May 30 News: Mt. Everest Glaciers Retreated Uphill 580 Feet

Mt. Everest’s glaciers have retreated uphil nearly 580 feet, which is something you can see online courtesy of Microsoft and the nonprofit GlacierWorks. [Capital Weather Gang, EarthTechling]

A recent study led by a graduate student at the University of Milan in Italy reveals declining snow amounts and retreating glaciers in the Mount Everest region, reaffirming fears that many scientists hold – increasing global temperatures could cause irreversible damage.

The research presented at an American Geophysical Union (AGU) conference in Mexico earlier this month, shows that the glaciers in the Everest region have shrunk by 13 percent over the last 50 years.

The snowline has also moved uphill nearly 580 feet.

The State Department’s Inspector General is investigating possible conflicts of interest for the private firm that ran State’s report declaring the Keystone XL pipeline project environmentally sound. [DeSmogBlog]

The United States is suffering from particularly big shifts between various forms of extreme weather, accounting for two-thirds of the world’s $170 billion in natural disaster costs last year alone. [The Guardian]

As glaciers and permafrost melt, the Swiss Alps are becoming more prone to collapses and landslides, threatening at least one village. [NYTimes]

Australia is on course to beat it’s own target of 20 percent renewable energy by 2020. [The Guardian]

Tesla Motors plans to expand its network of rapid-charging stations for its electric cars, opening up a travel corridor from New York City all the way to Los Angeles. [Bloomberg]

Ever seen a rooftop solar array get installed? Here’s a time-lapse video that shows the process in one minute. [Renew Economy]

Mexico is building Latin America’s largest solar power plant (30 megawatts) in Baja, while the U.S. installed 33 megawatts in solar capacity in the month of April alone. [Solar Love, Solar Love]

Citizens in 12 cities protested the Koch brothers’ possible takeover of the Tribune Company, taking a stand against the conservative activists’ agenda. [DeSmogBlog]

A summary of the recent meeting of the Arctic Council, as Canada takes the reins for the next two years to pursue “unprecedented industrial development.” [Sustainable Business]

Conservatives’ latest EPA bogeyman: Gina McCarthy’s alleged use of text messages. [The Hill]

Researchers turn to fungi to cheaply replace plastic insulation and packaging. [EarthTechling]

What happens when regulators take the “social cost of carbon” into account when deciding whether or not to approve projects like coal leases? [Get Energy Smart Now]

Jon Wellinghoff, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, announced his resignation yesterday after four years at the agency. [Greentech Media]

Smart meters face backlash similar to that faced by efficient lightbulbs, as a Texas mayor and some city council members faced a recall due to their support of smart meters. [Earth Techling]

15 Responses to May 30 News: Mt. Everest Glaciers Retreated Uphill 580 Feet

  1. Superman1 says:

    “Australia on course to beat 2020 renewable energy target”. Ryan, your usual shell game. Australia is already the world’s largest exporter of coal, with plans to greatly expand this export. So, any fossil savings they generate by their relatively small domestic energy use will be more than offset by this massive export. And, you criticize the MSM for distortion?

  2. Mike Roddy says:

    Obama signed off on the pipeline whitewash and the industry fracking report, since they were rubber stamped USG documents. That alone is reason to consider him an opponent in our critical quest to reduce emissions.

  3. Harold Hensel says:

    The Himalayan Plateau is also showing high levels of methane in the atmosphere. The integrity of the ice is deteriorating and is starting to leak methane coming from below like a sieve.

  4. Dennis Tomlinson says:

    BHO at a fundraiser in Chicago yesterday:
    “If I’ve got somebody who has a different approach to dealing with climate change — I don’t have much patience for people who deny climate change, but if you’ve got creative approaches, market-based approaches, tell me about them,” Obama said. “If you think I’m doing it the wrong way, let me know. I’m happy to work with you.”

  5. Will Fox says:

    Global Warming Caused by CFCs, Not Carbon Dioxide, Researcher Claims in Controversial Study

  6. prokaryotes says:

    You can browse the first half of the 1st issue of “ClimateState now”, online.

  7. Merrelyn Emery says:

    Plans are one thing, reality is another. Demand for coal is down and the bottom has fallen out of the market, ME

  8. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    Absolute, cynical, bulldust. The ‘market-based’ true religion gives it away. Bring me a solution that will enrich my owners in the financial apparat-that’s the priority.

  9. Dennis Tomlinson says:

    Yes bulldust. Please don’t shoot the piano player.

  10. Yadav Joshi says:

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    – Let’s integrate and cross hand to the earth, its biodiversity and health and well beings of all.

  11. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    Yep. We need some good old tunes playing in the bawdy house. Tirez sur le pianiste!

  12. Merrelyn Emery says:

    I’m suspicious of this report. My daughter and I were talking to a PV installer yesterday about our coming system. Some of the top quality models come from China, ME

  13. MorinMoss says:

    Didn’t ‘is Lawdship, the Viscount of Brenchly assure us that all was well with Himalayan glaciers?
    Could Monckton have been wrong? It’s unthinkable, to say the least.

  14. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    David would prefer that we all install safe, ‘klean'(TM) mini-nuclear power plants, umpteenth generation, naturally, on our roof-tops instead. Some PV panels will be rubbish, for sure, but the percentages of defective goods produced by Chinese industry continues to fall in all fields. When they see a problem, they work to fix it, bless their Godless souls.