China Extracts Ocean Methane Hydrates

China claims breakthrough in mining ‘flammable ice’ (2017) http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-39971667 Methane hydrate: Dirty fuel or energy saviour? (2014) http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27021610 China extracts 235,000 cubic meters of combustible ice from #SouthChinaSea, beating previous expectations for the mining operation https://twitter.com/XHNews/status/877834019701891074 Methane clathrates (hydrates) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methane_clathrate Music by Stephen Lu http://chibola.com

Extreme Weather Impacts in the U.S. (June 20-21 2017)

Tropical Storm Cindy Triggers Flooding Along Gulf Coast; State of Emergency Declared in Alabama https://weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/tropical-storm-cindy-impacts-gulf-coast Deadly heat waves becoming more common due to climate change http://edition.cnn.com/2017/06/19/world/killer-heat-waves-rising/index.html Phoenix Flights Cancelled Because It’s Too Hot For Planes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E75PeHDnkBw ‘This is on another level’: They came, they camped, they baked at Death Valley http://edition.cnn.com/2017/06/20/us/death-valley-california-extreme-heat/index.html Number of heat days…

Remembering Helmut Kohl’s Call for Climate Action (1995)

Today Helmut Kohl died, aged 87, he was chancellor of Germany from 1982 to 1998, and responsible to reunite Germany’s eastern and western parts. Back in 1995 he called for CO2 reductions, at a United Nations conference. Related Helmut Kohl, Chancellor Who Reunited Germany, Dies at 87 https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/16/world/europe/helmut-kohl-german-chancellor-dead.html German: Der schwarze Riese http://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/zum-tode-helmut-kohls-der-schwarze-riese-a-1152559.html Release via…

Arctic Atmospheric Circulation, Freshwater and Sea Surface Height

NASA 2012: The transpolar drift (purple arrows) is a dominant circulation feature in the Arctic Ocean that carries freshwater runoff (red arrows) from rivers in Russia across the North Pole and south towards Greenland. Under changing atmospheric conditions, emergent circulation patterns (blue arrows) drive freshwater runoff east towards Canada, resulting in freshening of Arctic water…

5 Surprising Climate Change Effects

Yoda, Luke and C3PO explain surprising climate change effects. Climate Change May Increase Volcanic Eruptions https://www.livescience.com/25936-climate-change-causes-volcanism.html Predictions Implicit in “Ice Melt” Paper and Global Implications http://csas.ei.columbia.edu/2015/09/21/predictions-implicit-in-ice-melt-paper-and-global-implications Ice melt, sea level rise and superstorms: evidence from paleoclimate data, climate modeling, and modern observations that 2 °C global warming could be dangerous http://www.atmos-chem-phys.net/16/3761/2016/acp-16-3761-2016.html Jim Hansen: Hell Will…

Vanishing Arctic Ice and Amplification

While heat waves and more intense storms have been directly linked to a warming Earth, new research is exploring possible impacts of an Arctic that is warming at twice the pace of the rise in global temperatures. Jennifer Francis, Rutgers University, discusses new research and efforts to understand this controversial aspect of climate change in…

Warlike Climate Mobilization

The Climate Mobilization Victory Plan, written by Ezra Silk, is a policy document that tangibly demonstrates how the U.S. could eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions by 2025, contribute to a global effort to restore a safe climate, and reverse ecological overshoot through a massive WWII-scale mobilization. http://www.postcarbon.org/the-climate-mobilization-victory-plan-foreword The Victory Plan (PDF) https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByftlCTrJRYVejBuYUZkM1dKcms/view The Climate Mobilization…