Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Port Authorities waking up to rising sea levels

While climate science denialists continue cranking out their increasingly disconnected con-jobs on the public, folks that have to deal in the real world are starting to appreciate the increasing impacts manmade global warming is having on the infrastructure our society depends on.  
On the front line we have Port Authorities who know they must accommodate the reality of sea level rise, or find themselves underwater and out of business in the not too distant future.  It's real and it's happening and I'll let John Englander take it from here . . .
Climate Change / Ocean Impacts Blog

SEAPORTS Magazine feature about Rising Sea Level and Superstorms
John Englander on Sat, 07/12/2014

SEAPORTS Magazine has a feature article by Dr. Austin Becker and me, "Superstorms and Rising Sea Level Present a New Challenge for Ports"* in the Summer 2014 issue. Austin Becker teaches as the University of Rhode Island. His PhD thesis from Stanford was about Ports and vulnerability to climate change. 
* Becker and Englander on Superstorms and Rising Sea Level Present a New Challenge for Ports 
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Dr. Becker teamed up with John Englander to contribute an opinion piece to the American Association of Port Authorities. 
Download it HERE.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Climate Change 101 - The Human Connection

In my continuing effort to share solid informative sources I have a nice concise description of the known fundamentals of our global warming situation that was put together by the NCSE.
The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) is a not-for-profit, membership organization providing information and resources for schools, parents, and concerned citizens working to keep evolution and climate science in public school science education. They educate the press and public about the scientific and educational aspects of controversies surrounding the teaching of evolution and climate change, and supply needed information and advice to defend good science education at local, state, and national levels.
I've listen to various interesting YouTube talks and an interview given by their Executive Director Eugenie Scott and recommend them to anyone interested in defending science against faith-based ideologues.
I asked for and received their kind permission to reprint their article in full.  If you like the NCSE approach please visit their webpage at http://ncse.com
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How Much Does Human Activity Affect Climate Change?
  • January 5th, 2012
The Earth’s climate is changing rapidly. Scientists trying to find out what’s causing climate change work like detectives, gathering evidence to rule out some suspects and to ascertain just who is responsible. It’s clear, based on over a century of scientific investigation, that humans are responsible for most of the climate change we’ve seen over the last 150 years.
Humans are not the only suspects. The climate has changed throughout the Earth’s history, well before humans evolved.