The Lungs of Gaia

A fundamental concept at the heart of climate science is the contention that the solar energy that the disk of the Earth intercepts from the Sun’s irradiance must be diluted by a factor of 4. This is because the surface area of a globe is 4 times the interception area of the disk silhouette (Wilde and Mulholland, 2020a).

Nitrogen in permafrost soils may exert great feedbacks on climate change

Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of SciencesShare Print E-Mail What nitrogen is getting up to in permafrost soils may be much more interesting than researchers have long believed–with potentially significant consequences for our management of climate change. Nitrogen is a constituent part of nitrous oxide (N2O)–an often overlooked greenhouse gas, and there is a vast amount…

Dynamics of the Tropical Atmosphere and Oceans

Reposted from Dr. Judith Curry’s Climate Etc. Posted on June 9, 2020 by curryja by Judith Curry Peter Webster’s magnum opus is now published: Dynamics of the Tropical Atmosphere and Oceans. From the blurb on amazon.com: “This book presents a unique and comprehensive view of the fundamental dynamical and thermodynamic principles underlying the large circulations…

New threat to ozone recovery

From EurekAlert! Public Release: 20-Dec-2018 New threat to ozone recovery Study finds chloroform emissions, on the rise in East Asia, could delay ozone recovery by up to 8 years Massachusetts Institute of Technology Earlier this year, the United Nations announced some much-needed, positive news about the environment: The ozone layer, which shields the Earth from…