Tropospheric Ozone in the Anthropocene: Are We Creating a Toxic Atmosphere?

Published on Feb 19, 2014: Jack Fishman explains how elevated ozone levels damage plants, affecting crop yields. Factors among ozone levels include, precipitation and temperature. Further studies found that yields present a consistent function depending on the ozone concentrations. Laboratory simulations suggest that the findings of the yield decline are a trend, which is projected…

The California drought and climate disruption

ClimateProgress covered the jet stream connection on Monday: It will be unseasonably chilly in the eastern part of the United States this week, due to a peculiar weather pattern that’s causing deep waves in the jet stream. One of those big waves is bringing cool air down from the northeast Pacific and the Arctic. This…

Time history of atmospheric carbon dioxide (2013 data)

Video credit: Andy Jacobson, CIRES/NOAA In 2013, Greenhouse gases continued to rise, 34 percent increase since 1990 NOAA reported in May 2014, about greenhouse gas observations, based on the Annual Greenhouse Gas Index (AGGI). Findings show that greenhouse gasses keep rising, a trend observed since the Industrial Revolution (1880s) and has accelerated in recent decades. The main contributor…

Why is Antarctic sea ice expanding?

By Laura Naranjo (NSIDC), first published January 31, 2014. In the following  an edited version, reposted here with permission. Antarctic sea ice is ruled by very different systems than Arctic sea ice. The reasons behind this increase are complex, and several recent studies show that scientists are still trying to understand them. Ice and wind Atmospheric…

New mechanism uncovered, causing potentially rapid Antarctic Glacier melt

An Australian-led research team found that sea levels may rise much faster than previously predicted by models, because changes by disruptive westerly winds, weren’t taken into account. Conservative estimates so far, projected irreversible melting in the course of a few centuries, depending on the temperature increase. Related Each degree of global warming might ultimately raise…

With further Arctic Amplification, How fast will Greenhouse Gas emissions accelerate in the Arctic Circle?

Introduction to Methane Hydrate “Methane Hydrates and Contemporary Climate Change” (2011) IDENTIFICATION This post “A Mechanism for Shallow Methane Hydrate Dissociation”, explores possible mechanism which could release vast quantities of shallow Methane Hydrate into the ocean and atmosphere.       CH4 Release The following studies explore the release of CH4 emissions in the Arctic region. OBSERVATION…

Jason Box explains the unprecedented Winter 2014 (Northern Hemisphere)

ClimateCrocks: Dr. Jason Box, Chief Scientist of the Dark Snow Project, and a researcher formerly of the Byrd Polar Center at Ohio State, now with the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland – has spent the last week in Svalbard, a group of Islands high in the arctic, controlled by Norway. I asked him to chat by…

Dr. Richard Rood on Atmospheric Cycles

ClimateCrocks: Dr. Richard  Rood is a Veteran NASA Atmospheric Scientist, currently teaching at theUniversity of Michigan’s College of Atmopheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences. Dr. Rood also posts regularly on Dr. Jeff Master’s Weather Underground. I sat down with Dr. Rood not long ago to talk about developments in climate science. This is a small, but significant…

Hydroxyl Radicals In Our Atmosphere – An Animated Explanation

Published on Oct 30, 2013 A simple yet effective clip explaining hydroxyl creation in the Earth’s atmosphere, what they do as “nature’s broom” and the benefit of their existence. Related Wikipedia: Hydroxyl RadicalThe hydroxyl radical is often referred to as the “detergent” of the troposphere because it reacts with many pollutants, often acting as the first step to their…

Volcanic Eruptions Add to Larger Impact on Climate

The recent slow down in global warming has been attributed to a number of factors, including excess heat being stored in the deep ocean and reductions of certain greenhouse gases. Now add volcanic eruptions to the mix of contributing factors. A new analysis published in Nature Geosciences on Sunday shows that a series of relatively small…

Global Warming Speed Bump? The Answer May Be Blowing in the Wind!

By Michael E. Mann via HuffingtonPost: An interesting new paper by Matthew England and colleagues just published in the journal Nature Climate Change tosses another hat in the ring when it comes to explanations of the so-called “hiatus” or “pause” (I prefer “speed bump”) in global warming. As I have discussed previously, the fact that global surface temperatures have not increased…

BBC: Wavier Jet Stream ‘May Drive Weather Shift’

BBC: New research suggests that the main system that helps determine the weather over Northern Europe and North America may be changing. The study shows that the so-called jet stream has increasingly taken a longer, meandering path. This has resulted in weather remaining the same for more prolonged periods. The work was presented at the…

The UK Response to Climate Change (UK Storms, Floods, Extreme Weather) Feb, 2014

The recent exceptional onslaught of extreme weather in the past months in the UK raise question regarding the response and how to deal with climate change. Lord Stern: Flooding across the UK are a clear sign that we are already experiencing the impacts of climate change http://t.co/tyV0qln7TU — Svein T veitdal (@tveitdal) February 14, 2014…

Stronger Winds Shift Heat to Deeper Pacific

Published on Feb 9, 2014 Heat stored in the western Pacific Ocean caused by an unprecedented strengthening of the equatorial trade winds appears to be largely responsible for the hiatus in surface warming observed over the past 13 years. New research published in the journal Nature Climate Change indicates that the dramatic acceleration in winds…