Pollution Below presents stories of three widely separated people who are caught up in situations caused by unexpected pollution. https://archive.org/details/pollution_below Further reading: Industries like steel mills emit particles that act as ice-forming nuclei (a particle which acts as the nucleus for the formation of an ice crystal) into the atmosphere. These may encourage snowstorms. The…
The Dust Bowl, also known as the Dirty Thirties, was a period of severe dust storms that greatly damaged the ecology and agriculture of the American and Canadian prairies during the 1930s. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dust_Bowl Social and economic wastes resulting from continued drought in the midwestern dust bowl and efforts of the federal government in attempting to…
A brief introduction to permafrost, including newer findings.
National Park Service
Climate Change in the Arctic
Teaser image International Permafrost Association https://ipa.arcticportal.org/publications/occasional-publications/what-is-permafrost
This historic film outlined 25 years ago an assessment of emerging energy resources, and also mentions briefly solar and wind power. This film discusses energy development in light of global warming. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 License. Production: United States Geological Survey Digitization Date: 1996; Digitizing Organization: Carnegie Mellon University…
This lecture was held in 2008 by Scripps Institution of Oceanography geochemist Miriam Kastner. This version has been slightly edited.
Release via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSTm6cZjO14
Methane clathrate https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methane_clathrate
Paleocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum –
Teaser image credit: Yannis Papanastasopoulos on Unsplash
Music by WOWSound, “Tree of Life”.
Extreme weather events and other disasters, and what to do were discussed in the late 50s and 70s, including the consideration of climate change (1958), or more broadly pollution (1972). This short presents a compilation of historic disaster documentary style film footage. Climate Change 1958: The Bell Telephone Science Hour https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-AXBbuDxRY Your Chance to Live:…
After the Cold War, climate change was the driving force behind unusual political cooperation between secret services in the United States and in Russia. This documentary tells of unknown research projects, but also of surprising friendships. http://www.dw.com/en/climate-change-the-warning/av-42269458
There are 32 million gallons worth of mercury, or the equivalent of 50 Olympic swimming pools, trapped in the permafrost. For context, that’s “twice as much mercury as the rest of all soils, the atmosphere, and oceans combined. And it could be released. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2018/02/05/the-arctic-is-full-of-toxic-mercury-and-climate-change-is-going-to-release-it Ambarchik: Research on permafrost at the Siberian arctic coast https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhGcJnRgzy4 Permafrost…
First he read about it, his curiosity grew and he started to pay attention.
But he wanted to know more.
Climate Scientist wants to invent Time Machine, Transmission 2049 is a short film produced by Climate State. Will our future be apocalyptic? What if you could turn back time? What if our actions today make the difference? Log 7/23/49. After the recent torrential rains I went back to the beach. Boat still there, calm winds,…
Jim White from the University of Colorado, on climate change, January 2018. Human activities are summarized in this recent lecture.
The highest estimates for Bitcoins annual terawatt hours consumption is 28.67. This means, more than 3 times more efficient than a very conservative calculation of the cost of the global banking system. Carlos Domingo: The Bitcoin vs Visa Electricity Consumption Fallacy https://hackernoon.com/the-bitcoin-vs-visa-electricity-consumption-fallacy-8cf194987a50 Jonathan Koomey gets quoted in the Washington Post, and other estimates https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/12/19/why-the-bitcoin-craze-is-using-up-so-much-energy Highest…
After Bitcoin, Ethereum is the second largest cryptocurrency in the world, with a market capitalization of over $100 billion. In December 2017 Buterin briefly addressed energy consumption of Ethereum mining, and what he plans to change the issue. Discuss (Dec 10,2017) Vitalik Buterin – Lays Out Ethereum 2.0 Roadmap In Taiwan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZ9PauT1Mk8 Ethereum https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethereum Proof-of-stake…
An epic rainstorm sent mud and debris coursing through Montecito neighborhoods and left rescue crews to scramble through clogged roadways and downed trees to search for victims. The deluge that washed over Santa Barbara County early Tuesday was devastating for a community that was ravaged by the Thomas fire only a few weeks earlier. In…
Presidential Forum keynote speaker Richard Alley, renowned glaciologist and climate scientist, at the 98th AMS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LjfwDXmna0 Eminent geologist and ace science communicator Richard Alley (Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences, Pennsylvania State University) addressed a rapt audience of hundreds in Austin, Texas, on Sunday at the 98th Annual Meeting of the…