Global Temperature Report: September 2017

Warmest September in satellite temperature record Boosted by warmer than normal water in the equatorial eastern Pacific Ocean that peaked in June and July, global average temperatures in the atmosphere rose to record levels in September, according to Dr. John Christy, director of the Earth System Science Center at The University of Alabama in Huntsville.…

Great Barrier Reef: 2016 Coral Cover Loss and Local Sea Level Fall

Guest post by David Middleton   EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Climate change is internationally-recognised as one of the biggest threats to coral reefs around the world, including the Great Barrier Reef. For the last three years, coral bleaching, due to ocean warming associated with climate change, has impacted coral reefs worldwide. Mass coral bleaching events occur during…

More evidence: Great Permian Extinction, 250 million years ago, was caused by massive volcanic eruptions

From NYU: New evidence that Siberian volcanic eruptions caused extinction 250 million yrs ago A team of scientists has found new evidence that the Great Permian Extinction, which occurred approximately 250 million years ago, was caused by massive volcanic eruptions that led to significant environmental changes. The study, which appears in the journal Scientific Reports, reports…

Funding the arts – or hurricane recovery

With only so much taxpayer cash, what should our priorities be in this year of big hurricanes? Guest essay by Paul Driessen A couple of friends recently said it was terrible that some in Congress and the White House could even consider reducing National Endowment for the Arts funding. It’s a critical program, they feel,…

Giant hole in ice reappears in Antarctica after 40 years

Antarctica: Return of the Weddell polynya supports Kiel climate model After 40 years, a large ice-free area appears again in the Southern Ocean in mid-winter Currently, winter has still a firm grip on Antarctica. At this time of the year, the Weddell Sea usually is covered with a thick layer of sea ice. In spite…