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Arctic Wildfires

Arctic Wildfires In July of 2018, there were 11 wildfires occurring north of the Arctic Circle. That’s more than ever before…. In July of 2018, there were 11 wildfires occurring north of the Arctic Circle. It is a fitting visual backdrop to the recently published study led by NASA that concludes that the Arctic carbon cycle is speeding up. Carbon spends 13% less time locked in frozen soil in the Arctic Circle than it did 40 years ago, which means that the landscape in the region is now leaning...

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Runaway Global Warming

Runaway Global Warming A new study out Monday warns of the possibility of out-of-control global warming if humans fail to band together to fight the worst effects of climate change. The analysis, conducted by researchers at the Australian National University and the Stockholm Resilience Center, among other institutions, outlines the potential for a “threshold” that, if crossed, would lead to runaway warming patterns and the advent of a “Hothouse Earth.” If such a threshold is crossed, the...

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Wildfire Evacuation Preparation

Wildfire Evacuation Preparation PREPARE YOUR FAMILY How to Prepare for evacuation from a Wildfire Evacuation plans for families with young children should include helping toddlers understand how to quickly respond in case of fire, and how adults can escape with babies. Prepare ahead of time by practicing your family’s fire escape plan, and what to do to be safe when there is a wildfire nearby.It is important to talk to toddlers and small children at a level that they understand and that does not frighten. Here are a few...

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Mass Extinction Prediction

Mass Extinction Prediction A mass extinction that wipes out humanity will be under way by the year 2100, scientists have claimed. By the end of the century, it’s feared that so much carbon will have been added to the oceans that the planet will have passed a “threshold of catastrophe” which leads to the destruction of our species. In the past 540 million years, the planet has endured five such wipeouts — including the extinction of the dinosaurs. The worst took place 252 million years ago and is known as the...

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What About Preparing For Ocean Warming?

What About Preparing For Ocean Warming? Due to Ocean Warming, fisheries and corals are in grave danger, hurricanes are increasing, and toxic algae blooms are on the rise. The world is ignoring the oceans at its peril. In late August, President Obama announced he would create the world’s largest marine sanctuary around Hawaii—an area that contains 7,000 species and covers more than 58,000 square miles. But no matter how much area a world leader protects, there’s no protecting the ocean from the rising temperatures that will...

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Alarming ocean discovery

Alarming ocean discovery A frightening new discovery could have tremendous implications for our own species. Scientists are seeing something in the ocean that makes them very, very concerned: dangerously high temperatures that suggest our lives could be changing very quickly and much sooner than we think. A paper published by the International Union for the Onservation of Nature seeks to explain ocean warming and its consequences, and describes quickly warming seas as the “great hidden challenge of our...

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Global Temperature Sets Another Record

Global Temperature Sets Another Record The world is on pace to set another high temperature benchmark, with 2016 becoming the third year in a row of record heat. NASA scientists announced on Tuesday that global temperatures so far this year were much higher than in the first half of 2015. Gavin Schmidt, the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies, said that while the first six months of 2015 made it the hottest half-year ever recorded, “2016 really has blown that out of the water.” He said calculations showed...

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Doomsday Clock Near Midnight

Doomsday Clock Near Midnight The Doomsday Clock, a metaphor for global catastrophe, remains set at three minutes to midnight. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Science and Security Board, in conjunction with the Board of Sponsors, which includes 16 Nobel Laureates, announced their annual decision on the clock’s setting Tuesday afternoon, and said it would stay the same as last year. They said they based their decision on the global threat of climate change, as well as continued nuclear tensions between...

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Climate change to collapse ocean’s food chain

University of Adelaide ecologists say that expected ocean acidification and climate change is raising the risk of producing a reduction in diversity and numbers of different species – Adelaide, Australia – The University of Adelaide team of marine ecologists say that the expected ocean acidification and warming is likely to produce a reduction in diversity and numbers of various key species that underpin marine ecosystems around the world. Associate Professor Nagelkerken and...

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