Singer Stevie Wonder blamed Global Warming for the cancer that killed legendary soul singer Aretha Franklin last week. During an appearance on Friday’s CBS This Morning, and without being challenged by the pro-science “journalists” of the morning show, Wonder was allowed to spread his conspiracy theory about Global Warming being linked to cancer:I just feel that all these various diseases that we have and all that is happening in the world in part is because there are those who don’t believe in global warming, don’t believe that what we do affects the world,” he said. “Heat affects the world and affects us. I just hope that people will grow up out of the foolishness and know that we all, by how we think, how we view, how we treat others, we will never unlock the key until we truly let go of the hatred, the bigotry, the evilness, the selfishness. We do that and we can unlock some of those things that keep us in this place. If you read it … [Read more...] about Watch: Stevie Wonder Blames Global Warming for Aretha Franklin’s Cancer
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HUMANITY faces catastrophe from runaway global warming even if we meet targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions, scientists have warned. Ten tipping point dangers could spark a domino-effect cascade of disaster, creating irreversible "Hothouse Earth" conditions. Here's what we know. What is Hothouse Earth? A group of scientists have delivered a grim warning in a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. It spells out how natural processes that normally protect us from the effects of climate change could turn against us and make the problem far worse. Forests, oceans and soil permafrost have absorbed huge quantities of carbon dioxide and methane, a more potent greenhouse gas. But they could release billions of tons of the gases if global average temperatures rise to just 2C above pre-industrial levels - the maximum in the 2015 Paris Agreement signed by 196 nations. Linked processes would generate a "positive feedback" loop, amplifying and accelerating the … [Read more...] about What does Hothouse Earth mean? Global warming, temperature rises and the events leading us to a tipping point
Seth Borenstein and Nicky Forster, Associated Press Updated 2:15 am, Monday, June 18, 2018 Now Playing: Temperatures across the United States are up 1.6 degrees Fahrenheit in the past 30 years. In Salida, Colorado, residents have noticed the change through more lawn watering, increased air conditioning sales and bigger fires. (June 18) Media: Associated Press SALIDA, Colo. (AP) — We were warned. On June 23, 1988, a sultry day in Washington, James Hansen told Congress and the world that global warming wasn't approaching — it had already arrived. The testimony of the top NASA scientist, said Rice University historian Douglas Brinkley, was "the opening salvo of the age of climate change." Thirty years later, it's clear that Hansen and other doomsayers were right. But the change has been so sweeping that it is easy to lose sight of effects large and small — some obvious, others less conspicuous. Earth is noticeably hotter, the weather stormier … [Read more...] about Global warming cooks up ‘a different world’ over 3 decades
Limiting global warming this century to just 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial temperatures would be a boon to the planet’s biodiversity. This lower warming threshold, compared with warming of 2 degrees C, will preserve much larger swaths of the geographic ranges of tens of thousands of land-based species of plants, vertebrates and insects living on the planet, a new study suggests. Using a combination of climate simulations and data on the distribution of more than 115,000 terrestrial species worldwide, scientists saw distinct differences in future biodiversity depending on how much warming the planet experiences. At 2 degrees C of warming by 2100, 18 percent of insect species, 16 percent of plant species and 8 percent of vertebrate species saw their geographic ranges shrink by more than half. Under 1.5 degrees C of warming, those numbers fell to 6 percent of insects, 8 percent of plants and 4 percent of vertebrates, the team reports in the May 18 Science. “Losing … [Read more...] about Keeping global warming to 1.5 degrees C helps most species hold their ground
JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Woolly mammoths have been extinct for more than 4,000 years, but with new gene-editing techniques, they could help mitigate the effects of a modern problem: climate change. Most of the hype so far has focused on bringing these shaggy beasts back to life using their permafrost-preserved DNA. But this time, scientists aren't aiming for a "Jurassic Park" scenario — they're not trying to bring back entire mammoths exactly as they were in the last ice age. Rather, they're hoping to mingle some of the mammoths' ancient genes with those of today's Asian elephants (Elephas maximus), to increase the elephants' tolerance to the cold, said George Church, a Harvard and MIT geneticist who is heading the Harvard Woolly Mammoth Revival team. "I don't even think it's desirable" to bring back the entire mammoth, Church told Live Science Friday (May 11) here at the 2018 Liberty Science Center Genius Gala. He thinks a few ancient genes will do more good, by boosting the … [Read more...] about Could Reviving Woolly-Mammoth Genes Fight the Effects of Global Warming?