Arctic: Warmest in 2,000 years

Thursday, 3 September 2009, By Richard Black, Environment correspondent, BBC News website Arctic temperatures are now warmer than at any time in the last 2,000 years, research reveals. Changes to the Earth’s orbit drove centuries of cooling, but temperatures rose fast in the last 100 years as human greenhouse gas emissions rose. The result is a “hockey stick”-like sudden 90 degree turn, in which the last decade – 1998-2008 –. . . Continue

Our Coral Reefs; The High Cost of fossil fuels!

Wednesday, 2 September 2009 By Richard Black, Environment correspondent, BBC News Coral reefs do more than look pretty – they are nurseries for many fish [Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology says that by 2050, 98 percent of today’s coral reefs will be in waters too acidic to support their growth.] Current climate targets are not enough to save the world’s coral reefs – and policymakers urgently need to consider. . . Continue

Polar ice thickness has decreased dramatically

WWF’s Dr. Neil Hamilton on Global Warming in the Arctic the Director of the International Arctic Program ice thickness has decreased dramatically since 2003:   It’s now about half as thick. In its report “Smoke, Mirrors & Hot Air,” the Union of Concerned Scientists slammed ExxonMobil for lying: “underwriting the most sophisticated disinformation campaign since the tobacco industry,” as well as for “funneling about $16 million between 1998 and 2005. . . Continue

400 richest Americans’ incomes doubled under Bush.

Another $5 billion giveaway by the Bush administration By Ben Armbruster on Jan 30th, 2009 Bloomberg reports that, according to recently released IRS data, “the average tax rate paid by the richest 400 Americans fell by a third to 17.2 percent through the first six years of the Bush administration and their average income doubled to $263.3 million.” Much of their income came from capital gains resulting from the Bush. . . Continue