We’re Killing the Oceans, and We’ll Pay Dearly for It

We’re Killing the Oceans, and We’ll Pay Dearly for It

The seas continue to take on the atmosphere’s heat, as marine heatwaves cripple ecosystems and less snow and ice threaten water supplies.Let’s begin with the most apparent consequence of climate change in the oceans: global mean sea level rise.

Covering Climate Now

Covering Climate Now

Expect to hear a lot more about climate change in the news next week – and a lot about NIWA’s work underpinning the science that is signalling a warmer world right now and its effects in the future.

Melting Glaciers Are Helping Capture Carbon

Melting Glaciers Are Helping Capture Carbon

On average during the 2015 melting season, per square meter (to be clear, not in total ) these glacial rivers consumed twice as much CO2 as the Amazon rainforest.

Whitney Cummings—and Her Sex Robot—Take on Modern Womanhood

Whitney Cummings—and Her Sex Robot—Take on Modern Womanhood

In her new Netflix special, comedian Whitney Cummings shares the stage with an ultra-modern version of one of the most outdated comedy props imaginable, the ventriloquist dummy: a laughing, talking sex robot that looks just like her.

Companies Expect Climate Change to Cost Them $1 Trillion in 5 Years

Companies Expect Climate Change to Cost Them $1 Trillion in 5 Years

By making their predictions and analyses public, companies can also learn from each other about how to become more resilient in the face of climate threats.“Climate change is right now a very much under-priced risk in financial disclosures,” says Sarda, who believes both companies and investors need to prioritize climate-related accounting more.

Kids and Teens Strike Against Adults’ Climate Screw-Ups

Kids and Teens Strike Against Adults’ Climate Screw-Ups

“My GPA isn’t going to matter if I’m dead,” said an Oakland high-schooler named Bruke, 16, who’d crossed the bay to strike in front of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s office in San Francisco along with at least 1,000 other kids—ranging in age from toddlers with their parents to 18-year-olds.

How Many Times Do You Have to Slap a Chicken to Cook It?

How Many Times Do You Have to Slap a Chicken to Cook It?

Since I know the heat capacity of water, I can use that decrease in temperature of the water to calculate the increase in thermal energy of the turkey. Conservation of Energy If I assume chicken is similar to turkey, I can calculate the change in thermal energy to cook it.

Your Weather Tweets Are Showing Your Climate Amnesia

Your Weather Tweets Are Showing Your Climate Amnesia

People who understood that human activities were warming the planet were more likely to perceive weather events as being related to climate change.

Unexpectedly Vanishing Quasars Are Mystifying Scientists

Unexpectedly Vanishing Quasars Are Mystifying Scientists

To turn the quasar off, all of that material would have to swirl inward and fall onto the black hole — a process that calculations and even observations suggest should take tens to hundreds of thousands of years.“There’s no way that the accretion should be able to shut down as quickly as we’ve seen it do,” said Paul Green, an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

An Equator Full of Hurricanes Shows a Preview of End Times

An Equator Full of Hurricanes Shows a Preview of End Times

It’s the sign of a planet in the throes of change, and those changes don’t look good for the future.Humans are used to the idea of some parts of their homeworld being all but uninhabitable.

New Satellite's Lasers Will Track Tiny Changes in Polar Ice

New Satellite's Lasers Will Track Tiny Changes in Polar Ice

Once it settles into orbit 310 miles above the Earth, the satellite will start collecting data using a specially designed laser device that will give scientists more data about exactly where ice is melting and how fast.The NASA satellite will scan the Earth’s surface using six green laser beams to measure glaciers and floating sea ice.

Debate: carbon tax, an optical illusion

Debate: carbon tax, an optical illusion

On the French version of the website The Conversation, climate change specialist Christian de Perthuis recently applauded the introduction of the carbon tax in France in 2014 and its gradual increase.

Global warming to lead to more volcano eruptions, researchers warn

Global warming to lead to more volcano eruptions, researchers warn

Mr Roberti continued: “This is the first time this has happened there – so the equilibrium of the mountain is changing.“We see a correlation between high temperature, ice melting and landslides.“Today’s increasing temperature is likely to cause other large landslides.”

'No real appetite': former farmers chief lashes ministers over climate link to drought

'No real appetite': former farmers chief lashes ministers over climate link to drought

As Scott Morrison and his special drought envoy, Barnaby Joyce, toured south-west Queensland on Tuesday, Finlay described the former deputy prime minister and agriculture minister as the last in a long line of ministers who had “no real appetite” for national drought policy in a changing climate.

The Only Thing Fire Scientists Are Sure of: This Will Get Worse

The Only Thing Fire Scientists Are Sure of: This Will Get Worse

There’s no stable system that generates a measurable probability of events to use the past record to plan for the future,” says LeRoy Westerling, a management professor who studies wildfires at UC Merced. “But some things are changing.” Drought and temperature are worse.