Lesson: Arctic Sea Ice Decline

Jennifer Francis, Rutgers University – assesses the broad topic of the Arctic Sea Ice Decline and explains seasonal impacts. Observations, especially since the 1950’s, explain how the “Arctic Amplification” leads to rapid sea ice changes during the summer month. Much more ridging in North America during the winter. And this affects weather patterns, because a…

Catastrophic sea levels ‘distinct possibility’ this century

A breakthrough study of fluctuations in sea levels the last time Earth was between ice ages, as it is now, shows that oceans rose some three meters in only decades due to collapsing ice sheets. The findings suggest that such an scenario — which would redraw coastlines worldwide and unleash colossal human misery — is…

Potential methane reservoirs beneath Antarctica

We calculate that the sub-Antarctic hydrate inventory could be of the same order of magnitude as that of recent estimates made for Arctic permafrost. Once thought to be devoid of life, the ice-covered parts of Antarctica are now known to be a reservoir of metabolically active microbial cells and organic carbon. The potential for methanogenic…

Hidden rift valley discovered beneath West Antarctica reveals new insight into ice loss

EurekAlert British Antarctic Survey Jul 25 2012: Scientists have discovered a one mile deep rift valley hidden beneath the ice in West Antarctica, which they believe is contributing to ice loss from this part of the continent. Experts from the University of Aberdeen and British Antarctic Survey (BAS) made the discovery below Ferrigno Ice Stream,…

In Ancient Ice, Clues That Scientists Are Underestimating Future Sea Levels

By John Mahoney / Popsci: The skies do strange things at the NEEM camp, a remote ice-drilling and research facility on the northern Greenland ice sheet. Midnight sunshine. Low clouds of sparkling ice crystals known as “diamond dust.” But when rain fell instead of snow last summer, complete with a rainbow arcing over the camp,…

Ninety-seven percent of scientists agree: #climate change is real, man-made and dangerous

Obama tweeted yesterday: Ninety-seven percent of scientists agree: #climate change is real, man-made and dangerous. @BarackObama Read the news release, Obama shared on twitter: Scientists say united on global warming, at odds with public view (Reuters) – Ninety-seven percent of scientists say global warming is mainly man-made but a wide public belief that experts are…

Kevin Anderson on the Climate Crisis – Why 2.0C target?


Cabot Institute Annual Lecture 2012

Real clothes for the Emperor: Facing the challenges of climate change
Kevin Anderson, Professor of Energy and Climate Change, University of Manchester

Cabot Institute, University of Bristol http://www.bris.ac.uk/cabot

 

Real clothes for the emperor
Facing the challenges of climate change

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