Undersea Release of Methane

The New York Times today reports on a study that says that “Undersea Release of Methane Is Under Way.” Below, the opening paras of Cornelia Dean‘s article. You can read the whole piece here. Climate scientists have long warned that global warming could unlock vast stores of the greenhouse gas methane that are frozen into the Arctic permafrost, setting off potentially significant increases in global warming. Now researchers at … Read more Undersea Release of Methane

How Stable is the Contemporary Environment?

Via the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research: Tipping Elements in the Earth System: How Stable is the Contemporary Environment? 12/08/2009 – A Special Feature of the “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences” presents the latest scientific insights on so-called tipping elements in the planetary environment. These elements have been identified as the most vulnerable large-scale components of the Earth System that may be profoundly altered by human … Read more How Stable is the Contemporary Environment?

Juan Cole's Top Ten Questions for Copenhagen

Via Juan Cole’s Informed Comment blog: Top Ten Questions about Climate Change on the Eve of Copenhagen Is the earth’s climate warming? Indisputably. Has the pumping of vast amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere by human beings since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution contributed to global climate change? Also, indisputably. Would extra carbon dioxide in the atmosphere cause warming? In the absence of some sort of offset, … Read more Juan Cole's Top Ten Questions for Copenhagen

Fourteen days to seal history's judgment on this generation

Copenhagen climate change conference: ‘Fourteen days to seal history’s judgment on this generation’ This editorial calling for action from world leaders on climate change is published today by 56 newspapers around the world in 20 languages Article history Today 56 newspapers in 45 countries take the unprecedented step of speaking with one voice through a common editorial. We do so because humanity faces a profound emergency. Unless we combine … Read more Fourteen days to seal history's judgment on this generation

Miles, Corbin, Kelly, Greenland, etcetera.

Miles Joris-Peyrafitte has a new band called  St. Jacques. They’re just back from the studio where they recorded two songs they call “The Fear of Landing” — you can hear them here! * * * For the last 2 weeks or so I have been exchanging thoughts & emails with Tom Cheetham, the Corbin scholar, mainly on the concept of Ta’wil in poetics. Tom has now put a good … Read more Miles, Corbin, Kelly, Greenland, etcetera.

Copenhagen must be a Turning Point towards Global Sustainability

Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) 60 Nobel Laureates: Copenhagen must be a Turning Point towards Global Sustainability 60 Nobel Laureates are calling on world leaders for a global deal on climate change that matches the scale and urgency of the human, ecological and economic crises facing the world today. Political leadership is now more necessary than ever. The call comes in a Memorandum … Read more Copenhagen must be a Turning Point towards Global Sustainability

Climate Crunch Warning: Arctic Meltdown

The current issue of The New Scientist  has a rather stark editorial on global warming, and especially on arctic meltdown, of which I am reprinting the opening paragraphs below (You can read the full article here. Very worthwhile reading & pondering — & acting on or pushing towards action. Maybe our new administration will actually take some real steps towards remedying (if that’s still a possibility) this catastrophic situation. Editorial: Climate crunch … Read more Climate Crunch Warning: Arctic Meltdown

Methane Time Bomb

from the Independent, and Worldchanging Exclusive: The methane time bomb Arctic scientists discover new global warming threat as melting permafrost releases millions of tons of a gas 20 times more damaging than carbon dioxide By Steve Connor, Science EditorTuesday, 23 September 2008 The first evidence that millions of tons of a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide is being released into the atmosphere from beneath the … Read more Methane Time Bomb

Ominous Arctic Melt Worries Experts

By SETH BORENSTEIN WASHINGTON (AP) — An already relentless melting of the Arctic greatly accelerated this summer, a warning sign that some scientists worry could mean global warming has passed an ominous tipping point. One even speculated that summer sea ice would be gone in five years. Greenland’s ice sheet melted nearly 19 billion tons more than the previous high mark, and the volume of Arctic sea ice at … Read more Ominous Arctic Melt Worries Experts