Permafrost may release largest Mercury source on Earth

There are 32 million gallons worth of mercury, or the equivalent of 50 Olympic swimming pools, trapped in the permafrost. For context, that’s “twice as much mercury as the rest of all soils, the atmosphere, and oceans combined. And it could be released. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2018/02/05/the-arctic-is-full-of-toxic-mercury-and-climate-change-is-going-to-release-it   Ambarchik: Research on permafrost at the Siberian arctic coast https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhGcJnRgzy4…

Energy consumption Bitcoin vs Banking System

The highest estimates for Bitcoins annual terawatt hours consumption is 28.67. This means, more than 3 times more efficient than a very conservative calculation of the cost of the global banking system. Carlos Domingo: The Bitcoin vs Visa Electricity Consumption Fallacy https://hackernoon.com/the-bitcoin-vs-visa-electricity-consumption-fallacy-8cf194987a50 Jonathan Koomey gets quoted in the Washington Post, and other estimates https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/12/19/why-the-bitcoin-craze-is-using-up-so-much-energy Highest…

Cryptocurrency Ethereum Founder Vitalik Buterin on Climate Change

After Bitcoin, Ethereum is the second largest cryptocurrency in the world, with a market capitalization of over $100 billion. In December 2017 Buterin briefly addressed energy consumption of Ethereum mining, and what he plans to change the issue. Discuss (Dec 10,2017) Vitalik Buterin – Lays Out Ethereum 2.0 Roadmap In Taiwan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZ9PauT1Mk8 Ethereum https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethereum Proof-of-stake…

Richard Alley: Science works…science helps us!

Presidential Forum keynote speaker Richard Alley, renowned glaciologist and climate scientist, at the 98th AMS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LjfwDXmna0 Eminent geologist and ace science communicator Richard Alley (Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences, Pennsylvania State University) addressed a rapt audience of hundreds in Austin, Texas, on Sunday at the 98th Annual Meeting of the…