Get ready because NOAA is predicting an above-average hurricane season

  • On Thursday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that the Atlantic could see another above-normal hurricane season this year.
  • In a statement, NOAA explained that its forecasters predict a 45% chance of an above-normal season, a 35% chance of a near-normal season and just a 20% chance of a below-normal season, which runs from June 1 through November 30.  
  • According to the NOAA , there could be between 11-17 named storms, which only qualify for naming if winds are 39 mph or higher.
  • Of those, an estimated 5-9 could become hurricanes, including 2-4 major hurricanes, which means winds would be at or above 111 mph.
  • That’s potentially far greater than the average hurricane season, which produces 12 named storms. Read more (5/25/17)
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How to talk about climate change:

DO NOT talk about science.
Don’t mention the chemicals or the temperature change. If people want that then they can go look it up. 

DO talk about the human effect.
The poorest will pay the price for the excess of the richest. Energy sacrifice zones are a real, official thing that are excepted in politics. Talk about how you’re sad your children will never get to see a polar bear or a giant whale. Talk about how much you hate lobbying and talk about “Energy Freedom” (a term coined by the Tea Party.) And talk about the health impacts; about asthma and the difficulty of getting healthy food and etc,.



Geography! These are the notes I made before mid-years, and they were quite helpful because I got an A, yay, but I do wish I hadn’t done them at the last minute because I know I’m capable of scoring higher than 28/40 (I really just barely scraped up an A, I even got 3/8 for my essay question) if I study hard enough.
Gotta work on my time management ⏰


The  Trump administration deleted the EPA’s climate change website. So, Chicago published it instead.

  • The city of Chicago this weekend added a new climate-change page to its website, and if it sounds familiar it’s because the information on it comes from the climate page the Environmental Protection Agency used to have — until the Trump administration deleted it last week.
  • “While this information may not be readily available on the agency’s webpage right now, here in Chicago we know climate change is real and we will continue to take action to fight it,” the page reads. Read more (5/8/17)

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Scientists are witnessing the start of an unstoppable global disaster in the Antarctic
Miles of ice sheets in the Antarctic are collapsing into the sea in a trend that scientists fear may indicate the early stage of an unstoppable disintegration.

The collapse of the most vulnerable parts of the ice sheet would cause the rising of the sea level, threatening some of the world’s biggest coastal cities such as Miami, New York, Mumbai and Shanghai.

I am an Arctic researcher. Donald Trump is deleting my citations | Victoria Herrmann
These politically motivated data deletions come at a time when the Arctic is warming twice as fast as the global average
By Victoria Herrmann

As an Arctic researcher, I’m used to gaps in data. Just over 1% of US Arctic waters have been surveyed to modern standards. In truth, some of the maps we use today haven’t been updated since the second world war. Navigating uncharted waters can prove difficult, but it comes with the territory of working in such a remote part of the world.

Over the past two months though, I’ve been navigating a different type of uncharted territory: the deleting of what little data we have by the Trump administration.

At first, the distress flare of lost data came as a surge of defunct links on 21 January. The US National Strategy for the Arctic, the Implementation Plan for the Strategy, and the report on our progress all gone within a matter of minutes. As I watched more and more links turned red, I frantically combed the internet for archived versions of our country’s most important polar policies.

I had no idea then that this disappearing act had just begun.

Since January, the surge has transformed into a slow, incessant march of deleting datasets, webpages and policies about the Arctic. I now come to expect a weekly email request to replace invalid citations, hoping that someone had the foresight to download statistics about Arctic permafrost thaw or renewable energy in advance of the purge.

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People are cancelling their ‘New York Times’ subscriptions over a climate change column

  • Newly hired New York Times columnist Bret Stephens’ controversial first column is going over like a lead balloon with the paper’s progressive readers — some of whom are furiously pledging to unsubscribe.
  • In the column, Stephens cautions readers that even though the data pointed to Hillary Clinton winning the election, that’s not what ended up happening. “There’s a lesson here” about climate change, he says.
  • “We live in a world in which data convey authority. But authority has a way of descending to certitude, and certitude begets hubris,” Stephens wrote.
  • “Claiming total certainty about the science traduces the spirit of science and creates openings for doubt whenever a climate claim proves wrong.”
  • Stephens’ skepticism incensed scores of readers, many of whom claimed on Twitter to be in the process of cancelling their subscriptions. Read more (5/1/17)

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