Is the Coronavirus Pandemic Good for the Climate?

Following large scale shutdown of cities and industries, the coronavirus pandemic has temporarily reduced China’s CO2 emissions by a quarter. While international government actions to contain and slow the virus spread vary in aggressiveness it appears certain that international travel – tourism will be seriously impacted for the foreseeable future. With air travel as a…

Threat Assessment Research: Comparing Global Phenomena, Coronavirus vs Climate Change

If you follow the public input on the emerging coronavirus and look at how it compares to the history of the climate change learning curve, there are overlapping similarities. The similarities of a virulent Pandemic and Climate Change Global Magnitude Rate of change/emergence: Affected regions, unprecedented, when accounting for phenomena emergence, i.e. the rate of…

Climate change and pathogens [Wuhan Coronavirus]

The frequency with which new, serious disease epidemics have been occurring is briefly mentioned, also in light of climate change, and climate and other pathogens. Columbia University State of the Planet (2014), Renee Cho wrote: [Generally], when it’s warmer, the disease transmission system speeds up. Some scientists think that climate change, with its increase in…

Plot Review: The End of the World, 세계의끝 Korea (2013)

세계의 끝, The End of the World, is a 2013 drama television show produced in South Korea, and directed by Ahn Pan-seok, based on the 2010 novel “Infectious Disease” by Bae Young-Ik. The plot centers around Kang Joo-Heon (Yoon Je-Moon) chief epidemiologist at the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who’s skills in deductive…

Climate tipping-point potential and paradoxical production of methane in a changing ocean

Authors: Hongyue Dang, Jia Li Dang, H. & Li, J. Sci. China Earth Sci. (2018) 61: 1714. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11430-017-9265-y Access and read the PDF with inline linkages, and reference list here. Abstract The global warming potential of methane (CH4) is about 30 times stronger than that of carbon dioxide (CO2) over a century timescale. Methane emission is hypothesized…

NOAA’s Arctic Report Card 2018

Arctic Report Card: Update for 2018 – Tracking recent environmental changes, with 14 essays prepared by an international team of 81 scientists from 12 different countries and an independent peer-review organized by the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme of the Arctic Council. See https://www.arctic.noaa.gov/Report-Card Release https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XntO9a-NpeM

CO2 May Make Earth +10-15ºC Hotter, Like Early Paleogene

A new study led by scientists at the University of Bristol has warned that unless we mitigate current levels of carbon dioxide emissions, Western Europe and New Zealand could revert to the hot tropical climate of the early Paleogene period – 56-48 million years ago. https://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2018/july/co2-levels-paleogene-period.html Read The Atlantic article here: They were strange days…

ICE ALIVE – Documenting Life and Rapid Change

Joseph Cook is taking a closer look at the microbial life that can be found all over the planet’s glaciers and ice sheets. It is increasingly clear that this rich ecosystem affects the melt rates of polar ice and snow and could be accelerating climate change. Narrated by Jim Al-Khalili and starring Chris Hadfield. For…

Little Algae creates Huge Melt Feedback on Greenland Ice

Algae responsible for large albedo feedback on Greenland’s frozen surface, not only soot and dust. We believe gathering measurements from the surface of Greenland ice is fundamental to advancing our understanding of the melting Arctic. http://darksnowproject.org Video via https://www.youtube.com/user/greenman3610 Dark Snow 2017 Update “Am I really seeing that?” is a common sensation here, as below,…

Cleaner Air, The Ocean, and Global Warming

Reductions in sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions in recent years, for cleaner air, mainly in South East Asia due to a severe manufacturing sector slowdown and pollution policy changes (1,2) may attribute to current warming, since the phenomena called global dimming is involved. The first policies to address air pollution in the 20th century, originated after…