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Climate Crisis Updates – Aug 6, 2015

Catch up on insights into the climate crisis and on recent key climate actions. (Newest at the top.)

World’s Glaciers Melting Faster Than Ever before Recorded, Study Finds

“A century’s worth of data.

That’s how much researchers looked at for a new study — which showed that the world’s glaciers are melting faster than scientists think they ever have before, and that even if global warming stopped today, they would continue to melt.

The observations show that “the rates of early 21st-century [glacial] mass loss are without precedent on a global scale, at least for the time period observed and probably also for recorded history,” according to the study from the World Glacier Monitoring Service, based in Zurich.

The study, published last week in the Journal of Galciology, looked at more than 5,000 measurements since 1850.” — Samantha Page, Climate Progress


Ende Gelände – Introducing… Fania

“Introducing Fania Noël from Paris – one of over 1000 people from all over Europe travelling to the Rhineland in solidarity with those fighting to keep coal in the ground and protect the climate.” — 350.org


Naomi Klein: Obama Is Beginning to Sound like a Climate Leader, When Will He Act like One?

“As scientists warn 2015 is on pace to become the Earth’s hottest year on record, President Obama has unveiled his long-awaited plan to slash carbon emissions from U.S. power plants. Under new Environmental Protection Agency regulations, U.S. power plants will be required to cut emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. In addition, new power plants will be required to be far cleaner, which could effectively prevent any new coal plants from opening. But does the plan go far enough? We speak to Naomi Klein, author of the best-selling book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, which is out in paperback today.” — Democracy Now!


Naomi Klein on Visiting the Vatican & the Radical Economic Message behind Papal Climate Encyclical

“Following the publication of Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change, a major conference on climate change was held at the Vatican. Speakers included our guest, Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. We speak to Klein about her trip to the Vatican and the importance of the pope’s message – not only on climate change, but the global economy.” — Democracy Now!


 

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JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends--with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.

4 Comments

  1. lozzafun

    Hi Joanne… Can you supply a ‘link to the report’, itself?…. The info I found in a report to our gov says that ‘glacial monitoring did not start until 1894’ but this article claims reporting since 1950?… Their agency reporting began in 1986 according to their own report?? …

    Some confusing info here and I would really like to see the report, if you click on the link to the report, you will see NOTHING but an abstract,,, no data no graphs??… I cannot locate the report, can you help?

    Hopefully, you can understand my confusion, I would really like to study their FACTUAL/FINDINGS/COMPARISONS AND GRAPHS….. Without those things, this article appears an unsupported claim…. I appreciate your help with this!

    WHEN I TRIED TO FIND THE REPORT, THIS IS THE CLOSEST THING I COULD FIND FROM THEM.
    Excerpts from the gov report…Since the beginning of internationally-coordinated, systematic observations on glacier variations in 1894, a valuable and increasingly important data basis on glacier changes has been built up.

    In 1986, the World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS) started to maintain and continue the collection of information on ongoing glacier changes, when the two former International Commission on Snow and Ice (ICSI) services Permanent Service on Fluctuations of Glaciers (PSFG) and Temporal Technical Secretary/World Glacier Inventory (TTS/WGI) were combined.

    (Findings below, please notice the years included)
    Bibliography

    Fluctuations of Glaciers:

    IAHS(ICSI)/UNEP/UNESCO, 1988, Fluctuations of Glaciers 1980-1985; Haeberli, W., and Müller, P., eds.: Paris.

    IAHS(ICSI)/UNEP/UNESCO, 1993a, Fluctuations of Glaciers (1985-1990, Haeberli, W., and Hoelzle, M., eds., Paris.

    IAHS(ICSI)/UNESCO, 1977b, Fluctuations of glaciers 1970-1975: Müller, R., ed., Paris.

    IAHS(ICSI)/UNESCO, 1985, Fluctuations of glaciers 1975-1980: Haeberli, W., ed., Paris.

    UNESCO, 1969, Variations of existing glaciers: UNESCO/IAHS Technical Papers in Hydrology 3.

    Glacier Inventory:

    IAHS, 1980, World Glacier Inventory – Proceedings of the workshop at Riederalp, Switzerland, 17-22 September 1978: IAHS Publication 126.

    IAHS(ICSI)/UNEP/UNESCO, 1977a, Instructions for the compilation and assemblage of data for a world glacier inventory; Supplement: Identification/glacier number, Müller, F., ed., Temporal Technical Secretariat for the World Glacier Inventory (TTS/WGI), ETH Zürich.

    IAHS(ICSI)/UNEP/UNESCO, 1983, Guidelines for preliminary glacier inventories, Scherler, K., ed., Temporal Technical Secretariat for the World Glacier Inventory (TTS/WGI), ETH Zürich.

    IAHS(ICSI)/UNEP/UNESCO, 1989, World glacier inventory – status 1988, Haeberli, W., Bösch, H., Scherler, K., Østrem, G., and Wallén, C.C., eds., Nairobi.

    Haeberli, W., and Hoelzle, M., 1995, Application of inventory data for estimating characteristics of and regional climate change effects on mountain glaciers — a pilot study with the European Alps. Annals of Glaciology, v. 21, p. 206-212.

    UNESCO, 1970, Perennnial ice and snow masses. A guide for compilation and assemblage of data for a World Glacier Inventory: UNESCO/IAHS Technical Papers in Hydrology 1.

    UNESCO, 1970/73, Combined heat, ice and water balances at selected glacier basins. Part I: A guide for compilation and assemblage of data for glacier mass balance measurements. Part II: Specifications, standards and data exchange: UNESCO/IAHS Technical Papers in Hydrology 5.

    Glacier Mass Balance Bulletin:

    IAHS(ICSI)/UNEP/UNESCO, 1991, Glacier mass balance bulletin no. 1, Haberli, W., and Herren, E., eds.: World Glacier Monitoring Service, ETH Zürich.

    IAHS(ICSI)/UNEP/UNESCO, 1993, Glacier mass balance bulletin no. 2, Haeberli, W., Herren, E., and Hoelzle, M., eds., World Glacier Monitoring Service, ETH Zürich.

    IAHS(ICSI)/UNEP/UNESCO, 1994, Glacier mass balance bulletin no. 3, Haeberli, W. Hoelzle, M, and Bösch, H., eds., World Glacier Monitoring Service, ETH Zürich.

    IAHS(ICSI)/UNEP/UNESCO, 1996, Glacier mass balance bulletin no. 4, Haeberli, W. Hoelzle, M, and Bösch, H., eds., World Glacier Monitoring Service, ETH Zürich.

    Global Glacier Monitoring:

    Haeberli, W., in press, Historical evolution and operational aspects of worldwide glacier

    monitoring, in Haeberli, W., Hoelzle, M. and Suter, S., eds., Into the Second Century of World Glacier Monitoring – Prospects and Strategies: Paris, UNESCO publishing.

    Hoelzle, M. And Trindler, M., in press, Data management and application, in Haeberli,

    W., Hoelzle, M. and Suter, S., eds., Into the Second Century of World Glacier Monitoring – Prospects and Strategies: Paris, UNESCO publishing.

    General/Overviews:

    Haeberli, W.,1995, Glacier fluctuations and climate change detection–operational elements of a worldwide monitoring strategy: WMO Bulletin 44, v. 1, p. 23-31.

    Haeberli, W., 1996, glacier fluctuations and climate change detection: Geografia Fisica e Dinamica Quaternaria, v. 18, p. 191-199.

    Haeberli, W., Müller, P., Alean, P., and Bösch, H., 1989, Glacier changes following the Little Ice Age–a survey of the international data basis and its perspectives, in Oerlemans, J., ed., Glacier Fluctuations and Climatic Change: Kluwer, p. 77-101.

    UNEP, 1991, Environmental data report: Third edition 1991-92, Oxford, Blackwell.

    UNEP, 1992, Glaciers and the environment: UNEP/GEMS Environment Library 9.

    UNEP, 1994, Environmental data report: Fourth Edition 1993-94, Oxford, Blackwell.

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    • JoAnn Chateau

      Lozzafun, I think only the abstract is available because the contents of many scientific periodicals are not published online. You may only access them through a subscription database. Contact one of your local university libraries to see if they subscribe to a scientific database that carries the Journal of Glaciology. You’ll have the best luck with schools that offer advanced academic programs in the earth sciences or climate science.

      • lozzafun

        How odd that they wouldn’t publish it… Does it make sense that they publish claims without evidence???…. Guess I will discount this, there may not be truth to their statements and I look more closely at those who back up their claims..Gone are the days that I believe without SEEING…. As the saying goes, proof is in the pudding…lol…. Thanks so much for trying!

  2. Rosaliene Bacchus

    Thanks for the updates, JoAnn, and for addressing the greatest challenge of our time.

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