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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Fox News Encourages Ignorance on Climate Change - Oil/Coal Companies Fund Climate Change Deniers - Extreme Weather - and more on Climate Change

- Fox News Host Chris Wallace Encourages Fox Viewers To Remain Misinformed On Climate Change
    A Stanford University study similarly found that "more exposure to Fox News was associated with more rejection of many mainstream scientists' claims about global warming, [and] with less trust in scientists."
- Did ExxonMobil Break Its Promise To Stop Funding Climate Change Deniers?
    Back in 2008, ExxonMobil pledged to quit funding climate change deniers. But according to new documents released through a Greenpeace Freedom of Information Act request, the oil giant was still forking over cash to climate skeptics as recently as last year, to the tune of $76,000 for one scientist skeptical of humankind's role in global warming. This—and much more—came to light in a new report...
- American climate skeptic Soon funded by oil, coal firms
    Willie Soon, a U.S. climate change skeptic who has also discounted the health risks of mercury emissions from coal, has received more than $1 million in funding in recent years from large energy companies and an oil industry group, according to Greenpeace.
- PART ONE: Storm Warning: Extreme Weather Is a Product of Climate Change
    More violent and frequent storms, once merely a prediction of climate models, are now a matter of observation. Part one of a three-part series...
- PART TWO: Global Warming and the Science of Extreme Weather
    How rising temperatures change weather and produce fiercer, more frequent storms. Second of a three-part series...
- PART THREE: Our Extreme Future: Predicting and Coping with the Effects of a Changing Climate
    Adapting to extreme weather calls for a combination of restoring wetland and building drains and sewers that can handle the water. But leaders and the public are slow to catch on. Final part of a three-part series...

    ...climate models predict that by 2050 Russia will have warmed up so much that every summer will be as warm as the disastrous heat wave it just experienced, says Richard Seager of Columbia University's Lamont–Doherty Earth Observatory. In other words, many of today's extremes will become tomorrow's everyday reality.
- Climate change hots up in 2010, the year of extreme weather
    Last year was the joint-warmest on record and also the wettest over land, with sea ice levels dropping and drought on the rise.
- Pacific Plankton Crosses to Atlantic...Thanks to Arctic Meltdown
    Neodenticula seminae, a microscopic strand of photosynthesizing plankton, is common in much of the northern Pacific Ocean.The plankton hadn't been seen in the northern Atlantic in some 800,000 years—until a survey in 1999 turned up a bunch in the Labrador Sea. Researchers speculate it traveled along with a pulse of warm Pacific water, part of the changing circulation patterns in the far north due to global warming.
- Water wars: 21st century conflicts?
    Water scarcity, and potential conflicts arising from it, is linked to larger issues of population growth, increasing food prices and global warming. As almost half of humanity will face water scarcity by 2030...
- Arctic sea ice headed for another major melt
    The precipitous decline of Arctic sea ice during the past 30 years of the satellite record (and longer, when other data is taken into consideration) has been one of the most striking manifestations of global climate change...Evidence also indicates that as the sea ice cover shrinks; weather patterns within and beyond the immediate Arctic Circle have been changing as well