Ben & Jerry’s raise global warming awareness with new flavor

Saturday, May 30, 2015 Posted by

May 30, 2015
The Week

Ben & Jerry’s wants ice cream lovers to know their dessert isn’t the only thing in danger of melting. They announced new flavor Save Our Swirl, or SOS for short, to draw awareness to December’s UN Climate Summit in France. There, global leaders are expected to work toward establishing a universal climate change agreement.

The flavor combines raspberry ice cream, marshmallow and raspberry swirls, and dark and white fudge ice cream cones.

“We created a flavor to bring attention to this historic issue and to send out our own SOS for our planet,” the company said in a news release Wednesday.

Ben & Jerry’s is also encouraging fans to sign activist group Avaaz’ petition to transition to 100 percent clean energy by 2050. Julie Kliegman

‘Climate Disruption’ instead of global warming and climate change

Thursday, March 12, 2015 Posted by

March 12, 2015
By Jeff McMahon


People have been learned to cope with change by thinking it’s not all bad, but climate change is all bad, according to a climate scientist at Argonne National Laboratory who says it’s time to replace the term climate change, itself a replacement for global warming, with a new term: climate disruption.

“Positive mental attitude is a really wonderful way to deal with change,” research meteorologist Doug Sisterson told about 200 people at the University of Chicago’s International House Tuesday night. “We’ve learned that we want to be optimists and have a positive mental attitude, and the way we deal with that is by thinking ‘Not all change is bad.’ Well, talking about climate change, it’s not good. So maybe it’s wrong to portray climate change with a positive mental attitude.

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Global warming has slowed down but don’t celebrate yet

Monday, March 2, 2015 Posted by

March 2, 2015
Tech Times
By James Maynard

Global warming seems to have paused since the turn of the millennium, but climatologists believe this slowdown is not a reason for celebration.

The Pacific Ocean is cooling, which could be offsetting some of the warming caused by the release of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, researchers believe.

El Niño cycles in the Pacific Ocean warm the water, and the last of these cycles took place between 1997 and 1998. Since that time, the world’s largest ocean has exhibited a cool phase. However, these conditions will not last, and once the cycle reverses its trend, global warming will once again start to heat the planet, researchers note.

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The biggest scandal is the fiddling with temperature data

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 Posted by

February 10, 2015
The Telegraph
By Christopher Booker

When future generations look back on the global-warming scare of the past 30 years, nothing will shock them more than the extent to which the official temperature records – on which the entire panic ultimately rested – were systematically “adjusted” to show the Earth as having warmed much more than the actual data justified.

Two weeks ago, under the headline “How we are being tricked by flawed data on global warming”, I wrote about Paul Homewood, who, on his Notalotofpeopleknowthat blog, had checked the published temperature graphs for three weather stations in Paraguay against the temperatures that had originally been recorded. In each instance, the actual trend of 60 years of data had been dramatically reversed, so that a cooling trend was changed to one that showed a marked warming.

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President Obama leaves India without a global warming deal

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 Posted by

January 27, 2015
Daily Mail
By David Martasko

  • India refused to agree to a ‘peaking year’ after which its carbon dioxide emissions would begin to decline
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government brushed off Obama’s demands, instead maintaining that it will reduce CO2 levels per dollar of economic activity
  • India also pledged to quintuple its solar energy capacity and boost its wind energy capacity 30-fold by 2022
  • Obama acknowledged that it looks unfair for the US to ask emerging economies to do without the fossi fuels America was built on 
  • Air Force One will emit more than 809 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere during his trip to India and Saudi Arabia

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Sounds like Mitt Romney believes in global warming again. How will he deal with it?

Thursday, January 22, 2015 Posted by

January 22, 2015
By Brad Plumer

Mitt Romney wants to talk about global warming. Really.

The topic isn’t always popular with conservatives. But as Romney ponders yet another run for president, he keeps bringing it up. Here’s what he said at an event in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, according to the Deseret News:

He also tackled climate change, describing himself as “one of those Republicans” who believe the world is getting warmer and people contribute to the temperature changes and calling for “real leadership” to deal with coal emissions.

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2014 was a record hot year thanks to global warming

Friday, January 16, 2015 Posted by

January 16, 2015
The Guardian

NASA and NOAA have just reported that global surface temperatures in 2014 were the hottest on record. That also means 2014 was likely the hottest the Earth has been in millennia, and perhaps as much as 100,000 years.

But what’s really remarkable is that 2014 set this record without the aid of an El Niño event. El Niño events create conditions in which sea surface and hence global surface temperatures are anomalously hot. We call this part of the Earth’s “internal variability” because these events just temporarily shift heat around between the ocean surface and its depths.

As this graphic shows (click here for an animated version), the last five record hot years of 2010, 2005, 1998, 1997, and 1995 were all assisted by El Niño events.

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No matter what happens in Lima the world can fight global warming

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 Posted by

December 2, 2014
Scientific American
By David Bielo

Imagine if the world’s two largest polluters unilaterally decide to cut emissions of carbon dioxide, the ubiquitous gas responsible for the bulk of global warming. At the same time, a major developing country admits that future growth will have to be balanced with CO2 pollution limits. Meanwhile, an industrialized nation country takes responsibility for the layer of greenhouse gases it has already added to the atmosphere.

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World Bank says, global warming is already locked in

Monday, November 24, 2014 Posted by

November 24, 2014

The world is locked into 1.5°C global warming, posing severe risks to lives and livelihoods around the world, according to a new climate report commissioned by the World Bank. The report, which called on a large body of scientific evidence, found that global warming of close to 1.5°C above pre-industrial times — up from 0.8°C today – is already locked into Earth’s atmospheric system by past and predicted greenhouse gas emissions.

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Global warming and Australia

Friday, November 21, 2014 Posted by

November 21, 2014
The Economists

A HEATWAVE hovered over Brisbane, the state capital of Queensland, as world leaders gathered on November 15th for a Group of 20 (G20) summit, the biggest such meeting Australia has hosted. Tony Abbott, the prime minister, had hoped to limit their talks to topics that chimed with his domestic political agenda: growth and jobs. Barack Obama, America’s president, had other ideas. On his way to the talks, Mr Obama delivered a speech to cheering students at the University of Queensland, calling on Australia to do more to tackle climate change. To rub his message in, Mr Obama worried about the “incredible natural glory of the Great Barrier Reef”, off the coast of Queensland, which is threatened by global warming.

The president’s speech was carefully calculated. Three days earlier, Mr Obama had struck a deal with Xi Jinping, China’s president, at another summit in Beijing, in which the world’s two biggest emitters of carbon set targets to lower their outputs of greenhouse gases. The deal apparently caught Mr Abbott by surprise. He had wanted to limit the G20’s climate commitments to a line about energy efficiency. But climate change dominated the Brisbane summit in the wake of Mr Obama’s proclamation that “here in the Asia Pacific, nobody has more at stake”. Few can recall such a sharp public rebuke from Australia’s main strategic ally.

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