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Connectedness and happiness are two of the five key psychological elements to a new climate change narrative

Forging a New Climate Change Narrative: Addressing 5 Psychological Realities

A new narrative that is designed to encourage action to combat climate change must acknowledge the abstract nature of global warming. First and foremost we need to address the fact that people are not rational actors. Perhaps the most cogent approach to managing the Herculean task of communicating with an inherently irrational public is to focus on a narrative that…

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Using satellite data researchers find effect of melting Arctic sea ice has greater impact on global warming than expected

Melting Arctic Sea Ice Causing More Warming Than Expected

Scientists have long modeled the expected warming due to the decreased albedo effect as melting Arctic sea ice exposes more open ocean. As early as the 1960′s climate researchers have predicted how this phenomenon will amplify global warming. Arctic ice melt, albedo and global warming Albedo is measured as a percentage, in this case the percentage of solar radiation a…

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Seeing Over the Horizon: Sharp Rise in Ocean Temperatures in 2013

What the recently stalled polar vortex over much of the eastern half of the United States makes clear is that we humans are, by nature, not well equipped to think globally. At least not when it comes to their physical surroundings. After all, cold is cold. So, for instance, if there is two inches of snow outside my Atlanta home…

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2013 fourth warmest year on record. Nine of ten of the warmest years have happened during this century

NOAA: 2013 Fourth Hottest Year on Record

Global temperatures 2013 The latest State of the Climate report released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) indicates that the globally-averaged temperature for 2013 tied as the fourth warmest year since record-keeping began in 1880. The NOAA report also said 2013 ranks along with every previous year this century as among the 15 warmest years in the 134 year…

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The increasingly wide temperature fluctuations over short periods of time indicate we could be approaching climate tipping points.

Massive US Temperature Fluctuations and Climate Change

What are the implications of wild swings in temperature for the veracity of climate change? Everyone who follows climate science knows that the planet is warming, but many are unaware of how temperature fluctuations may also be a part of the climate change picture. Scientific observations provide an overwhelmingly compelling body of evidence for global warming. Many lines of scientific…

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Extreme weather is a harbinger of life in a climate-changed world

Extreme Weather and Existential Reflections on Life in the Anthropocene

The recent spate of deadly tornadoes in the U.S. and the carnage of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines are poignant opportunities for us to reflect on the future of civilization. These events are tangible reminders of the sometimes intangible reality of human existence in the anthropocene. Extreme weather affords an opportunity to come to terms with the evidence that shows…

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Progress, however halting, in climate finance and other important issues is reason to not give up on the COP process

Climate Finance and Why We Cant Give Up on the UN COP Process

Despite the expectation that we will see progress on climate finance, there are a number of people who are cynical about the outcome of COP 19. Every year around this time, as we settle in for UN climate talks, an army of pundits come out and tell us why we will not see anything of great consequence from the negotiations….

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