Climate scientist Micheal Mann has always been confident that he didn't do anything wrong.
It looks like his university, Penn State, which just released the results of the first phase of an investigation into his research conduct, is almost ready to officially agree.
The US Department of Defense released the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) today, outlining its strategy and priorities for 2010 and beyond.
For the first time in its history, the report identified climate change as a threat to national security:
It’s no secret that the world is changing. As years go by and we attempt to make up for decades of environmental depravity, permanent alterations to the global outlook are unavoidable. Higher temperatures and a greater intensity/frequency of rainfall are just two symptoms of the overall climate change problem we face.
But we aren’t the only ones who live here.
The far-reaching consequences of global warming, while dire, have yet to directly affect the everyday life of those in the developed world. While it is a serious issue and most people understand the long-term effects, some choose to ignore it or hope that others in their proactivity may solve the problem before it threatens their way of life.
A recent report released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that climate change due to human activities is evident going back to the start of the industrial revolution in 1750. Human behavior has caused more greenhouse gases to be produced, resulting in changed temperature, atmosphere, precipitation, storms, sea levels, and ocean acidification, the report says.
A polar research team uncovered findings that suggest the Arctic ice cap will disappear entirely during summer months within the next 20 to 30 years. Experts also revealed that the warmer months within a decade are likely to be almost essentially ice-free.
Physicists have discovered that alteration of our planet’s ozone layer related to climate change will increase the amount of ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun in tropical areas and even Antarctica. The opposite effect on UV radiation will be felt in northern areas such as northern Canada, Scandinavia and Siberia.