US Climate Report And Other Stories

Third US National Climate Assessment

In May the third United States National Climate Assessment demonstrates a growth in the number, and strength of, extreme weather events over the past 50 years. The report notes increased extreme heavy rainfall events, and also accounted for the probability of extreme heat events. These are due to human influences.

Extreme heat in Texas and Oklahoma has meant that often even in the night, the temperature has continued to rise. Wild fires in the west are likely to be more common. There is a “roughly doubled … probability of extreme heat events” due to human influences. Ultimately agricultural production and the ability to produce food is going to be affected adversely by human induced climate changes. This is another example of science illustrating that Anthropogenic Climate Disruption (ACD) is real and accelerating rapidly across the North American continent. Current efforts to cut emissions and to adapt to climate change are “insufficient to avoid increasingly negative social, environmental, and economic consequences”. Fisheries are being affected by increased acidity of the oceans and that is having a negative impact on the Pacific North West economies and output.

The full report is available to view at The National Climate Assessment. There are series of articles that discuss climate mitigation and adaptation. How can we prevent or lessen the impact of climate change (mitigation); alternatively how to adapt to the climate changes, the adaptation. In the mitigation section it is noted that carbon dioxide is being removed from the atmosphere naturally at a rate that is roughly half of the current rate of human generated carbon dioxide emissions.

The Mackintosh Library Will Rise Again

On 23rd May 2014 there was a devastating fire in the world famous Glasgow School of Art’s library building. The library was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and had become an internationally recognised building due to its design and furniture that was designed to be an integral part of the building. The fire caused major damage to the building. Fortunately the building has been heavily documented and surveyed over the years since it was constructed. The rebuilding costs are likely to be around £25 million. Again fortuitously all the building’s working drawings survive as they were stored in a fire-proof vault underneath the building. Watch this space as to the restoration and renewal of an internationally acclaimed design symbol.

To see some images of the Glasgow School of Art see this link.

More Record Temperatures

There were more climate records broken this year, in April, May and June 2014 global temperatures were the highest on record according to the Japanese Meteorological Agency. May 2014 was the highest temperature on record. The three-month period was about 0.68 degrees Celsius above the 20th-century average which is quite significant in such a short time span. Further details can on the Slate blog.

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