• David Harten Watson

Climate news for May, 2021


Global warming news: My smartphone knows me well enough to keep recommending news about global warming! Lately, there have been several articles about the Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica, often called the “Doomsday Glacier”. Don’t worry, the Doomsday Glacier isn’t collapsing yet, but it is melting faster than anticipated, just as other glaciers worldwide have been melting faster than anticipated. Maybe if we do a second volume of this cli-fi anthology, Book Two could have stories about the Doomsday Glacier (which is more dangerous because it has an ice shelf) collapsing suddenly, putting some cities underwater overnight!

Here are some links to some alarming global warming news from April and May 2021:

“Climate Change Has Knocked Earth Off Its Axis”

https://earther.gizmodo.com/climate-change-has-knocked-earth-off-its-axis-1846751527?utm_source=gizmodo_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2021-04-24

“Dire Predictions Suggest Antarctic Rainfall Will Dramatically Intensify This Century”

https://www.sciencealert.com/climate-change-spells-more-rain-for-earth-s-driest-continent-and-its-penguins

“By The Way, Antarctica Just Experienced an Unprecedented Summer Heatwave”

https://www.sciencealert.com/here-s-how-antarctica-managed-to-recorded-a-20-75-c-day-last-month

“Climate tipping points may have been reached already, experts say - CBS News”

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/climate-change-tipping-points-amazon-rainforest-antarctic-ice-gulf-stream/

“Climate scientists: concept of net zero is a dangerous trap”

https://www.resilience.org/stories/2021-04-22/climate-scientists-concept-of-net-zero-is-a-dangerous-trap/

“Antarctic ‘doomsday glacier’ may be melting faster than was thought | Glaciers | The Guardian”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/apr/30/antarctic-doomsday-glacier-may-be-melting-faster-than-was-thought

“Climate change: what Antarctica’s ‘doomsday glacier’ means for the planet”

https://www.ft.com/content/4ff254ed-960d-4b35-a6c0-1e60a6e79d91

“‘It’s like a rotting carcass of its former self’: funeral for an Oregon glacier | US news | The Guardian”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/02/its-like-a-rotting-carcass-of-its-former-self-funeral-for-an-oregon-glacier

“Sea Level Rise From Antarctic Melt Could Be 30% Higher Than We Thought”

https://www.sciencealert.com/sea-level-rise-from-antarctica-melt-could-be-30-percent-higher-than-we-thought

“As glaciers disappear in Alaska, the rest of the world’s ice follows”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/01/as-glaciers-disappear-in-alaska-the-rest-of-the-worlds-ice-follows

“Receding glaciers causing rivers to suddenly disappear”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/03/receding-glaciers-causing-rivers-to-suddenly-disappear

“More Compact and Efficient Vertical Turbines Could Be the Future for Wind Farms”

ttps://scitechdaily.com/more-compact-and-efficient-vertical-turbines-could-be-the-future-for-wind-farms/

“Melting glaciers have been shifting the Earth’s poles since 1995, new study suggests – Physics World”

https://physicsworld.com/melting-glaciers-have-been-shifting-the-earths-poles-since-1995-new-study-suggests/

“World will lose 10% of glacier ice even if it hits climate targets | Environment | The Guardian”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/apr/29/world-lose-glacier-ice-climate-targets

“Opinion: Climate change has finally reached a tipping point that’s good – MarketWatch”

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/climate-change-has-finally-reached-a-tipping-point-that-we-can-welcome-11620149776

“Climate change: NOAA's "new normal" climate report is anything but normal - CBS News”

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/climate-change-noaa-new-normal-temperature/

“The ‘Doomsday’ Glacier May Be in More Trouble Than We Thought | Atmos”

https://atmos.earth/thwaites-glacier-doomsday-sea-level-rise-study/

“The Aloha State Declares a Climate Emergency | Atmos”

https://atmos.earth/hawaii-climate-emergency-biden/

“Sea Level Rise From Antarctica Could Be 30% Higher Than Thought: Study”

https://www.businessinsider.com/antarctica-sea-level-rise-could-be-higher-than-thought-study-2021-5

“China’s coasts feel the heat of rising sea levels | South China Morning Post”

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3132805/chinas-coasts-feel-heat-rising-sea-levels

Take care, and stay healthy!

~David Harten Watson

Editor of Terraforming Earth for Aliens (A Cli-fi Anthology of Global Warming Fiction)

Author of the Magicians Gold series of young-adult fantasy books, including Magic Teacher's Son (Book 1), available at http://Pen-L.com/MagicTeachersSon.html and Fortress of Gold (Book 2), available at http://Pen-L.com/FortressOfGold.html Published by Pen-L Publishing, http://www.Pen-L.com Amazon author page: www.amazon.com/author/watsond Awards: 2016 Eric Hoffer Award Winner (HM in category Young Adult), 2016 Eric Hoffer Award Grand Prize Short List, 2016 First Horizon Award Finalist, and 2015 IAN Book of the Year Awards Finalist! See the MTS video book trailer: http://youtu.be/TfkmOeNw4WE Watch the 2017 Squirrel Rosenberg Podcast video interview: Full Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ixrfhj98UoI Podcast Promo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ultUJ8RC7Iw Hear a radio interview by WPRB Princeton: http://bit.ly/1086Gkq Featured review: http://zigzagtl.blogspot.com/2014/10/review-magic-teachers-son-magicians.html Cover art by M. Wayne Miller

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