NOAA Mauna Loa Monthly Mean atmospheric CO2 level

Greens Declare Victory over CO2

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Scientific American reports that the world economy is growing without increases in CO2 emissions, which the author attributes to the rise of green energy. However, there are several issues with this claim. World Economy Grows without Growth in Global Warming Pollution Energy-sector emissions of CO2 remains flat for second year…

Hubble telescope unveils never before seen ‘monster stars’

An international team of scientists using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has combined images taken with the Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) with the unprecedented ultraviolet spatial resolution of the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) to successfully dissect the young star cluster R136 in the ultraviolet for the first time [1]. From the ESA/HUBBLE INFORMATION…

Cycle 24 Solar activity slowly ramping up (this month)

After being in a slump last month, it seems that sunspots are starting to pick up again as this latest SDO image shows: This of course is just a minor blip, as the trend is downward, as we now are on the downslope of cycle 24 activity as this plot from Dr. Leif Svalgaard demonstrates.…

View from near the top of Eagle Mountain, the highest point in Minnesota. Visible are the surrounding Misquah Hills and the North Branch of the Cascade River. Eagle Lake can be seen at the right of the photo, and Shrike Lake at the left. Photo taken by Douglas Kaye in 2006, from the last clear view near the end of the trail to the peak. Public domain image, source Wikimedia

New study: Temperate Plants Love Milder Temperatures

Guest essay by Eric Worrall A field study has suggested that plants growing in cool temperate regions respond well to milder temperatures. The abstract of the study; Boreal and temperate trees show strong acclimation of respiration to warming Plant respiration results in an annual flux of carbon dioxide (CO2) to the atmosphere that is six…