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Posts tagged climate change.
Why we pretend the next storm won’t happen—and flush billions in disaster relief down the drain.
Good read at MoJo.
Many vertebrate species would have to evolve about 10,000 times faster than they have in the past to adapt to the rapid climate change expected in the next 100 years, a study led by a University of Arizona ecologist has found.Scientists analyzed how quickly species adapted to different climates in the past, using data from 540 living species from all major groups of terrestrial vertebrates, including amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. They then compared their rates of evolution to rates of climate change projected for the end of this century. This is the first study to compare past rates of adaption to future rates of climate change.The results, published online in the journal Ecology Letters, show that terrestrial vertebrate species appear to evolve too slowly to be able to adapt to the dramatically warmer climate expected by 2100. The researchers suggested that many species may face extinction if they are unable to move or acclimate."Every species has a climatic niche which is the set of temperature and precipitation conditions in the area where it lives and where it can survive," explained John J. Wiens, a professor in UA’s department of ecology and evolutionary biology in the College of Science. “For example, some species are found only in tropical areas, some only in cooler temperate areas, some live high in the mountains, and some live in the deserts.”Wiens conducted the research together with Ignacio Quintero, a postgraduate research assistant at Yale University."We found that on average, species usually adapt to different climatic conditions at a rate of only by about 1 degree Celsius per million years," Wiens explained. "But if global temperatures are going to rise by about 4 degrees over the next hundred years as predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change, that is where you get a huge difference in rates. What that suggests overall is that simply evolving to match these conditions may not be an option for many species."
I’m headed to Nepal this November to meet our climate scientists. Click through to check out the program’s work. The scientists are installing remote sensing equipment to monitor glacial melt, conducting LiDAR (GPR) surveys, and helping train sherpas and others on how to deal climate impacts in the Himalayas. We’re also co-funding a trash and sanitation clean up on Everest. Fun stuff. A bit worried I won’t be in shape to make the basecamp climbs…
Possibly the world’s largest oil field discovered in Australia. Equivalent of Saudi Arabia and worth $20 trillion.
It will have to be fracked.
Incredible find. Full coverage from ABC-AU with video, audio, maps.
I completely missed the major flood in Calgary last month. City looks totally flooded my muddy river water. I’m not sure what happened at this point, but I suspect flash-storms, a fast river system (boxed in by old-school engineering), and poor drainage systems. I’ll investigate.
U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA-5) today announced that he founded the bipartisan Congressional Invasive Species Caucus. Thompson co-founded the caucus with Rep. Dan Benishek (R-MI-1). The Caucus will serve to raise awareness about invasive species, support local communities who are bearing the brunt of this problem, and promote efforts to prevent and control the spread of invasive species. The Caucus will provide opportunities for Members of Congress to meet with other policy makers, organizations and industry leaders that are working to prevent the spread of invasive species.
“Invasive species pose a costly challenge to infrastructure, agriculture and the environment,” said Thompson.“By bringing together experts and industry leaders, we can come up with plans to protect our communities from invasive species before they become a major problem.”
Invasive species threaten communities by devastating native habitat, damaging crops, clogging water pipes, infecting plants and animals with dangerous diseases, or outcompeting native species. These impacts can lower crop yields, pose health hazards, irreparably damage natural environments, and take a severe toll on local, state, and federal budgets.
The Department of Justice announced late Thursday that Halliburton Energy Services has accepted criminal responsibility and will plead guilty to destroying evidence related to the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
Cannibal lobsters a result of climate change? The Climate Desk’s worst video of all time. These kids really blew it this time. Ugg…
New report confirms Chesapeake Bay extremely vulnerable to sea level rise. Billions in real estate value (not to mention precious habitat) are at risk.
Coastal sea-level rise for Maryland will range from slightly less than a foot to more than two feet by mid-century, and from two to six feet by the end of the century, depending on numerous factors, including glacial ice melt, according to the projections in a recent report from the Maryland Commission on Climate Change.
Six feet of sea-level rise by 2100 might not seem like much, said Donald F. Boesch, president of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, until its effect on storm surge is factored in.
As waters inch up at a pace of nearly four millimeters per year, coastal Maryland will be highly vulnerable to flooding from wind surge from major storms such as Sandy, the “superstorm” that flooded New York City and wiped out huge chunks of the Jersey shore last year.
“It’s going to happen,” said Boesch, who led the commission’s Scientific and Technical Working Group. In addition to seas rising, land in Maryland has been sinking as a result of ancient geological events.
“Our estimate is we should prepare for a sea level that’s going to be almost up to my chest, well over my knees,” Boesch said. “We better prepare for that. We need to be ready to make some difficult and tough decisions about what we’re going to protect.”
March of the mighty fire ant, over time. Note the “Potential” areas.
Astonishing news from Namibia, where scientists confirmed the sighting of a grey whale.
The significance of this sighting may suggest good news – that the whales are recovering from the disastrous hunts of the 20th century. Or it may indicate the changing climate is disrupting their feeding habits.
Their historic range included the Atlantic, with convincing historical evidence that Icelandic people hunted them. The whales may have migrated south to the Mediterranean to calve in the warmer waters of the Mediterranean, where they would also be relatively free from attack by orca, their only natural predators.
The last records of grey whales in the Atlantic coincide with the start of modern whaling off the coast of New England in the early 18th century.
The southern African grey whale joins other whales where they should not be. In Cape Cod Bay off New England last year, an aerial reconnaissance team surveying the north Atlantic right whales feeding in the bay were amazed to find a bowhead whale – a strictly Arctic cetacean – among their number.
Climate change and shifting ice have been attributed to its surprise appearance – with the same conditions possibly accounting for the Mediterranean grey whale.
Via: The Guardian