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Month: October, 2014

Major Methane Spikes From Warming Sea Beds Are Compounding a Vastly Underestimated Climate Change Challenge

2014: earthly methane stores, warming seas, Arctic ice loss, and major climate destabilization.

Climate Solutions and Analysis

Methane spikes from warming sea bed floors have caused recent arctic atmospheric methane levels to temporarily increase by an amount equal to or higher than the entire percentage concentration of methane found in the atmosphere before the industrial revolution.

This occurred in September of last year as well, when methane levels spiked to over 2500 ppb in the arctic.

A couple of days ago, atmospheric concentrations of methane over the arctic region reached 2666 ppb.

This happens when shallow sea bed areas – previously essentially frozen solid for hundreds of thousands if not more years – warm up and thaw sufficiently to release methane otherwise tightly held in frozen clathrates along much of the upper ocean shelf sea bed floor.


How does this happen?

Each year, on average, less and less arctic sea ice – which in the past has dwindled during late summers somewhat but for the…

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Questioning Today’s Arctic and Northern Hemisphere’s Weather, October 18,2014

Pioneering seismologist Robert Mallet, in his ‘Manual of Scientific Inquiry’ circa 1860, gave us a phrase I much admire. As part of his report to the British Admiralty, he wrote that, ” Nature, rightly questioned, never lies.” He was emphasizing that, “All evidence should, as far as possible, be circumstantial”. And that each situation investigated had its own unique physical conditions, in its own location, and in own time, etc.
My present day concerns about the present condition, and influences, on weather patterns in the Northern Hemisphere, where I reside, cause me to look closely, and ask questions about the following subject.
The upper image is a screenshot from Oct. 18, 2014 Nullschool shows anticyclonic (clockwise) high pressure winds over the Arctic Ocean. It appears to be pushing air through the Bering Strait, and feeding the (counter-clockwise) winds of a wide area of low pressure in the Gulf of Alaska. A high just to the west of this low seems to be receiving some of the air from the Arctic high. Meanwhile, a smaller area of cyclonic winds sits in the western Bering Sea — and seems to be getting some of the same wind.
The energy from these weathers are now linked together to form a chain of energy.

Null winds N polar 1018 II

ClimeRean Air Temp N Hem 1018 II

The lower image is a screenshot of the Oct. 18, 2014 ClimateReanalyzer Air Temperature Anomaly. A large mass of warm, or hot, air is over the Laptev Sea in the Arctic. This warmth is also part of the above mentioned anticyclonic high pressure pattern.
How much of this warm Arctic air anomaly became entrained in the low pressure air mass in the, struggling just to be cool, Gulf of Alaska?
And what chance does the Arctic have to keep cold and retain its ice? And what of the jet stream, and its role as deliverer of our weather systems?

These questions are likely to be answered by nature whether I ask them or not.

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Smog is a Poisonous Gas That Kills Children But Certain Jobs Are More Important

Smog Kills Children.

“California Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Resources Board (ARB)
implements the Air Quality Management Program in California. ARB’s
mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological
resources through the effective and efficient reduction of air pollutants, while
recognizing and considering the effects on the economy of the State.”

— The actual text taken from the Overview of the ARB Mission Statement as it was published in 2011.

“Smog” is but one of he toxic components of air pollution. Others go high into the atmosphere to destroy our climate.