SkS Weekly Digest #5
Posted on 4 July 2011 by John Hartz
- Merkel pushes for binding agreements at Berlin climate talks -- Deutsche Welle
- Climate Change Could Turn Oxygen-Free Seas From Blessing To Curse For Zooplankton -- redOrbit
- State of the Climate in 2010 -- NOAA
- Average U.S. temperature increases by 0.5 degrees F -NOAA
The Week in Review...
During the past week, the 15 articles listed below were posted by SkS authors and guest authors. To access the complete article and its corresponding comment thread, click on the article title.
SkS authors and guest authors never rest and are working to finalize the articles listed below -- most will be posted during the course of this week.
SkS in the news...
John Cook's article Half Truth on Emissions was published in The Age
WASHINGTON (June 21, 2011) The impacts of climate change—from bleached coral reefs to shrinking lakes to more potent poison ivy—are now being tracked on an interactive map launched today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) website.
UCS’s Climate Hot Map illustrates the potential and already occurring consequences of global climate change identified in peer-reviewed studies. New “hot spots” will be added to the map monthly to reflect the latest scientific research.
“One of the main goals of the map is to really bring the science of climate change to life by connecting it to people’s daily lives around the world,” said UCS climate scientist Brenda Ekwurzel. “That’s the part of climate research that’s sometimes hard to get from scientific publications.
“People care about their own back yards,” she added. “Once you find out about your own region, you start to get interested in other regions that are facing global warming consequences. We think a map will make it easier for people to get the big picture of what’s going on around the world.”
The map shows global warming effects in five different subject areas: people (public health, food supplies and the economy), lakes and rivers, the oceans, ecosystems and temperatures. It also offers suggestions for how site visitors can help reduce global warming emissions by, among other things, making their homes more energy efficient, using green transportation and supporting policies that promote renewable energy sources and phase out electricity from fossil fuels.
As part of its Climate Hot Map launch, UCS is also sponsoring an online scavenger hunt based on information about climate hot spots. Participants will receive an entry into the drawing each time they identify a hot spot. The grand prize is an EarthWatch Institute trip for two to Brazil to help scientists measure the impact of climate change on the Rio Cachoeira Nature Reserve.