Global Warming News of the Week — Focus on the Arctic
Along with the articles we wrote on global warming this week — on the finding that women are more likely to back scientific consensus on global warming than men, on Artic sea ice being the third-lowest in history, on the lack of media coverage of Pakistan’s greatest disaster in modern history and other global warming-related stories, on Japanese waters hitting a record high, on record fires in Russia, and on the irony of global warming denial — check out these good global warming stories from around the web.
Arctic Sea Ice Melting, Walruses Coming Ashore in Alaska
Arctic sea ice continues to melt at greater and greater rates. One result of that this year (and in 2007 and 2009) is that tens of thousands of walruses had to come ashore in Alaska last week, “because the sea ice they normally rest on has melted.”
As always, Peter Sinclair has a great new video out, an Arctic Sea Ice Update. Check it out below:
Slamming anti-science global warming disinformers as well, National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) director Mark Serreze said:
There are claims coming from some communities that the Arctic sea ice is recovering, is getting thicker again. That’s simply not the case. It’s continuing down in a death spiral.
Every bit of evidence we have says the ice is thinning. That means there’s less energy needed to melt it out than there used to be.
Romm writes: “Arctic sea ice volume, extent, and area continue to shrink apace as we approach the dramatic end to this year’s melt season. The NSIDC tells me extent dropped to 4.76 million square kilometers today — which is below the majority of even the most recent expert predictions logged with the Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH).”
NASA: Hottest January to August on Record
No surprise, since every month this year has been breaking records like the Mafia break bones, NASA has reported that January-August 2010 was the hottest January-August on record.
Deutsche Bank: “Human-Made Climate Change is a Serious Long Term Threat”
That is the title of a recent post by Brad Johnson of The Wonk Room. A great piece on a great story. On Deutsche Bank’s excellent climate change study and report, Brad Johnson writes:
Global financial giant Deutsche Bank has crushed the climate skeptics in a new paper released today, finding that “human-made climate change is already happening and is a serious long term threat.” The bank’s DB Climate Change Advisors, working with the Columbia Climate Center at the Earth Institute, Columbia University, reviewed the suite of skeptic claims — that global warming is a hoax, natural, or good for people — and found no evidence to support these contrarian positions. Mark Fulton, Global Head of Climate Change Investment Research for Deutsche Bank’s $7 billion in climate funds, concluded that trusting the skeptics “does not seem a gamble worth taking.”
Hope you enjoyed this week’s wrap-up of global warming news from around the internet. Let us know if you have any other great stories that weren’t mentioned above.