Monthly Archives: May 2015

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A 10,000-year-old ice shelf in Antarctica is disintegrating:

What’s left of Antarctica’s Larsen B Ice Shelf, at least 10,000 years old and 27 times the size of Manhattan, is weakening quickly and likely to disintegrate within five years, according to a new NASA study, says VICE News.

“‘Our study shows that the remaining parts will be gone soon, in the blink of an eye,’ Khazendar told VICE News. ‘A lot of these changes that we are witnessing in the polar regions, amongst others, are probably already set in motion. There is no turning back.'”

Read the entire article here (https://news.vice.com/article/a-10000-year-old-ice-shelf-in-antarctica-is-disintegrating).

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VICE News: Writers, scientists, and climate experts discuss how to save the world from Climate Change.

“The public debate over climate change adaptation often focuses on rural areas—Arctic communities forced to relocate from the vanishing permafrost, farming towns in the dust bowl driven out as their water table is sucked dry. But what about those of us in cities? We are far from immune.”

Climate Change effects our planet and its inhabitants—and that includes us.

Read the entire article here (http://www.vice.com/read/sos-0000653-v22n5)!

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As carbon pollution hits record level, Senator James Inhofe says Climate Change is greening the planet, according to VICE News.

“‘People don’t realize you can’t grow things without CO2,” Inhofe, the Republican chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said on the chamber’s floor Wednesday. “CO2 is a fertilizer. It’s something you can’t do without. No one ever talks about the benefits that people are inducing from that as a fertilizer.” That buildup has led “to a greening of the planet and contributed to increasing agricultural productivity,’ he said.

The overwhelming majority of climate scientists, however, warn that the increasing concentrations of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases — a byproduct of burning coal, oil, and natural gas — are changing the Earth’s climate at an unnaturally rapid rate. The warming that results is likely to bring a future of rising seas and more intense storms and droughts, with the world’s poor bearing the brunt of the effects.”

As people in power constantly dispute scientific findings and allow big corporations to contribute to global warming, our planet—and its inhabitants—finds itself in a dire predicament.

Read the full article here (https://news.vice.com/article/as-carbon-pollution-hits-record-level-senator-james-inhofe-says-climate-change-is-greening-the-planet?utm_source=vicenewsfb).

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Shell plans to drill in the Arctic this summer and it’s already failed a Coast Guard inspection, according to VICE News.

“A drill ship at the heart of Shell’s hunt for Arctic oil flunked a Coast Guard inspection last month when a piece of anti-pollution gear that already cost its owner millions in fines failed again. […] And the company is betting that the Arctic will be more hospitable this year. Carbon emissions from fossil fuels, which scientists blame for driving global temperatures upward, are warming the region roughly twice as fast as lower latitudes. The decline of sea ice cover has opened new opportunities to tap into the nearly 90 billion barrels of oil and trillions of cubic feet of natural gas that geologists estimate lies beneath.”

VICE News is closely tracking global environmental change. Check out the Tipping Point blog here.

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VICE News questions how many animals could go extinct due to climate change:

“That’s right: If human greenhouse gas emissions are not reduced, and warming continues along its current trajectory, about one in six species could vanish from the face of the Earth, according to Urban.”

Read more here (https://news.vice.com/article/heres-how-many-animals-could-go-extinct-because-of-climate-change?utm_source=vicenewsfb) and help donate to save Earth, its climate, and its inhabitants here (http://wwf.worldwildlife.org/goto/savethenarwhal)!

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