Permafrost: The Tipping Time Bomb

“If we can limit our emissions, then the permafrost region will release less carbon to the atmosphere, there is a curve – it’s not a all or nothing question.” Ben Abbott One of the most feared of climate change “feedbacks” is the potential release of greenhouse gases by melting arctic permafrost soils. New research indicates…

Climate & Earthquakes II

Part II[wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””]Dunkley Jones et al. support the view that, while gas-hydrate release was probably not responsible for an initial, rapid, CO2-driven warming, the as yet unknown event responsible for this subsequently triggered the large-scale dissociation of gas hydrates, which contributed to further warming as a positive feedback mechanism. As the authors note,…

Climate & Earthquakes I

Climate forcing of geological and geomorphological hazardsBy Bill McGuire / UCL[wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””]April 19, 2010: 12 research papers and two summaries of conference discussion sessions contained in this Theme Issue build upon presentations and dialogue at the Third Johnston–Lavis Colloquium held at University College London in September 2009. The meeting brought together delegates from…

Video: The Climate, Polar Ice & Earthquakes

Video[wpcol_2fifth id=”” class=”” style=””] [/wpcol_2fifth][wpcol_3fifth_end id=”” class=”” style=””] Dramatic Changes in Polar Ice NASA’s Waleed Abdalati oulines the situation Published on YouTube May 22, 2013 NASA Chief Scientist – Abdalati previously served NASA as Head of Cryospheric Sciences at Goddard Space Flight Center. [/wpcol_3fifth_end] [wpcol_2fifth id=”” class=”” style=””] [/wpcol_2fifth][wpcol_3fifth_end id=”” class=”” style=””] Climate Geomorphology Will…

3.5 mil years ago, summer temps were ~8°C warmer than today, CO2 was ~400 ppm

Two recent studies on past temperatures… Pliocene Warmth, Polar Amplification, and Stepped Pleistocene Cooling Recorded in NE Arctic Russia Understanding the evolution of Arctic polar climate from the protracted warmth of the middle Pliocene into the earliest glacial cycles in the Northern Hemisphere has been hindered by the lack of continuous, highly resolved Arctic time…

The 8 Minute Epoch 65 million Years with James Hansen

In a speech at the University of Oregon, James Hansen, NASA’s chief atmospheric scientist, walks listeners thru the most recent geologic periods, and speaks to the commonly heard climate canard, “It’s been hotter in earth’s history before – so what’s the big deal?’ this presentation and others by Hansen available here: http://www.columbia.edu/~jeh1/present… James Hansen’s original…

The Secret of El Dorado (The discovery of Biochar)

In 1542, the Spanish Conquistador, Francisco de Orellana ventured along the Rio Negro, one of the Amazon Basin’s great rivers. Hunting a hidden city of gold, his expedition found a network of farms, villages and even huge walled cities. At least that is what he told an eager audience on his return to Spain. http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/horizon/2002/eldorado.shtml…