Burning all fossil energy…

…would raise sea-level by more than 50 meters – and eliminate all ice of Antarctica  Press Release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 09/14/2015 Burning all of the world’s available fossil-fuel resources would result in the complete melting of the Antarctic ice sheet, a new study published in Science Advances shows. The Antarctic ice masses store water equivalent to more than 50 meters of sea-level rise. The … Read more Burning all fossil energy…

Gulf Stream in Trouble

Press Release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 03/24/2015  Atlantic Ocean overturning found to slow down already today The Atlantic overturning is one of Earth’s most important heat transport systems, pumping warm water northwards and cold water southwards.  Also known as the Gulf Stream system, it is responsible for the mild climate in northwestern Europe. Scientists now found evidence for a slowdown of the overturning – multiple … Read more Gulf Stream in Trouble

The World in a Wheelchair

An interesting, scary &, I believe, accurate article by Eric Holthaus on where we are at concerning global warming was just published by Quartz. Below, the opening paragraphs & the graph: So it’s come to this. Last year, a researcher presented a paper on climate change at the American Geophysical Union’s meeting entitled ”Is Earth F**ked?” which advocated “environmental direct action, resistance taken from outside the dominant culture, as in protests, blockades and sabotage … Read more The World in a Wheelchair

The Gulf Stands Corexit

Interrupting the Pélieu Beach Novel for a day to bring you some news from developments in the Gulf region. It looks more and more as if the US Government and BP work hand in hand (or at least actively work at not letting one hand know what the other does) in order to cover up the extend of the disaster by making the area look “clean” — or at … Read more The Gulf Stands Corexit

Seepage Detected near BP’s Deepwater Well

Fears re damaged seabed and leaks — as described in my posts of June 15th & July 8th — seem to be coming true. Admiral Thad Allen, the National  Incident Commander of the Deepwater Horizon Response today made public a letter he sent to the Chief Managing Director of BP, asking the latter to provide a written procedure for opening a choke valve “as quickly as possible” after a … Read more Seepage Detected near BP’s Deepwater Well

Jamais Deux sans Trois: Oil Dispersal Projection

The ocean model data used for calculating the particle dispersal were obtained from a simulation conducted with the Ocean General Circulation Mode for the Earth Simulator (OFES) forced by QuikSCAT winds. This research was supported by the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), NASA and NOAA through their sponsorship of the International Pacific Research Center within the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the … Read more Jamais Deux sans Trois: Oil Dispersal Projection

Atlantic surface circulation qualifies as ‘tipped’ element

On the road today. But check out the joint press release by the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, Norway and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany: 06/25/2010 Atlantic surface circulation qualifies as ‘tipped’ element An abrupt and persistent strengthening of the ocean currents forming the Atlantic subpolar gyre could have resulted from a large freshwater flooding event 8,200 years ago. New climate model simulations resolve the contradiction … Read more Atlantic surface circulation qualifies as ‘tipped’ element