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…

Christchurch, NZ – One in 100 Year Flood – Aerial Footage 2014

3 News reports: Global warming warning after ChCh floods Christchurch cleans up after latest natural disaster: It could still take two years to fully implement a flood… http://t.co/HcxrmZuWS8 — nzherald National (@nzheraldnznews) March 6, 2014 Strong storm brings 100-year flood to Christchurch, N. Zealand—a city already ravaged by 2011 earthquake @DiscoverMag http://t.co/vo2evLgGsE — Tom Yulsman…

Pentagon: The 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review

The Center for Climate & Security reports, by Caitlin Werrell & Francesco Femia:  The U.S. Department of Defense just released its 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review. As the name implies, DoD releases this report every four years as a way of articulating its strategic direction. The opening sentence in Secretary Hagel’s introduction notes: “The 2014 Quadrennial…

UK: Wettest Winter In 250 Years (Infographic)

What begun during December last year accumulated to Britain’s wettest January since at least 1776, and the bad weather is showing no sign of abating through February. BBC: UK Winter wettest on record – Met Office http://t.co/Je0VHvwL9D #ukfloods #climate — ClimateNow (@ClimateNow) February 20, 2014 Thousands of evacuated homes with more at risk, especially from…

UK Hammered by Climate Fueled Storms

Peter Sinclair (ClimateCrocks) published a new video, covering the recent unprecedented flooding and storm onslaught in Britain. UK suffers wettest winter on record | Environment | http://t.co/vSayllw9Wk http://t.co/drjhGpOawL #UK #climate #flood — John Lundin (@johnlundin) February 21, 2014 Peter Sinclair: I first interviewed Dr. Alun Hubbard on the edge of the Watson River in Kangerlussuaq,…

El Niño impacts

Find out how simple changes in ocean currents can lead to catastrophic weather conditions. Wikipedia: El Niño (/ɛlˈniːnjoʊ/, /-ˈnɪn-/, Spanish pronunciation: [el ˈniɲo]) is a band of anomalously warm ocean water temperatures that periodically develops off the western coast of South America and can cause climatic changes across the Pacific Ocean. There is a phase…

Flooding And Erosion Damage Across The UK – Aerial Footage

Sky News takes to the skies for a bird’s-eye view of the “breathtaking” damage inflicted on the UK’s coastline and flooded areas. #climate Met Office: UK has had its wettest winter on record: Blue and Green http://t.co/ZHFjCY1NAq Prolonged stor… pic.twitter.com/SORy1RKJHy — Abrupt ClimateChange (@EI_Climate) February 21, 2014 Climate change – storms link probed by Met…

It’s Been Hot Before = Faulty Logic

Global warming is increasing the risk of heatwaves. This isn’t a hypothetical abstraction that our grandchildren may experience in the distant future. Heatwaves are currently getting hotter, they’re lasting longer and they’re happening more often. This is happening right now. Of course, heatwaves have happened in the past, including before humans started altering the climate.…

Ancient 5,000-Year-Old Forest Unearthed by UK Storms

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mviYMKvABoM A sign for extreme change is when storms destroy ancient landmarks, unearth 1 million old foot prints (See video above) or reveal  pottery from the Iron Age and Romano-British time. Now they discovered ancient forest stumps. The BBC explains: Geologists believe extensive forests extended across Mount’s Bay in Penzance between 4,000 and 6,000 years ago. The shifting sands have also…

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…

UK Minister: Climate Change a National Security Crisis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4Hsn6dBevA SkyNews: Miliband Issues Climate Change Warning The Labour leader says climate change is to blame for the floods and warns the UK is heading for a “national security crisis” In an interview with the Observer newspaper, Mr Miliband argued: “Storms and severe weather conditions that we have might have expected to occur once in 100…

BBC: Wavier Jet Stream ‘May Drive Weather Shift’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1-5Cbyh3j4 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…

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,…