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…

A potential future world scenario, driven by rapid regional changes

As someone who follows the climate topic for several years, I’ve to conclude that we are still far away from taking climate change seriously. Around 10 years ago there were rather minor groups of concerned scientists and bloggers, while the media was giving “a balanced view” to the so called deniersphere. This went on for…

AGU 2015: The impacts of heat stress on densely populated regions in the 21st century

Globally, heat kills more people than any other weather-related event. With temperatures and humidity expected to increase in the coming decades, heat stress is projected to have increasingly severe impacts on many regions of the world. Here, researchers estimate the global exposure to fatal heat stress throughout the 21st century and its effects on human…

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…

Why is the Weather in the Northern Hemisphere so unusual mild? #JetStream #ElNino #PolarVortex

Here we look at the current weather configuration in the Northern Hemisphere, with the scope on the mild 2015 winter weather in what seems to affect many regions in northern latitudes this winter. The atmosphere in many northern regions like Canada (Northern America) or Europe is currently dominated by westerly jet stream winds. This configuration has…

Climate change could suffocate life on planet Earth

EurekAlert (Release): Falling oxygen levels caused by global warming could be a greater threat to the survival of life on planet Earth than flooding, according to researchers from the University of Leicester. A study led by Sergei Petrovskii, Professor in Applied Mathematics from the University of Leicester’s Department of Mathematics, has shown that an increase in…

Research links abrupt paleoclimatic change to possible methane hydrate destabilization

Using a core sample from the Santa Barbara Basin, UCSB researchers decipher the history of paleoclimate change with surprising results By Julie Cohen (UCSB): Global climate change isn’t new — the phenomenon has been around for millions of years. But now, a core from the ocean floor in the Santa Barbara Basin provides a remarkable…

Obama: A united effort with a common purpose, should guide a united world #COP21

Leaders Event – Statements by Heads of State and Government, at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference COP21. In light of the 14 warmest years on record since 2000, Obama urges bold actions. Highlighting coastal erosion, lose of farm land, flooding, or ice lose he points out that we are the first generation which…

NASA: Earth potential to absorb Emissions is out of Balance

A Breathing Planet, Off Balance NASA:  Earth’s land and ocean currently absorb about half of all carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels, but it’s uncertain whether the planet can keep this up in the future. NASA’s Earth science program works to improve our understanding of how carbon absorption and emission processes work…