Toxic Atmosphere – Toxic Landscapes – Aerosol pollution

Month: March, 2015

The view of an altered sky and atmosphere above Portland, Oregon, USA

As the Arctic warms under a broken jet stream I took a series of photos in early March of the sky and atmosphere above the Pacific Northwest. The contrails from these high altitude planes are mostly south to north from airliners flying the polar route.

Exhaust trails from these commercial airliners combine to create a dense mush of artificial cloud cover — which also effects the climate. These are juxtaposed these with a very weak jet stream and a lower and upper atmosphere full of moisture and particulate pollution.


-The sky fills with high altitude south to north airline traffic.





-The jet stream 030715 and Temperature anomalies 030515 per ClimateReanayzer



– Night with jet trails and daytime clouds still visible lower left,



– Dusk, reflected glare from setting sun on the back of a STOP sign.

– Looking back the sun is blocked by the sign making obvious a halo of dense atmosphere.

– Just the setting sun and it’s atmospheric halo.


– A washed out ‘blue’ sky and the glare on a bus stop roof.


– Night awaits after daytime ‘clear’ skies in Portland, Oregon – USA, March 2015.


I have to wonder about the wisdom of creating an artificial cloud cover over an extremely vulnerable sea and land mass that is already warming from rampant fossil fuel pollution.


Assorted photos of sky and atmosphere over PNW.

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Arctic Sea Ice Flirts With New Record Lows Dragging Global Coverage Inexorably Down


It’s another winter of far above average temperatures for the Arctic.

Warm air has risen — south to north — over both the North Atlantic and Pacific. It has ridden through the Bering and Barents seas. And it has invaded an Arctic sea ice pack that is far, far more fragile than it has ever been in modern human reckoning.


(A parade of warm fronts predicted to run up through the North Atlantic and Barents between Greenland and Northern Europe and on up into the Arctic Ocean on Thursday, March 5. The warm fronts are indicated by regions of perpendicular wind flow across the meridional pattern running northward from the Eastern Seaboard of North America and on into the Arctic. It is a pattern we’ve seen frequently throughout the winter of 2014-2015. One that has resulted both in Arctic warming and extreme polar vortex excursions. Image source: Earth Nullschool

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PHOTO: Squirrel in a nutrient (nitrogen) polluted green tree in Portland, OR