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The changing face of planet Earth

The changing face of planet Earth Andrew GliksonEarth and Climate scientistAustralian National University 12-8-2019 Preamble The inhabitants of planet Earth are in the process of destroying the habitability of their world through the perpetration of the largest mass extinction of…

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Impact of largescale tree death on carbon storage

Largescale ‘disturbances’, including fires, harvesting, windstorms and insect outbreaks, which kill large patches of forest, are responsible for more than a tenth of tree death worldwide, according to new research.

New UN Report Puts a Dagger Through Climate Deniers’ Favorite Argument

No, carbon dioxide emissions are not “good” for global food production. It is true that higher carbon dioxide concentration has made parts of the world greener and can boost plant growth in some environments.  But scientists say the negative consequences…

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Alaska records warmest month ever in July with coastline barren of sea ice

A heatwave pulsating through the Arctic helped push Alaska to its warmest month ever recorded in July, with the state’s vast coastline left completely barren of sea ice. Alaska’s average temperature in July was a record 58.1F (14.5C), nearly 1F…

The reasons behind aerosol pollution over the eastern slope of the Tibetan Plateau

(Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences) The aerosol optical depth over the eastern slope of the Tibetan Plateau (ESTP) is extremely large–and even more so than some important industrialized regions and deserts, which is the result of a combination of human activities and natural conditions.

Persistent plume

(University of Colorado at Boulder) Thunderstorms generated by a group of giant wildfires in 2017 injected a small volcano’s worth of aerosol into the stratosphere, creating a smoke plume that lasted for almost nine months. In a new paper in Science, authors led by Pengfei Yu (CIRES, NOAA, Jinan University), explore implications for climate modeling, including models of nuclear winter and geoengineering.

This woodpecker loves a good wildfire, but megafires? Not so much

The black-backed woodpecker thrives in the charred remains of forests left by wildfires. The birds live in the western U.S., gravitating toward recently burned forests. There, they forage on the larvae of wood-boring beetles that take over dead and dying…

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See the forest for more than the trees why reforestation isn’t working

New evidence reveals that most of the countries with large-scale tree-planting programs are actually developing tree plantations, which might help the economy but fail to sequester the carbon that the countries originally pledged to.

Time Rag: Arctic Nearing ‘Point Of No Return’ From Global Warming

Climate alarmists continue to seek new vocabulary to express the apocalyptic urgency of their cause, with Time magazine now declaring that the Arctic is nearing a “point of no return,” thanks to global warming. The latest omens of Earth’s demise…