Could spraying particles into marine clouds help cool the planet?

From Eurekalert Public Release: 25-Jul-2017 University of Washington The idea of geoengineering, also known as climate engineering, is very controversial. But as greenhouse gases continue to accumulate in our atmosphere, scientists are beginning to look at possible emergency measures. A new University of Washington study looks at the idea of marine cloud brightening, which a…

Silver Ants

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I stumbled across a lovely article about the Saharan silver ant over at phys.org. These ants have special hairs that reflect strongly in the visual and radiate strongly in the infrared. They show a photo of the ant hairs under a couple different amounts of magnification: Figure 1. Photograph from the phys.org…

Climate lab in a container on the high seas

From the Brookhaven National Laboratory: Yearlong MAGIC Climate Study Launches Climate instruments mounted aboard the Horizon Spirit container ship begin taking data The Horizon Spirit makes the round trip between Los Angeles and Hawaii every two weeks. UPTON, NY — A Horizon Lines container ship outfitted with meteorological and atmospheric instruments installed by U.S. Department of…

Negative feedback? Declining sea ice to lead to cloudier Arctic

From the AGU weekly highlights Composite image. Data from MODIS. Credit: National Snow and Ice Data Center. See High Resolution Image Key Points: EFA method is valuable in providing quantitative assessment of feedback Decrease in sea ice leads to increase in cloud Further decline in sea ice will likely result in cloudier Arctic Arctic sea…