The secrets of hidden lakes of water in #Antarctic hint at dire consequences

Chris Mooney has been writing within the Washington Post about a lake of water that exists underneath an ice shelf in East Antarctica … “Many people refer to East Antarctica as being too cold for significant melt,” says Jan Lenaerts, a glaciologist with the Utrecht University in the Netherlands. “I mean there’s marginal melt in summer, … Read more

Open Letter from Scientists to President-Elect Trump on Climate Change – #ActOnClimate

Scientific American has an open letter that is addressed to Donald Trump. It specifically relates to Climate Change and hence for rather obvious reasons asks him to take six key steps to address climate change to help protect “America’s economy, national security, and public health and safety.”. Everybody who has signed is a US based subject … Read more

U.S. Geological Survey: Melting Permafrost Could Affect Weather Worldwide – #Climate

Scientific American has a good article on a recently released U.S. Geological Survey report. the report itself spells out how melting permafrost is causing significant changes to the freshwater chemistry and hydrology of Alaska’s Yukon River. There they write … “As the climate gets warmer, the thawing permafrost not only enables the release of more greenhouse … Read more

Breakup of Larson C Ice Shelf edges closer #antarctic #climate

A picture of a massive rift far inland on the Larson C Ice shelf has been published via NASA #ICEBridge (see above). What is IceBridge? The goal NASA’s Operation IceBridge is to collect data on changing polar land and sea ice. They have been doing this via a series of flights over the region. This is being done … Read more

Daily Mail Fake Claim: El Nino drove 2016 record temperatures – #climate #rebuttal

The Daily Mail recently (on 26th Nov) published the following claim … Stunning new data indicates El Nino drove record highs in global temperatures suggesting rise may not be down to man-made emissions  Global average temperatures over land have plummeted by more than 1C  Comes amid mounting evidence run of record temperatures about to end … Read more

#climate – Why is a further increase of 1C potentially a tipping point?

The BBC has a story about a new paper that highlights a source of carbon that has not been previously considered …. Earth warming to climate tipping point, warns study A warmer world will release vast volumes of carbon into the atmosphere, potentially triggering dangerous climate change, scientists warn.  Writing in journal Nature, they project … Read more