Watch Bubbling Alaska Lakes Catch on Fire #Methane

Seeping methane is driving a global warming feedback loop. Some Arctic lakes are starting to look like witches’ cauldrons. The above video shows an increasingly common site in northern latitudes. As global warming heats these areas up, the frozen ground is melting. And when permafrost turns from solid ground to looser mud, it releases gases…

The spread of viruses like Zika and climate change

Climate change is expected to alter the geographic and seasonal distributions of existing vectors and vector-borne diseases [Likely, High Confidence]. Rising temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, and a higher frequency of some extreme weather events associated with climate change will influence the distribution, abundance, and prevalence of infection in the mosquitoes that transmit West Nile virus…

Rated: Environmental and Climate issues in the 2016 Elections

Bernie Sanders noted recently at the Democratic National Convention: This election is about climate change, the greatest environmental crisis facing our planet. Here we take a look at the climate & environmental programs of the candidates for the November 2016 U.S. presidential elections (access date 27th July 2016). Rating is based on comparison of the different party…

Ice sheet deglaciation and methane emissions, with the scope on Greenland’s melt season

On June 9 2016, Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, reached the warmest temperature ever recorded for the month of June anywhere on the island, 24 degrees Celsius (75 degrees Fahrenheit). An article from NSDIC, published June 22 elaborated on the broader situation: Surface melting on Greenland’s Ice Sheet proceeded at a brisk pace, with three…

Wetterchaos in Deutschland Sommer 2016: Hagel, Fluten, Wirbelwinde

Was ist los mit unserem Wetter? Wochenlang richteten die beiden Tiefs „Elvira“ und „Friederike“ gewaltige Schäden an. Winzige Bäche wurden plötzlich zu reißenden Strömen. Mehrere Menschen starben, viele verloren ihre Existenz. Fast täglich bildeten sich neue Gewitterfronten, Tornados schlugen Schneisen der Verwüstung, Hagelstürme vernichteten Ernten. Sind die Unwetter unvermeidbare Naturkatastrophen oder Folgen des Klimawandels? http://www.zdf.de/planet-e/anhaltende-unwetter-unvermeidbare-naturkatastrophen-oder-folgen-des-klimawandels-44161510.html

Extreme floods in Germany devastate another town, Extreme Fluten in Deutschland Juni 2016 #Simbach

02.06.2016 – Den Ort Triftern in Niederbayern und die umliegenden Dörfer hat die aktuelle Flut mit zerstörerischer wucht getroffen. Forscher begründen die zunahme von extrem Niederschlag mit dem Klimawandel. Simbach in Bayern aus der Luft / Lage observation. In NRW droht ein Deich zu bersten. Translation in English.   Related The Louvre Will Close Temporarily…

Another deluge hits frontpage news, this time in Germany

The SPIEGEL is currently covering what is called a Natural Disaster, official eyewitnesses from the natural disaster response describe the flash flood event as unprecedented. Here is some footage, via SPIEGEL, and context in German. Read more coverage from SPIEGEL, of the flood in Germany: Braunsbach nach dem Unwetter: “Chaos, einfach Chaos” Unprecedented, the new norm…

NASA/NSIDC: 2016 Arctic sea ice wintertime extent hits another record low

  2016 Arctic sea ice wintertime extent hits another record low By Maria-Jose Viñas, NASA’s Earth Science News Team Excerpt Arctic sea ice appears to have reached a record low wintertime maximum extent for the second year in a row, according to scientists at the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) and NASA.…

Alan Robock: We need to move ahead aggressively with the grid and battery technology

Climate scientist Alan Robock, studies nuclear winter, volcanic eruptions and climate, geoengineering, and global warming.http://envsci.rutgers.edu/~robock ClimateState staff interviewed Alan to give us a snapshot of the current state on these topics. There is enough Sun and wind to power the planet Robert Bristow: Do you agree that increased nuclear power generating facilities are required, and should be…

Sea level rise estimates doubled

Brady Dennis and Chris Mooney from The Washington post, recently reported on updated sea level rise projections. Sea levels could rise nearly twice as much as previously predicted by the end of this century if carbon dioxide emissions continue unabated, an outcome that could devastate coastal communities around the globe, according to new research published Wednesday. The main reason? Antarctica. Scientists…

Ice sheets may be hiding vast reservoirs of methane

The study indicates that under the frigid weight of Barents Sea Ice sheet, which covered northern Eurasia some 22 000 years ago, significant amounts of methane may have been stored as hydrates in the ground. As the ice sheet retreated, the methane rich hydrates melted, releasing the climate gas into the ocean and atmosphere for…