Thursday, November 10, 2016

Physics doesn't care

Well, we know for starters, Trump cares not for the environment in selecting Myron Ebell, director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the conservative Competitive Enterprise Institute
to transition the EPA from the Obama administration to Trump's given that Ebell's views fly in the face of reality regarding climate change and how it's impacting the world.

  1. Carbon dioxide passed the 400 parts per million milestone. Permanently
  2. 2016 is going to be the hottest year on record That comes on the heels of a record hot 2015 and a record hot 2014. The world has warmed about 1°F compared to pre-industrial times
  3. Extreme weather events have become more likely Climate Central’s weather attribution looked at two notable extreme rainfall events this year—Louisiana’s epic rains in August and France’s deluge in May—and found climate change made them more likely.
  4. Sea level rise is making flooding more common The oceans have risen about a foot over the past century as waters have warmed and ice sheets and glaciers have melted.
  5. Arctic sea ice is disappearing. Fast This year saw the second-lowest Arctic sea ice extent on record. The Northwest Passage opened up this summer. As of October, regrowth was so slow that the Arctic was missing a chunk of ice the size of the entire eastern half of the U.S. This is right in line with trends of an increasingly ice-free Arctic.
  6. The Antarctic ice sheet is becoming unstable The massive stores of ice at the bottom of the world are facing a watery future. A crack has formed across a massive ice shelf and scientists have been “struck by how high the loss is” at some glaciers in West Antarctica as warm waters eat them from the bottom up.
  7. The oceans have been record warm—and it’s killing coral The world has had three straight years of unprecedented coral bleaching in all ocean basins due largely to extreme ocean heat. If the planet warms by 1.5°C (2.7°F), coral reefs will likely go extinct. And right now the planet is on its way to passing that threshold unless carbon pollution is seriously curtailed.
  8. Oh, and oceans are also acidifying Carbon pollution is also acidifying oceans and in the process, stressing reefs and shell-forming organisms. It’s likely already started dissolving some of Florida’s reefs, a trend that could continue as carbon pollution keeps rising.

As per Climate Central ... Physics doesn't care.

To see why, click the NASA graphic below to see the change in sea ice from 1984 -2015

Scary says it all, thanks to the loss of Albedo due to global warming.

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