Category: Climate

Bearing Witness to Climate Change September 2021

At the end of last month, Hurricane Ida became the 4th strongest storm to strike the US gulf coast where it left widespread flooding, damages, and over a million without power or drinking water for days. But the surprise was the disaster the storm… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to Climate Change September 2021”

Bearing Witness to Climate Change August 2021

During the month NOAA issued its 31st State of the Climate report for the year 2020 that draws on the work of over 500 scientists from over 50 countries. It confirmed previous findings that CO2 in the atmosphere reached an all-time high of over… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to Climate Change August 2021”

Bearing Witness to Climate Change July 2021

The previous month of June 2021 had now been deemed to be the hottest June on record for the United States. Numerous all-time records for any month and date were set at several locations. Temperatures were 4.2 degrees F above their 20th century average.… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to Climate Change July 2021”

Bearing Witness to Climate Change June 2021

NOAA reported that in May the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii recorded the highest levels of CO2 in the atmosphere at 419 parts per million.  CO2 levels have now surpassed a staggering 50% higher than in pre-industrial times. The drop in emissions last year… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to Climate Change June 2021”

Bearing Witness to Climate Change May 2021

In the US, Hawaii has become the first state to officially declare a climate emergency. In a resolution the state legislature has declared that climate change threatens both humankind and the environment. A supporter said that “every day we wait to take action is… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to Climate Change May 2021”

Bearing Witness to Climate Change April 2021

At the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, CO2 levels have for the first time exceeded 420 parts per million. When carbon was first measured in the atmosphere in the 1950s it was 100 ppm lower, at 315. It is now higher than any time… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to Climate Change April 2021”

Bearing Witness to Climate Change March 2021

For the first time, last year the EU generated more electricity from renewables than from fossil fuels. The numbers from the US were not as good, although improving, where we rely on oil, gas, and coal for over 80% of our power with renewables… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to Climate Change March 2021”

Bearing Witness to Climate Change February 2021

University researchers report that the percentage of Americans who are very worried about Climate Change has doubled to around 26%. That’s good news – actually it should be much higher – if that concern creates the urgency to make change in our economies and… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to Climate Change February 2021”

Bearing Witness to Climate Change January 2021

European climate researchers were quick to conclude at the start of the month that 2020 tied 2016 as the hottest year on record. Average temperatures were said to be about 2.25 degrees F above their average before the rise of industrial emissions starting in… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to Climate Change January 2021”

Bearing Witness to Climate Change December 2020

In a meeting of world leaders on the fifth anniversary of the Paris Climate accord, and one month after the US officially left it, President-elect Joe Biden restated his pledge for the US to rejoin. Heads of state and government officials from over 70… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to Climate Change December 2020”