Having a greener planet good, but insufficient

This is one of those on the one hand, on the other hand, articles. India and China have been successfully pushing their citizens to plant additional trees. That's great! Unfortunately those two countries (particularly China) have also increasing their greenhouse gas production with their accelerating industrial base and even this huge effort to add trees … Continue reading Having a greener planet good, but insufficient

Global warning is turning the oceans bluer for a bad reason

So many odd and (to me) unexpected side effects of global warming.... Here's another. The oceans will be bluer because the higher temperatures and more acidic water will kill off much of the bottom of the food chain that currently turns the water green. If the smallest critters die, the next smallest have nothing to … Continue reading Global warning is turning the oceans bluer for a bad reason

In case you thought 36 hours of cold with the polar vortex changed the long-term trend — nope

The difference between weather (short-term) and climate (long-term) is essential for context on any story about the conditions of this air layer that keeps us alive. The recent plunge in temperatures associated with the climate-induced split of the polar vortex was definitely impressive -- but it was just a few days. The long-term trend is … Continue reading In case you thought 36 hours of cold with the polar vortex changed the long-term trend — nope

Polar vortex-triggered cold as an extreme weather event

Two brief discussions -- one from NPR's News Hour on TV, the other from investigative master Mother Jones -- of the current record-breaking cold produced by a change in the polar vortex patterns are exactly the type of extreme weather events we can expect to continue as our climate warms and changes. https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/why-the-midwests-deep-freeze-may-be-a-consequence-of-climate-change https://www.motherjones.com/environment/2019/01/if-you-thought-the-polar-vortex-was-bad-whats-happening-now-is-genuinely-shocking/ If … Continue reading Polar vortex-triggered cold as an extreme weather event

Context is everything — January actually a record-breaking month for HEAT

Many parts of the US just suffered thru historically abnormal cold temperatures but turns out they lasted a fairly short percentage of the month. January turns out to have been record-breaking overall for heat as explained by one of my favorite weather and climate experts and fanatics, Eric Holthaus, formerly with the WSJ, now with … Continue reading Context is everything — January actually a record-breaking month for HEAT

Climate change includes more extreme events as well as global warming

Those who prefer simple explanations find it difficult to reconcile extreme weather events with climate change. Unfortunately, warming over an extended period in one area can intensify the winds, currents, or other conditions in a nearby region. The extreme cold we've just seen from the diversion and splitting of the normal seasonal polar vortex pattern … Continue reading Climate change includes more extreme events as well as global warming

A rare bit of good news — methane in permafrost unlikely to be catastrophic

Everyone interested in the environment, global warming, stopping fossil fuels, and more, has several favorite places to go for the latest news. Yale Climate Connections is one of them for me. Highly recommended. https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2019/01/methane-time-bomb-isnt-actually-a-bomb/ VIDEO Polar melting: 'Methane time bomb' isn't actually a 'bomb' Researchers cast doubt on one of the scariest ideas in climate … Continue reading A rare bit of good news — methane in permafrost unlikely to be catastrophic