Sunday, October 28, 2018

The landmark 2018 report on climate change from the IPCC

It seems to me that the main new thing here is the urgency resulting from the failure of decision-makers to be realistic and stop kicking the can down the road... It is too late to stop damaging climate change. It remains to try and limit the disastrous consequences. 
According to a BBC report:
"Keeping to the preferred target of 1.5C above pre-industrial levels will mean "rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society".
It will be hugely expensive - but the window of opportunity remains open."

Clearly the summary of the report is phrased to try and get action from decision-makers and attention from media, worded by desperate, frustrated scientists.
According to the BBC report:
"The critical 33-page Summary for Policymakers certainly bears the hallmarks of difficult negotiations between climate researchers determined to stick to what their studies have shown and political representatives more concerned with economies and living standards." 
""Scientists might want to write in capital letters, 'ACT NOW, IDIOTS,' but they need to say that with facts and numbers," said Kaisa Kosonen, of Greenpeace, who was an observer at the negotiations. "And they have.""
IPCC press release.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Some ongoing wildlife research

A very interesting blog by Molly Crookshank who is studying Wildlife Biology and Conservation at Edinburgh Napier University. She has been with a group at Iwokrama through Operation Walacea. Her blog has comments and pictures about wildlife in Guyana.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Guyana Earth Tremor

We experienced a tremor of about magnitude 4 here on Tuesday 21st August as a result of a major (7+) earthquake in Venezuela. One of the strongest tremors I can recall in the past 40 or so years.

No significant damage in Guyana that I am aware of. Minor damage was reported in Trinidad - but not minor to the owner of the car that got totalled by a falling chunk of concrete... Some damage was reported in Venezuela and possibly some loss of life.

See also
https://guyanachronicle.com/2018/08/21/tremor-shakes-guyana
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_Venezuela_earthquakes

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Sub-surface lake on Mars

Exciting news from Mars. Sub-surface lakes have been found beneath the south pole of Mars. And by an orbiter which has been orbiting Mars collecting data for years. According to a BBC news item:

"What they believe to be a lake sits under the planet's south polar ice cap, and is about 20km (12 miles) across.
Lake beds like those explored by Nasa's Curiosity rover show water was present on the surface of Mars in the past.
However, the planet's climate has since cooled due to its thin atmosphere, leaving most of its water locked up in ice.
The result is exciting because scientists have long searched for signs of present-day liquid water on Mars, but these have come up empty or yielded ambiguous findings. It will also interest those studying the possibilities for life beyond Earth - though it does not yet raise the stakes in the search for biology."

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Blog theme

Don't panic... am trying a new theme so things look different.