As of mid April, at least 570 tornadoes have been reported in the United States this year. That's nearly a hundred more than the typical tally for mid-spring. So what's going on there, America?
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Last summer, a team of geologists set out on an expedition to study Slims River in the Yukon, but when they got there, the once majestic river was nowhere to be seen. The scientists attribute the missing river to a retreating glacier, which caused a dramatic shift in the direction of water flow. It's yet another example of climate change affecting our planet in unexpected ways.
The US agency in charge of monitoring icebergs has warned shipping companies that an unusual amount of icebergs for this time of year are drifting into North Atlantic shipping lanes, disrupting a complex international system that affects numerous facets of life. Experts aren't certain that climate change is to blame but, yeah, it's probably climate change.
The climate is changing, driven in part by humans spewing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. An overwhelming majority of climate scientists agrees with this statement. They agree with this statement because they look at long-term climate models, look at carbon emissions, run lots of tests, and see that one drives the other. I do not like writing serious articles about climate change because it's exasperating. But there is news that I must report: As usual, we're on track for a record-breaking year.
We all know the Earth is warming because humans are emitting greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. We've also heard that the Arctic is doing horribly, hitting record sea ice lows for several of the past few months, thanks to recent hot weather that's connected to a longer-term warming trend. The polar bear populations are projected to decline 30 per cent by 2050. There might not be any late-summer sea ice by the 2030s.
The gender of sea turtles is determined by their nest temperature - an increase in nest temperature means more females, and if this temperature rise is constant, they literally run out of males to breed with.
Since global temperatures can be conservatively described as "rising at an alarming rate never before seen what on Earth are we doing to this planet send help any help", it's easy to see why this would be a concern. But it's going to be fine. Seriously.
Yesterday Elon Musk stunned us (and just about everyone else) by tweeting in support of Rex Tillerson, former CEO of ExxonMobil and likely Secretary of State under the Trump administration. Musk's public image is that of a tycoon using his influence to innovate towards a techno-utopian future powered by clean energy and complete with human cities on Mars. What could he possibly have in common with a mogul who made his fortune sucking the Earth's resources dry? Gizmodo asked him. And today he answered.
For the third consecutive year, NASA and NOAA have announced record high temperatures. It's upsetting yet unsurprising, given the dearth of damns we seem to give about the state of our planet. As Gizmodo previously reported, temperatures were 0.04C higher last year than they were in 2015 — but the real reason this matters isn't because the planet's thermostat suddenly spiked. The overarching, disturbing trend is indisputable.
While you were busy celebrating the holidays, NASA dropped the hottest mixtape of 2016. The Goddard Space Flight Center — where engineers and scientists who work on developing spacecrafts and other NASA technology — dropped a simply fire mixtape to celebrate some of Goddard's greatest achievements of 2016.
In late December, Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources removed language which asserted that humans are responsible for climate change from its website. The US government site now reads, "As it has done throughout the centuries, the earth is going through a change. The reasons for this change at this particular time in the earth's long history are being debated."
East Antarctica's largest glacier is melting - fast.
Now new Australian research has confirmed warm water, flowing through a deep channel under the glacier, is a major reason. The research highlights the vulnerability of the East Antarctic ice sheet to ocean heat, one of the biggest unknown factors for global sea-level rise projections.
With his latest cabinet picks, Donald Trump has strongly signalled that his administration will do little to combat climate change, which he once called a hoax invented by the Chinese. If the US president-elect tries to stop climate research, however, California's governor has promised to fight him at every turn.