How Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds was inspired by Red Tide Algae Bloom

In this 2015 talk, David Reay from the University of Edinburgh talks about Nitrogen and Red Tides, and explains how it inspired Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 The Birds film. Watch his entire lecture on Nitrogen and Climate Change https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrJ3n_8ZI4o Blame Hitchcock’s Crazed Birds on Toxic Algae https://www.livescience.com/17713-hitchcock-birds-movie-algae-toxin.html In the summer of 1961 hundreds of birds attacked…

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…

Flooded Soil Science

Repost from 2012:  Kate Scow – Professor of Soil Science and Microbial Ecology, UC Davis setup an excellent wiki entry about flooding on soils. Flooded soils occur with complete water saturation of soil pores, and generally result in anoxic conditions of the soil environment. Flooded soil environments may include such ecosystem as: rice paddies; wetlands (swamps,…

Estimating northern polar CH4 flux

A compilation of related science with some commentary. Microbes in thawing permafrost: the unknown variable in the climate change equation David E Graham, Matthew D Wallenstein, Tatiana A Vishnivetskaya, Mark P Waldrop,Tommy J Phelps, Susan M Pfiffner, Tullis C Onstott, Lyle G Whyte, Elizaveta M Rivkina,David A Gilichinsky, Dwayne A Elias, Rachel Mackelprang, Nathan C…