The Era of Megafires

Paul Hessburg, Research Landscape Ecologist, USDA-Forest Service talks at Restoring the West Conference 2017. Context: More than a century of forest and fire management of Inland Pacific landscapes has transformed their successional and disturbance dynamics. Regional connectivity of many terrestrial and aquatic habitats is fragmented, flows of some ecological and physical processes have been altered…

Largest Glacier East Antarctic may add to Sea Level Rise (Totten Glacier)

Totten Glacier, the largest glacier in East Antarctica, is being melted from below by warm water that reaches the ice when winds over the ocean are strong — a cause for concern because the glacier holds more than 11 feet of sea level rise and acts as a plug that helps lock in the ice…

EPA: Climate Change Communication – Scale, Complexity, Urgency (October 2017)

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in conjunction with the National Dialogue on Climate Action, hosted a public lecture on the challenging issue of the communication of climate change on 26 October 2017. Video by EPA Ireland https://www.youtube.com/user/EPAIrela… The speaker, Professor Chris Rapley CBE, is Professor of Climate Science at University College London and has specialised…

The Sciences of the Anthropocene explained

In this opening lecture of the Environmental Change Institute’s MSc in Environmental Change and Management, Professor Yadvinder Malhi discusses the emerging concept of the Anthropocene. In his lecture he explores the history of the concept, how it is used in disciplines ranging from the Earth system sciences, geology, ecology, social sciences and in the wider…

Richard Alley: The Big Picture on Energy and Climate (2017)

His presentation (3/22/2017), titled “The big picture on energy and climate,” discusses the dynamics of how money, jobs, national security, ethics and the environment influence perceptions and decisions about energy. The presentation was sponsored by several Lycoming College organizations including: Clean Water Institute, Center for Energy and the Future, Outdoor Leadership and Education program, and…

CO2 makes largest Jump in recorded history, hits record high

The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increased at record speed last year to hit a level not seen for more than three million years, the UN has warned. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/oct/30/global-atmospheric-co2-levels-hit-record-high The Keeling Curve animation via Scripps Oceanography https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEbE5fcnFVs

Kerry Emanuel: 2017 Hurricanes a taste of Future

Climate scientist Kerry Emanuel describes physics behind expected increase in storm strength due to climate change. http://news.mit.edu/2017/kerry-emanuel-hurricanes-are-taste-future-0921 Video via Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences MIT https://www.youtube.com/user/EAPSweb/videos Speaker: Kerry A. Emanuel, Cecil & Ida Green Professor of Atmospheric Science, Co-Director of the Lorenz Center Natural disasters are the result of the interaction of a natural phenomenon…