Sunday, August 05, 2018

Baby, it's hot outside

Words not needed here. We know it's getting hotter, unfortunately, it's just the beginning ...

Deadly heat waves will become more frequent and occur in more places on the planet in coming decades, according to a study published last summer in the journal Nature Climate Change. Extreme heat waves are frequently cited as one of the most direct effects of man-made climate change.

Remarkably, scientists can now work out in just a matter of days how much human-induced climate change has had to do with a particular weather event, using a combination of observation, historical data and current information from weather stations.

2018 is on pace to be the 4th-hottest year on record

"The European heat wave was at least twice as likely to happen because of human intervention. Based on findings in Ireland it was double -- and we know that with very high confidence -- and based on data from all other weather stations it was more than double," said Karsten Haustein from the World Weather Attribution Project, part of Oxford University's Environmental Change Institute.

Baby, it's hot outside.

Sea level rise hit a new high – about 3 inches (7.7 cm) higher than the 1993 average. Global sea level is rising at an average rate of 1.2 inches (3.1 cm) per decade.

But we never learn, do we?

Spending on oil and gas increased last year, pushing up the share of fossil fuels in energy supply investment for the first time since 2014, according to the International Energy Agency. Investment in renewable energy dropped 7%, while demand for coal rose, largely to keep Asia's furnaces burning as the region rapidly develops.

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Addendum: Had to add this from the NYTimes Magazine titled Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change. Anger and sadness comes to mind in reading this as something really significant could have done but wasn't, thanks to the fossil fuel cartel and significant others.

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