2000-2009 warmest decade on record. When you’re hot….

The decade ending in 2009 was the warmest on the record since modern measurements began in 1850, according to the World Meteorological Organization of the United Nations.

Like most years this decade, 2009 saw heat waves, storms, droughts and floods in China, India, southern Europe and Australia. The colder winter observed in the Northern Hemisphere was also a part of the global warming trend, according to the report.

Last year also saw a transition from La Ni

We Got Next

This is the motto of RePower, mission: to repower America and the world with clean energy. We Got Next means after the health care bill was passed, we want climate change legislation to be next in the cue. www.repower.org
Here’s another good saying: “A smart person learns from his mistakes. A wise person learns from the mistakes of others.” See my Sayings section of this web site, under Blog.

Soil holds most of the world’s carbon and it is coming out !

March 25. This just in, or should I say “out”.
Soil is slowly releasing more carbon into the atmosphere in response to warming temperatures associated with climate change, according to study published in the journal Nature.

The carbon stored in soil is far more abundant than the amount stored in the atmosphere as carbon dioxide. In the boreal and sub-Arctic permafrost lies about 1,600 gigatons of carbon in the form of organic matter or soil. The atmosphere has, in comparison, about 750 gigatons of carbon.

The potential of the carbon to escape from the soil into the atmosphere has been called the ticking time bomb of climate change.

The latest study, by Ben Bond-Lamberty and Allison Thomson of the Energy Department’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the University of Maryland, shows, using empirical evidence rather than just theory, that the soils over the globe have been releasing more carbon.

Melting permafrost may release more and more. Yike. Let’s get going.

Greenland ice pack melting faster

Check it out. Time to kick our addiction to fossil fuels and other GHGs.
Most surprisingly, the study found that discharge from Greenland had increased by 30 percent over the last decade: jumping from 330 billion giga tons in 1995 to 430 billion giga tons in 2005.
“We know that the Arctic has warmed enormously over the past 50 years and that the temperatures over Greenland have increased by more than twice the global average. Despite these observations, it is deeply surprising and worrying to see the pace of the changes in the Greenland Ice Sheet”, lead author, Professor Dorthe Dahl-Jensen, University of Copenhagen said in a press release.

Carbon tax pain?

One of my many heroes, Ed Markey, had this to say in the Washington Post [actually, I favor a gas tax to incentivize carpooling, etc, with the tax money rebated to all in the form of a check, like cap and dividend, but I agree with Markey that we can do a lot with techno fixes:
The Post’s editorial board seems to think that we must punish consumers to cut America’s oil dependence and carbon pollution [“$7 a gallon?,” editorial, March 5]. I fundamentally disagree.

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$7 a gallon?
Reader response: Rep. Markey’s view
America’s oil dependence already punishes us enough, whether through volatile gas prices or the political and environmental volatility that results from buying and burning oil. Last year, America sent $250 billion overseas to buy oil, much of it to countries that do not like us very much. That is nearly half of our trade deficit. The editorial said that the Waxman-Markey bill “wouldn’t do all that much to slash American oil consumption in the near future.” But according to the Energy Information Agency, the bill would cut projected U.S. oil use by more than 600,000 barrels per day by 2020 (about the same as our current combined imports from Russia and Libya) and more than 1.2 million barrels per day by 2030 (nearly all of our current imports from Venezuela).

Congressional Democrats believe that the solution to our oil dependence and carbon pollution should be comprehensive. Increased fuel efficiency, cleaner renewable fuels and a new clean-energy policy established by the Waxman-Markey bill could enable America to finally tell Middle Eastern oil suppliers that we don’t need their oil any more than we need their sand.

Edward J. Markey, Washington

The writer, a Democrat from Massachusetts, is chairman of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming

Global Warming

You may have seen some Senators calling for a “time out” on global warming/climate crisis legislation. That is a sure sign that they are losing. If I were losing at any game, I would ask for a time out to stall. Maybe something would happen and the game would be discontinued ! Hooray, I don’t have to admit defeat. So, NO TIME OUT. Get to work, you Senators! The House has already done its work, the Waxman Markey bill. Come up with SOMETHING ! How about that Cap and Dividend bill put together by Republican Susan Collins from Maine and Democrat Maria Cantwell from Washington state. I like it. Auction the CO2 allowances, and rebate the money to the people, equal shares for everyone who has a SS number. What could be simpler? It’s only 14 pages. Write to your senators with your ideas.

Ice Melt

You may have heard about the recent “dust up” about whether there was an overstatement of the ice melt in the Himalayas. There was. So, it will be corrected. The ice is still melting. In fact, the most ice is in Greenland and Antarctica. That melts, and we are going to be doing more swimming !
Here is an article on the topic.
Reporting this week in the journal Nature, researchers from British Antarctic Survey and the University of Bristol describe how analysis of millions of NASA satellite measurements* from both of these vast ice sheets shows that the most profound ice loss is a result of glaciers speeding up where they flow into the sea.

The authors conclude that this ‘dynamic thinning’ of glaciers now reaches all latitudes in Greenland, has intensified on key Antarctic coastlines, is penetrating far into the ice sheets’ interior and is spreading as ice shelves thin by ocean-driven melt. Ice shelf collapse has triggered particularly strong thinning that has endured for decades.