Cyanobacteria blooms (harmful algae blooms) and climate change

A  contamination with the hepatotoxic microcystin, of the water supply in Toledo, Ohio, resulted in warnings for approx. 500,000 residents not to drink or use tap water. NBC: Sewage from treatment plants and fertilizer from farms streamed into the lake, triggering an algae bloom near an intake valve that sends water to Toledo and more than a dozen surrounding communities. The…

Sen. Whitehouse: Climate Change is Real and Noncontroversial

July 28, 2014- Sen. Klobuchar called for Unanimous Consent to pass a resolution acknowledging that climate change is occurring and that it will continue to pose an ongoing risk. Sen. Inhofe objected to the resolution, and Sen. Whitehouse offered this in response. Follow Sen. Whitehouse on facebook Related Bush-Era EPA Administrator Baffles Fox Business Hosts:…

Novel climate proxy reveals CO2 content of Earth’s atmosphere, of the past 400 million years

The study New constraints on atmospheric CO2 concentration for the Phanerozoic (DOI: 10.1002/2014GL060457), by Peter J. Franks, Dana L. Royer, David J. Beerling , Peter K. Van de Water, David J. Cantrill, Margaret M. Barbour, and Joseph A. Berry, estimates CO2 in Earth history based on a new climate proxy. Estimates are in particular based…

Republicans sue President Obama, interfering with top priorities such as climate change

Maybe climate change will take a center stage (this time finally) during the next elections? GOP Sets House Vote on Obama `High Crimes’ Lawsuit Bloomberg – Republican political analyst Joe Watkins, U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Democrat from Florida, and Bloomberg’s Peter Cook discuss today’s House of Representatives vote on a potential lawsuit against…

Rapid sea-ice loss may increase the rate of Arctic land warming by 3.5 times – affecting permafrost

Recently a mysterious Siberian crater has been discovered, which subsequently raised questions about the circumstances surrounding the crater formation.  Theories include Pingo formation and connections to the thawing of permafrost (ClimateState reported). Robert Scribbler, summed it up: One theory on the feature is that it might be a pingo — a melting of a permafrost water pocket…

Everything you need to know about Mass Extinction, Sea Level Rise and Amplification

Professor Peter Ward (Professor, Sprigg Institute of Geobiology, The University of Adelaide) explains the interconnections of rising carbon dioxide levels and flood basalt, and how it leads to anoxic oceans (with Hydrogen sulfide). Ward explains how today’s CO2 levels will result in sea level rise with disrupting implications for crops and how deglaciation will ultimately…

The ClimateState Week in Review, #29 (July 14-20, 2014)

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_progress_bar values=”100|131 News items” bgcolor=”bar_green” title=”This week ClimateState covered 131 news items” options=”striped,animated”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]All the ClimateState coverage from week #29, 2014 on one page. Never miss out on global warming news again. July 14, 2014 ClimateState, The Week #28 in Review Obama takes on Big Oil: Will the president’s final, radical climate push be enough?…

Greenland ice sheet collapse, triggered ancient sea level rise 400,000 years ago

New evidence suggest that the longest interglacial (the time in between ice ages) – a warming period, called Marine Isotope Stage 11, more than 400,000 years ago, created nearly complete deglaciation of southern Greenland, thus contributed 4-6 meters to global sea level rise at that period. Overall se alevel rose about 6-13 meters above present…

Permafrost and the mysterious Crater/Sinkhole (Jamal, Siberia)

Evidence indicates that the Jamal sink hole (Siberia) has been caused by permafrost thaw, still under investigation. New footage (July, 18 2014) shows the crater in more detail, and Dan Miller explains the interconnections of climate change and permafrost. Anna Kurchatova: Siberia’s frozen soil — known as permafrost — contains millions of tons of methane…

NOAA, State of the Climate 2013 report: Climate Scientists See ‘Very Rapid Declines’

Access the report State of the Climate in 2013 (PDF) NBC: Leading climate scientists on Thursday issued their annual physical of Earth, comparing the planet in 2013 to a patient that’s only getting worse and highlighting problems with key vital signs: from record warmth in Australia and China to sea levels that continue to rise…

Tropospheric Ozone in the Anthropocene: Are We Creating a Toxic Atmosphere?

Published on Feb 19, 2014: Jack Fishman explains how elevated ozone levels damage plants, affecting crop yields. Factors among ozone levels include, precipitation and temperature. Further studies found that yields present a consistent function depending on the ozone concentrations. Laboratory simulations suggest that the findings of the yield decline are a trend, which is projected…