Methane estimates from the Arctic double, but there's no cause for alarm

From the University of Alaska, Fairbanks Study: Arctic seafloor methane releases double previous estimates The seafloor off the coast of Northern Siberia is releasing more than twice the amount of methane as previously estimated, according to new research results published in the Nov. 24 edition of the journal Nature Geoscience. The East Siberian Arctic Shelf…

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Siberian smoke tracked to North America

I wonder how much of the EPA’s perceived air pollution problems in the USA actually originate elsewhere? From NASA: Satellite Sees Smoke from Siberian Fires Reach the U.S. Coast Fires burning in Siberia recently sent smoke across the Pacific Ocean and into the U.S. and Canada. Images of data taken by the nation’s newest Earth-observing…

Gavin's big wild Yamal yawner

I think Gavin Schmidt got up on the wrong side of the bed today, either that or he was so mad when he wrote the latest piece on Yamal at RC, he was so mightily angrified that he set himself up for making dumb mistakes. He really makes a laughingstock of himself in this feckless…

Was the Northeast Passage first navigated in 1660?

If true, it suggests periods of reduced Arctic sea ice during that time that made this feat possible. Reposted from the blog Ecotretas with permission   A graphical comparison between the North East Passage (blue) and an alternative route through Suez Canal (red) David Melgueiro, a Portuguese navigator, might have been the first to navigate…

The Birth of CGR Science

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I was reading a study published in November 2011 in Science mag, paywalled of course. It’s called “The Pace of Shifting Climate in Marine and Terrestrial Ecosystems”, by Burrows et al. (abstract here,  hereinafter B2011). However, I believe that the Supplementary Online Information (SOI) may not be paywalled, and it…

Extremely Dangerous Storm Slicing Towards Alaska

From Live Science An extremely dangerous storm is slicing toward northwestern Alaska and is expected to bring blizzard conditions and hurricane-strength winds to the state’s west coast. The storm, which formed from a mix of air masses over an area of ocean prone to spinning up strong storms, could be bigger than anything ever seen…

I can drive to Russia from my house

Something I never expected, worth sharing. I wonder if they’ll have an exit for Yamal? From Slashdot, news that leads me to think that someday I’ll be able to put my car on the train in Alaska and drive it off in Russia like they do with the Eurotunnel.