Monday, March 21, 2016

Global Warming: The Future is Happening NOW!

Say It Ain't So...

“The startlingly high temperatures so far in 2016 have sent shockwaves around the climate science community,” said David Carlson, director of the World Climate Research Programme. 

The Guardian 
 

Global warming taking place at an 'alarming rate', UN climate body warns

Skiers thread their way through patches of dry ground at California’s Squaw Valley ski resort. Several Lake Tahoe-area ski resorts have closed due to low snowfall as California’s historic drought continues.

Skiers thread their way through patches of dry ground at California’s Squaw Valley ski resort. Several Lake Tahoe-area ski resorts have closed due to low snowfall as California’s historic drought continues. Photograph: Max Whittaker/Getty Images


The “alarming” and “unprecedented” rate of climate change is “sending a powerful message to world leaders”, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) has warned.
Releasing its Status of the Global Climate report, the WMO – a United Nations body – detailed the string of climate and weather records that were broken in 2015, including global temperature records, exceptional rainfall, devastating droughts, unusual cyclone activity and intense heatwaves.
“The year 2015 will stand out in the historical record of the global climate in many ways,” said WMO secretary-general Petteri Taalas in the report.
“The future is happening now,” he said in a statement released alongside the report. “The alarming rate of change we are now witnessing in our climate as a result of greenhouse gas emission is unprecedented in modern records.”
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In First, Majority of Americans Now

 Oppose Nuclear Energy


Gallup poll comes as new campaign counters nuclear's "clean energy myth"

A majority of Americans—54 percent—oppose nuclear energy, a Gallup poll released Friday found.

It marks the first time a majority in the country has felt this way about nuclear energy providing electricity since Gallup began asking the question in 1994.

Forty-four percent said they are still in support of it.

The new results show a major shift from responses last year, when just 43 percent expressed opposition to nuclear energy and support stood at 51 percent.

Republican support, in particular, dropped steeply from 2015. Fifty-three percent now say they are in favor of nuclear energy, compared to 68 percent last year. Thirty-four percent of Democrats are in favor of nuclear energy, an 8-point drop from last year.

Even in 2012, the first time Gallup asked the question after the Fukushima disaster, 57 percent of Americans were still in favor of nuclear energy.

As to why to tide has turned, Gallup suggests it may be the result of lower gas prices, as they have coincided with low levels of worry about the nation's energy situation.
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