Extinction Events in Earth History and Today

Flood Basalts and Mass Extinctions – refine ancient hyperthermals as analogs for anthropogenic climate change.  Oceanic Anoxic Event (OAE) and mass extinctions are considered to be hyperthermals – usually associated with flood basalt eruptions.[2] Phases of rapid global warming, known collectively as hyperthermals.[1]  Flood basalts are a subset of large igneous provinces (LIPs), the terms flood basalt…

The Current State of Arctic PERMAFROST THAW

Soil layers of permafrost that scientists expected to remain frozen for at least 70 more years have already begun thawing. NOTES In the Canadian Arctic, layers of permafrost that scientists expected to remain frozen for at least 70 years have already begun thawing. The once-frozen surface is now sinking and dotted with melt ponds and…

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…

Climate Tipping Points Existential Threat to Our Life Support Systems

November 8, 2018 – Tim Lenton of University of Exeter presents “Tipping Points in Climate and Biosphere Function”. Lenton is co-author of the most discussed climate study from 2018, Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene https://www.pnas.org/content/115/33/8252 Tipping Points in Climate & Biosphere Functions Lenton is co-author of the most discussed climate study from…

Did a Greenland Asteroid Cause Abrupt Warming Last Ice Age?

We report the discovery of a large impact crater beneath Hiawatha Glacier in northwest Greenland. From airborne radar surveys, we identify a 31-kilometer-wide, circular bedrock depression beneath up to a kilometer of ice http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/4/11/eaar8173 Hiawatha Glacier https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiawatha_Glacier Sources Discovering a massive meteorite crater https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQ9maLsIcts Massive crater under Greenland’s ice points to climate-altering impact in the…

The 5 Big Climate Unknowns

Climate unknowns include the rate of sea level rise, ozone loss, how the Gulf Stream will react and what it possibly means, the Earth’s response, and the potential for extra methane release from methane clathrates, stored at continental margins. There are many more climate unknowns, for example elaborated in this article https://thinkprogress.org/what-are-the-unknown-unknowns-of-global-warming-1438d934bdee Climate Change Interview…

This new Antarctic Discovery will affect You massively

Past studies of Antarctica’s accelerated glacier retreat focused on regional trends, a new study now finds continental trends of over ten percent of marine terminating glaciers moving inland. Current peak retreat has been documented to be in the ballpark of 25 meters each single year. Read Chris Mooney’s Washington Post article study summary goo.gl/HuxtxL /…

Thousands of little Volcano like Hills form in Arctic!

Scientist speculated that pingos may erupt and lead to the creation of craters – small lakes, thaw ponds. New satellite observations reveal continuous trend. The Siberian Times article, Pingo in Arctic goo.gl/mwNnEF / http://siberiantimes.com/other/others/news/crater-formed-by-exploding-pingo-in-arctic-erupts-a-second-time-from-methane-emissions/ The trend from frozen tundra soils shifting to thermokarst erosion and thaw ponds, may in the future be exacerbated by increased…

Experts: Permafrost + Gas Hydrates in Arctic, Greenland SLR, Security

In this panel, Vladimir Romanovsky (University of Alaska Fairbanks), talks about thawing permafrost. Anders Levermann (PIK) 12:30 ,talks about Greenland’s contribution to sea level rise, David Titley (Ret. U.S. Navy Admiral, now Pennsylvania State University) 23:38 , talks about security, with a subsequent panel discussion 33:34 . Video via Earth Institute https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFe3GOCBZO8

Hydrological Implications during Abrupt Climate Change

Researchers studying a rapid global warming event, around 56 million years ago, have shown evidence of major changes in the intensity of rainfall and flood events. The findings indicate some of the likely implications should current trends of rising carbon dioxide and global warming continue. https://scienmag.com/new-research-indicates-likely-hydrological-implications-of-rapid-global-warming

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…