Worth an article – my August 2012 tweets

I have been committed since January 2007 to bring you each month a selection of the latest headlines and best researches on sustainable development, climate change and the world energy sector.

However, I don’t blog as much as I would like to and generally write around 25 posts per month. But many more news are worth reading. This is why I use Twitter to share dozens of news that are worth your time.

I believe it offers a good complement to this website. So if you are on Twitter and like this selection, don’t hesitate to start following me.

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The Arctic is melting to record low levels

These are bad bad news. As the New York Times Green blog notes : “Next week, Arctic sea ice may melt to its smallest size since data collection began in 1979, according to the lead scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center.

The summer of 2007 holds the record for sea ice melt, when the minimum area of the Arctic sea ice recorded was 39 percent smaller than the average minimum from 1979 to 2000.”

As the Atlantic Wire notes : “The ice over the Arctic Ocean is shrinking at record rates this year, a stark signal of global warming, scientists say.”

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Freezing temperatures are due to global warming

With current outdoors temperatures below the freezing point in large parts of Europe, it is easy to think that climate change is either a hoax or that it will be most welcome as it would get us rid of those patches of ice on the roads.

This won’t be the case as the Independent reports : “The bitterly cold weather sweeping Britain and (…) Europe has been linked by scientists with the ice-free seas of the Arctic, where global warming is exerting its greatest influence.”

This is another example of climate change’s influence on weather extremes, and thus another reason to tackle the problem before it really gets out of our control.

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Arctic sea ice sets new record low in 2011

This is not surprising as I was blogging about it two months ago. To TreeHugger : ” After several months of reporting near-record or record monthly levels of Arctic sea ice melting, German researchers now report that a new yearly record low has been set.” ” The area covered by Arctic sea ice has declined … Read more

Russian permafrost could shrink by 30 percent

Here is another reason to act quickly and massively on climate : as we have seen previously, permafrost in Russia and other countries from these latitudes are trapping vast quantities of methane, a very potent greenhouse gas.

But as temperatures rise and rise and as the climate gets weirder and weirder, vast quantities of permafrost could melt by mid-century, thus releasing huge amounts of methane.

As the AFP noted last week :Russia’s vast permafrost areas may shrink by a third by the middle of the century due to global warming “

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Temperatures are going up and up…

I believe it is getting harder and harder for deniers to keep pretending climate change is a hoax (or a conspiracy…). Here are three articles that got my attention last week : First, Arctic Sea ice melt on track to set new record low in 2011. The second was about the heat wave scorching the … Read more

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