This summer hasn’t just felt hot. It’s been hot. In fact, the summer of 2012-13 is now the hottest on record. Average temperatures beat the record set in the summer of 1997-98, and daytime maximum temperatures…
Read More: http://theconversation.edu.au/hot-summer-yes-the-hottest-12505 … via @conversationedu
Article: 'Why even skeptics should tackle climate change' by Kumi Naidoo, executive director of Greenpeace International [via @CNN]
Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Joel Pett may have hit upon something with a cartoon he drew for last year's climate talks in Copenhagen, Denmark. It shows a scientist addressing a large audience at a climate summit. A spectator at the left side of the panel asks his neighbor: "What if it's a big hoax and we create a better world for nothing?" The answer emerges on the right side of the panel where the following list appears on a chalkboard: energy independence, preserve rainforest, sustainability, green jobs, livable cities, renewables, clean water and air, healthy children, etc., etc.
There is indeed something for almost everyone in climate protection.
Read the full article here: http://cnn.com/2010/OPINION/12/29/naidoo.climate.weather/index.html
Article via ABC Environment by Deborah Zabarenko 'Productivity down as globe warms':
Work capability is already down to 90 per cent during the most hot and humid periods, Dunne and his co-authors wrote in the journal Nature Climate Change. Using a middle-of-the-road projection of future temperature and humidity, they estimate that could drop to 80 per cent by 2050.
A more extreme scenario of future global warming, which estimated a temperature rise of 6 degrees Celsius, would make it difficult to work in the hottest months in many parts of the world…
Read the whole article here: http://www.abc.net.au/environment/articles/2013/02/26/3698583.htm
Why Climate Change Is A Public Health Issue http://goo.gl/7Pyiu
Some public health officials argue that the image associated with global warming shouldn’t be a polar bear surrounded by melting ice caps, but rather a child suffering from heat exhaustion.
Some social scientists believe that the issue of global warming could resonate with a larger segment of the general population if it is framed in terms of public health rather than the environment. The most obvious consequences of global warming that pose a threat to public health are deadly heat waves, such as the record-shattering temperatures this past summer that resulted in over 50 deaths…
The Antarctic ozone hole and climate change: an anniversary worth celebrating http://goo.gl/ZSlZg
Since the discovery of the Antarctic ozone hole more than 20 years ago, scientists have shown that there are no direct links between global warming and the ozone hole. They are due to quite different processes associated with human activities – increasing greenhouse gas emissions on one hand and increasing release of ozone-depleting chemicals on the other.
There are a number of common misconceptions about connections between the two, such as the ozone hole allowing more sunshine in to heat the surface and cause global warming. Scientists have tried to combat these misconceptions through more effective communication of the cause of ozone depletion and the cause of global warming.
The manager of climate monitoring at the Bureau of Meteorology’s National Climate Centre, Dr Karl Braganza, said the results were a continuation of long-term changes in the Earth’s climate that scientists have been documenting for decades.
”These are very likely the highest concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide in the last 100,000 years, and perhaps the last several million years,” he said. ”Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels are now similar to those during the Pliocene, a much warmer period than any experienced by modern humans. These indicators show that climate change … is not just continuing but tracking at the more extreme end of possible scenarios.”
Read more here: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/climate-change-blamed-for-year-of-wild-weather-20120711-21wfe.html
What Influences Perceptions Of Climate Change? AWAKE review’s research paper ‘Shifting public opinion on climate change: an empirical assessment of factors influencing concern over climate change in the U.S.’ by Robert J. Brulle, Jason Carmichael and J. Craig Jenkins http://www.lowco2.com.au/web/page/news_article/news/321
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Awake’s March e-zine reviews their interesting article of the month ‘What Influences Public Perceptions Of Climate Change?’
“The results reveal that people are most influenced by concerns about the economy – if they believe that climate change threatens the economy, they worry about it. They are also highly influenced by what they are told by the “elite” – including politicians and celebrities. Efforts to disseminate scientific information make very little difference, and neither do weather extremes. The other interesting finding is that people have short memories. They are influenced by the current debate, rather than previous events.”
Read more here: http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=c88e9882ca3b7e7be3a427bc0&id=a7a0d4094c&e=36f7235085#mctoc2