Austin, TX, January 09, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Have you ever heard of icequakes 1,000 times more powerful than anything before coming from Greenland’s Ice Sheet? How about much of the U.S. seeing perpetual Dust Bowl conditions beginning in 2030? Have you heard about our carbon dioxide emissions rate being 14,000 times greater today than the last 610,000 years? Or, recent discoveries about our atmosphere that tell us transportation is responsible for two and a half times more warming than coal? Have you heard that the solutions to climate change will be no more difficult or costly than the creation of Earth's human waste collection and treatment infrastructure? Bruce Melton’s book details 41 new climate discoveries, not from the blogosphere, but from the academic literature.
The book includes over 100 color photos but more, it does not drone on about the basics of climate science. This book is about climate changes happening now. Bruce takes the reader to where the action is and his training in communicating complicated science and decades of experience with critical environmental issues help him cut to the core of what the scientists are saying in their research findings.
Why are these discoveries not making the news? Melton tells us that "It is only human nature to question things that have never happened before (in time frames that matter). Climate scientists are not communicating well with non-specialists. The voices denying climate change simply have more money, motivation and skills to advocate for their view of reality. It is an easy and believable argument to make because of the unprecedented nature of climate change and because it is coming from some of our most authoritative leaders." This is why Melton has chosen to focus on climate change impacts happening now—this method of outreach sidesteps the popular debate.
A paper out of Stanford titled “Expert credibility in climate change,” shows us that between 97 and 98 percent of nearly 1,400 climate scientists who are most actively publishing findings in their field, support the human-caused climate change consensus. Out of the two to three percent that do not support the consensus (less than 35 climate scientists), 80 percent have published fewer than 20 papers. The consensus crowd includes only 10 percent of scientists who have published fewer than 20 papers. The paper says that not only do almost all climate scientists support the consensus position, those that do not support it do not have anywhere near the credentials as the consensus crowd.
Arctic sea ice is melting 70 years ahead of projections. The Antarctic ice sheet is losing ice at a pace that has not only caught up with Greenland, but is 100 years or more ahead of the projections. Our CO2 emissions are on the worst-case scenario trajectory and amazingly, two unprecedented droughts in the last five years have caused the Amazon to emit CO2 (not absorb it as forests are supposed to do) a century or more ahead of projections at a rate that is three quarters as large as all United States emissions every year.
There is also good news coming from climate science land. Melton tells us that "The same voices that bring us the beliefs that climate change is not real, that it is a conspiracy or it is good for the planet, also bring us the concept that solving the climate change problem will devastate our economy." The latest assessments of the economics of climate change solutions are focusing in on the costs and difficulty of this treatment being one percent of global Gross Domestic Product annually for a hundred years, which is similar to that of the infrastructure created to deal with toilet pollution. This is about the same amount as the U.S. spends on its military every year not counting wars.
About the Author:
Bruce Melton is a professional engineer and environmental researcher but most importantly, he is a “climate outreach specialist.” An outreach specialist is one who has been trained to teach non-specialists about highly complicated science. Melton is also a filmmaker. He has been to the Arctic to see the “Big Melt” in Greenland (as the scientists call it) and to see the melting permafrost in Alaska. He has filmed the dying forests of the Rockies and rising sea level on deserted barrier islands. His outreach, films, and music from his band Climate Change, can all be seen on his website:
Icequakes: Tsai and Ekstrom 2007.
Dust Bowl: Dia 2011.
14,000: Zeebe 2008.
Wastewater: Alley, 2011.
98%: Anderegg 2010.
Arctic Sea Ice: Stroeve2007.
Antarctic: Velicogna 2009, Rignot 2006. IPCC 2001.
Beetles: Bentz 2010.
Amazon: Lewis 2011.