The melting of permafrost

Updated: Discovery of Positive Methane Feedback from Permafrost Thaw

Update: As pointed out by one of the authors, Rhiannon Mondav, the microbe is not considered an entire new discovery. (See comment below). Phys.org explains: Scientists from The University of Queensland have discovered a microbe that is set to play a significant role in future global warming. UQ’s Australian Centre for Ecogenomics researcher Ben Woodcroft said…

It’s Been Hot Before = Faulty Logic

Global warming is increasing the risk of heatwaves. This isn’t a hypothetical abstraction that our grandchildren may experience in the distant future. Heatwaves are currently getting hotter, they’re lasting longer and they’re happening more often. This is happening right now. Of course, heatwaves have happened in the past, including before humans started altering the climate.…

Ancient 5,000-Year-Old Forest Unearthed by UK Storms

A sign for extreme change is when storms destroy ancient landmarks, unearth 1 million old foot prints (See video above) or reveal  pottery from the Iron Age and Romano-British time. Now they discovered ancient forest stumps. The BBC explains: Geologists believe extensive forests extended across Mount’s Bay in Penzance between 4,000 and 6,000 years ago. The shifting sands have also revealed…

Scientists: IPCC Underestimating Sea Level Rise

The Vision Prize is an online survey of scientists about climate risk. It’s an impartial and independent research platform for incentivized polling of experts on important scientific issues that are relevant to policymakers. Some of theirprevious survey results have found that about 90 percent of participating scientists believe that humans are the primary cause of…

U.S. Methane Emissions are 50% Higher than Official Estimates

America’s natural gas system is leaky and in need of a fix, new study finds A review of more than 200 earlier studies confirms that U.S. emissions of methane are considerably higher than official estimates. Leaks from the nation’s natural gas system are an important part of the problem. This finding has important implications for…

Global Warming Speed Bump? The Answer May Be Blowing in the Wind!

By Michael E. Mann via HuffingtonPost: An interesting new paper by Matthew England and colleagues just published in the journal Nature Climate Change tosses another hat in the ring when it comes to explanations of the so-called “hiatus” or “pause” (I prefer “speed bump”) in global warming. As I have discussed previously, the fact that global surface temperatures have not increased…

BBC: Wavier Jet Stream ‘May Drive Weather Shift’

BBC: New research suggests that the main system that helps determine the weather over Northern Europe and North America may be changing. The study shows that the so-called jet stream has increasingly taken a longer, meandering path. This has resulted in weather remaining the same for more prolonged periods. The work was presented at the…

The UK Response to Climate Change (UK Storms, Floods, Extreme Weather) Feb, 2014

The recent exceptional onslaught of extreme weather in the past months in the UK raise question regarding the response and how to deal with climate change. Lord Stern: Flooding across the UK are a clear sign that we are already experiencing the impacts of climate change http://t.co/tyV0qln7TU — Svein T veitdal (@tveitdal) February 14, 2014…