One of the world’s leading ice experts has predicted the final collapse of Arctic sea ice in summer months within four years. [Guardian]
In what he calls a “global disaster” now unfolding in northern latitudes as the sea area that freezes and melts each year shrinks to its lowest extent ever recorded, Prof Peter Wadhams of Cambridge University calls for “urgent” consideration of new ideas to reduce global temperatures.
“This collapse, I predicted would occur in 2015-16 at which time the summer Arctic (August to September) would become ice-free. The final collapse towards that state is now happening and will probably be complete by those dates”.
While the USA sweated through one of its warmest summers on record, so, too, did the rest of the globe, federal scientists from the National Climatic Data Center announced Monday. [USA Today]
After reading all the briefs, a judge ruled Monday that Michael Mann’s e-mail correspondence was exempt from the Virginia Freedom of Information Act and did not have to be provided to the American Tradition Institute, which was trying to delve into the discussions and data behind Mann’s conclusions that humans are causing the Earth to grow hotter. [Washington Post]
A liberal Democrat says House Republicans have summoned the spirit of George Orwell’s 1984 by dropping language about climate change from their bill to thwart regulations that affect the coal industry. [The Hill]
Wildfires hurt air quality across Oregon and Washington on Monday as forecasters issued a stagnant-weather advisory at least through Wednesday afternoon. [Oregonian]
A new 1,000-acre wildfire started in Utah’s west desert Monday even as crews fought another blaze southwest of Provo. [Salt Lake Tribune]
Russell E. Train, a renowned conservationist who played a central role in the creation of groundbreaking laws and effective enforcement in response to rising concerns about environmental protection in America, died on Monday at his farm in Bozman, Md. He was 92. [New York Times]
We have dramatically shrinking glaciers. We have compelling science. We have adorable polar bears treading water. But wouldn’t you know it, what really makes us fret over climate change is making it all about us. [Calgary Herald]