Tip o' the hat to Tom Yulsman at Twitter and dtlange at Robertscribbler.
|Source: Twitter: Tom Yulsman @yulsman|
From Discover: "The Arctic will 'go through hell this year,' says one prominent scientist."
On April 11, a dramatic early spike in melting of snow and ice at the surface of Greenland’s ice sheet prompted a Danish climate scientist to say that she and her colleagues were “incredulous.”Also record warmth (except in Berlin, NY and other areas in northeast North America and in Europe) gripped the globe last month.
Now, there has been a second bout of unusual melting.
You can see both of them in the graph above from the National Snow and Ice Data Center, or NSIDC. It charts the percentage of the Greenland Ice Sheet experiencing surface melting. In both cases, the thaw exceeded 10 percent of the ice sheet’s area.
Tip o' the hat to redskylite at Robertscribbler.
|Source: NASA via the BBC.|
From the BBC: "April was the seventh month in a row that broke global temperature records, Nasa figures show."
Last month smashed the previous record for April by the largest margin ever, the data show.The Beeb also admits in the above linked article that with the new record temperatures, it will be quite difficult to meet the 1.5 C (2.7 F) goad set by COP21 in Paris last year.
That makes it three months in a row that the monthly record was broken by the largest margin ever.
But in terms of its departure from the 1951-1980 temperature average used by Nasa, April was equal with January 2016.
All in all, the first four months of this year are running at 1.43 C (2.6F) above 1880s levels.
And the Fossil Fuels Derivatives Beast will be doing quite a number on global industrial civilization, putting 13 billion people and $US 158 trillion in infrastructure, buildings, farms, etc.
Tip o' the' hat to Ryan in New England at Robertscribbler.
From the Guardian: "Climate change puts 1.3bn people and $158tn at risk, says World Bank."
|Source: Tony Karuba/AFP/Getty Images/the Guardian.|
The global community is badly prepared for a rapid increase in climate change-related natural disasters that by 2050 will put 1.3 billion people at risk, according to the World Bank.According to the Guardian in this same article, The World Bank Report reveals that the coastal cities are also sinking, compounding the sea-level rise... which will not be uniform across the globe. One country on one continent in particular is really gonna get in trouble...
Urging better planning of cities before it was too late, a report published on Monday from a Bank-run body that focuses on disaster mitigation, said assets worth $158tn – double the total annual output of the global economy – would be in jeopardy by 2050 without preventative action.
“With climate change and rising numbers of people in urban areas rapidly driving up future risks, there’s a real danger the world is woefully unprepared for what lies ahead,” said John Roome, the World Bank Group’s senior director for climate change.
“Unless we change our approach to future planning for cities and coastal areas that takes into account potential disasters, we run the real risk of locking in decisions that will lead to drastic increases in future losses.”
All courtesy of the Fossil Fuels Derivatives Beast.