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Climate-change summary and update.

by crazy_inventor Tuesday, Jul. 30, 2013 at 10:04 PM

These are the latest updates as of July 28 2013 from Guy Mcpherson's update page which is quite large, so I'm only publishing here the latest news.

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Updated July 28 2013

According to Colin Goldblatt, author of a paper published online in the 28 July 2013 issue of Nature Geoscience, “The runaway greenhouse may be much easier to initiate than previously thought.”

If you think we’ll adapt, think again. The rate of evolution trails the rate of climate change by a factor of 10,000, according to a paper in the August 2013 issue of Ecology Letters.

The rate of climate change clearly has gone beyond linear, as indicated by the presence of the myriad self-reinforcing feedback loops described below, and now threatens our species with extinction in the near term. Anthropologist Louise Leakey ponders our near-term demise in her 5 July 2013 assessment at Huffington Post.

In the face of near-term human extinction, most Americans view the threat as distant and irrelevant, as illustrated by a 22 April 2013 article in the Washington Post based on poll results that echo the long-held sentiment that elected officials should be focused on the industrial economy, not far-away minor nuisances such as climate change.

This essay brings attention to recent projections and positive feedbacks.

All information and sources are readily confirmed with an online search, and links to information about feedbacks can be found here.

Large-scale assessments

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (late 2007): 1 C by 2100

Hadley Centre for Meteorological Research (late 2008): 2 C by 2100

United Nations Environment Programme (mid 2009): 3.5 C by 2100

Hadley Centre for Meteorological Research (October 2009): 4 C by 2060

Global Carbon Project, Copenhagen Diagnosis (November 2009): 6 C, 7 C by 2100

United Nations Environment Programme (December 2010): up to 5 C by 2050

These assessments fail to account for significant self-reinforcing feedback loops (i.e., positive feedbacks, the term that implies the opposite of its meaning). The IPCC’s vaunted Fifth Assessment will continue the trend as it, too, ignores important feedbacks.

Positive feedbacks

Methane hydrates are bubbling out the Arctic Ocean (Science, March 2010). According to NASA’s CARVE project, these plumes were up to 150 kilometers across as of mid-July 2013. Whereas Malcolm Light’s 9 February 2012 forecast of extinction of all life on Earth by the middle of this century appears premature because his conclusion of exponential methane release during summer 2011 was based on data subsequently revised and smoothed by U.S. government agencies, subsequent information — most notably from NASA’s CARVE project — indicates the grave potential for catastrophic release of methane.

Warm Atlantic water is defrosting the Arctic as it shoots through the Fram Strait (Science, January 2011). This breakdown of the thermohaline conveyor belt is happening in the Antarctic as well.

Siberian methane vents have increased in size from less than a meter across in the summer of 2010 to about a kilometer across in 2011 (Tellus, February 2011)

Drought in the Amazon triggered the release of more carbon than the United States in 2010 (Science, February 2011)

Peat in the world’s boreal forests is decomposing at an astonishing rate (Nature Communications, November 2011)

Invasion of tall shrubs warms the soil, hence destabilizes the permafrost (Environmental Research Letters, March 2012)

Greenland ice is darkening (The Cryosphere, June 2012)

Methane is being released from the Antarctic, too (Nature, August 2012). According to a paper in the 24 July 2013 issue of Scientific Reports, melt rate in the Antarctic has caught up to the Arctic.

Russian forest and bog fires are growing (NASA, August 2012), a phenomenon consequently apparent throughout the northern hemisphere (Nature Communications, July 2013). The New York Times reports hotter, drier conditions leading to huge fires in western North America as the “new normal” in their 1 July 2013 issue. A paper in the 22 July 2013 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences indicates boreal forests are burning at a rate exceeding that of the last 10,000 years.

Cracking of glaciers accelerates in the presence of increased carbon dioxide (Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, October 2012)

The Beaufort Gyre apparently has reversed course (U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center, October 2012)

Exposure to sunlight increases bacterial conversion of exposed soil carbon, thus accelerating thawing of the permafrost (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, February 2013). The microbes have joined the party, too, according to a paper in the 23 February 2013 issue of New Scientist.

Summer ice melt in Antarctica is at its highest level in a thousand years: Summer ice in the Antarctic is melting 10 times quicker than it was 600 years ago, with the most rapid melt occurring in the last 50 years (Nature Geoscience, April 2013)

Floods in Canada are sending pulses of silty water out through the Mackenzie Delta and into the Beaufort Sea, thus painting brown a wide section of the Arctic Ocean near the Mackenzie Delta brown (NASA, June 2013)

Surface meltwater draining through cracks in an ice sheet can warm the sheet from the inside, softening the ice and letting it flow faster, according to a study accepted for publication in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface (July 2013)

Loss of Arctic sea ice is reducing the temperature gradient between the poles and the equator, thus causing the jet stream to slow and meander. One result is the creation of weather blocks such as the recent very high temperatures in Alaska. As a result, boreal peat dries and catches fire like a coal seam. The resulting soot enters the atmosphere to fall again, coating the ice surface elsewhere, thus reducing albedo and hastening the melting of ice. Each of these individual phenomena has been reported, albeit rarely, but to my knowledge the dots have not been connected beyond this space. The inability or unwillingness of the media to connect two dots is not surprising, and has been routinely reported (recently including here with respect to climate change and wildfires) (July 2013)

Arctic drilling was fast-tracked by the Obama administration during the summer of 2012

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More updates crazy_inventor Tuesday, Jul. 30, 2013 at 10:46 PM
Asinine bullshit Not Crazy Wednesday, Jul. 31, 2013 at 6:30 PM
"no warming for 17 years" crazy_inventor Wednesday, Jul. 31, 2013 at 8:28 PM
Guy McPherson's Blog, Nature Bats Last, is down crazy_inventor Friday, Aug. 02, 2013 at 1:02 PM
Guy's site is back up crazy_inventor Saturday, Aug. 03, 2013 at 12:22 PM
Seven facts you need to know about the Arctic methane time bomb crazy_inventor Monday, Aug. 05, 2013 at 9:05 PM
The corporate-foundation backed quasi alternative media. crazy_inventor Tuesday, Aug. 06, 2013 at 2:44 PM
Independent media - a true story. crazy_inventor Tuesday, Aug. 06, 2013 at 3:14 PM
Arctic methane catastrophe based on new empirical observations crazy_inventor Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 at 11:31 PM
Arctic methane catastrophe based on new empirical observations crazy_inventor Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 at 11:41 PM
What's the allegory about? nobody Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013 at 1:29 AM
well not those kind balls actually crazy_inventor Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013 at 3:24 AM
Hey,Hex.... Lord Locksley Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013 at 9:36 AM
I don't take the measurements I only report them crazy_inventor Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013 at 10:22 AM
`we call that "hear-say" bunk Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013 at 10:41 AM
In other words... Lord Locksley Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013 at 11:14 AM
isn't rush on? crazy_inventor Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013 at 11:49 AM
No.... Lord Locksley Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013 at 12:08 PM
your mind says no crazy_inventor Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013 at 12:59 PM
Heh Lord Locksley Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013 at 1:07 PM
oh AL give it to me! crazy_inventor Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013 at 1:25 PM
Well,actually.... Lord Locksley Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013 at 1:33 PM
what argument crazy_inventor Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013 at 1:52 PM
Heh Lord Locksley Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013 at 1:59 PM
no I haven't posted here what I have to say crazy_inventor Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013 at 2:03 PM
Typical Hex Lord Locksley Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013 at 2:06 PM
Oh Well crazy_inventor Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013 at 5:39 AM
The evidence is mounting about the methane in the arctic crazy_inventor Monday, Aug. 26, 2013 at 2:22 PM
Low Level Radiation: Cutting through the Misinformation crazy_inventor Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013 at 6:15 AM

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