New Mechanism for Methane Hydrate Dissociation Discovered

Methane hydrates are ice like structures forming a solid similar to ice. Significant amounts have been located under sediments on the ocean floors of the Earth. Generally, methane hydrates are more stable in fresh water than in salt water. A region allowing the formation for methane hydrates (largely dependent on depth and pressure) is called…

Human Civilization Faced with Existential Risks

The climate change analysis was written by a former fossil fuel executive and backed by the former chief of Australia’s military. https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/597kpd/new-report-suggests-high-likelihood-of-human-civilization-coming-to-an-end-in-2050 Can we think in new ways about the existential human security risks driven by the climate crisis? Read the report here http://www.climatecodered.org/2019/05/can-we-think-in-new-ways-about.html Watch the video For more from Break Through visit https://www.breakthroughonline.org.au End…

Are We Becoming too Dumb to Solve the Big Problem of Climate Change?

Recent studies suggest that various pollution sources contribute to the decline of cognitive abilities, IQ scores, human intelligence. Could this trend potentially affect our collective efforts to combat climate change? Support Climate State on Patreon http://patreon.com/ClimateState Sources Video narrated by Cormac Bren – Sound and Music by Epic Stock Media http://epicstockmedia.com – Additional video material…

Over 200 Arctic lakes seeping methane gas

Satellite images have revealed more than 200 strange, bright blue lakes in Russia’s Arctic regions that are leaking methane gas. Arctic lakes seeping methane gas Arctic lakes seeping methane gas References Discovered: 200-plus Arctic lakes which bubble like jacuzzis from seeping methane gas http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/features/discovered-200-plus-arctic-lakes-which-bubble-like-jacuzzis-from-seeping-methane-gas/ Photos Reveal More Than 200 Bright Blue Arctic Lakes Have Started…

Waking the Giant: Climate Force and Geological Hazards

Bill McGuire on the influence of climate change on geological systems, the link between episodes of major climate transition and geohazards (2012). Small changes in the Earth’s crust can potentially trigger large hazards such as earthquakes and volcanoes. Bill McGuire is Professor of Geophysical & Climate Hazards at UCL. He was a member of the…

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…

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…

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…

AGU 2015: Jennifer Francis recent studies on Weather Blocking Patterns

Recent Changes in Blocking Characteristics Assessed Using Self-Organizing Maps Speaker: Jennifer Ann Francis Blocking anticyclones are known to be associated with persistent weather patterns that often lead to extreme weather events. An outstanding question, however, is whether the frequency and/or intensity of these dynamical features are changing in response to human-caused climate change, and in…

The Science of the Polar Vortex and Jet Stream

At least since around 2001 we have study papers connecting the polar vortex / jet stream behavior to anomalies, such as cold weather outbreaks or precipitation changes. The polar vortex phenomenon was described as early as 1853. In recent years studies linked changes in the cryosphere to the polar vortex. Feel free to suggest further study papers in the comments.…

Can scientists overcome huge uncertainties to pin down how close, or far, we might be to a tipping point?

A 2007 Royal Society paper by NASA scientist Drew Shindell: “… the rarity of palaeoclimate evidence for hydrate-induced climate changes argues that this is a fairly unlikely candidate for near-term sudden climate change. Unlike the others, however, anthropogenic climate change may alter the probability of hydrate release when compared with the past, making the overall…