Category Archives: Natural news and common thought

Making the Connection: Me, Blue, and You!

Diana Yoon 🌿

At the start of May, I started the Environmental Visual Communications program at the ROM. That first day I walked into the ROM for the program, I also got to see the Blue Whale exhibit for the first time at Friday Night Lights. Although I was surrounded by hundreds of people, I felt instantly connected to this whale and the ROM. I really felt like I could learn and grow as storyteller, as a visual communicator, and most importantly, as a person. I wanted to explore these intersections of nature, art, culture, and education; I believed in the power of public institutions to be a catalyst for change. And so here I find myself, actively seeking out ways to tell Blue’s story to spark some inspiration, hope, and environmental change.

newfoundland_whale.jpg Blue was one of the nine blue whales that was found in Newfoundland in 2014 and is now on display…

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Warning: this article may frighten – consume at your own risk

As a sustainable lifestyle blogger, my job is to make conscious consumerism look good. Over the course of four years Instagramming eco-friendly outfits, testing non-toxic nail polish brands, and writing sustainable city guides, I became a proponent of having it all—fashion, fun, travel, beauty—while still being eco-friendly. So when I was invited to speak on…

via Conscious consumerism is a lie. Here’s a better way to help save the world — Quartz

Sea Surface Temperature — NOAA Vindicated

They were right all along, but nobody “wins” with rapid climate change – awareness is just step one. We need action, urgently.

Open Mind

Ever since NOAA released their latest update to sea surface temperature, version ER-SSTv4 (Extended Reconstruction Sea Surface Temperature version 4), it — and they — have been the target of vicious attack. It has come not just from climate denier bloggers, but from politicians like Lamar Smith (R-TX, chairman of the House committee on Science, Space, and Technology). The accusations haven’t been limited to error, rather they have focused on claims of outright fraud by NOAA scientists, saying, without any justification whatever, that the new version was an attempt to deceive, simply because it shows faster recent warming than other versions.

But new research has not only vindicated them, it establishes that their latest update shows every sign of being the best sea surface temperature data set yet. As in, the best.

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Arctic, Antarctic Ice in Free Fall — Climate Denial Crock of the Week

I can’t recommend this blog enough. Critical thinking, sound science, generous referencing – take a read and be empowered with the increasingly endangered presence of knowledge, reality, and respect, here.

Bob Henson in Weather Underground: There are weather and climate records, and then there are truly exceptional events that leave all others in the dust. Such has been the case across Earth’s high latitudes during this last quarter of 2016, on track to be the planet’s warmest year on record. Sea ice extent and area […]

via Arctic, Antarctic Ice in Free Fall — Climate Denial Crock of the Week

It’s the Ice, Stupid — Open Mind

Earlier this month the WUWT blog treated us to a bizarre post about how this year didn’t set a new record for lowest Arctic sea ice extent (it only came in 2nd-lowest), in spite of “two very strong storms.” Doubling down, they offer another post trumpeting “record Arctic sea ice growth in September.” Which makes […]

via It’s the Ice, Stupid — Open Mind