Ecological conversations and systems thinking

Reynolds, Martin (2010). Ecological conversations and systems thinking. In: RGS-IBG Annual Inter-national Conference: Confronting the Challenges of the Post-Crisis Global Economy and Environment, 1-3 Sep 2010, London, UK. Release URL | PDF Abstract Ideas like ‘ecosystems approach’ or ‘complex adaptive systems’ are often invoked as a panacea for addressing the complex interrelationships and interdependencies associated with issues…

The melting of permafrost

Permafrost Methane Time Bomb

First published on YouTube Sep 9, 2012: Because of global warming, permafrost — the frozen ground that covers the top of the world — has been thawing rapidly over the last three decades. But there is cause for concern beyond the far north, because the carbon released from thawing permafrost could raise global temperatures even…

200 years of Global Change 1900-2100 Climate Science History & Projections of IPCC-AR5 2013

Hans Rosling lecture 19 mins – 28 September 2013 200 years of Global Change, Climate Science, History Projections & the IPCC AR5 Report explained Professor Hans Rosling, Karolinska Institutet of Sweden. Edutainer at www.Gapminder.org their mission: “To fight devastating ignorance with a fact-based worldview everyone can understand.” The first public forum for the launch of…

Abrupt Climate Change In The Arctic (And Beyond) An Update

AGU Fall Meeting 2013: Our understanding of future Arctic change is informed by the history of past changes, which often have been both large and abrupt. The well-known ice-age events such as the Younger Dryas show how sea-ice changes can amplify forcing to produce very large responses, with wintertime sea ice especially important. These changes…

Scientists Measure Bubbling Sounds of Melting Glaciers

Glaciers Sizzle, Squirt Bubbles When Melting To Create Loudest Marine Environment; These Sounds Could Help To Measure Ice Melt By Sreeja VN: Sizzling underwater glacial ice, as it melts into warmer sea water, creates one of the loudest natural marine environments, and the air bubbles that pop during the process could help scientists measure the rate of…

Global Warming Underestimated by Half

Uploaded on YouTube Aug 21, 2013: Coverage bias in the HadCRUT4 temperature series and its impact on recent temperature trends. Cowtan & Way (2013) Stefan Rahmstorf at RealClimate: A new study by British and Canadian researchers shows that the global temperature rise of the past 15 years has been greatly underestimated. The reason is the data gaps in…

Arctic Sea Ice Minimum Volumes 1979-2013

Published on YouTube Nov 21, 2013: This is an animated visualization of the startling decline of Arctic Sea Ice, showing the minimum volume reached every September since 1979, set on a map of New York with a 10km grid to give an idea of scale. It is clear that the trend of Arctic sea ice…

Climate Change : 2013 is the top ten warmest year since 1850

Published on YouTube Nov 13, 2013: A new report released today suggests that 2013 is among the top ten warmest years since records began more than 160 years ago. The report released by the world meteorological organisation says excessive flooding and frequent drought will continue into the unforeseen future. Kenya meteorologists says cases of highland…

Sea level rise: New iceberg theory points to areas at risk of rapid disintegration

Video published on YouTube Nov 21, 2012 | Article published on July 22, 2013 by Nicole Casal Moore / University of Michigan ANN ARBOR—In events that could exacerbate sea level rise over the coming decades, stretches of ice on the coasts of Antarctica and Greenland are at risk of rapidly cracking apart and falling into…

State of the Ocean: Ocean Acidification and Previous Marine Extinctions

The 2013 report on the State of the Ocean, by IPSO can be accessed here (PDF). From the report: Executive Summary • Climate change and the ocean – What does the future hold? The ocean isshielding us from the worst effects of accelerating climate change by absorbing excess CO2 and heat from the atmosphere. The twin effects…

IPCC: Climate Change Synthesis Report, Highlights


Published on YouTube Sep 30, 2013: For the 5th time in 23 years, the world’s leading climate scientists have released an update on the state of the climate. WeatherNation Chief Meteorologist reviews the highlights plus shares the panel’s predictions for the rest of the century.
Here’s a link for more information: http://www.ipcc.ch/

NASA: IPCC Projections of Temperature and Precipitation in the 21st Century

Published on YouTube Sep 27, 2013: New data visualizations from the NASA Center for Climate Simulation and NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio show how climate models — those used in the new report from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) — estimate how temperature and precipitation patterns could change throughout the 21st century.…

NASA: Ocean Heat Content

Oceanic heat content (OHC) is the heat stored in the ocean. Oceanography and climatology are the science branches which study ocean heat content. The changes in the ocean heat play an important role in sea level rise, because of thermal expansion. It is with high confidence that Ocean warming accounts for 90% of the energy accumulation from global warming between 1971 and 2010.  …

IPCC Report AR5 September 2013 (WG1) “The Pause”

On September 27 2013 the IPCC released the WG1 report of the IPCC AR5 assessment. UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon addressed the IPCC at Stockholm on 27 September. He stated that “the heat is on. We must act”. US Secretary of State John Kerry responded to the report saying “This is yet another wakeup call: those who deny the science…