Eco-Logical: A Group for Environmentalists

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  • Ruth Anthony-Gardner

    Unfortunately, because of back to back mass bleaching events, scientists are telling us that the massive, impressive Australian Great Barrier Reef is now at a ‘terminal stage’—with large portions having no hope of recovery.

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  • Ruth Anthony-Gardner

    April Climate Update from RobertScribbler We're averaging 1.21°C above preindustrial so far this year, as El Nino neutral conditions didn't cool things off as expected.

    April of 2017 was considerably warmer than all past Aprils in the climate record with the single exception of 2016.

    The month came in at 0.88 degrees Celsius above NASA’s 20th Century baseline and fully 1.1 degrees Celsius above 1880s averages. This measure was just 0.01 C warmer than now third warmest 2010 and 0.18 C shy of last year’s record.

    The first four months of 2017 now average around 1.21 degrees Celsius warmer than 1880s ranges. This number is about tied with 2016’s overall record warmth which was spurred by a combined strong El Nino and the incredible buildup of greenhouse gasses in the Earth’s atmosphere that we have seen for over more than a century.

    This year, ENSO neutral conditions trending toward the cooler side of average during the first quarter should have helped to moderate global temperatures somewhat. As is, though a slight cooling vs the first quarter of 2016 is somewhat evident, the broader, more general counter-trend cooling that we would expect following a strong El Nino is practically non-apparent.

    Very strong Northern Hemisphere polar warming during the winter months appears to be a primary driver pushing overall global temperatures higher during recent months. [bold and underline mine]

  • Ruth Anthony-Gardner

    The entire Amazon is threatened by deforestation on the fringes.

    “Our study shows that the ongoing deforestation of the Amazon outskirts may have a negative impact on the entire rainforest”, says Minchao Wu.

    The explanation is that deforestation affects the climate both locally and regionally, creating a vicious circle. When the trees disappear from the outskirts of the forest, it creates significant local warming. Furthermore, it changes the air circulation patterns throughout the Amazon area during the dry season.

    This chain of events is self-perpetuating and creates a vicious circle with an increasingly higher risk of disrupting the balance of the entire ecosystem. The untouched inner parts of the Amazon rainforest are thus also at risk of adverse effects, even though the actual felling of trees takes place far away in the outermost areas.

    “Our results indicate that this has already started to happen in the Amazon rainforest. [emphasis mine]

    Deforestation in Amazon basin could disrupt the distant rainforest ...