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

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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…

Atmospheric Oxygen Decline threatens Humanity’s Existence

Study: There has been a clear decline in the volume of oxygen in Earth’s atmosphere over the past 20 years. A recently proposed model predicts a non-linear decay, which would result in an increasingly rapid fall-off in atmospheric oxygen concentration, with potentially devastating consequences for human health. We predict that humans may continue to survive…

The Paleocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum 56 Mil yrs ago (PETM)

January 30, 2014 – Deep Time, Global Change and YOU lecture series: Global Warming 56 Million Years Ago & What it Means for Us. Presented by Dr. Scott Wing, Smithsonian Institute Human greenhouse gas emissions will alter conditions on earth for thousands of years. The past event that best mirrors current warming occurred 56 million…

Drew Shindell: Climate Policy to Avoid Tipping Points

Head of the SAP, Drew Shindell, talks about why a near-term climate goal is important, the main message the article aims to convey, why governments should adopt a near-term goal, and whether reducing near-term warming can prevent climate tipping points. The Climate and Clean Air Coalition’s Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) published an article in Science…

Like Champagne opened, methane explosions resulted in Ocean craters

Like ‘champagne bottles being opened’: Scientists document an ancient Arctic methane explosion What could possibly go wrong, ignoring climate change, the warnings or clues from what science tells us, even if we were just creating a better world with clean energy, and millions of new jobs? One thing which could go very wrong, are based…

Larsen C likely to create largest Iceberg ever recorded

Antarctic ice rift close to calving, after growing 17km in 6 days References Content: Antarctic ice rift close to calving, after growing 17km in 6 days http://www.swansea.ac.uk/media-centre/latest-research/antarcticiceriftclosetocalvingaftergrowing17kmin6days.php Larsen C video by British Antarctic Survey https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAM0tZB0aIc Music by Stephen Lu http://chibola.com Additional video footage via http://pixabay.com Related Larsen Ice Shelf https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larsen_Ice_Shelf Larsen Ice Shelf Meets Open…

Global Average Temperature vs Temperature Extremes

In his March 2017 talk “The Brutal Logic of Climate Change”, at the University of Sheffield, Aaron Thierry outlined many of the aspects of climate change. This video here is the excerpt on temperature anomalies. Watch the full lecture at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7TL_BbAd-s The emissions pledge pathway negotiated at the Paris conference has a probability of over…

Konrad Steffen: The Melting of Greenland (March 2017)

Konrad Steffen director of the Swiss Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research, gave this talk at the event Artico. Ultima Frontiera Summit On Climate Change, Venice (Italy), March 6, 2017, hosted by the University Ca’ Foscari. Event info page https://www.unive.it/pag/14024/?tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=2586&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=120539712ba6b06aa1dab94426b5b261 Konrad Steffen’s homepage at Colorado University http://cires.colorado.edu/emeritus/konrad-steffen Teaser image mockup, via latest NASA Grace…