Sandmücken wandern in Deutschland ein, Gefahr durch Infektionskrankheit

Der SPIEGEL berichtet am 4 August über die potenzielle Gefahr durch die mit dem Klimawandel eingewanderte Sandmücke. SPIEGEL: Der Klimawandel verändert Lebensräume – und kann damit auch die Gesundheit von Deutschen bedrohen. Forscher haben jetzt Sandmücken, potenzielle Überträger der gefährlichen Leishmaniose, in Hessen gefunden – so weit nördlich wie nie zuvor. “Es handelt sich um…

Methanexplosionen reissen Löcher in die sibirische Erde

Andrej Plechanow vom Zentrum für arktische Studien in Salechard berichtet, dass ungewöhnlich heiße Sommer von 2012 und 2013 die Ursache sein könnten. Permafrostboden sei aufgetaut, kollabiert und habe dabei im Untergrund eingeschlossenes Methan freigesetzt, welches dann mit Macht durch die Erdoberfläche schoss. SPIEGEL: Methanhydrate finden sich zwar üblicherweise erst ab Tiefen von mindestens 100 Metern, doch das könnte…

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:…

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…

Extreme Weather July 2014 United States – Record Flames and Record Floods Across the Nation

On July 22, 2014, ABC reports record breaking flash floods in North Carolina, pounding hail in Nevada, record wildfires in central Washington, and severe weather across the Nation. Related The devastating drought in California before and after images taken from Space The California drought and climate disruption Disasters Poised to Sweep Away Development Gains Danger…

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…