Super Typhoon Rammasun makes landfall in China (Update)

Video, David McKenzie (CNN) describes China’s preparations to deal with the enormous Typhoon Rammasun, and considered the strongest typhoon in 40 years, to target China. Jeff Masters: Deadly Typhoon Rammasun is located about 440NM NW of Manila heading towards the South China Island of Hainan (population of 9 million). Latest satellite imagery estimates indicate the…

Record floods, submerged Fenghuang ancient town, Hunan province – July 2014

Severer storms caused record floods in the ancient Chinese town of Fenghuang (Hunan province),  Guizhou province and Jiangxi province. Today (Saturday 18th, July 2014) Rammasun, a super typhoon is approaching the China coast, considered the strongest storm to target China in 40 years. The Telegraph: According to China’s official Xinhua news agency, the Tuojiang river in…

Methane explosion investigated as cause for mysterious Siberian sink hole (Update)

Salon: According to Anna Kurchatova, with the Sub-Arctic Scientific Research Centre, the hole could have to do with the thawing of Siberia’s permafrost, a consequence of global warming. The rapid release of gas previously trapped in the ice, she said, could have combined with sand beneath the surface to form an underground explosion. The Siberian…

Ice cores what they reveal and how deniers distort the data

First posted in 2011, still popular on denialist blogs. Peter Sinclair explains:  A widely circulated piece of climate denial nonsense purports to use legitimate evidence from Greenland ice cores to debunk the record of global warming. Displaying temperature records out of context, and making the claim of legitimacy by citing the data, and it’s primary author,…

Why is Antarctic sea ice expanding?

By Laura Naranjo (NSIDC), first published January 31, 2014. In the following  an edited version, reposted here with permission. Antarctic sea ice is ruled by very different systems than Arctic sea ice. The reasons behind this increase are complex, and several recent studies show that scientists are still trying to understand them. Ice and wind Atmospheric…

New mechanism uncovered, causing potentially rapid Antarctic Glacier melt

An Australian-led research team found that sea levels may rise much faster than previously predicted by models, because changes by disruptive westerly winds, weren’t taken into account. Conservative estimates so far, projected irreversible melting in the course of a few centuries, depending on the temperature increase. Related Each degree of global warming might ultimately raise…

The Runaway Glaciers in West Antarctica

NASA/JPL press release, May 12, 2014: A new study by researchers at NASA and the University of California, Irvine, finds a rapidly melting section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet appears to be in an irreversible state of decline, with nothing to stop the glaciers in this area from melting into the sea. The study presents…

Canada’s shocking oilsands operation (Aerial footage)

DeSmog Canada published a series of aerial photos from Canada Alberta. Alex MacLean is one of America’s most famed and iconic aerial photographers. His perspective on human structures, from bodies sunbathing at the beach to complex, overlapping highway systems, always seems to hint at a larger symbolic meaning hidden in the mundane. By photographing from above, MacLean shows…

Creepy at the EPA

In June of 2009, a story surfaced about the alleged suppression by the US EPA of information related to climate change. The source of the information was reported to be one Dr. Alan Carlin, who, although a real EPA analyst, was in fact, an economist, not a scientist. Distortions of the story, from the usual…

With further Arctic Amplification, How fast will Greenhouse Gas emissions accelerate in the Arctic Circle?

Introduction to Methane Hydrate “Methane Hydrates and Contemporary Climate Change” (2011) IDENTIFICATION This post “A Mechanism for Shallow Methane Hydrate Dissociation”, explores possible mechanism which could release vast quantities of shallow Methane Hydrate into the ocean and atmosphere.       CH4 Release The following studies explore the release of CH4 emissions in the Arctic region. OBSERVATION…

No One Is Immune: IPCC Study Offers Bleak Climate Change Outlook

A new massive report on global warming says dangers will worsen as the climate changes. Related IPCC Climate Change Report The Five Key Points IPCC Report: Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis IPCC Report: Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability New York Times: Climate Study Puts Diplomatic Pressure on Obama

IPCC Climate Change Report The Five Key Points

The Guardian recently summarized the five keypoints of the new IPCC AR5 Impact Report. The world faces threat to food supply, conflicts over water rights and growing inequality. The only option to is cut emissions By Suzanne Goldenberg (The Guardian): 1. Food threat Climate change is already taking a sizeable chunk out of global food supply…