Global Warming Warps Marine Food Webs

(I’m working hard on my fiction writing so I’m taking a bit of a break from the blog. Just another few days and then I’ll be back with more original content, promise! For now, here’s an interesting story reposted from ScienceNOW Daily News)
By Erik Stokstad
ScienceNOW Daily News
26 August 2009
Teasing apart the complex ways in which [...]

The Other Climate Changers: Why Black Carbon and Ozone Also Matter

The Other Climate Changers | Foreign Affairs
By Jessica Seddon Wallack and Veerabhadran Ramanathan

Summary — Most initiatives to slow global warming involve reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Little attention has been given to reducing emissions of the light-absorbing particles known as “black carbon” or the gases that form ozone–even though doing so would be easier and cheaper [...]

On the Road Again

Traveling over the past week so blog has been a bit sparse. Check out the older posts for interesting climate and ocean news and/or click the links on the right to visit some great science sites. I’ll be back with more later in the week!

Still Rising After All These Years: CO2 Levels Increase for 51st Straight Year

Atmospheric CO2 reached 387.81 parts per million (ppm) in July 2009 up from 386.38ppm this time last year according to data released by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) earlier this month. Atmospheric CO2 has been rising since Charles Keeling started taking measurements with high precision instruments at the remote Mauna Loa Observatory in 1958. [...]

Global Warming Bubbles up from the Deep

European scientists have discovered more than 250 plumes of methane (CH4) gas bubbles rising from the seabed of the West Spitsbergen continental margin in the Arctic, at a depth of 150 to 400 meters. The warming of Arctic currents by 1° over the last 30 years has triggered the release of methane, a potent [...]

A Life-sized Experience of the Most Awesome Creature on Earth

As we head into the weekend, I will leave you with this amazing Internet experience. The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society
have given the world the opportunity to get up close and personal with the largest creature to ever live: the blue whale. Gaze in wonder at this incredible creature, while soothing water bubbles in the [...]

He’s Been to the Mountaintop – and it’s Melting

Paleoclimatologist Lonnie Thompson has spent more time above 20,000 feet than anyone else. In the 1970’s, he was the first scientist to retrieve ice sample from a remote tropical ice cap and analyze them for ancient climate signals. Until then, scientists had only studied polar ice cores. But “polar glaciers only cover 10% of the [...]

Ocean acidification: the “other carbon problem” – now at a theater near you!

Since the beginning of the industrial revolution, the oceans have acted as a big sink, absorbing 30% of the CO2 that has been pumped into the atmosphere at a rate of 22 million tons a day. That would seem like good news; less atmospheric CO2 means less warming. But there’s a catch: the CO2 doesn’t [...]

The Northwest Passage: a Shortcut to Greater Arctic Warming

The thermometer will hit upper nineties again today in Washington, DC., but it’s been a pretty mild summer until now – in fact, July was slightly cooler than average. That wasn’t the case up north, way up north, in Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories, Canada. In this seaside town 1,500 miles north of Seattle and well within [...]

Relations between India and China: Thawing over melting Himalayas?

Last weekend, India’s Environment Minister Jairem Ramesh announced that academic researchers in India and China would share information as part of a cooperative scientific investigation into the health of the Himalayan glaciers, called the Water Towers of Asia. He added that New Delhi was open to a dialog with Beijing over water resources, saying that [...]