Hey Sen. Inhofe, Science would like a word with you and your snowball

In late February, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) made the amazingly unconvincing argument that the science behind climate change was the product of a hoax because it was “unseasonably cold” outside. To illustrate his point, Inhofe tossed a snowball right onto the Senate floor. Inhofe has no clue how science actually works.

reddre302 asked:

If every human on earth disappeared right now both in on earth and in space could the worlds climate be change back to normal or would it be too late

The effects of climate would likely continue for centuries before it equalizes. If every source of Carbon stopped completely today we will still have climate change into the future (just not as bad if we were to continue as is).

This is because each greenhouse gas has a different ‘life span’ before it is removed from the environment. Even when its not added it stays there for decades or centuries.

CO2 has a life span in the atmosphere of 100-300 years.

Methane is 12 years.

Nitrous Oxide is 121 years.

Eventually the climate will equalize if we leave it alone, but a lot of harm will be caused and a lot of species will go extinct even if we stop now.

“The cost of living is going up and the chance of living is going down. “ –Flip Wilson

A new publication issued by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in the journal “Nature” has reported that the chances of keeping temperatures below a 2 degree rise is now largely in the hands of policy makers.

The challenge of a changing climate can now only be fought with the backing of political agenda – and as most people will agree, this seems bleak.

Of all the uncertainties with regard the effects of climate change, including geophysical and social uncertainties; political uncertainty ranked as the number 1 factor in determining the fate of our species and our planet.

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Hundreds of millions of people gather marine life threatened by changing seas. But the Indonesian village of Sampela depends so thoroughly on troubled coral reefs that climate change and shifting sea chemistry eventually could make it challenging to find food.

View the full gallery of photos by Pulitzer Center grantee Steve Ringman for The Seattle Times. 

Climate Change May Have Fed Syrian War 

A new study says a record drought that ravaged Syria in 2006-2010 was likely stoked by ongoing manmade climate change, and that the drought may have helped propel the 2011 Syrian uprising. Researchers say the drought, the worst ever recorded in the region, destroyed agriculture in the breadbasket region of northern Syria, driving dispossessed farmers to cities, where poverty, government mismanagement and other factors created unrest that exploded in spring 2011. The conflict has since evolved into a complex multinational war that has killed at least 200,000 people and displaced millions. The study appears this week in PNAS.

"We’re not saying the drought caused the war," said Richard Seager, a climate scientist at Columbia Univ.’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory who coauthored the study. “We’re saying that added to all the other stressors, it helped kick things over the threshold into open conflict. And a drought of that severity was made much more likely by the ongoing human-driven drying of that region.”

Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2015/03/climate-change-may-have-fed-syrian-war

NASA: The U.S. is headed for a disaster not seen in 1,000 years 

A new study, compiled by scientists from the space agency, Cornell University and Columbia University, predicts an 80% chance that the Great Plains and the American Southwest will endure a major weather shift beginning in 2050. 

"We really need to start thinking in longer-term horizons about how we’re going to manage it."

The American Pika (Ochotona princeps)

… lives among boulder fields above the treeline in the mountains of western North America. They create dens in crevices or nooks among the rocks, sometimes digging to expand the space as necessary. They don’t hibernate for the winter, but food can be difficult to find in the often deep snow found at high altitudes.

To ensure they get enough to eat they spend much of the summer “haying” - collecting grasses and other meadow vegetation and caching it in their den. They may make up to 13 haying trips per hour when busy with it.

Pikas are sensitive to higher temperatures and don’t do very well at lower elevations as a result - they don’t occur as far down the mountain in the southern part of their range than they do in the north. Adults will die in just six hours at 78°F (25.5°C) if they can’t find suitable cover.

Recent studies have shown declines in populations of American Pika; while there are multiple causes, the primary one is climate change - the animals’ available range is shrinking as they retreat up the mountainsides to stay in areas with acceptable temperatures.

photo by Daniele Colombo on Flickr

(via: Peterson Field Guides)

Not all individuals who call themselves climate change skeptics are deniers. But virtually all deniers have falsely branded themselves as skeptics. By perpetrating this misnomer, journalists have granted undeserved credibility to those who reject science and scientific inquiry.