But fails to address all-important issues like droughts, forest fires, and invasive pests. Besides, the CO2 balance between increased soil oxidation and a nitrogen-induced tree growth spurt remains unclear.
We really thought we had all the climate records for 2010 neatly piled, but had all forgotten about this one. Deforestation and other land use changes excluded, simply burning fossil fuels in 2010 we emitted 30,600,000,000 tonnes of CO2. That’s … Continue reading
And already suffer biodiversity losses during the decline from pH 8.1 (preindustrial) to 7.8. That latest number is the expected acidification for the end of this century according to IPCC 4AR, a theoretical scenario and a dangerously often quoted underestimation … Continue reading
Same story as yesterday, but now 635 million years earlier. This time again no evidence can be found that it were microbes that ate climate-disrupting amounts of methane, at the end of the Marinoan ice age, better known as ‘Snowball … Continue reading
The moon may contain a hundred times as much water as previously thought, ongoing NASA research suggests.
A group of 13 marine scientists* from 12 different institutions in the United States and Germany have in Science criticised a January publication in that same journal, which stated ‘almost all’ of the spilled methane had been consumed by microbes, … Continue reading
Demography is statistics in its plainest form, and the below picture says it all. It is not the world population that is growing, it is the African and Asian populations that are growing – and dwarfing all the other continents.
Powerful convection in summertime thunderstorms explains why raindrops can become ‘trapped’ in the cumulus clouds, recycling the water at high altitudes, where temperatures are below zero – even today.
Scientists think they understand why the earthquake on the 11th of March off the coast of the island of Honshu, Japan, caused such a large and devastating tsunami. The high score on the Richter scale (9.0) is not a sufficient … Continue reading
Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is a textbook example of modern environmental challenges – not because of the potential gravity of pollination declines or an intrinsic fascination we may have for our stingy honey-producing friends – but because it shows ecological … Continue reading