Methane levels are growing dangerously fast

Nature (February 2022): “Methane levels are growing dangerously fast,” says Euan Nisbet, an Earth scientist at Royal Holloway, University of London, in Egham, UK. The emissions, which seem to have accelerated in the past few years, are a major threat to the world’s goal of limiting global warming to 1.5–2 °C over pre-industrial temperatures, he…

Underwater Volcano Explodes, waves flood island of Tonga

(CNN)A tsunami has hit Tonga’s largest island, Tongatapu, and reportedly sent waves flooding into the capital after an underwater volcano in the South Pacific exploded in a violent eruption on Saturday, sending a cloud of ash and gas steam into the air.Satellite imagery shows a massive ash cloud and shockwaves spreading from the eruption. The…

Antarctica and Paris Goals: Risks of Massive Sea-level Rise

Recent published research shows the danger of massive, potentially irreversible, global sea-level rise within the next couple of centuries should temperatures overshoot 2°C. Perhaps most sobering, this loss may become rapid and permanent, with no halt in ice loss even should CO2 concentrations return t pre-industrial levels; and rates approaching 5 cm/year by 2150, and…

Thwaites Glacier Antarctica

Thwaites Glacier: Antarctica’s doomsday glacier could become unhinged this very decade.

At the fall 2021 meeting of the American Geophysical Union on 13 December, a presentation on the latest for the Thwaites Glacier (also dubbed the Doomsday Glacier) highlighted processes at the ice shelf of the glacier, which will likely result in dramatic changes within 10 years. Meaning, acceleration of ice discharge into the Ocean, and…

Eric Rignot: Sea level rise there is a distinct possibility it could go faster

We interviewed Eric Rignot, Donald Bren Professor and Chancellor Professor of Earth system science at the University of California, Irvine and Senior Research Scientist for the Radar Science and Engineering Section at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The 6th IPCC Report and Sea Level Rise Chris Machens: Hello Eric, back in 2015 I’ve asked you about…

Discovery: Process of ice mélange thinning suggests Antarctica’s ice-shelves could retreat Decades Earlier

Ice shelves buttress glaciers – a new mechanism involving rift dynamics suggests ice shelfs could retreat faster than previously modeled. SciTechDaily: “The thinning of the ice melange that glues together large segments of floating ice shelves is another way climate change can cause rapid retreat of Antarctica’s ice shelves,” said co-author Eric Rignot, UCI professor…

The Climate State may Tip at 1.5 or 2 C of Global Temperature Rise

These results indicate that climate tipping is an imminent risk in the Earth System. Even the safe operating space of 1.5 or 2.0 degrees above present generally assumed by the IPCC might not be all that safe. According to the precautionary principle, we must consider abrupt and irreversible changes to the climate system as a real risk – at least until we understand these phenomena better.

Earth’s Energy Imbalance Has Doubled since 2005

NASA: Researchers have found that Earth’s energy imbalance approximately doubled during the 14-year period from 2005 to 2019. Earth’s climate is determined by a delicate balance between how much of the Sun’s radiative energy is absorbed in the atmosphere and at the surface and how much thermal infrared radiation Earth emits to space. A positive…

Natural Gas vs Coal, and what does it mean for the Climate?

Robert Howarth talks with Dan Miller about natural gas (methane) and coal in terms what these fossil energies hold for our climate. Robert Howarth is Professor of Ecology & Environmental Biology at Cornell University. He is an expert on natural gas & methane and their impact on the climate. In this wide-ranging interview, Prof. Howarth…