lower helical pattern following the sun, the gravitational forces,

    The simplified, approximate explanations, are taught to young children because the geometry of planetary systems is too complex for them to understand. Earth’s orbit is APPROXIMATELY circular, and the centre of the Solar-System is inside the Sun or its corona, but not at its centre.

    Barycentric coordinates (astronomy) – From Wikipedia

    http://zidbits.com/2011/09/the-earth-doesnt-actually-orbit-the-sun/

  5. Meanwhile, climate scientists continue to collect ever more precise data to refine their climate models and predictions.

    http://www.nasa.gov/press/2014/february/nasa-and-jaxa-launch-new-satellite-to-measure-global-rain-and-snow/#.U20UU3am7PU

    The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory launched into space on February 27, 2014. The satellite is equipped with two instruments designed to scan our planet’s atmosphere and generate 3D maps of rainfall and snowfall. undefined> “With this launch, we have taken another giant leap in providing the world with an unprecedented picture of our planet’s rain and snow,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. “GPM will help us better understand our ever-changing climate, improve forecasts of extreme weather events like floods, and assist decision makers around the world to better manage water resources.”

    The GPM Core Observatory will take a major step in improving upon the capabilities of the Tropical Rainfall Measurement Mission (TRMM), a joint NASA-JAXA mission launched in 1997 and still in operation. While TRMM measured precipitation in the tropics, the GPM Core Observatory expands the coverage area from the Arctic Circle to the Antarctic Circle. GPM will also be able to detect light rain and snowfall, a major source of available fresh water in some regions.

    To better understand Earth’s weather and climate cycles, the GPM Core Observatory will collect information that unifies and improves data from an international constellation of existing and future satellites by mapping global precipitation every three hours.

    Precipitation measurements collected by a network of satellites will be combined to create a global picture of rain and snow fall. – http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/vis/a010000/a011300/a011358/

    The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory launched into space on February 27, 2014. The satellite is equipped with two instruments designed to scan our planet’s atmosphere and generate 3D maps of rainfall and snowfall.

    Then there is this:-

    http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/missions/iss-rapidscat/

    The ISS-RapidScat instrument is a speedy and cost-effective replacement for NASA’s QuikScat Earth satellite, which monitored ocean winds to provide essential measurements used in weather predictions, including hurricane monitoring. So essential were QuikScat’s measurements that when the satellite stopped collecting wind data in late 2009, NASA was challenged to quickly and cost-effectively conceive of a replacement. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the agency’s station program came up with a solution that uses the framework of the International Space Station and reuses hardware originally built to test parts of QuikScat to create an instrument for a fraction of the cost and time it would take to build and launch a new satellite.

  6. In reply to #1 by n49thondarmi:

    Several acquaculture enterprises have shut down operations due to acidification of the ocean at their locations on the British Columbia, Canada coast. They are a majour polluter of waters here but the bigger worry is the rise in acidification. Perhaps this is the tip of the iceberg showing itself in terms of oceanic change.

    CO2 acidification causes sea-water to dissolve skeletons of marine organisms and shell fish – as these pictures and the associated article show!

    http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/04/ocean-acidification/liittschwager-photography

    Reducing vibrant ecosystems to algal slime – as in picture one and two on the link!

  7. In reply to #1 by n49thondarmi:

    Several acquaculture enterprises have shut down operations due to acidification of the ocean at their locations on the British Columbia, Canada coast. They are a majour polluter of waters here but the bigger worry is the rise in acidification. Perhaps this is the tip of the iceberg showing itsel…

    Can you give me a link to this? When I lived in BC I was “in the trenches” during the salmon farm debate and the destruction of the wild runs due to sea lice infestation of the smoults.

    An anecdote: An Inuit friend whose language as a child was one that was thousands of years old and who became an officer in the Canadian Coast Guard told me that his grandfather, who spoke little or no English said that there was not a word in his language for the Chinook salmon that were starting to appear in the streams of the Northern Alaskan and NWT coasts. It is not that there were no words for fish in his language, in fact there is a damn near entire vocabulary dedicated to a wide variety of arctic fish, just not that particular fish.

    For a people whose lives are as tied to the ocean as the Inuit, this is obviously a new arrival, as the ocean warms. Anecdotal evidence? Sure, but pretty strong. I have used this story often to the “Kings and Queens of Denial” and it has had more effect than all of the hard science in opening previously closed minds.

  8. In reply to #3 by Alan4discussion:

    Unfortunately I couldn’t receive the photos because my device will not support a Flash Player, however I imagine this is the situation that will ultimately destroy our coral reef. It has also been ravaged by the crown of thorns starfish and ocean acidification will just finish it off.

  9. In reply to #19 by Sheepdog:

    In reply to #1 by n49thondarmi:

    Several acquaculture enterprises have shut down operations due to acidification of the ocean at their locations on the British Columbia, Canada coast. They are a majour polluter of waters here but the bigger worry is the rise in acidification. Perhaps this is the…

    Also check out Islandtimes.ca They did a very good article on the crooked promoter of one failed operation who is now applying for a deep water license for a huge operation. (Pretty disgusting what is happening here and further north with fish farming Atlantic Salmon). Check out Salmonaresacred.org. Also near Qualicum another acidification closure you might google it up using Qualicum etc….
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/acidic-ocean-deadly-for-vancouver-island-scallop-industry-1.2551662
    http://bcsga.ca/ocean-acidification/
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/mystery-surrounds-massive-die-off-of-oysters-and-scallops-off-bc-coast/article17156108/

  10. In reply to #22 by n49thondarmi:

    In reply to #19 by Sheepdog:

    In reply to #1 by n49thondarmi:

    Several acquaculture enterprises have shut down operations due to acidification of the ocean at their locations on the British Columbia, Canada coast. They are a majour polluter of waters here but the bigger worry is the rise in acidif…

    Many thanks for that. BTW, did you mean “Island Tides,” not “Island Times?” When I lived in BC I actually wrote quite regularly for “Island Tides,” an excellent local paper if there ever was one. Another bit of fun in the aquaculture war is to google “Salmo Fan.” It will take you straight to the Roche Chemicals website, and the colour swatch tool that shows how much of the synthetic protein “Xananthanin” to put in with he feed to give the nice red colour in the pharmed fish.

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