It seems that climate change is really picking on Australia in a big way. Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have created a climate model that indicates a trend to declining fall and winter rainfall over the southwestern, southern and eastern parts of the Australian continent. The cause - greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and ozone depletion.
Since the Industrial Revolution, humans have altered the chemistry of both air and ocean. New global measurements, not computer models, are painting a disturbing picture. Mercury has tripled in the world's oceans.
Robert Rubin, Co-Chair of the Council on Foreign Relations in the United States says that not acting on climate change will take down the economy.
A Kickstarter campaign,for a project called the Rainforest Connection has received $167,000 U.S. recently. Its goal: reduce illegal cutting of forests using old cell phones encased in solar panels and placed high in trees to listen and report on the sound of chainsaws. When detected the phones alert local forest rangers to catch those engaged in illegal logging.
The Enola Gay, a B-29 bomber, dropped a uranium-fueled bomb on Hiroshima on this date 69 years ago. The last crew member of that fateful mission, Theodore Van Kirk, recently passed away. He was one of a 12-member crew who in a matter of a few minutes wiped out the lives of more than 100,000 people. Only the Nagasaki bomb dropped three days later offers a comparison with more than 80,000 lives snuffed out.
Two stories this week on climate change caught my eye. The first was a report on ocean waves in the Arctic. When you think of the Arctic Ocean you think of an endless stretch of sea ice with an occasional break. You envision polar bears roaming the ice surface. You don't think of big rolling breakers crashing into shorelines.