If We Release a Small Fraction of Arctic Carbon, ‘We’re Fucked’: Climatologist

Below the opening paragraphs of an article by  BRIAN MERCHANT from motherboard. You can read the full piece here. August 1, 2014 // 02:50 PM EST This week, scientists made a disturbing discovery in the Arctic Ocean: They saw “vast methane plumes escaping from the seafloor,” as the Stockholm University put it in a release disclosing the observations. The plume of methane—a potent greenhouse gas that traps heat more powerfully than carbon dioxide, the chief driver … Read more If We Release a Small Fraction of Arctic Carbon, ‘We’re Fucked’: Climatologist

Toward Unstoppable Sea-Level Rise

Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 05/05/2014 Uncorking East Antarctica yields unstoppable sea-level rise The melting of a rather small ice volume on East Antarctica’s shore could trigger a persistent ice discharge into the ocean, resulting in unstoppable sea-level rise for thousands of years to come. This is shown in a study now published in Nature Climate Change by scientists from the Potsdam Institute for … Read more Toward Unstoppable Sea-Level Rise

Ecological Freediving in Antartica

Our friend Gilles Rigaud who works as a skipper on sailboats between the tip of South America & Antartica, just returned from his latest trip, bringing back a wonderful trove of pictures after ecologically sound diving experiences. Below the text that accompanies the full photoshow: Six strong minded freedivers and an experienced skipper on a 50 foot fast sailboat for 5 weeks is the recipe for a successful and inovative … Read more Ecological Freediving in Antartica

Ice loss On Antarctica

Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research:  12/13/2012 More ice loss through snowfall on Antarctica Stronger snowfall increases future ice discharge from Antarctica. Global warming leads to more precipitation as warmer air holds more moisture – hence earlier research suggested the Antarctic ice sheet might grow under climate change. Now a study published in Nature shows that a lot of the ice gain due to increased … Read more Ice loss On Antarctica

Quantifying Climate Impacts

Joint press release by the Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)  02/07/2012 Quantifying climate impacts: new comprehensive model comparison launched Climate change has impacts on forests, fields, rivers – and thereby on humans that breathe, eat and drink. To assess these impacts more accurately, a comprehensive comparison of computer-based simulations from all over the world will start this week. For … Read more Quantifying Climate Impacts

The Melting Ice

About the Sea Ice Index These satellite-derived images depict current sea ice conditions and trends. Long-term changes in Arctic sea ice are an index of climate change. Southern Hemisphere sea ice images are also available. For more information about current conditions and their significance, see Arctic Sea Ice News and Analysis. Sea Ice Index Documentation Sea Ice Trends In Extent

Gulf Oil isn't All that's Leaking…

Here are three reports, just in case we are forgetting other potential (& growing) catastrophic possibilities in our environment while focusing on BP’s crimes against the planet in the Gulf: 1) Methane release ‘looks stronger’ By Michael Fitzpatrick Science reporter, BBC News Scientists have uncovered what appears to be a further dramatic increase in the leakage of methane gas that is seeping from the Arctic seabed. Methane is about … Read more Gulf Oil isn't All that's Leaking…

Earth Day — Green Brain?

Check out this piece in the New York Times (published a year ago, but still a useful reminder on Earth Day 2010): Why Isn’t the Brain Green? By JON GERTNER Two days after Barack Obama was sworn in as president of the United States, the Pew Research Center released a poll ranking the issues that Americans said were the most important priorities for this year. At the top of … Read more Earth Day — Green Brain?

An Iceberg the Size of Luxembourg

As I am from Luxembourg, I well know how small a country it is — and yet, it is a country with all that entails, and so it has a size that is both geological and human, and thus Hannah Devlin’s  Times newspaper headline & article strikes a deep chord: Antarctic spits out iceberg the size of Luxembourg by Hannah Devlin An iceberg the size of Luxembourg has split … Read more An Iceberg the Size of Luxembourg