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…

Noam Chomsky: Global Warming’s Worst Case Projections seem increasingly likely

One of the most cited scholars in history, Noam Chomsky speaks at St Olaff College May 2018, discussing the Epics, Anthropocene, the 6th Extinction and climate change actions.

Noam Chomsky https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noam_Chomsky
Anthropocene https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthropocene
Sixth Extinction https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holocene_extinction

Watch the full lecture with Noam Chomsky at St Olaff College – 4 May 2018 – FULL PRESENTATION https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDQ2fjg0kMM

Capturing Carbon with Soils

Negative emissions from soil management. Speaker: Pete Smith (May 2018) Pete Smith is the Professor of Soils and Global Change at the Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences at the University of Aberdeen (Scotland, UK), and is Science Director of the Scottish Climate Change Centre of Expertise (ClimateXChange). Since 1996, he has served as Convening…

Huge Climate Surprises for Canada, UK, France, Spain, and Many Others

This press conference was part of the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2018, and delved into some future climatic prospects for Canada and many European countries, including weather, hydro logical potentials, and geo-morphological activities https://client.cntv.at/egu2018/pc6

For more selected 2018 talks from EGU visit https://egu2018.eu/webstreaming.html

Teaser photo by https://unsplash.com/photos/hbz0mf6g564

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…

Waking the Climate Giant

Bill McGuire (University College London) speaks about responses from the Earth crust in this 2016 lecture. He wrote a book on the subject, available at https://www.geolsoc.org.uk/Publications/Bookshop/Search?k=waking&sortexpr=Publication%20Date%20Desc An astonishing transformation over the last 20,000 years has seen our planet flip from a frigid wasteland into the temperate world upon which our civilisation has grown and thrived.…

An introduction to Permafrost


A brief introduction to permafrost, including newer findings.

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National Park Service
Mariama Dryak
Zachary Richter
SWIPA 2017
Vladimir Romanovsky

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Climate Change in the Arctic
https://www.nps.gov/media/video/view.htm?id=C352BB55-1DD8-B71C-079DCE23BBA86D5E

Permafrost
https://www.nps.gov/media/video/view.htm?id=C352BB55-1DD8-B71C-079DCE23BBA86D5E

Teaser image International Permafrost Association https://ipa.arcticportal.org/publications/occasional-publications/what-is-permafrost

Permafrost may release largest Mercury source on Earth

There are 32 million gallons worth of mercury, or the equivalent of 50 Olympic swimming pools, trapped in the permafrost. For context, that’s “twice as much mercury as the rest of all soils, the atmosphere, and oceans combined. And it could be released. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2018/02/05/the-arctic-is-full-of-toxic-mercury-and-climate-change-is-going-to-release-it Ambarchik: Research on permafrost at the Siberian arctic coast https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhGcJnRgzy4 Permafrost…

Arctic Sea Ice and Permafrost Status Report 2017

The Arctic is warming faster than anywhere else on Earth, affecting people in the region, fish and wildlife they depend on for food, and their environment. This unprecedented change has ramifications far beyond the region for the global economy, weather, climate, sea level, trade and security. Watch the full Arctic Report 2017 AGU press conference…