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

Arctic Sea Ice Extent 2nd lowest on Record for the Date

Another “warm” and slow freeze season in the #Arctic. Sea ice extent is the 2nd lowest on record for the date (2016 – lowest) & 1.9 million km^2 below the 1980s average… https://twitter.com/ZLabe/status/932663163476045825

Arctic Sea Ice Extent/Concentration http://sites.uci.edu/zlabe/arctic-sea-ice-extentconcentration

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The 936 PPM CO2 NASA Model Prediction

This NASA visualization is based on the latest IPCC report, and uses the business as usual scenario, where carbon dioxide concentrations rise to 936 parts per million—more than double today’s levels of 400 parts per million—by the year 2100. Temperature anomalies are estimated to be close to 4°C in the Arctic. https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/details.cgi?aid=11453

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Natural Gas (Methane) likely make Climate much worse

The evidence is overwhelming that natural gas has no net climate benefit on timescales that matters to humans. A new study found that just the methane emissions leaking from New Mexico’s gas and oil industry are equivalent to the climate impact of approximately 12 coal-fired power plants. https://thinkprogress.org/natural-gas-no-climate-benefit-b9118a087875 Natural Gas has Major Role in Climate…

Trees and Climate the Good the Bad and the Ugly

Rupert Seidl from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (Vienna, Austria), gave this talk at the Impacts 2017 conference, titled “Climate impacts on forests: The good, the bad and the ugly.”

For the full lecture with other speakers, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7me1vjWJ60M

What’s Happening to the Greenland Ice Sheet? (October 2017)

The Greenland ice sheet is one of the largest contributors to global sea level rise, and if completely melted, could add ~7 meters to sea level. In recent years, the imbalance of the ice sheet has increased with warmer atmospheric conditions. In this talk, Visiting Assistant Professor Samiah Moustafa describes the field’s current knowledge on…