Archive | July, 2017

The World Is Drowning In Plastic Waste

26 Jul

The world has made 9.1 million tons of plastic waste in the last 70 years, and the vast majority of that is still around to pollute our land and oceans.

Since 1950, industry has made more than 9.1 billions of tons of plastics. But plastic doesn’t degrade like other, more natural, materials, so now there’s enough of it left over to bury Manhattan in over 2 miles of plastic waste. This news comes from an article in the journal Science Advances. The researchers combined plastic […]

What Does the Iceberg Calving in Antarctica Mean?

19 Jul

An iceberg the size of Delaware broke off from the Larsen C ice shelf in early July. What does this mean in terms of the pace of climate change and other phenomena?

You’d have to be living under a rock not to know that a 1 trillion-ton iceberg calved off the Larsen C Ice Shelf of Antarctica some time between July 10 and July 12. But what does this mean in terms of the Earth’s climate? Did the release of the iceberg mean that the threat of […]

Satellite Data Correction Shows Alarming Global Temperature Increase

12 Jul

Corrected satellite data has knocked the wind out of climate change deniers' sails.

Climate change deniers and skeptics have long used satellite data to back up their arguments. This is because the data showed lower temperatures than those recorded on the ground. However, new research may be knocking the wind out of climate skeptics’ sails. Dr. Carl Mears and Frank Wentz of Remote Sensing Systems found that orbital […]

Massive Snowmelt Took Place In West Antarctica

5 Jul

In January of 2016, a massive ice melt caused by an extra-strong El Niño, took place in West Antarctica. Could this be a sign of things to come?

In January of 2016, an area of roughly 300,000 square miles—twice the size of California—in Antarctica had an extreme melting event. The cause of the melt was warm winds blowing over the continent forced by an especially strong El Niño. The warm spell lasted more than two weeks, and during that time, satellite data revealed […]