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Where we share information on climatology and the changing Earth's climate.

With of course a special thought for deniers and those who would profit from denial.

Location: #science
Members: 23
Latest Activity: Nov 9

 

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A snip for the planet

Started by Davy. Last reply by Chris May 2, 2015. 18 Replies

Blokes, it's time to man-up and face the snip - the future of the planet could well depend upon your decision, argues Dr Paul Willis who is the director of …Continue

Tags: consumption., resource, global, contraception, Vasectomy

Off Shore Wind Farms an Unforeseen Bonus

Started by Davy. Last reply by Lester Unega Waya Apr 3, 2014. 5 Replies

Off Shore Wind Farms an Unforeseen BonusOffshore wind turbines like those being planned off the East Coast could one day do double duty for residents, according to a new study.Scientists at the…Continue

Tags: electricity, generation, turbine, force, farm

Not just the Koch brothers: New study reveals funders behind the climate change denial effort

Started by Davy. Last reply by Chris Jan 12, 2014. 3 Replies

A new study conducted by Drexel University's environmental sociologist Robert J. Brulle, PhD,exposes the organizational underpinnings and funding behind the powerful climate change counter-movement.…Continue

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Comment by Chris on November 9, 2017 at 4:49pm

The planet is fucked.

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Comment by theRealDoone on November 5, 2017 at 6:59pm

New Greenland maps show more glaciers at risk of accelerated melting than previously thought:

Comment by Chris on October 9, 2017 at 5:25am

It's smokey here. Ashes are fluttering around from a local fire.

UPDATE: wind-blown fires on Atlas Peak, Partrick Road and in Calist...

Comment by Stephen on September 20, 2017 at 4:36pm

Research Institute of Applied Ecology of the NorthThe Batagaika crater, otherwise known as the “doorway to the underworld.”

Research Institute of Applied Ecology of the NorthThe Batagaika crater, otherwise known as the “doorway to the underworld.”

Siberia’s “Doorway to the Underworld” Is Growing And You Won’t Like Why

As the Batagaika crater grows larger, it will continue to unearth ancient forests that will have disastrous effects.

Known to locals as the “doorway to the underworld,” one of the biggest craters in Siberia is now growing even larger, causing it to unearth enormous ancient forests that will speed up climate change in the process.

The Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) has published research in Quaternary Research showing that the Batagaika crater has grown on average 33 feet per year in the last decade. In the warmest years in particular, the crater grew by 98 feet on average.

Furthermore, its growth may accelerate exponentially, the AWI research team has found. A wall of the crater could reach a nearby valley within the year if temperatures continue to rise, meaning that an even bigger portion of the surrounding land will collapse.

“On average over many years, we have seen that there’s not so much acceleration or deceleration of these rates, it’s continuously growing,” AWI’s Frank Günther told the BBC. “And continuous growth means that the crater gets deeper and deeper every year.”

The culprit behind this growth seems to be climate change, the effects of which have caused Siberia’s permafrost to melt — and when it melts, it collapses into rather large holes.

When this happens, these holes also expose buried ancient forests that are currently acting as carbon heat sinks. As these forests become exposed, more greenhouse gasses will be released into the atmosphere.

“Global estimations of carbon stored in permafrost is [the] same amount as what’s in the atmosphere,” Günther said. “This is what we call positive feedback … Warming accelerates warming, and these features may develop in other places.”

The Batagaika crater is the world’s largest crater of its kind at more than half a mile wide and 282 feet deep — at the moment.

Comment by theRealDoone on September 4, 2017 at 8:26pm

What would Greenland look like without its ice?

Comment by theRealDoone on July 31, 2017 at 2:28pm

Hotter and hotter summers, extremely hot

Climate scientist James Hansen and team looked at summer temperatures over several decades. The New York Times charted the increases.

To create the bell curves, Dr. Hansen and two colleagues compared actual summer temperatures for each decade since the 1980s to a fixed baseline average. During the base period, 1951 to 1980, about a third of local summer temperatures across the Northern Hemisphere were in what they called a “near average” or normal range. A third were considered cold; a third were hot.

Since then, summer temperatures have shifted drastically, the researchers found. Between 2005 and 2015, two-thirds of values were in the hot category, and nearly 15 percent were in a new category: extremely hot.

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Comment by theRealDoone on July 13, 2017 at 2:24pm

The Great Red Spot

Let’s end the day with something more edifying than the Trump White House. Here is Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, as captured by NASA’s Juno spacecraft during a final flyby before it crashes forever into the inky depths of the planet. Image processing by Roman Tkachenko, with some additional putzing around by me. Click here if you want to play around yourself. 

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Comment by theRealDoone on July 12, 2017 at 6:33pm

Larsen C calves trillion ton iceberg — A one trillion tonne iceberg - one of the biggest ever recorded - has calved away from the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica. The calving occurred sometime between Monday 10th July and Wednesday 12th July 2017, when a 5,800 square km section of Larsen C finally broke away.

Comment by theRealDoone on July 8, 2017 at 3:11pm

The Arctic Has Been Crazy Warm All Year. This Is What It Means for Sea Ice

http://www.climatecentral.org/news/arctic-crazy-warm-sea-ice-21599?...

 

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