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Greenland ice is melting seven percent faster than previously thought

The same hotspot in Earth’s mantle that feeds Iceland’s active volcanoes has been playing a trick on the scientists who are trying to measure how much ice is melting on nearby Greenland. According to a new study in the journal Science Advances, the hotspot softened the mantle rock beneath Greenland in a way that ultimately distorted their calculations for ice loss …

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ASTRID CALDAS – No Need To Wait for the Future: Global Warming Impacts Are Happening Right Here, Right Now.

One thought hit me today, and it was not a very optimistic one. I thought that one may get so used to the fact that that month after month temperature records are being broken, that the issue of global warming would somehow become an afterthought, or a “cry wolf” phenomenon. After all, it is happening every month, right? Therefore, one would …

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Lauren McCauley – The Earth Just Experienced the Hottest Month on the Books. Period.

On Monday it was confirmed that the Earth has broken an ominous climate milestone amid a wave of troubling records: July 2016 was the hottest recorded month—ever. According to new NASA data, the global mean surface temperatures last month were 0.84° Celsius (1.51° Fahrenheit) above average and was the warmest July in their data set, which dates back to 1880. …

Chris D’Angelo – The Results Of Earth’s ‘Annual Physical’ Are A Scary Dose Of Deja Vu

  A devastating dose of long-term climate change combined with a strong El Niño in 2015 seemingly left every major climate record on the books shattered, according to an annual international climate report released Tuesday. The State of the Climate report, led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and described as Earth’s “annual physical,” finds that the health of the planet has, once …

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ROBERT HUNZIKER – Epicenter of Obliteration – Arctic Ice

“Obliteration” is intentionally Machiavellian, and over-reaching, but the hard truth is that obliteration (extinction) could really, truly happen, assuming certain things happen, or not, depending…. In such case, in order to gain a full understanding of Arctic ice loss as it relates to obliteration, query the world’s foremost Arctic expert, Peter Wadhams, professor of Ocean Physics, University of Cambridge. All …

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Asoka Bandarage – Climate, Consciousness and Social Change

Climate change is a complex phenomenon involving unknown changes in planetary biophysical systems.  However, there is now scientific consensus, that climate change is caused by anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. Fossil fuel combustion is considered the primary cause of carbon emissions and climate change worldwide. Scientists warn that unless we are able to bring down carbon emissions rapidly to below 350 …

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Progressive Commentary Hour – 06.07.16

Guest #1 – Kevin Hinchey is a film directory, professor of cinemaphotography and a director of the Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust that managers the Wilhelm Reich archives at Harvard University’s Countway Library of medicine. He also operates the Wilhelm Reich museum in Rangeley Maine. Kevin has a masters from NYU’s Graduate Film School and has worked as a screenwriter in Los Angeles and New York City and currently teaches film making and courses about Reich in Connecticut and Massachusetts. His lecture series, TheTrue Story of Government Ordered Bookburning in America, about the destruction of tons of Reich’s works is a warning of scientific totalitarianism. Kevin is currently editing a full featured documentary about the life and thought and research of Wilhelm Reich – the Wilhelm Reich Documentary Film Project. To help fund the project, visit https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/wilhelm-reich-documentary-film-project-edit-phase–7#/

Guest #2 – Professor James (Jim) Strick teaches in the department of earth environment studies at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster Pennsylvania, where is also the Chair of the Program in Science and Technologhy. Dr. Strick was trained in microbiology and has specialized in the history science, the history of biological ideas and experimentation into life. Jim holds degrees SUNY, two masters degrees – one in history from Princeton University and another in environmental sciences from SUNY, and doctorate in history from Princeton. He has published volumes about Darwin, Astrobiology and NASA, the debate about the origins of life and an excellent volume about Wilhelm Reich – Wilhelm Reich Biologist” – published by Harvard Press. He is an advisor of the journal ISIS from the History of Science Society and has published articles in numerous professional journals.

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AMRITA GUPTA – “The Third World War Will be About Water”

Rajendra Singh, known as the “water man of India,” believes that critically depleted aquifers around the world can be revived with community effort. For the past 32 years, through his NGO Tarun Bharat Sangh (Young India Organization), Singh has led community-based water harvesting and water management initiatives in the Alwar district of Rajasthan, an arid, semi-desert state in the northwest …

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Dahr Jamail – Navy Allowed to Kill or Injure Nearly 12 Million Whales, Dolphins, Other Marine Mammals in Pacific

What if you were told the US Navy is legally permitted to harass, injure or kill nearly 12 million whales, dolphins, porpoises, sea lions and seals across the North Pacific Ocean over a five-year period? It is true, and over one-quarter of every tax dollar you pay is helping to fund it. A multistate, international citizen watchdog group called the West Coast Action …

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Michelle Lani Shiota – How Awe Sharpens Our Brains

More than 4.5 million people visited the Grand Canyon National Park in 2013; more than 3.5 million visited Yosemite. That same year, worldwide revenues for Cirque du Soleil, the Quebecois theatrical venture emphasizing extreme feats of acrobatics and agility, were close to $850 million. Fireworks displays, first developed in seventh-century China, are now featured in celebrations throughout the world at tremendous public expense. The …