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BI-POLAR THREAT: Greenland melt to add much more to sea level rise
May 20th, 2014 by Warren Swil

NASA report on glaciers

adds fuel to partisan divide

California Gov. Jerry Brown skewered Republicans in Congress on climate change.

NASA researchers made a big splash recently with news that ocean levels could rise much more than anticipated due to a collapsing ice shelf in the Antarctic.
New findings from NASA this week on the opposite side of the planet add to the alarm. The same researchers report that Greenland’s ocean-feeding glaciers could increase even further the amount that sea levels will go up.
Meanwhile, Politifact finds that only eight Republican members of both houses of Congress (three percent) publicly accept the scientific consensus that humans are to blame.
The disconnect is frightening. It is obvious that in the US, climate science has become a partisan political issue.


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Climate change debate enters twilight zone (with video)

DESPITE MOUNTING EVIDENCE, CONSPIRACY THEORIES FLOURISH
With evidence mounting that climate change caused by human activity has arrived and will grow worse, the tenor of debate in America is undergoing a disturbing transformation.
Instead of attacking the science – an increasingly futile pursuit but one which has worked wonders in the past – naysayers are now couching it in conspiracy theories bordering on lunacy.
It’s all a communist plot, they say.
It’s an alarming shift.
Appeals to emotion can be most effective when the science is conclusive. Anyone who cares about the future of the planet should be really worried by this shift in strategy.


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World enjoys fossil fuel boom, but should it?

CALIFORNIA AWASH IN OIL, BUT CARBON EMISSIONS WILL DEVASTATE PLANET
New technology has made previously unrecoverable deposits within reach. Gosh, there may even be some under my house!
But those concerned with climate change are wringing theirs in desperation.
Should all this oil – and gas – be taken out of the ground and burned? It could spell the end of life as we know it on earth.
The IPCC has warned us. We need to wake up and listen.


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Climate change is real and getting worse, U.N. panel says

EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS BECOMING MORE COMMON, SEVERE
The world’s leading authority on climate change reported on Friday that global warming is a certainty and that we, humans, are the most likely reason for it.
The truth is getting increasingly undeniable, but, rest assured, naysayers in the U.S. will do their best to deny that climate change even exists.
It is too bad that the public is confused. It has been an uphill battle with public opinion drifting away from the belief that we humans are to blame. It is time to look out the window and get a dose of reality.


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While Arctic village disappears, more fossil fuel is discovered (with video)

DILEMMA POSES THORNY ISSUE FOR CLIMATE CHANGE DEBATE

Two recent stories from opposite sides of the Arctic circle demonstrate that climate changes is not only happening right now with devastating effects, but that we – human beings – are making it worse, not better.
While a village sinks beneath a rising ocean in Alaska, Norway has built a rig to extract more gas from a field once thought empty.
Should we find ways to burn more fossil fuels that, ultimately, will kill many millions, if not all of us? Or should resources be devoted exclusively to renewable energy?
Get In the (K)now … here, now


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Extreme weather here to stay: The future is now (with video)

FIRES RAISE CLIMATE CHANGE TO TOP OF AGENDA
It seems the future has arrived, and it is now.
The tragic deaths of 19 heroic firefighters have dominated the news the last few days but they must remind us that extreme weather events are becoming both more common and more severe.
The fires in Arizona make sense only in this context.
Find out why here.


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