Permafrost fear

From Florida State University  and the department of we’ve heard all this before comes this story Researchers: Permafrost thawing could accelerate global warming TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A team of researchers lead by Florida State University have found new evidence that permafrost thawing is releasing large quantities of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere via plants, which…

New lab reference standard for CO2 and Methane

From the National Physical Laboratory, a rather curious press release that had a fact I didn’t know: the gas calibration standard sample for measuring CO2 comes from an obscure location in the Rocky Mountains. One would have thought Mauna Loa would be the source. I’ve added a Google Earth map below to show the location.…

That ‘Methane Time Bomb’ now lurks behind dams

From the American Chemical Society. I wonder if they studied how much methane comes from sediment loads dropped by rivers naturally and compared them? The Mississippi Delta alone must be a terrible offender. Sediment trapped behind dams makes them ‘hot spots’ for greenhouse gas emissions With the “green” reputation of large hydroelectric dams already in…