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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: Today at 02:56:20 pm »

Agelbert Note: Hat tip to Azozeo for this news:

2017-07-19 - Methane oozing from melting permafrost in Canada, ground starting to resemble swiss cheese:
http://insideclimatenews.org/news/18072017/arctic-permafrost-melting-methane-emissions-geologic-sources-study

http://www.fasterthanexpected.com/2017/07/19/methane-seeps-out-as-arctic-permafrost-starts-to-resemble-swiss-cheese/

http://phys.org/news/2017-07-permafrost-greenhouse-gas.html]http://phys.org/news/2017-07-permafrost-greenhouse-gas.html

http://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-05783-2

Quote: "Global warming may be unleashing new sources of heat-trapping methane from layers of oil and gas that have been buried deep beneath Arctic permafrost for millennia.

As the Earth's frozen crust thaws, some of that gas appears to be finding new paths to the surface through permafrost that's starting to resemble Swiss cheese in some areas, scientists said. In a study released today, the scientists used aerial sampling of the atmosphere to locate methane sources from permafrost along a 10,000 square-kilometer swath of the Mackenzie River Delta in northwestern Canada, an area known to have oil and gas desposits.

Deeply thawed pockets of permafrost, the research suggests, are releasing 17 percent of all the methane measured in the region, even though the emissions hotspots only make up 1 percent of the surface area, the scientists found
."

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: Today at 02:09:45 pm »

Global Average Temperature plot at two meters



Fossil Fuel Industry reaction to the above:
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 20, 2017, 12:55:44 pm »

Grows FAST in almost all geographic areas, at nearly any altitude = SOLUTION to Global Warming!  
Agelbert NOTE: Although the following post is about duckweed as a bio-fuel source, it is just as important, if not more so, to understand that duckweed is the ONLY plant out there that could actually lower the amount of CO2 in our atmosphere. This, of course, would be contingent on the banning of the burning of fossil fuels. We know the corrupted powers that be don't want to do that.  >:( But even if they don't, they will soon be FORCED to seek out the plant that is most likely to "sequester Carbon" (what a ridiculous bit of jargon for absorption of CO2!) at a rate that could start us on the way back to 280PPM of CO2 (Pre-industrial levels).

The geo-engineering techno-fix fossil fuel industry SCAM simply will not work. But the fossil fuel industry corrupted governments all over the world will probably try it, which will certainly make some people rich while it makes things worse for the biosphere.

A massive Duckweed production campaign all over presently non-arable land areas would work IF if  banned the burning fossil fuels completely.

That would be the intelligent and prudent thing to do.
So, we can count on our fossil fuel industry corrupted governments to NOT do it. 

I LOVE DUCKWEED!



http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/renewables/ethanol/msg217/#msg217

Pond-dwelling powerhouse’s genome points to its biofuel potential


Duckweed is a tiny floating plant that’s been known to drive people daffy. It’s one of the smallest and fastest-growing flowering plants   ;D that often becomes a hard-to-control weed in ponds and small lakes. But it’s also been exploited to clean contaminated water and as a source to produce pharmaceuticals. Now, the genome of Greater Duckweed (Spirodela polyrhiza) has given this miniscule plant’s potential as a biofuel source a big boost. In a paper published February 19, 2014 in the journal Nature Communications, researchers from Rutgers University, the Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute and several other facilities detailed the complete genome of S. polyrhiza and analyzed it in comparison to several other plants, including rice and tomatoes.

Duckweed, a small, common plant that grows in ponds and stagnant waters, is an ideal candidate as a biofuel raw material.  ;D Photo (at link) by Texx Smith, via flickr
 
Simple and primitive, a duckweed plant consists of a single small kidney-shaped leaf about the size of a pencil-top eraser that floats on the surface of the water with a few thin roots underwater. It grows in almost all geographic areas, at nearly any altitude. Although it’s a flowering plant, it only rarely forms small indistinct flowers on the underside of its floating leaves. Most of the time, it reproduces by budding off small leaves that are clones of the parent leaf. It often forms thick mats on the edges of ponds, quiet inlets of lakes and in marshes. It’s among the fastest growing plants, able to double its population in a couple of days under ideal conditions.

These and other properties make it an ideal candidate as a biofuel feedstock – a raw source for biofuel production. For example, unlike plants on land, duckweeds don’t need to hold themselves upright or transport water from distant roots to their leaves, so they’re a relatively soft and pliable plant, containing tiny amounts of woody material such as lignin and cellulose. Removing these woody materials from feedstock has been a major challenge in biofuel production. Also, although they are small enough to grow in many environments, unlike biofuel-producing microbes, duckweed plants are large enough to harvest easily. ;D

S. polyrhiza turns out to have one of the smallest known plant genomes, at about 158 million base pairs and fewer than 20,000 protein-encoding genes. That’s 27 percent fewer than Arabidopsis thaliana – which, until recently, was believed to be the smallest plant genome – and nearly half as many as rice plants.

Spirodela is one of the smallest plants in the world. Here (at the link)it is displayed with other comparable plants.

 
“The most surprising find was insight into the molecular basis for genes involved in maturation – a forever-young lifestyle,” said senior author Joachim Messing, director of the Waksman Institute of Microbiology at Rutgers University.

S. polyrhiza leaves resemble cotyledons, embryonic leaves inside plant seeds that become the first leaves after germination. But where other plants develop other kinds of leaves as they mature, S. polyrhiza’s never progresses and continuously produces cotyledon leaves. This prolonging of juvenile traits is called “neoteny.” S. polyrhiza had fewer genes to promote and more genes to repress the switch from juvenile to mature growth.

“Because of the reduction in neoteny, there is an arrest in development and differentiation of organs. So this arrest allowed us to uncover regulatory networks that are required for differentiation and development,” Messing said.

Also intriguing to the research team were which genes were preserved over time and which were not. Many of the genes responsible for cellulose and lignin production in land dwelling plants were missing,   and there were fewer copies of those that were present. Genes for another compound related to cell walls called “expansins” which are involved with cell wall and root growth were also reduced.

Genes for starch production, on the other hand, were retained and are probably used for creating starch-filled turions, specialized buds produced by aquatic plants for overwintering, enabling them sink to the bottom of ponds and revive in warmer weather. Moreover, despite the reduced number of total genes, S. polyrhiza has more copies of genes for enzymes involved in nitrogen absorption and metabolism than in other plants. This is probably linked to the plant’s ability to utilize excess nitrogen in contaminated waters.


A thorough understanding of the genome and cellular mechanisms of S. polyrhiza could greatly enhance current efforts to recruit duckweed as a biofuel source. Messing estimates that duckweed will be a viable biofuel source within the next five years and points to Ceres Energy Group in New Jersey, which is already producing electricity from duckweed. Understanding which genes produce which traits will allow researchers to create new varieties of duckweed with enhanced biofuel traits, such as increased reduction of cellulose or increased starch or even higher lipid production. Starch can be directly used as a biofuel source and it can be converted to ethanol, the way corn is currently converted to ethanol fuel, but oils would have greater energy than ethanol.

Duckweed is a relatively simple plant with fronds that float on the surface of the water and roots that extend into the water. In the flask on the left, you can see the dormant phase, turions, that have dropped to the bottom. Photo (at link) by Wenquin Wang
 
“Classical breeding or genetics does not apply here because of its clonal propagation and rare flowering, but these organisms can be transformed with DNA,” Messing said. “Therefore, new variants can be created with modified pathways for industrial applications. These variants would be an enhancement over what can be done now.”

This genome was sequenced as part of a DOE Office of Science JGI Community Science Program (CSP) project (formerly the Community Sequencing Program). It exemplifies the collaborative approach and innovative projects that the CSP enables among researchers. Messing pointed to the study’s advances over previous research.

“The sequencing of this genome opens new frontiers in the molecular biology of aquatic plants,” said Messing. “This publication represents the single largest advance in this field and a new milestone in plant molecular biology and evolution, as previous studies were either classical botany or biochemistry of photosynthesis. The placement of the Spirodela genome as a basal monocot species will serve as a new reference for all flowering plants.”

A video interview with Messing on the promise of duckweed can be found here:

The authors on the publication also include researchers from MIPS/IBIS, Helmholtz Center Munich, Germany; University of California, Davis; Georgia Institute of Technology; Brookhaven National Laboratory; Donald Danforth Plant Science Center; University of Jena, Germany, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology; and the Leibniz-Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK), Germany.

The DOE Joint Genome Institute has announced a new call for letters of intent for the 2015 Community Science Program, due April 10, 2014. Details of the 2015 CSP call can be found at: http://bit.ly/CSP-15.

The U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute, supported by the DOE Office of Science, is committed to advancing genomics in support of DOE missions related to clean energy generation and environmental characterization and cleanup. DOE JGI, headquartered in Walnut Creek, Calif., provides integrated high-throughput sequencing and computational analysis that enable systems-based scientific approaches to these challenges. Follow @doe_jgi on Twitter.

DOE’s Office of Science is the largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit science.energy.gov.

Filed Under: News Releases
http://jgi.doe.gov/pond-dwelling-powerhouses-genome-points-biofuel-potential/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 19, 2017, 12:55:22 pm »

Schroders Launches Climate Progress Dashboard, Tracks Current Course Of 4°C Warming

Global asset manager Schroders has launched its own Climate Progress Dashboard which it has designed to provide investors “a unique insight” into the global progress towards limiting global warming to the 2°C target and the overall progress of the transition to a low-carbon global economy.
July 19th, 2017 by Joshua S Hill

SNIPPET:

Quote
Currently, and somewhat disturbingly, the Dashboard predicts — based on all 12 of the indicators — that Earth is on course to see a temperature rise of 4°C above pre-industrial levels, and double the Paris Climate Agreement. Specifically, according to Schroders, while “global political action points to a 3.6°C temperature rise, current oil and gas production is running at a level consistent with temperature rises twice that level, highlighting the risks that remain inherent in energy companies.”

Unsurprisingly, Schroders also points to the recent decision by US President Donald Trump to withdraw his country from the Paris Climate Agreement.

https://cleantechnica.com/2017/07/19/schroders-launches-climate-progress-dashboard-tracks-current-course-4c-warming/


COMMENTS:  8)

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Steve_S
2C is what they are calling as an "average" but that is not reality. Some areas are already seeing increases far beyond that, as yet, I have not seen a single report that indicates any temperature drops occurring anywhere on this planet.

Considering the vastness of our Oceans and the fact that they are warming every year which requires an extreme amount of energy to do so AND while there is billions of litres of Glacier / Ice Melt dumping in which is a cooler simultaneously, what are we "Bargaining" here ?

Simple enough... Take a pot, put 1 litre of cold water in it and set it on the stove to boil. Takes only a minute or two and voila.... Triple the amount of water & the longer it takes... Start tossing in ice cubes while attempting to boil it, it will take much longer to gain temp... A LOT of heat has to be applied to keep a Temp Increase WHILE adding cold to it !!! Come on, basic grade school science covers this (well used to anyways).

IF you stopped everything that increases global temps TODAY, the momentum / inertia that we have put into affecting the climate, will continue to carry the rising temps forward unabated for decades.

If a 50 Tonne freight car on a rail track is pushed manually to a speed of 15kmh by two men, it takes a while but will get there, now take those two men and set them in front and try to stop it, what happens ? splat ! Will it take 20 ? 30 ? 100? to stop that 50 tonne railcar ? Our Planet, the "Gold Fish bowl" we live in is far more than 50 Tonnes and it took far more than 2 burly lads pushing it to this point.... It will take many many more to stop it.

agelbert > Steve_S
Excellent and accurate analysis of the sad situation we are in. Thank you.
 
Freddy D
Project Drawdown lays out a comprehensive plan to reverse global warming (not just slow emissions). 80 feasible and economical solutions to restore greenhouse gases to a sustainable state.

Well worth a look. EVs are part of the overall solution for sure, but only 6%.

Kurt Lowder > Freddy D
do you agree though that EVs will make batteries much cheaper so they are vital to make battery storage affordable enough for 100% renewable power.

Freddy D  > Kurt Lowder
Absolutely and Project Drawdown shows how 100% renewable energy is 24% of the overall solution. And that cheaper batteries enables that. Oh, it also lays out how much cheaper that will be than today's approach.

It's a great analysis and well worth a look.

agelbert > Freddy D
Excellent! Now THAT is what I call responsible behavior!


What it Means to be Responsible
Reflections on Our Responsibility for the Future

Kurt Lowder
i do not think we will get anywhere near 4 degrees celcius. I have seen prices of renewables, batteries, and EVs fall so fast. we are just getting to the point where all these technologies start to take off. we have barely started up the S-curve.
 

agelbert  > Kurt Lowder
I wish I could agree with you, because you are certainly right about the acceleration of the transition to renewables. The problem is that, as Steve_S points out in another comment, in order to stop the climate change inertia at 2C, you have to have stopped emitting GHG pollutants DECADES AGO!

The only way we can keep the lid at 2C, which incredibly dangerous in itself, by the way, is to have some sort of massive international program to reduce our CO2 PPM back to 350 PPM within about 50 years.


There is absolutely no evidence that major world governments have the will to stop polluting (i.e. ADDING CO2 towards 4C PLUS!), never mind financing the reduction of CO2 (e.g. massive duckweed ponding on deserts to jack up CO2 absorption and eventually reduce it to 350 PPM) and other GHG pollutants.

If the governments of the world acted responsibly, this is what they would do:



Reflections on Our Responsibility for the Future
What it Means to be Responsible


André Balsa
I think it's important to note that the Schroders "Climate Progress Dashboard" is NOT a scientific tool or model to predict global warming.
The IPCC does provide us with reports which are based on the best current climate science which provide different global warming scenarios according to possible future emissions, usually "low", "medium", "business as usual" and "high" emissions.
4C warming is consistent with the "business as usual" scenario.
It is the responsibility of our generation and of financial institutions such as Schroders to make sure we implement as soon as possible public policies to reduce emissions to levels compatible with the "low" scenario.
 
agelbert  > André Balsa
No, 4C is NOT consistent with the "business as usual" scenario. IPCC modelling is ridiculously low balling the RCPs (Representative Concentration Pathways). WHY? Because they exclude several positive feedback loops that are now being observed. The amount of ice melt we NOW have was predicted for 2050! And that is in RCP 8.5 ("business as usual"). And they admit the ice melt from Greenland hasn't even been included in any of the models!

Furthermore, the temperature rise, as well as the RATE of temperature and the RATE of increased ocean acidification predicted in RCP 8.5 are much lower than our present reality. The other "less severe" RCPs are simply wishful thinking happy talk BECAUSE "economic" considerations (Lawyers from various countries, including the USA, MODIFIED all the RCPs AFTER the IPCC scientists submitted them and BEFORE they were published to "protect" GDP among various polluter nations).




The line with the number "1" is the IPCC RCP-8.5 scenario. The temperature increases in lines 2 and 3 ARE NOT in the IPCC RCP-8.5 scenario.

Business as usual is a death sentence for over 75% (or more) of life on Earth.

CHANGES IN THE ARCTIC AND THEIR CLIMATE FEEDBACK IMPLICATIONS: Interview with Scott Goetz



The people that defend business as usual are deluded. There is evidence, which I presented in an article (see below), that even the RCP-8.5 scenario is too conservative.

Climate Change, Blue Water Cargo Shipping and Predicted Ocean Wave Activity: PART 1 of 3
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 17, 2017, 05:03:35 pm »

Greenhouse Gases Are Rapidly Changing the Atmosphere

By Brian Kahn

SNIPPET:

Published: July 13th, 2017
Humanity’s grand experiment in the atmosphere continues, and a new report documents just how far it’s gone.

On Tuesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its annual index of 20 key greenhouse gases. It shows that their direct influence on the climate has risen 140 percent since 1750, with 40 percent of that rise coming in just the past 26 years. That increase is almost entirely due to human activities and has caused the planet to warm 1.8°F (1°C) above pre-industrial temperatures.

Radiative forcing, relative to 1750, of all the long-lived greenhouse gases. The NOAA annual greenhouse gas index, which is indexed to 1 for the year 1990, is shown on the right axis. Credit: NOAA

The index takes greenhouse gas measurements from about 80 ships and observatories around the world — gathered in all their parts per million and parts per billion glory — and boils them down into a simple numerical index, which defines the rise from 1700-1990 as 100 percent or simply 1. This year’s number: 1.4.

It’s a simple number that contains multitudes. For example, carbon dioxide's influence on the climate has increased 54 percent overall since 1990. The four other major greenhouse gases in the index, which include nitrous oxide, methane and two types of chlorofluorocarbons, are responsible for 42 percent of the increase with 15 minor greenhouse gases accounting for the missing 4 percent.

Carbon dioxide has risen rapidly in the atmosphere, with 2016 marking the second-largest annual increase ever observed at the Mauna Loa Observatory, the world’s main measuring station.

Full article with another eye opening graphic:

http://www.climatecentral.org/news/greenhouse-gases-atmosphere-21618

Agelbert NOTE: We go full Renewable energy or we are toast.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 15, 2017, 12:48:18 pm »

Abrupt Climate Mayhem Now, in Spite of Main-Stream-Climatologist Posturing


Paul Beckwith

Published on Jul 13, 2017

Quite frankly, I am sick and tired of people, especially main-stream-talking-head-scientists, downplaying the huge unprecedented threats that are accumulating daily and will soon take down our civilizations. Our world is one that is full of specialists, with no ability to join-the-dots and recognize that humanities existence, and that of our entire ecosystems of plants and animals is degrading rapidly. Even exponentially. 
 

From my chair, I categorically state that anybody who downplays the significance and importance of our planets peril is part of the problem, and needs to get with the program or step aside so that the rest of us can do what is needed. The public needs the truth, no matter how bad it is to have any hope of changing course. And the truth is truly awful, at present


Mass Animal Die-Offs from Abrupt Climate Mayhem

Published on Jul 13, 2017

Accelerating, abrupt climate change is an enormous threat to humanity, as outlined in the well written, long-overdue article "Uninhabited" published in New York Magazine. But it is even worse for non-human animals and plants. At least we regulate our body temperatures and some of us have access to air-conditioning.

What about animals that have body temperatures the same as their surroundings? Their metabolic rate doubles with a temperature rise of 18 F (10 C). Even a 2 C rise (Paris Agreement) increases metabolism 20%, decreasing lifetime 20%. Many species around our planet are today undergoing mass die-offs.

To me, it appears that Earth is losing its ability to sustain life, under the onslaught of human stupidity. Countries are dropping like dominos as infrastructure is decimated from abrupt climate change induced extreme weather.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 14, 2017, 12:31:04 pm »

Tomorrow is Yesterday...

Sea Surface Temperature Anomaly

The 6th Mass Extinction Event is here * Geologic History shows why CO2 caused Global Warming before
Marc Haneburght

Published on Jun 1, 2017

Runaway Climate Change is causing exponential major flooding (happening now) due to more heavy rainfall on Earth, and are taking too much nutrients by rivers into the oceans, creating anoxia events. A deadly purple sulfur bacteria. Too much is never a good thing. It's what made oil deposits happen in the past.

In the past the dinosaurs roamed the planet during the start of an extinction event, now it will be us. The next clever beings might learn in time what we did wrong, maybe not.

The planet might turn into Mars because of nobody being at the controls of nuclear power plants that will destroy the ozone with massive amounts of radiation.

Oceanic anoxic events or anoxic events (anoxia conditions) refer to intervals in the Earth's past where portions of oceans become depleted in oxygen (O2) at depths over a large geographic area. During some of these events, euxinia, waters that contained H2S hydrogen sulfide, developed. Although anoxic events have not happened for millions of years, the geological record shows that they happened many times in the past.

Anoxic events coincided with several mass extinctions and may have contributed to them. These mass extinctions include some that geobiologists use as time markers in biostratigraphic dating. Many geologists believe oceanic anoxic events are strongly linked to slowing of ocean circulation, climatic warming, and elevated levels of greenhouse gases.

Global warming. The biggest story ever. Too big for the general public. 


*Agelbert NOTE: MUST SEE video! To skip ancient history, begin at the 32 minute mark.

This video is tremendously educational and instructive because it demonstrates exactly how our scientists accurately determined CO2 levels in the distant past, as long ago as 200 million years, when today's oil deposits are believed to have been formed.

How did they do it? ??? They found 200 million year old fossils of a plant called a Ginko, that did NOT "evolve" AT ALL  ;D, all the way to the present (leaf structure is identical to modern Ginko leaves).

Permian Ginko leaf fossil on left  - Modern Ginko Leaf on right

The Ginko has pores in the underside of the leaves. The number of pores it forms is a function, as has been determined by empirical evidence, of the available atmospheric CO2. IOW, the more  CO2, the more pores.

The fossilized Ginkos leaf pore totals, exactly as the leaf pore totals of modern Ginko test plants grown in increasingly higher CO2 containing atmospheres, evidence 4 times the CO2 level of pre-industrial human civilization. THAT was an ice free world.

HOWEVER, that was NOT a "tropical paradise", as the fossil fuel fascist propagandist crooks and liars want you to believe.

Once the ice is GONE, some death dealing chemical processes begin until just about every macroscopic oxygen breathing life form is dead. It begins with the death of most of the species populating the Marine Trophic Pyramid. HOW? ???

When the ice is gone, the ocean currents that circulate oxygen throughout the oceanic depths in a 500 year cycle come to a HALT. This makes more and more parts of the ocean anoxic, so all the oxygen breathers die or flee closer to the still oxygenated shallows.

Meanwhile, the high CO2 levels acidify the oceans, killing off the Oxygen producing phytoplankton (can't make their Calcium Carbonate structure - like mollusks also can't - despite having more CO2 "food" available) that had become widespread with the early initial increase of CO2 levels (see massive algae blooms going on as we speak).

The dead Phytoplankton begin to sink through the shallows, triggering bacterial feeding frenzy activity of a type of purple bacteria that decomposes phytoplankton, hates oxygen, but needs sunlight (it uses the sun but excretes H2S - Hydrogen sulfide poisonous gas, not  oxygen).

So THEN the shallows become anoxic too. Then what is left of the oxygen breathers die. This not "just evolution", as the idiots who compare our fossil fuel based civilization's stupid and suicidal greedy activity to massive volcanic eruptions, as if  humans have as little free will as a volcano, ridiculously claim. But the imbeciles who wish to perpetuate the fossil fuel burning status quo frequently resort to this craven attempt to avoid responsibility for the harm being done.

Allowing the CO2 to get so high that it triggers the death of most marine life is Genocidal Criminal Negligence.


What just happened in the death of the Great Barrier reef is just the beginning of the heating process resulting from too much CO2. There is still a lot of ice. There is still oceanic circulation and oxygenation.

But ALREADY, JUST THE HEAT is killing the most important marine life nurseries in the oceans.

Sea Surface Temperature Anomaly


SO WHAT, you might ask. The dinosaurs were around for millions of years. Don't we have lots of time too?   

WHY? ???

Because the RATE we are putting CO2 in the atmosphere is THOUSANDS of TIMES FASTER than when the massive volcanic eruptions caused CO2 triggered extinctions!

When the  ice is gone and that rotten egg  smell from ubiquitous  Hydrogen sulfide poisonous gas reaches your nostrils, expect a VERY brief growth industry in canned oxygen.  But don't expect the Fossil Fuel Fascist "industry"   to admit they destroyed the biosphere for short term profit.

Coming soon to your home: DOOM WEEK ON PLANET EARTH


The Fossil Fuelers   DID THE Climate Trashing, human health depleting CRIME,   but since they have ALWAYS BEEN liars and conscience free crooks, they are trying to AVOID   DOING THE TIME or     PAYING THE FINE!     Don't let them get away with it! Pass it on!   
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 11, 2017, 09:02:50 pm »

Even Climate Scientists Are Now Revealing Their Fears For The Future! CLIMATE CHANGE TRUTH

Published on Jul 4, 2017

'Science march' to challenge Denier's climate change views. - Many Climate scientists reveal their fears for the future - Scientists Fear Climate Change Will Soon Turn Deadly.

Watch the video to see all these and many more...

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 11, 2017, 06:06:32 pm »

Agelbert NOTE: Please remember that it is WINTER in Antarctica now. When summer comes, the melting will be much worse.


Jet Stream Shift South Can Take Out Larsen C

Paul Beckwith


Published on Jul 10, 2017

Following up on my previous jet stream video, I now discuss how a slight southward shift of the Southern Hemisphere jet stream can nudge the 10% section of the Larsen C ice shelf that is poised to break off, seaward, and essentially rip it off the main ice shelf.

Do we really want to risk everything on our planet by allowing abrupt climate change to proceed unchecked?
 NOT ME. We cannot roll over and succumb, like we are doing. We must declare a global climate emergency, as the first step to concerted action for climate restoration.   

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 10, 2017, 06:25:10 pm »

Wildfires continued to rage across several California counties Sunday as record-breaking heat in some areas gave way to cooler temperatures.
A firefighter maneuvers his vehicle down a private road as the Alamo fire burns near Santa Maria on Saturday.


The Alamo fire, near Highway 166 in northern Santa Barbara County, has grown to more than 23,000 acres near the San Luis Obispo County line, Cal Fire said Sunday. At least 200 people threatened by the blaze were evacuated from a remote area east of Santa Maria.

The Whittier fire near Lake Cachuma, about 35 miles south, has scorched about 7,800 acres, according to officials with Los Padres National Forest.

In Butte County, north of Sacramento, the Wall fire has burned 4,400 acres and destroyed 10 structures, while threatening hundreds more, according to Cal Fire. Four injuries have been reported.

Evacuation orders remain in effect throughout the area, officials said. The fire, which started Friday, is 17% contained.

The Winter fire in nearby Yolo County has burned 1,800 acres and is 25% contained, officials said. Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued in some areas.

In Santa Barbara County, water-dropping helicopters and retardant-dropping air tankers aided some 1,000 firefighters from across the state who were scrambling to contain the Alamo fire, the largest active fire in the state. Columns of smoke could be seen from miles away as the fire outraced efforts to contain it, at one point growing by more than 3,000 acres over a four-hour period Friday.

“Low humidity, high heat and the winds are right — and there’s just a lot of stuff to burn,” said Santa Barbara County spokeswoman Gina DePinto. She said firefighters’ main focus Saturday was to secure the south and east sides of the blaze. If winds from the northeast shift toward the northwest, as expected, homes could burn, she said.

If the Alamo fire crosses Tepusquet Canyon, it could push farther east into an area of the Los Padres National Forest that burned in 2009, which might help slow the fire because the brush and the trees are relatively young, officials said.

But between the high temperatures and changing winds, Cal Fire spokesman Chris Elms said, the fire fight will be tough regardless of the fuel.

"It's off to the races," Elms said of the fire's growth.

The Alamo fire was 10% contained as of Sunday morning, officials said.

The fire near Lake Cachuma, called the Whittier fire, was burning on both sides of Highway 154 and initially left some 80 campers trapped at the Circle V Ranch Camp. But U.S. Forest Service firefighters reached the group, which was sheltering in place, said Capt. Dave Zaniboni of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

The fire, which started about 2 p.m. Saturday, lies in an area filled with oaks, Chamise brush, Manzanita shrubs and ceanothus plants that haven’t burned since 1955, said Gary Helming, the battalion chief for the U.S. Forest Service in Los Padres National Forest.

"The brush is tall and thick," he said. "We have very active burn conditions. We are seeing rapid and large growth."

By Saturday evening, the Whittier fire had reached the top of the Santa Ynez mountain range and flames could be seen from Goleta, north of Santa Barbara. The fire, which is 5% contained, has burned 20 structures on both sides of Highway 154, officials said.

Sarah Gustafson, who moved from Washington to California seven months ago, lives in the shadow of the Santa Ynez Mountains down a winding road between Lake Cachuma and San Marcos Pass off Highway 154.

She said she was getting her tires changed on the Santa Barbara side of the mountains Saturday when she saw a pillar of smoke rise on the other side of the mountain.

Gustafson, who works at a veterinary hospital, panicked: Her six beloved cats were trapped at home.

"It was my worst-case scenario," she said. "I wasn't home, I wasn't able to get there and I had to evacuate."

Once her tires were secure she navigated around road closures and made her way over the mountain range along Old San Marcos Road as the fire exploded from 300 to more than 3,000 acres along a stretch of forest that fire officials said had not burned since 1955.

"It was terrifying," she said. "The sky was orange and black, you could see flames up on the ridge. When I got home it was smokey with ash."

The fire was still a ways away and she managed to cram her six cats — Severus, Malfoy, Mama, Smee, Nibbles, and her kitten Gidget — into cat containers then into a Toyota Solara for the race back to Santa Barbara.

She spent the night in the parking lot of the Red Cross shelter set up at San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara with her cats, a portable DVD player and Season 6 of “The Simpsons” to keep her company.

It was her first fire.

"It all happened in a matter of hours," she said.

Nearby in the parking lot, Jerome and Caroline Clemenceau, who are from the western Vendee region of France, sipped coffee and ate cereal with their two daughters in their rented recreational vehicle.

The married couple, both 42, had spent five months traveling the United States from the Gulf Coast in Florida and Louisiana to Arches National Park in Utah and Mesa Verde National Park.

They wrapped things up in California, taking in Yosemite before ending their trip camping along the Santa Ynez River.

They spent the day sightseeing in Santa Barbara when a huge cloud of smoke came up over the mountain.

"We have never seen that kind of thing before," Jerome said.

"There was ash falling on our car, the sun was red -- suddenly we couldn't see anything. It was strange," his wife said. "It was very impressive."

Fernando Salazar, a biologist from Colombia, and his daughter Veronica Salazar, who recently graduated from MIT, didn't know what to make of the smoke plume at first.

"We thought it was smog," he said.

The pair darted up the hill from Santa Barbara in their rental car to the Los Prietos campground in Los Padres National Forest to retrieve their camping gear.

"It was an inferno," Salazar said. "The sky was beautiful, the sun was red."

The pair had seen Yellowstone, Yosemite and points in between during their road trip.

"And we end it with a fire," he said.

Farther south, downtown Los Angeles hit a record high of 98 degrees Saturday, beating out the 131-year-old record of 95 degrees set in 1886, according to the National Weather Service.

Record-high temperatures were also recorded in Long Beach, 96 degrees, and Burbank, 105, while Palmdale tied its record of 110. Woodland Hills also reported a temperature of 110.

The San Fernando Valley was especially hard hit by triple-digit temperatures. By 3 p.m., the mercury registered 107 degrees at Lake Balboa, near Encino.

The heat, humidity and beating sun gave park visitors plenty to complain about.

"Man, it’s brutal out here," said a shirtless man carrying a cooler back to his truck.

Meanwhile, an explosion at a power plant in the San Fernando Valley caused a fire that burned for hours Saturday, knocked out traffic lights, stranded people in elevators and left about 140,000 customers without power, officials said.

The power outages hit businesses and residents in Northridge, Winnetka, Reseda, Lake Balboa, Tarzana, North Hills, Granada Hills, Chatsworth, West Hills, Canoga Park and Woodland Hills, according to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. It was unknown when power would be restored.

Residents of an apartment complex near the DWP plant on Parthenia Street in Northridge reported hearing a loud explosion at the plant just before 7 p.m., and firefighters arrived to find a gigantic container of mineral oil – used as a cooling agent for electrical equipment – on fire, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.

Humphrey said firefighters had controlled the blaze by 8:30 p.m. and were able to extinguish the flames by 9 p.m. “These were fierce flames, with smoke towering more than 300 feet into the sky,” Humphrey said.

No one was injured. He said mechanical failure related to cooling equipment might have caused the explosion, though the investigation was still young.

Power was fully restored to all DWP customers Sunday morning.

Temperatures in Los Angeles should begin cooling on Sunday by as much as 5 to 10 degrees in some areas, with the trend continuing over the next few days, said Hall, the meteorologist. The coast is expected to cool to the mid-70s and downtown to the mid-80s during the same period, he said.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-fire-and-heat-20170708-story.html
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 09, 2017, 01:18:21 pm »

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 08, 2017, 08:46:40 pm »

This happened on our Earth 7-8 July 2017  :o

World of Signs




Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 08, 2017, 08:22:43 pm »

Recent Violent Floods, a Gas Pipeline Explosion and Dead Sea Drying  :(
This happened on our Earth 3-4 July 2017  :(

World of Signs


Published on Jul 4, 2017

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 08, 2017, 06:34:27 pm »

 


Climate Change Is Driver Behind June 2017 Heatwave In Europe
July 8th, 2017 by James Ayre

SNIPPET:

Climate change, and more specifically the overall warming of the global climate, was a noted driver of the recent June 2017 heatwave in Europe, according to a new analysis from researchers involved with Climate Central’s World Weather Attribution program and partners.


Unfortunately, what was a debilitating heatwave in 2017 will be nothing special fairly soon. In other words, this June’s heatwave in Europe will be typical of the month before too long, certainly before the end of the century. And a European heatwave in a few decades will be significantly worse than the one in 2017.

FULL ARTICLE:

https://cleantechnica.com/2017/07/08/climate-change-driver-behind-june-2017-heatwave-europe/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 07, 2017, 08:15:25 pm »

The Gary Null Show


The Gary Null radio show tells it like it is. In the second half of this show, you will learn what we are in store for in an ice free planet.

It is an on-air health forum featuring knowledgeable guests and well-researched scientific information that is presented objectively and in layperson's terms. The program's combination of provocative interviews, controversial commentary, and listener call-ins motivate listeners to change their lives for the better. 

This is the June 15, 2017 show.

Listen here:

http://tunein.com/topic/?topicId=114567159

As opposed to the reality based scientist interviewed above, the profit over planet Cretins in various countries are salivating at the coming 'Arctic Economic Bonanza' (SEE BELOW).     

STUPID, GREEDY, INTELLI-MORONIC, PROFIT OVER PEOPLE AND PLANET IDIOTS! 
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 07, 2017, 06:35:05 pm »

Climate Scientist Paul Beckwith discusses the mechanism of methane explosions

Published on Jul 2, 2017

No place on Earth is warming faster than the high Arctic, and Siberia is rapidly changing before our very eyes. Along with reports on Siberian locals having swimsuit skiing day, papers are headlining new crater formation from methane explosions.


https://paulbeckwith.net/

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 07, 2017, 06:19:07 pm »

To the G20, at their summit, July 2017

Warning of climate change emergency

Dear world leaders,

You will have received an increasing number of warnings from scientists about the seriousness of climate change and therefore how important it is to reduce CO2 emissions.   We take the logic further, using the latest scientific evidence about the current situation and observed trends.  Our conclusion is that interventions must be taken immediately to reduce the forcing agents that are driving climate change, especially in the Arctic.  At minimum, CO2 must be taken out of the atmosphere and the Arctic cooled.

Climate change is already serious

This is evidenced by the persistence of droughts and severity of floods in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere, with a growth in such weather extremes and damage therefrom over the past thirty years.  Unrest and civil strife, particularly in Egypt and the Middle East, has been enflamed by crop failures and hunger.   A relationship between riots and the food price index has been established.

Reducing CO2 emissions has limited immediate effect

Anthropogenic global warming (AGW) is mainly driven by the excess of CO2 in the atmosphere.  CO2 has a long lifetime, so any reduction in emissions will only have a gradual effect on the level of CO2 in the atmosphere; global warming from the remaining “legacy” CO2 in the atmosphere will continue for decades if not centuries.

Limiting AGW to 2°C this century (let alone 1.5°C) requires intervention

Average global surface temperature has risen between 1.1°C and 1.3°C since pre-industrial times (the baseline for AGW).  The current underlying rate of AGW is at least 0.2°C per decade and greenhouse gas levels are rising.  Recent modelling suggests that 2°C warming will be reached by around 2040, even on the most optimistic IPCC scenario of CO2 emissions reduction.  Thus keeping to 2°C this century requires a slowing of the warming rate to a fraction of its current rate well before 2040 – for example a reduction to 0.1°C per decade by 2030.  This will require a reduction in net climate forcing, through a reduction in forcing agents (CO2 and methane in the atmosphere and albedo loss in the Arctic) and/or through application of specific global cooling methods.

Removing excess CO2 from the atmosphere

The CO2 level probably needs to be reduced from the current level of over 400 ppm down to 240 ppm or less by 2030 in order to reduce both AGW and ocean acidification to acceptable levels.

Cooling the Arctic and saving the sea ice

The Arctic is warming rapidly, driven by albedo positive feedback.  Observations suggest that the sea ice is in a death spiral.  By 2030 the ocean could be virtually free of sea ice for several months of the year.  This state could herald an abrupt change in atmospheric circulation and hence climate regime for the Northern Hemisphere.  (Currently climate change is driven by a combination of global warming and a reduced temperature gradient between Arctic and lower latitudes.)   To avoid the catastrophic consequences of such climate regime change, there is extreme urgency for the Arctic to be cooled and sea ice preserved.

Preventing Greenland Ice Sheet disintegration

Reducing the temperature in the Arctic would have the further effect of halting ice mass loss from the Greenland Ice Sheet, which otherwise threatens to disintegrate and produce sudden sea level rise.  This would flood small islands and devastate low-lying areas around the world where there are cities, nuclear power stations, infrastructure, and farm land.  With the added possibility of mega-tsunamis as huge chunks of ice slide into the sea, cooling the Arctic should seem even more urgent.

Suppressing methane

The suppression of methane emissions may be vital to prevent global warming getting out of hand.  Fugitive emissions should be kept down to around 1% production – in some wells and in fracking they amount to as much as 10% of production.  Natural emission of methane from wetlands has been growing but could be suppressed using diatom and nutrient treatment.  Emissions of methane from subsea permafrost have been growing alarmingly, threatening to reach the gigaton level which would approximately double the rate of global warming.  Means of avoiding such an outburst need to be found and rapidly implemented.

Conclusions

Stephen Hawking has suggested that only a relatively small increase in CO2 emissions, e.g. from US, could launch the planet towards runaway global warming and Venus-like temperatures, hot enough to boil away the oceans.  While we do not think it likely that our planet will get so hot, there is now overwhelming evidence that the Earth’s climate has already passed a “point of no return”, accelerating inexorably towards unsurvivable conditions unless it is promptly restrained by human intervention.  On current trends AGW could reach 3°C by 2050 with mean sea level rising up to a metre.  This alone would present an existential threat to civilisation.  With tipping points being passed in the Arctic, intervention becomes even more extremely urgent.

We suggest that the G20 should initiate an international project, with the Manhattan project’s focus and intensity, in order to determine and implement the optimum strategy for keeping the planet safe for future generations.  Committing to CO2 reductions is not enough.  An international collaboration, demonstrably in the interests of all humanity, could be a binding force for all nations to come together in peace and common purpose.


https://paulbeckwith.net/

 
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 07, 2017, 05:21:04 pm »

Agelbert NOTE: Translation of the scientist speak below is: DON'T COUNT ON geo-engineered technofix pie in the sky aerosols to slow or stop Global Warming fueled Catastrophic Climate Change! 

The polluting status quo defending, taxpayer gouging, pseudo-scientific wishful thinking aerosol spraying technofix SCAM WILL NOT COOL THE ATMOSPHERE! 

It is becoming painfully clear to climate scientists, although it has always been clear to me ;D, that the only realistic climate mitigation action humanity can take is to STOP BURNING hydrocarbons!


   
Volcano reveals simpler than expected cloud-climate response to tiny aerosol particles

July 7, 2017 aerosols, GCMs Ed Hawkins

In new research a volcanic eruption is exploited as a natural laboratory to test how tiny aerosol particles in the atmosphere influence climate through their effect on cloud.

Guest post by Richard Allan     

Pollution haze presents a serious health problem for many regions, particularly large cities such as Beijing. Yet small pollutant particles in the atmosphere, or aerosol, also influence our climate through a “parasol effect” which shades the surface from incoming sunlight. Increased aerosol pollution has contributed a cooling influence on climate, without which the planet would have warmed even more than it has done in response to rising greenhouse gas concentrations, also the product of human activities.

Quantifying the size of this cooling effect is a great challenge due to the complex interactions of aerosol particles with sunlight, particularly through indirect effects that make clouds reflect more sunlight back to space. Understanding and reproducing the correct aerosol-cloud effects in simulations is crucial for our ability to project future climate change as well as interpreting historical warming of climate.

In our study we use a novel approach to tackle the challenge of how aerosol cools climate. In September and October 2014 a massive volcanic fissure eruption in Holuhraun, Iceland (Figure 1) continually injected vast quantities of sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere at rates exceeding European industrial emissions. It effectively mimicked a sulfate aerosol pollution haze, being an ideal natural experiment to test simulations of the cloud-aerosol effects on climate.

Figure 1: Eruption of Holuhraun, September 4th 2014. Source: Peter Hartree

Satellite measurements covering the aerosol haze could identify a large region of smaller, more numerous cloud droplets (Figure 2, top). We also demonstrated that the UK Met Office Hadley Centre climate model (HadGEM3) was able to capture this effect, building confidence in understanding of aerosol interaction with cloud. However, further anticipated modifications in cloud properties such as the quantity of cloud water were not detectable above the month to month fluctuations in weather patterns (Figure 2, bottom).

Figure 2: The volcanic aerosol haze caused a decrease in cloud droplet size (top) but further indirect effects on cloud properties were undetectable in the satellite data compared to the month to month fluctuations in weather patterns

Our findings are important since some climate models built by different teams of scientists and considered in the study produce a strong additional cooling effect from aerosol influences on cloud characteristics such as cloud water and longevity. Discounting simulations that producing unrealistically strong aerosol cooling effects offers a potential route for improving confidence in climate change projections.

There are a number of challenges to overcome in constraining the cloud-aerosol effect on climate. One limitation of the current analysis is that the expected aerosol cloud brightening signal is difficult to discern above the substantial month to month fluctuations in weather patterns when considering satellite data measuring the total sunlight reflected from the planet (Figure 3):


Figure 3: In a simulation it is possible to compute the effect of the volcanic aerosol haze on the amount of absorbed sunlight (top) as well as the effect of year to year fluctuations in cloudiness unrelated to the volcano (middle). Because of the large effect of weather patterns it is therefore difficult to detect a signal of the aerosol-cloud cooling effect from the CERES satellite measurements (bottom). Source: Malavelle et al. (2017) supplementary information Figure S7.5

A further caveat is that the findings primarily apply for sulfate aerosol interaction with low altitude clouds in the North Atlantic. How generally the results apply globally to contrasting cloud and aerosol types is questionable. Preliminary analysis suggests similar effects were apparent for a contrasting case at Mount Kilauea, Hawaii during 2008 and for idealised simulations in which the volcano was transported to other regions of the globe and even back in time! Yet uncertainties in the satellite observations and the representation of fine detail depicted by the simulations plus the reliability of their input variables further confound understanding. Nevertheless, the results present tantalising evidence that the cloud-aerosol effect on climate is smaller than previously thought.

For further details, please see our publication (available from the authors):
Malavelle et al. (2017), Strong constraints on aerosol-cloud interactions from volcanic eruptions, Nature, 546, 485-491, doi:10.1038/nature22974.

About Ed Hawkins: Climate scientist      in the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) at the University of Reading. IPCC AR5 Contributing Author. Can be found on twitter too: @ed_hawkins


http://www.climate-lab-book.ac.uk/2017/volcano-reveals/

Agelbert NOTE: We need LESS aerosols in our atmosphere, not more. Aerosols HURT air breathing critters, including humans. It is abysmally stupid to even think of trying to "cool" the atmosphere with aerosols when all the other deleterious effects aerosols HAVE NOW will be exacerbated if we INCREASE the amount of aerosols in our atmosphere.       


THIS is how LESS aerosols resulting from the transition to Renewable Energy HELPS the biosphere in general and humans in particular:
https://energy.gov/eere/sunshot/downloads/environmental-and-public-health-benefits-achieving-high-penetration-solar


 

The Fossil Fuelers   DID THE Climate Trashing, human health depleting CRIME,   but since they have ALWAYS BEEN liars and conscience free crooks, they are trying to AVOID   DOING THE TIME or     PAYING THE FINE!     Don't let them get away with it! Pass it on!   
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 06, 2017, 02:49:28 pm »

Latest Study Shows Ocean Temperatures Rising Faster Than Expected

July 6th, 2017 by Steve Hanley

SNIPPET:

Oceanographers say the world’s oceans are heating up faster than expected. They warn that higher ocean temperatures will have a significant impact on global warming and climate change. Lots of people, many of them senior political leaders in the United States, dismiss climate scientists as nerds who worship data and care not a fig for the needs of business. Chances are, most of them would plead guilty to that charge because absent data, there is no science. However, the needs of businesses are also inherently tied to a livable climate and human society, and they understand that as well.

The Oceans Are Temperature Buffers

ARGO ocean bouy

The earth is like a giant terrarium. If it gets too hot, species die. If it gets too cold, species die. The oceans act as a temperature buffering system. They can absorb enormous amounts of heat and sequester it for decades, centuries, or even longer. If the atmosphere gets too hot, some of that excess heat gets absorbed by the seas. If the atmosphere cools, some of that heat is given up again to stabilize temperatures.

You chemistry majors out there will remember that a buffer can operate over a wide range of conditions to stabilize a chemical reaction, but once its limits are exceeded, all hell breaks loose. That’s what has climate scientists concerned. A new study says ocean temperatures are rising much faster than expected, signalling that the oceans’ ability to buffer global temperatures may be in danger.

Monitoring Oceans Is Difficult

But gathering accurate data about the seas is difficult.



Full article:

https://cleantechnica.com/2017/07/06/latest-study-shows-ocean-temperatures-rising-faster-expected/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 04, 2017, 07:09:02 pm »

Two gaping holes recently emerged in Siberia accompanied by explosions with billowing smoke and fire
By Pakalolo 

Tuesday Jul 04, 2017 · 6:08 AM EDT

The indigenous reindeer herding Nenets people, who reside in the Yamal region of Siberia, alerted local media of two recent explosions in their remote and empty permafrost landscape. The Nenets reported what is believed to be methane explosions where they saw “fire in winter 2017, but it might mean January to March or April. In other words, it exploded when snow was still flying.”

The second explosion was documented on June 28, 2017. “The second bang was so loud it was picked up by seismic stations located in neighboring settlements and near a local gas field. The new hole is approximately eight meters (26 feet) in diameter and at least 20 meters (65 feet) deep.” reports IFL Science.

Due to the explosive circumstances, the local scientists are treating this as a methane gas explosion. Many regions of the Arctic have methane locked within their permafrost. The thawing of this permafrost - often from natural cases, sometimes by exacerbated human-made process - causes this gas to “seep out.” If underground, it can cause a pressure build-up and eventually result in a pop and a bang. In this instance, it isn't clear how the fire was involved, although is methane is flammable.



The Barents Observer reports:

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These kinds of explosions have been previously documented in Siberia and elsewhere in the Arctic tip of the world. A recent study in the journal Science showed how portions of the Arctic seafloor is caked in craters caused by methane explosions.

The release of this methane is not just dangerous due to these hard-to-predict explosive tendencies. The release of this methane is also believed to have a dramatic effect on climate change. After all, just like carbon dioxide, it is a greenhouse gas.
https://thebarentsobserver.com/en/arctic/2017/07/methane-explodes-under-yamal-tundra-creates-another-sinkhole


The Siberian Times has jaw dropping pictures of these craters.


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The account of an exploding hill is consistent with the scientific theory that sees the craters as mainly - but not only - formed by exploding pingo mounds.

Helicopter reconnaissance of the site shows a crater appearing in a river, so it assumed the 'hill' was beside or abutting the river.

The crater is some 30-35 kilometres is around 100 km of Russia's new state-of-the-art Arctic port of Sabetta.

It is in an area of crater-shaped lakes.
http://siberiantimes.com/other/others/news/big-bang-and-pillar-of-fire-as-latest-of-two-new-craters-forms-this-week-in-arctic/


The below methane clip is from Yale Climate Connections.

One of the most feared of climate change "feedbacks" is the potential release of greenhouse gases by melting arctic permafrost soils.  New research indicates a critical threshold of that feedback effect could be closer than we once thought.


https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/7/4/1677706/-Two-gaping-holes-recently-emerged-in-Siberia-accompanied-by-explosions-with-billowing-smoke-and-fire#comment_67036415


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 04, 2017, 02:11:56 pm »

This is Really Obvious Now! Rising Sea Levels Due To Climate Change Now Impacting Globally


Richard Aguilar

Published on Jul 3, 2017

SUBSCRIBE: https://goo.gl/w3A8IS

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Climate change- Thai village disappearing as sea levels rise.

Could rising waters submerge the state of Florida-.

Egypt's coastal cities affected by rising sea levels.

Economic Impact of climate change and Sea Level Rise.

Expert's opinion on the rising sea levels.

Netherlands farm works to adapt to climate change effects.

Port city in Brazil is seeing effects of climate change.

Research Shows Impact Of Rising Sea Levels On Stockton, Sacramento.

Rising Sea Levels Could Flood Naval Academy In Annapolis.

Agelbert NOTE:  The following is, for a given CO2 concentration and consequent temperature increase, the scientifically determined for the past (and predicted for the future) sea level rise when equilibrium is reached for the global average temperature change :   

As of April of 2017, the CO2 concentration passed 410PPM. It is increasing at over 3PPM per year. Have a nice day.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 03, 2017, 07:41:35 pm »



It's Raining in Antarctica While Trump Slashes Climate Science Funding

Monday, July 03, 2017

By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

SNIPPET:

And the records continue to be broken. NASA data showed May to be the second hottest on record, barely trailing 2016 by one-tenth of a degree, and this was the second-warmest spring on record, again only behind 2016. The first five months of this year make it likely that this will be the second hottest year on record, again only behind last year.

Meanwhile, parts of Antarctica are literally beginning to turn green, as scientists there are finding a four- to five-fold increase in the amount of moss growth on the ice continent's northern peninsula.

Even more stunning news comes from Antarctica in a study published in the June 15 issue of the journal Nature Communications which revealed that over an area of West Antarctica, scientists were stunned to find rainfall and a melt area larger than the size of Texas in 2016.

Yes, it is now raining in Antarctica.

The New York Times published a fantastic interactive piece on the ice continent that is well worth a look, while warm temperatures last fall caused water to breach the entrance of the Arctic's "Doomsday" seed vault, one of humans' last hopes of preserving seeds to survive a global catastrophe.

Meanwhile, Arctic sea ice is disappearing off Alaskan coasts more than a month earlier than normal, and due to congressional budget cuts, the 38-year continuous US Arctic satellite monitoring program is about to end, leaving researchers in the dark about ongoing sea ice losses.

And this May, atmospheric CO2 content set an all-time monthly high when it reached 409.65ppm, according to NOAA data.

Full article:

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/41136-it-s-raining-in-antarctica-while-trump-slashes-climate-science-funding

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 03, 2017, 06:25:21 pm »

 


Angela Merkel, German Chancellor: ‘We cannot wait to act until the [climate] science has convinced every last doubter’

LAST UPDATED ON JUNE 30TH, 2017 AT 10:37 PM BY MIHAI ANDREI 

SNIPPET:

The world’s largest economies will continue implementing the Paris Agreement, despite US President Donald Trump announcing his intention to exit the pact. The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, who presides this year’s G20 summit, directly referenced Trump, saying that we can’t wait for the science to convince “the last doubter.” It’s interesting to note that Merkel has a PhD in Physical Chemistry and this seems to show in her attitude towards science. 

G20: We’ll go forth with Paris
Full truth filled, hard hitting article with graphics:

http://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/us-vs-world-climate-30062017/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 02, 2017, 07:21:40 pm »

More PROOF that the Temperature "hiatus" was Fossil Fuel Funded BULLSHIT!
Major Correction to Satellite Data Shows 140% Faster Warming Since 1998

July 2, 2017

By Zeke Hausfather

A new paper published in the Journal of Climate reveals that the lower part of the earth's atmosphere has warmed much faster since 1979 than scientists relying on satellite data had previously thought.

Researchers from Remote Sensing Systems (RSS), based in California, have released a substantially revised version of their lower tropospheric temperature record.

SNIPPET:

Both the old record, version 3 in grey, and new record, version 4 in red, are shown in the figure above, along with the difference between the two, in black. The trends since 1998 for both are shown by dashed lines.

Most of the difference between the old and new record occurs after the year 2000. While the old record showed relatively little warming during the oft-debated post-1998 "hiatus" period, the new record shows warming continuing unabated through to present. Similarly, while the old RSS v3 record showed 2016 only barely edging out 1998 as the warmest year in the satellite record, the new v4 record shows 2016 as exceeding 1998 by a large margin.



https://www.ecowatch.com/data-correction-climate-change-2450843224.htm
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 30, 2017, 07:55:57 pm »


Sky split open: Moscow hit by ‘downpour of the century’ (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)   
 

Published time: 30 Jun, 2017 15:18

Moscow Region has been hit by a powerful storm that brought heavy torrential rains and hail. The capital has not seen such a storm in almost 100 years, according to meteorologists.  :o                     

https://www.rt.com/news/394826-moscow-storm-hail-rain/

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 30, 2017, 07:48:04 pm »

Driving home today (in NY State) I was in the hardest downpour I have ever seen. I was driving uphill on had 6 inches of water on the road. There was rain mixed with sleet and small branches. Two lanes reduced to 5 MPH all with flashers on. Then after about 15 minutes it stopped.

There will be more of these events and they will occur more often. They are called microbursts. Their increasing frequency and duration are part of the predicted Catastrophic climate Change now arriving thanks to the fossil fuel polluter fascists.

We had a couple of them recently in Vermont:

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Two Microburst Event on 18 May 2017
1.) Introduction:
On 18 May 2017 scattered strong to locally severe thunderstorms erupted across portions of the Champlain Valley, as well as parts of central and northern Vermont. A warm, moist, and unstable air mass was in place from the Eastern Adirondack Mountains into Vermont with surface temperatures in the mid-80s to lower 90s. The temperature reached 93 degrees in Burlington, VT, which tied the all-time record for warmest maximum temperature for the month of May, along with breaking the daily maximum temperature for the date. This impressive heat helped to fuel the afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms.

This severe weather event had three areas of concentrated that included Western Addison County on Potash Bay Road, South Burlington/Williston area, and across the Northeast Kingdom near Barton, VT. The NWS Burlington Office determined from a storm survey the damage which destroyed a camp and knocked down trees and powerlines on Potash Bay Road in the town of Addison, VT was caused by a microburst with estimated wind speeds of 80 to 100 mph. Another microburst occurred in South Burlington causing trees and power lines to come down, along with a measured 58 mph wind gust at Burlington International Airport, before we lost power to the observing equipment. Additional damaging thunderstorm wind gusts blew over a
tractor trailer in Barton, VT with areas of trees and powerlines down in parts of the Northeast Kingdom. Figure 1 below shows a plot of storm reports across the North Country on 18 May 2017.
See Appendix A for entire listing of severe weather reports received by NWS BTV.
 

Read more at link:

http://www.weather.gov/media/btv/events/2017-05-18%20Microbursts/summary.pdf

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 30, 2017, 06:28:13 pm »


Larsen C Ice Shelf Rift Approaching Its End, Outer Edge Moving Away From Ice Shelf At Speed Of 33 Feet Per Day

June 30th, 2017 by James Ayre

SNIPPET:

What’s happening is that the ice near where the rift began is now moving away from the rest of the ice shelf at a rate of around 33 feet per day, which is apparently unprecedented. There is still a tether of about 8 miles keeping the soon-to-be iceberg from breaking loose, but given how fast the far edge from this tether is now moving away from the ice shelf, this tether likely won’t last too long.

To put that all in plainer language, the future iceberg is now “wiggling like a loose tooth.”

FULL ARTICLE:

https://cleantechnica.com/2017/06/30/larsen-c-ice-shelf-rift-approaching-end-outer-edge-moving-away-ice-shelf-speed-33-feet-per-day/

And there will be an armada of ships racing to the free floater to raid its body of newly bottled drinking water for sale to the sheeple public. Be the 1st on your block for "Pure Antarctic-an" bottled water. Survey Says ..... 3 bucks a bottle, chilled of course at Wally-World.

HERE COMES WATER WORLD, READY OR NOT!  :P

Let's get that ice water for Mr. Trump and Our Dear Leader Rex Tillerson! 
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 30, 2017, 06:05:15 pm »


Larsen C Ice Shelf Rift Approaching Its End, Outer Edge Moving Away From Ice Shelf At Speed Of 33 Feet Per Day

June 30th, 2017 by James Ayre

SNIPPET:

What’s happening is that the ice near where the rift began is now moving away from the rest of the ice shelf at a rate of around 33 feet per day, which is apparently unprecedented. There is still a tether of about 8 miles keeping the soon-to-be iceberg from breaking loose, but given how fast the far edge from this tether is now moving away from the ice shelf, this tether likely won’t last too long.

To put that all in plainer language, the future iceberg is now “wiggling like a loose tooth.”

FULL ARTICLE:

https://cleantechnica.com/2017/06/30/larsen-c-ice-shelf-rift-approaching-end-outer-edge-moving-away-ice-shelf-speed-33-feet-per-day/

Agelbert NOTE: And it is WINTER in Antarctica now. When summer comes, ....       
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 30, 2017, 05:12:35 pm »

To whom it may concern: NONE of the IPCC Climate models, including the RCP 8.5 "business as usual" polluting, has GREENLAND ICE in the sea level rise calculations programmed into the models...
Greenland now a major driver of rising seas: study

June 26, 2017 by Marlowe Hood

Greenland contains enough frozen water to lift oceans by about seven metres (23 feet), though experts disagree on the global warming threshold for irreversible melting, and how long that would take once set in motion.

Ocean levels rose 50 percent faster in 2014 than in 1993, with meltwater from the Greenland ice sheet now supplying 25 percent of total sea level increase compared with just five percent 20 years earlier, researchers reported Monday.

The findings add to growing concern among scientists that the global watermark is climbing more rapidly than forecast only a few years ago, with potentially devastating consequences.

Hundreds of millions of people around the world live in low-lying deltas that are vulnerable, especially when rising seas are combined with land sinking due to depleted water tables, or a lack of ground-forming silt held back by dams.

Major coastal cities are also threatened, while some small island states are already laying plans for the day their drowning nations will no longer be livable.

"This result is important because the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)"—the UN science advisory body—"makes a very conservative projection of total sea level rise by the end of the century," at 60 to 90 centimetres (24 to 35 inches), said Peter Wadhams, a professor of ocean physics at the University of Oxford who did not take part in the research.

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That estimate, he added, assumes that the rate at which ocean levels rise will remain constant.

"Yet there is convincing evidence—including accelerating losses of mass from Greenland and Antarctica—that the rate is actually increasing, and increasing exponentially."

Greenland alone contains enough frozen water to lift oceans by about seven metres (23 feet), though experts disagree on the global warming threshold for irreversible melting, and how long that would take once set in motion.

"Most scientists now expect total rise to be well over a metre by the end of the century," Wadhams said.

The new study, published in Nature Climate Change, reconciles for the first time two distinct measurements of sea level rise.

The first looked one-by-one at three contributions: ocean expansion due to warming, changes in the amount of water stored on land, and loss of land-based ice from glaciers and ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica.

Overall, the pace of global average sea level rise went up from about 2.2 millimetres a year in 1993, to 3.3 millimetres a year two decades later

'A major warning'

The second was from satellite altimetry, which gauges heights on the Earth's surface from space.

The technique measures the time taken by a radar pulse to travel from a satellite antenna to the surface, and then back to a satellite receiver.

Up to now, altimetry data showed little change in sea levels over the last two decades, even if other measurements left little doubt that oceans were measurably deepening.

"We corrected for a small but significant bias in the first decade of the satellite record," co-author Xuebin Zhang, a professor at Qingdao National Laboratory of Marine Science and Technology in China's Shandong Province, told AFP.

Overall, the pace of global average sea level rise went up from about 2.2 millimetres a year in 1993, to 3.3 millimetres a year two decades later.

In the early 1990s, they found, thermal expansion accounted for fully half of the added millimetres. Two decades later, that figure was only 30 percent.

Andrew Shepherd, director of the Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling at the University of Leeds in England, urged caution in interpreting the results.

"Even with decades of measurements, it is hard to be sure whether there has been a steady acceleration in the rate of global sea level rise during the satellite era because the change is so small," he said.

Disentangling single sources—such as the massive chunk of ice atop Greenland—is even harder.

But other researchers said the study should sound an alarm


"This is a major warning about the dangers of a sea level rise that will continue for many centuries, even after global warming is stopped," said Brian Hoskins, chair of the Grantham Institute at Imperial College London.

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-greenland-major-driver-seas.html
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 29, 2017, 02:37:27 pm »

JUNE 29, 2017

Next Three Years Will Decide Fate of Our Planet's Climate, Experts Warn

SNIPPET:

Never has the paradox been greater. While the most powerful politician in the world is a climate denier, scientists are now warning that we have just three years to start making radical reductions to greenhouse gases.

Put it another way: that is the term of the Trump presidency. We have three and a bit years left of Trump (if he does not get impeached in the meantime) and we have three years left to save the climate, and begin to bring emissions down by 2020.

Writing in the scientific journal Nature, leading climate scientists have issued their sternest warning yet that time is seriously running out to prevent runaway climate change.

"Should emissions continue to rise beyond 2020, or even remain level, the temperature goals set in Paris become almost unattainable," they warn. "Lowering emissions globally is a monumental task, but research tells us that it is necessary, desirable and achievable."

Indeed, if action is not taken by 2020, we could see that Paris agreed limit of 1.5 to 2 degrees being surpassed quite quickly.

They tell world leaders to be driven by the science rather than "hide their heads in the sand." "Entire ecosystems" were already collapsing, they warn.

The article was signed by more than 60 scientists, including professor Michael Mann of Pennsylvania State University as well as politicians such as former Mexican President Felipe Calderon and ex-Irish President Mary Robinson, and former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres.

https://www.ecowatch.com/climate-change-scientists-nature-2450295396.html



Adrian Grenier: 'We Must Usher in a New Era of Compassion Through Forward Thinking Environmental Programs'

By Stefanie Spear
 
Adrian Grenier was named UN Goodwill Ambassador earlier this month.The Hollywood actor, best known for his iconic role of A-list movie star Vincent Chase in the HBO smash hit and film Entourage, will advocate for drastically reducing single-use plastic and protection of marine species, and encourage his followers to make conscious consumer choices to reduce their environmental footprint, according to the UN Environment announcement.

"Together we must usher in a new era of compassion and carefulness through forward thinking environmental programs to drive measurable change," Grenier said. "I am personally committed to creating ways in which the global community can come together to help solve our most critical climate crises through routine, collective action.

"The more we connect to nature in our daily lives, the more dedicated we will become to our individual commitments. Together, I believe we can go further, faster in our race to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030."

Watch the video above to learn more.



We've Made History': Ireland Joins France, Germany and Bulgaria in Banning Fracking 

https://www.ecowatch.com/ireland-ban-fracking-2450255362.html



Trial Date Set in Kids Climate Lawsuit Against U.S. Government

SNIPPET:

U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin issued an order Thursday in the climate lawsuit brought by 21 youth, Juliana v. United States, setting a trial date for Feb. 5, 2018 before U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken in Eugene, Oregon.

Juliana v. United States was brought by 21 young plaintiffs and Earth Guardians who argue that their constitutional and public trust rights are being violated by the government's creation of climate danger. The case is one of many related legal actions brought by youth in several states and countries, all supported by Our Children's Trust, seeking science-based action by governments to stabilize the climate system.

https://www.ecowatch.com/our-childrens-trust-trial-date-2450252842.html

Agelbert NOTE: Our very existence hangs in the balance, and our "legal" system schedules  a trial on this issue for February of 2018... 

Trump's Energy Week Looks Like His Health Care Bill: A Disaster for America

SNIPPET:

We don't work on health care on a day-to-day basis at Oil Change International , but having tracked the oil and gas industry    for over a decade, we know a disaster when we see one. That's why we joined 16 major environmental organizations on a letter to Senators expressing our outrage at the cruelty demonstrated in the bill now being considered by lawmakers. The legislation would make it harder for low-income people to afford health insurance and access frontline service providers—the same Americans that shoulder the heaviest burden from industrial pollution, environmental disasters and the effects of climate change. We know that there can be no climate justice without social justice. And this health care bill is not a just policy.

In what amounts to a staggering transfer of wealth, the GOP health care bill slashes public services and forces ordinary Americans to absorb the costs in higher premiums or going without health care, to make room for tax cuts for the nation's richest households. The Congressional Budget Office calculates it would cut $772 billion in funding over the next ten years to Medicaid, a critical program that makes health care affordable to tens of millions who couldn't otherwise afford it. These cuts could force rural hospitals and clinics to shut their doors, leaving families living in poverty outside of population centers even farther from preventative and emergency services.

https://www.ecowatch.com/energy-week-health-care-bill-2449710526.html



Weed Resistance to Glyphosate on GMO Crops:    EPA  Needs to Do Better

Agelbert NOTE: The 'fox' in the EPA 'hen house'  is doing exactly what Fracking billionaire Hamm (Pruitt's OWNER) and the rest of his polluter pals want him to do.

https://www.ecowatch.com/monsanto-glyphosate-resistance-2449686645.html

World's Largest Wind Turbine Will Be Taller Than Empire State Building 

https://www.ecowatch.com/worlds-largest-wind-turbine-2449212399.html

Agelbert NOTE: Unlike onshore wind turbines, Offshore wind turbines are not limited in size and diameter by highway overpass heights and highway widths. So, these new giants will be far more efficient, AND RELIABLE, than any fossil fuel or nuclear power plant that has EVER been built. Therefore, expect Trump and friends to go to great lengths to keep these Renewable Energy Marvels from going up in our oceans and the great lakes. The Fossil Fuelers have NEVER been about a level ERoEI (energy return on energy invested) playing field. And as to the claim of these crooks and liars that they provided, and still provide, a polluting product because we-the-people "wanted" them to, as government subisies of polluting fuels for a century attest, just throw the following quote at them: ;D
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"There is a nice legal concept called estoppel. If you argue that you didn't kill the Major in the library with the Ming vase because you were in bed with his wife, you are estopped from pleading self-defence. In the same way, polluters are estopped from arguing that they were only complying with public policy as laid down in the law, because they spent tens of millions shaping those policies and laws to their advantage." James Wimberley

The fossil fuel industry is hell bent to trash the beauty and life that is left on our biosphere. Don't let them get away with it!





11 Stunning Photos of the World's Newest Biosphere Reserves 

https://www.ecowatch.com/un-biosphere-reserves-2449056861.html

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