Iceland’s monster volcano charging up for eruption

The Katla volcano, hidden beneath the ice cap of Mýrdalsjökull glacier in Iceland, has historically erupted violently once every 40-80 years.  In-as-much as it’s last such eruption took place one hundred years ago, in 1918, Katla’s next eruption is long overdue. An eruption in Katla would dwarf the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption, scientists have warned. A…

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Magical Plastic

News Brief by Kip Hansen Plastics are as much in the news as climate change, and hold the same honored place as a universal scapegoat — an item so odious that all are welcome to blame it for a host of ills environmental and social, real or imagined. The media has recently highlighted a few…

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Climategate continues: Release of University of Arizona Climate Emails Imminent

Press Release Nearly seven years ago, on December 7th, 2011, the Free Market Environmental Law Clinic’s (FME Law) sought public records from the University of Arizona related to the Mann-Bradley-Hughes temperature reconstruction that looks like a hockey stick, and development of an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report.  They refused much of the request…

New climate crystal ball: “Mummified penguins”

From  the AGU and “anything’s a climate proxy, as long as it’s dead” department. Mummified penguins tell of past and future deadly weather By Larry O’Hanlon (AGU) New research links the mummified remains of penguin chicks in Antarctica to two massive weather-related calamities that could become more commonplace with climate change. Chinese and Australian researchers…

It is worse than we thought – by region

  Guest essay by Sheldon Walker – (agree-to-disagree.com) The central objective of the Paris Agreement is its long-term temperature goal to hold global average temperature increase to “well below 2°C above preindustrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels”. Have a look at warming based on different areas…

US EIA: Coal is Still King

Guest note by David Middleton Too fracking funny! (By fracking, I don’t mean frac’ing.) SEPTEMBER 10, 2018 Coal is the most-used electricity generation source in 18 states; natural gas in 16 Electricity generators that use fossil fuels continue to be the most common sources of electricity generation in most states. In all but 15 states,…

New study mutes the “carbon bomb” hypothesis

A key to climate stabilization could be buried deep in the mud, FSU researchers suggest Earth’s peatland soils store a lot of carbon — about as much as currently flows freely through the atmosphere as carbon dioxide. As global temperatures rise, scientists worry that the planet’s grip on these carbon reservoirs could weaken, unleashing a…