Amazing footage of glacier snapping off and falling into the ocean #ClimateChange

Photographer James Balong and his crew were in Greenland catching footage for a time-lapse around the Arctic Circle when they caught this amazing footage of a huge chunk of glacier (the size of lower Manhattan) snapping off and falling into the ocean. The film is amazing, alarming, and sad. Climate Change is real, y’all.

If you were moved even a fraction as much as those glaciers moved, you can sign this petition to demand that we protect the Arctic Circle now before it gets worse.

Last night Hurricane Patricia became the strongest storm EVER observed… and is headed towards Mexico. #climatechange #WhyImWatching

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NBC News reports on the developing Hurricane Patricia, which is now the strongest hurricane ever recorded and is on a path to hit Mexico. Other meteorologists commented on the super storm on social media, including fan favorite Jim Cantore who took a somewhat dramatic tone (tweets above and below).

Hurricane Patricia became the strongest storm ever measured on the planet early Friday, with experts warning it could trigger 40-foot waves along Mexico’s coast and “life-threatening” flash flooding.

Several million residents were told to prepare for the “worst-case scenario” as Patricia was expected to race ashore on Mexico’s Pacific coast late Friday afternoon or early evening. The tourist magnets of Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo were directly in the Category 5 storm’s projected path.

Featuring 200 mph winds, the U.S. National Hurricane Center described Patricia the “strongest hurricane on record” in the Atlantic and eastern North Pacific Basins.

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What did climate scientists warn us would be a consequence of climate change? Unprecedented extreme weather including deadly hurricanes??…. Right, that one. Climate change is real, and we are seeing the consequences NOW. We need to take drastic measures to try to curb climate change or more storms like this and worse are in our near future. Tell our world leaders that climate change needs to be a priority before the Paris Climate Summit –  https://www.climaterealityproject.org

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#Science Quotable: Todd Pittinsky – America lacks faith in science #Scicomm

Fifty-three percent of Americans are not convinced that human activity is causing global warming (1). Why? The issue is faith, not facts.

We cannot see climate change with our own eyes, yet we (scientists) have faith in the scientific method. That is what gives science the right to an authoritative voice in public policy.

The real challenge for scientists and those who speak for them is to inspire the public’s faith in science.

Scientists do not typically think it is their business to inspire faith. Their job is to provide facts. But to solve the pressing problems that require public acceptance of well-established science—from global warming to vaccinations to the increasing overuse of antibiotics—scientists must indeed inspire more public faith in their methods and their mutually enforced trustworthiness.

– Selected quotes from a great letter in Science Magazine by Todd L. Pittinsky (America’s crisis of faith in science)

Pittinsky gives a terrific perspective on faith in science and the scientific method, including specific examples of how to inspire faith in science! While a part of me cringes at the use of faith and science in a single sentence, in this case I have been convinced! Check out the full letter here!!!

NOTE: Disappointing to see Pittinsky use ‘global warming’ instead of climate change… womp womp. Guess he isn’t a follower of Bill Nye.

Climate Change Fantasy Tournament #SassyObama

Alright guys, time to weigh in on who you think is the biggest denier of climate change!  Thanks to Mr. Obama, you can participate in the Climate Change Fantasy Tournament (it’s a different kind of March Madness).  First round is now. Is this funny, or all too real?

Despite the overwhelming scientific agreement that climate change is real and man-made, these sixteen members of Congress prefer to live in a fantasy world, refusing to accept the basic facts. You can learn more about their denial here. Help us pick the worst of the worst. Vote now!

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Anti-Science Party? 49% of Republicans don’t believe in evolution, 66% don’t believe in global warming – small poll #facepalm

pppThe above poll results are from Public Policy Polling between Feb 20-22, 2015. The poll only includes 316 Republican primary voters, so it is quite a small sample. BUT, this type of polling could explain why most Republican candidates come across as anti-science, or at least seem to waffle or be strongly against supporting evolution and/or global warming. I wonder if results would vary at all if the poll had used ‘climate change’ instead of ‘global warming’… which it definitely should have.

NOAA: 2015 had second warmest January by global average temperature on record #climate

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January 2015 had the second warmest averaged global temperature on record. Summary here at NOAA!

The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for January 2015 was the second highest among all years since record keeping began in 1880. The January global land surface temperature was also second highest on record, while the global ocean surface temperature was third highest.

#Science Quotable: Senator Bernie Sanders #ClimateChange

Screen Shot 2015-01-22 at 7.37.58 PMThe American people need to know whether Congress is listening to the overwhelming majority of scientists when it comes to climate change.

On this issue, the scientists have been virtually unanimous in saying that climate change is real, it is caused by human activity, that it is already causing devastating problems in the United States and around the world and that it is imperative that we  transform our energy system away from fossil fuel.

Do members of Congress believe the scientists or not?

Senator Bernie Sanders (video on MSNBC)