Hothouse Gas Spikes to Extreme 409.3 Parts Per Million on April 10 — Record Rate of Atmospheric CO2 Increase Likely for 2016

Simply put, a rapid atmospheric accumulation of greenhouse gasses is swiftly pushing the Earth well outside of any climate context that human beings are used to. The influence of an extreme El Nino on the world ocean system’s ability to take down a massive human carbon emission together with signs of what appears to be a significantly smaller but growing emission from global carbon stores looks to be setting the world up for another record jump in atmospheric CO2 levels during 2016.

409 ppm CO2 April 10 2016

(See the little dot well above the blue trend line on the upper right hand portion of the above graph? That mark’s no accident. It represents daily atmospheric CO2 readings of around 409.3 parts per million CO2 at the Mauna Loa Observatory on April 10 of 2016. It’s an insanely high reading. But over the next two months we may see daily values continue to peak in this range or hit even higher levels. Image source: The Keeling Curve.)

Already, as we near the annual peak during late April through early May, major CO2 spikes are starting to show up. On Sunday, April 10 the Mauna Loa Observatory recorded a daily CO2 reading in the extraordinary range of 409.3 parts per million. These readings follow March monthly averages near 405 parts per million and precede an annual monthly peak in May that’s likely to hit above 407 parts per million and may strike as high as 409 parts per million. These are levels about 135 to 235 parts per million above the average interglacial to ice age range for CO2 levels during the relatively stable climate period of the last 2 million years.

In other words — atmospheric CO2 levels continue to climb into unprecedented ranges. Levels that are increasingly out-of-context scary. For we haven’t seen readings of this heat trapping gas hit so high in any time during at least the past 15 million years.

2016 Could See Atmospheric CO2 Increase by 3.1 to 5.1 Parts Per Million Above 2015

During a ‘normal’ year, if this period of reckless human fossil fuel burning can be rationally compared to anything ‘normal,’ we’d expect CO2 levels to rise by around 2 parts per million. Such a jump in the 2015 to 2016 period would result in monthly averages peaking around 406 parts per million by May. However, with a record El Nino and other influences producing large areas of abnormally warm sea surfaces, the world ocean’s ability to draw down both the massive human emission and the apparently much smaller, but seemingly growing, global carbon feedback has been hampered.

annual-mean-co2-growth-rate

(Annual mean CO2 growth rate for 2016 is likely to hit even higher than records seen during 2015 due to the influence of a record El Nino on the world ocean system’s ability to draw down excess atmospheric carbon and due to the fact that global CO2 emission remain near record high levels set in 2014. Image source: NOAA ESRL.)

In 1998, during a then record El Nino and at a time when global carbon emissions from human sources were significantly lower than they are today and during a period when the global carbon stores appeared to be mostly dormant, atmospheric CO2 levels rose by a then record 2.9 parts per million. During 2015, as a record El Nino ramped up and as the global carbon stores continued their ominous rumbling, annual average increases hit a new high of 3.05 parts per million. But with the strongest El Nino impacts hampering ocean carbon draw-down extending on into the current year, it appears that 2016 average rates of atmospheric CO2 increase are likely to be even higher. Due to this, hopefully temporary, reduction in the ocean’s ability to take in atmospheric carbon, we’re likely to see May 2016 CO2 levels at Mauna Loa hit a range of 3.1 to 5.1 parts per million (407 to 409 ppm in total) above previous record high levels of around 403.9 parts per million for the same month during 2015.

The Last Time CO2 Values Were So High Was During the Middle Miocene — 15 Million Years in the Earth’s Deep Past

By any yardstick, these are extreme annual rates of atmospheric CO2 increase. Rates that are likely at least an order of magnitude faster than during the last hothouse extinction — the PETM — 55 million years ago. Just a few years ago, the scientific bodies of the world voiced serious concern about atmospheric CO2 levels equaling those seen during the Pliocene period — a geological epoch 3-5 million years ago when Earth temperatures were 2-3 C warmer than they are today and atmospheric CO2 levels ranged between 390 and 405 parts per million. But in just a brief interval, we’ve blown past that potential paleoclimate context and into another, more difficult, much warmer, world. A period further back into the great long ago when human civilization as it is today couldn’t have been imagined and a species called homo sapiens had millions of years yet to even begin to exist.

mlo_co2_hour

(For the week ending April 10, it appears that atmospheric CO2 levels have already averaged above 407 parts per million. Over the next two months, global atmospheric levels will reach new record highs likely in the range of 407 to 409 parts per million in the monthly values representing an extreme jump in readings of this key heat trapping gas. Image source: NOAA ESRL.)

For it’s been about 15 million years since we’ve seen atmospheric values of this critical greenhouse gas hit levels so high. Back then, the Earth was about 3-5 degrees Celsius hotter than the 19th Century and oceans were about 120 to 190 feet higher. Maintaining current greenhouse gas levels in this range for any extended period will risk reverting to climate states similar to those of the Middle Miocene past — or potentially warmer if global carbon stores laid down during the period of the last 15 million years of cooling are again released into the Earth’s ocean and atmosphere.

At current annual rates of atmospheric CO2 increase, it will take between 20 and 50 years to exceed the Miocene and Ogliocene range of 405 to 520 parts per million CO2. At that point, we would be hitting CO2 levels high enough to wipe out most or all of the glacial ice on Earth. That’s basically what happens if we keep burning fossil fuels as we are now for another few decades.

In any case, it’s worth noting that 2016’s potential annual atmospheric CO2 increase of between 3.1 and 5.1 parts per million is extraordinarily bad. Something we shouldn’t be doing to the Earth’s climate system. There really is no other way to say it. Such rates of hothouse gas increases are absolutely terrible.

Links:

NOAA ESRL

The Keeling Curve

Ten Times Faster Than a Hothouse Extinction

Atmospheric CO2 Rocketed to 405.6 PPM Yesterday — A Level Not Seen in 15 Million Years

Hat Tip to June

Hat Tip to Kevin Jones

 

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  1. Your facts are getting scary: scarier than the spculations on some über-doomer sites!

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    • Hmm,,, I’ll have to go over to Guy’s mega paper and see what he has added…… that one is kinda hard to top in “doom porn”…. lol Although, Beckwith just added a video considering the effects of inducing a nuclear winter with respect to global temp…. (I am still shaking my head at that one.) But after reading Robert’s latest piece on India… well that might be how we all go out….

      Don’t Worry…. Be Happy….

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  2. To be very clear, we continue to lock in worse consequences. Inevitable human extinction by 2030 is not in the cards at this time. Near term carbon store releases equal to or exceeding the human emission are also a low likelihood. That’s doomer speculation one shouldn’t be compared to.

    But we are seeing evidence of some carbon store feedback (far smaller than the human fossil fuel emission) and we’ll likely see more over time.

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    • wili

       /  April 12, 2016

      Have you seen anything about an isotope signature on recent atmospheric CO2 that might suggest such carbon feedbacks may be significantly kicking in?

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      • There’s a methane signature for a wetlands related spike. No work on CO2 as yet in the lit.

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      • You might want to watch this AGU Fall meeting 2015 on the paper called

        “Alaska’s thawing permafrost Latest results and future projections”

        by Vladimir Romanovsky, Professor of Geophysics, Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska, USA;
        Santosh Panda, Research Associate, Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska, USA;
        Kevin Schaefer, Research Scientist, National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado, USA.

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      • You also might want to read this paper..

        Zona D., B. Gioli, R. Commane, …, W. C. Oechel. (2016). Cold season emissions dominate the Arctic tundra methane budget. PNAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1516017113.

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        • Thanks for this, Iracine. But it’s worth noting that Wili was asking about isotopic signature studies to determine the sources and proportions of added carbon. For example, an emission from human fossil fuel burning would have a different isotopic signature than a forest fire emission.

          We are absolutely seeing these Arctic carbon store sources in the point-study observations. That’s a bit different than doing a global atmospheric source balance based investigative study to determine what proportion of the carbon emission comes from where.

    • Abel Adamski

       /  April 12, 2016

      My concern there Robert and maybe you have some info, is that at the moment the Natural systems are sinking a certain amount of CO2 and thus minimising the Human effect, those extra feedback ones on top of our increasing output may not be as well counterbalanced if at all due to absorption limits being reached

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      • So as the ocean warms it becomes a less effective carbon sink. The ocean currently takes down a big chunk of the excess CO2 that humans emit (primarily through fossil fuel burning and related activity). You end up hitting a kind of barrier as this particular sink becomes less effective. There’s a similar impact in the event that the tropical peatlands and rain forests shift from carbon sinks to carbon sources. I think it’s pretty clear given where we see major methane emissions in the tropical zone (likely due to both wildfires and heavy rainfall events outside the norm) that we’re starting to see some of that switch now.

        Of course the other big carbon stores that could become sources include the Arctic permafrost and the seabed carbon store.

        To lay this out, loss of the ocean’s ability to draw down human carbon increases the impact of current and future human emissions on the rate of atmospheric CO2 increase, loss of tropical rainforests and peatlands also increases the impact of current and future human emissions even as the burning of these lands provides a new source of atmospheric carbon, thawing permafrost turns a store into a source (although on an annual basis this is likely to be a fraction of the human emission), and seabed carbon thaw may provide marginal to significant contributions to amplifying feedbacks even as ocean health is likely to be impacted by seabed warming.

        The risks related to carbon cycle response make more urgent the need to rapidly draw down the human emission and to swiftly transition the human energy infrastructure away from fossil fuels. We are, of course, starting to see some of the bad impacts. The risk is that this process gets out of hand as a number of currently difficult to identify tipping points are crossed.

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    • Robert in New Orleans

       /  April 12, 2016

      Mr. Robert, perhaps a good topic for a future story would be why you don’t think that NTHE is in the cards for mankind and your reasoning behind it.

      PS I glad that you back from your sojourn as your absence leads to disturbances in the force.

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      • That might be worthwhile. But the short of it is that humans are pretty amazingly resilient. If you went to Lebanon or to other places that are basically wastelands and saw how human beings are managing to scrape by, you’d see that we’re pretty good at adapting when we have to.

        We have so many advantages. We’d basically have to wreck things to the point that pretty much everything else was gone in order to risk human extinction.

        Human losses and collapse of civilizations is another matter entirely. We hit a range of increasing risk of various civilization collapses — especially in the equatorial regions, the near desert regions, along coastlines, and in water poor regions starting now. Mass migration is a broader global civilization collapse threat. But the leap from stress to civilizations to risk of human extinction would take considerable time to develop. BAU fossil fuel emissions for 100 years would put that risk up as a marker. But that’s after a lot of very hard hits.

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  3. Colorado Bob

     /  April 12, 2016

    A word about the Summit County Citizens Voice, Bob Berwyn has been at it a very long time he’s at Breckenridge. He’s really very good.

    Climate: Jet stream shifts may speed Greenland meltdown
    Scientists are tracking yet another global warming feedback mechanism that will have dire consequences for coastal communities around the world. Melting sea ice and overall rapid warming in the Arctic are factors in the development of so-called blocking high pressure systems — air masses spinning clockwise that block cold, dry Canadian air from reaching Greenland.

    Link

    Summit Camp, also Summit Station, is a year-round research station on the apex of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Its coordinates are variable, since the ice is moving. The coordinates provided here are as of July 2009. The station is located 3,216 metres (10,551 ft) above sea level.[1]

    Wiki

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  4. Colorado Bob

     /  April 12, 2016

    These numbers are feed backs, It’s nearly 55 at Fairbanks.

    We have no idea of the feed backs. The melt, the bacteria , the heat .

    We have crossed that Rubicon. The future is now,

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  5. Colorado Bob

     /  April 12, 2016

    The melt, the bacteria , the heat .

    No one has ANY IDEA how this will play out.

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    • Tom

       /  April 12, 2016

      Nobody wants to hear it when people DO have ideas how It will “turn out.”

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    • There was a interview by Noam Chomsky in 2013 call Confronting Reality… about the difficulty of confronting painful truths In this interview he discusses how sometimes it is necessary to “look away” from overwhelming painful truths… it is a human self defensive mechanism…… we all do it. I think Climate Change triggers this “self defensive mechanism” in many people.

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  6. Cate

     /  April 12, 2016

    LEAP Manifesto supporters in the NDP : “cut fossil fuel emissions immediately and stop building pipelines.”

    Alberta NDP Premier Rachel Notley: “These ideas will never form any part of our policy. They are naïve….ill-informed….tone-deaf.”

    So as “Canada is slipping into deeply divisive ways of talking” about these issues, the organised left led by the NDP–the only credible friend of climate change solutions in the country’s politics (the Greens are lovely, but far too small)—slips into leaderless disarray.
    😦

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/rachel-notley-calls-leap-manifesto-naive-and-ill-informed-1.3530309

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  7. Colorado Bob

     /  April 12, 2016

    The Russians have found a bacteria that is 60,000 years old. In melting permafrost.

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  8. Seemorerocks

     /  April 12, 2016

    This is incredibly bad news and flies in the face that emissions are going down, doesn’t it? Does this reflect what is happening now, or dies it reflect past emissions? I’m talking about the 10 year lag time that us talked about.

    I saw somewhere a comment (from NASA, I think) that a spike in CO2 readings can be explained by the El-Nino. This doesn’t make much sense to me, but I’m no scientist.

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  9. Colorado Bob

     /  April 12, 2016

    This is the my point . As the North thaws, and it will, Thousands of sleeping Bactria will join the modern world,

    No one has thought about that , But they are coming, And we have no idea what comes next.

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    • Abel Adamski

       /  April 12, 2016

      Yep and they will be the ones we no longer have defences to , especially as they evolve and mutate and interact with existing organisms. After all we are shaped as is all life by so many different viruses and bacteria and their DNA is now part of ours and in so many ways an essential component

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    • Anne

       /  April 12, 2016

      From September last year:
      According to a new report, a group of microbiologists from several French and Russian institutions have just discovered a second new species of giant virus in a single sample of Siberian permafrost in just two years. Both, according to lead researchers Jean-Michel Claverie and Chantal Abergel, are viable even after 30,000 years of being frozen in the ground.
      “A few viral particles that are still infectious may be enough, in the presence of a vulnerable host, to revive potentially pathogenic viruses,” Claverie tells AFP. “If we are not careful, and we industrialise these areas without putting safeguards in place, we run the risk of one day waking up viruses such as small pox that we thought were eradicated.”
      Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/microbiologists-keep-finding-giant-viruses-melting-permafrost-180956647/?no-ist

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  10. Marcel_g

     /  April 12, 2016

    I don’t know if anyone’s posted this yet, but here’s a hopeful bit by Tony Seba on the confluence of disruptive technologies. This part is about autonomous cars. He thinks that by 2030 all vehicles will be EV and most will be autonomous.

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    • Good, but not good enough. Energy, particularly used by commerce and industry, will need to be fully renewable or at least zero CO2. We’ll also need to find some way to curtail the massive emissions from agriculture. It’s great to start with taking the emissions out of cars, but a lot more is going to have to happen before we can say the picture doesn’t look like “might as well be BAU.”

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  11. Colorado Bob

     /  April 12, 2016

    I’m jackass , bur I;m not stupid.

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  12. wili

     /  April 12, 2016

    Nothing new to regulars here, but good to see it in the msm: http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/national/2015/11/28/oceans/

    “That’s heavy:
    Climate-change warnings include rising seas and wild weather shifts. But giant flying boulders?”

    “Standing atop a 60-foot cliff overlooking the Atlantic, James Hansen — the retired NASA scientist sometimes dubbed the “father of global warming” — examines two small rocks through a magnifying glass. Towering above him is the source of one of the shards: a huge boulder from a pair locals call “the Cow and the Bull,” the largest of which is estimated to weigh more than 1,000 tons.

    The two giants have long been tourist attractions along this rocky coast. Perched not far from the edge of a steep cliff that plunges down into blue water, they raise an obvious question: How did they get up here?

    Compounding the mystery, these two are among a series of giant boulders arranged in an almost perfect line across a narrow part of this 110-mile-long, wishbone-shaped island.

    Hansen and Paul Hearty — a wiry, hammer-slinging geologist from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington who has joined him here as a guide — have a theory about these rocks. It’s so provocative — and, frankly, terrifying — that some critics wonder whether the man who helped spawn the whole debate about the dangers of climate change has finally gone too far.

    The idea is that Earth’s climate went through a warming period just over 100,000 years ago that was similar in many ways to the warming now attributed to the actions of man. And the changes during that period were so catastrophic, they spawned massively powerful superstorms, causing violent ocean waves that simply lifted the boulders from below and deposited them atop this cliff.”

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  13. rustj2015

     /  April 12, 2016

    This is probably late, but it has some chilling statements about our fracked future.
    Acting quickly might save us some time. However…
    http://pin.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=bQpEdg5WOwXGkHThbxTMx4iwLyTGNqkW

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    • wili

       /  April 12, 2016

      “ Global Warming’s Terrifying New Chemistry
      Our leaders thought fracking would save our climate. They were wrong. Very wrong.”
      By Bill McKibben
      March 23, 2016
      Yeah, I think that did get linked here, but it’s a good one.

      (It’s nice to indicate at least the title when you post a link so people can decide whether they want to take the plunge or not.)

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  14. Jay M

     /  April 12, 2016

    not a clear path to ameliorate, but the Keeling number resonates

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    • It’s simple. Stop burning fossil fuels. Stop dumping carbon into the air. Provide alternatives and the needed incentives for them. Don’t incentivize wasteful and harmful consumption. Stop coddling wealthy special interests invested in harm.

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      • The INCENTIVE concept. So much of what is wrong in modern economies reduces down to programs that aim to add to the financial fortunes of a few by incentivizing consumption habits, etc. Functional governing bodies could quickly change these incentives, but they don’t, primarily because they are effectively owned by those same beneficiaries.

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        • Sorry, I can’t buy into this apathetic way of thinking. Either support action or get out of the way. Convincing people that they’re helpless leads only to more bad policy.

          In other words, there’s a reason why republicans suppress the vote. Elections absolutely matter.

      • Jay M

         /  April 12, 2016

        My apologies if my tone was a bit depressed. Participated in the local WA caucuses that put Bernie over the top, so absolutely agree that apathy shouldn’t be encouraged.

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    • Spike

       /  April 12, 2016

      It’s learned helplessness, rooted in financialised thinking. The sort we’d jettison overnight if a Kaiser or Fuehrer was doing this to us.

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      • Bingo. Right now it’s the salesmen who are the dictators. Advertising campaigns — both hard and soft attempt to tell you what to think. And part of that messaging is an attempt to induce apathy. Why? Because an apathetic voting populace basically allows the financial interests (in this case fossil fuels) free reign.

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  15. climatehawk1

     /  April 12, 2016

    Retweeted.

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  16. We have about 25-30 percent more carbon emissions than in 1998. So given a strong El Niño we’d expect the jump to be proportionately greater. Worth noting that carbon emissions may have leveled off or fallen by just a bit. Despite coal reductions gas and oil moved ahead, which closes much of the gap.

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  17. Re coal, this may be of interest
    Hundreds of coal plants are still being planned worldwide — enough to cook the planet
    http://www.vox.com/2016/4/5/11361390/coal-plant-pipeline-china-india

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    • It’s muddy, but it appears we are shutting down more coal plants than we are building currently. However, any new coal plant under construction at this time is bad news.

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  18. – N – ‘Nitrogen Fixation’ A Symbiosis — And a Tangle of Players:

    – Truthout 0411

    Monsanto’s Evil Twin: Disturbing Facts About the Fertilizer Industry

    1.) Chemical Fertilizer Is the Largest Industry in Global Agribusiness

    According to the ETC group, a watchdog organization that researches the socioeconomic and ecological impacts of industrial agriculture and GMOs, the world’s seven dominant pesticide, GM, and seed companies (including Monsanto, DuPont, Dow, Bayer, and Syngenta) represent a $93 billion market. The global, energy-intensive chemical fertilizer industry is almost twice as large, at $175 billion.

    Like most of the other multinational players in Big Food Inc., the fertilizer industry has secretive, vertical or “cartel” like qualities that obscure operations and make regulation difficult…

    2.) Fracking Has Made the US a Huge Nitrogen Fertilizer Producer

    In recent years, US production of nitrogen fertilizer has boomed thanks to the falling price of natural gas used in its production. The reason for the cheap gas of course is fracking…

    …Thanks to low natural gas prices, after decades of importing nitrogen fertilizer from the Middle East, the number of US nitrogen fertilizer plants is growing. The three leading domestic producers — Koch Industries, Orascom Construction Industries and CF Industries — are reaping the benefits.

    3.) Koch Industries Is a Fertilizer Leader

    In 2010, Koch Industries was named “the world’s third-largest maker and marketer of nitrogen fertilizer,” according to the Wichita Eagle. Koch, which along with Monsanto is one of the most hated corporations in the US, is infamous for its support of extreme right-wing politicians and climate deniers…

    7.) Chemical Fertilizers Destroy the Soils’ Natural Ability to Sequester Excess Atmospheric CO2

    According to GMO no-till advocates, adding nitrogen fertilizer to soil, is supposedly “climate friendly” because it allegedly helps crops draw CO2 from the atmosphere and sequester it in the soil as organic carbon. But University of Illinois soil scientists disputed this view in “The Myth of Nitrogen Fertilization for Soil Carbon Sequestration,”…

    8.) Nitrous Oxide Emissions From Chemical Fertilizers Are a Major and Persistent Greenhouse Gas Pollutant

    http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/35575-monsanto-s-evil-twin-disturbing-facts-about-the-fertilizer-industry

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    • vardarac

       /  April 14, 2016

      I remember reading about an organism that had the ability to fix nitrogen that could simply be “sprayed on” to any plant in need of nitro fertilizer. What happened to that? If it’s viable it would be very simple to grow up a lot of that and disrupt the fertilizer industry.

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  19. – C – Carbon – See Sea Level Rise – Rise Sea – Rise.
    (Gotta put a bit of gray humor in to add some rhythm…)

    – The photo of Vancouver, BC shoreline should make Trudeau quake a bit.

    Carbon Pollution Seen As Key Driver of Sea Level Rise

    As storm surges and floodwaters push further into neighborhoods from Miami to Melbourne, scientists have revealed how greenhouse gas pollution became the main cause of sea level rise during the late 20th century.

    New computer modeling has shown that human influences were responsible for two-thirds of sea level rise from 1970 to 2005. By contrast, natural forces were responsible for about two-thirds of the rise in sea levels detected from 1900 to 1950.

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  20. – UK – Strong Weather…

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  21. – A Navy Next-Gen visible/infrared.

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  22. redskylite

     /  April 12, 2016

    Robert – Thanks for breaking the somewhat scary and troubling news, 15 millions years is a long time to rewind by mankind’s own “progress”. Seeing that millions of years before today printed in the Tech Times . . .

    Giving me a very strange and indescribable feeling . . . a mix of wonder and fear.

    and yet many people seem completely untroubled and unfazed.

    http://www.techtimes.com/articles/148791/20160411/north-pole-completely-ice-free-during-summer-10-million-years-ago-study-of-algae-fossils-reveals.htm

    North Pole Completely Ice-Free During Summer 10 Million Years Ago, Study Of Algae Fossils Reveals

    “It’s hard to imagine the North Pole not being covered with snow at any given time, but according scientists, there was a point millions of years ago when the Arctic was virtually ice-free during summers and the temperature of the ocean’s surface ranged from 4 to 9 degrees Celsius (7.2 to 16.2 degrees Fahrenheit). “

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    • Wharf Rat

       /  April 12, 2016

      “North Pole Completely Ice-Free During Summer 10 Million Years Ago,”

      I think you just poured a bucket of warm on this…

      New Dating of Panama Formation Throws Cold Water on Ice Age Origin Ideas

      A geologist’s revisionist theory pushing the formation of the Isthmus of Panama back 10 million years casts doubt on mainstream ideas of what caused the last ice age as well as the global glaciation cycle that generates the world’s current climate

      http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/new-dating-panama-formations-cast-doubt-ice-age-origins/

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    • I think that most people simply are not fully aware of the seriousness of what’s happening – either the accelerated timescales or the seriousness and interconnected nature of the consequences. Perhaps that is the explanation for people being untroubled and unfazed.

      The MSM generally doesn’t even mention climate change in a lot of reporting on serious weather events, missing the bigger picture. Major climate news does not make the front pages.

      This has to change; any ideas anybody?

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  23. redskylite

     /  April 12, 2016

    The Australian Bureau of Meteorology have just issued their latest ENSO wrap-up, and believe the chances of a 2016 La Niña occurring have increased to a 50% likelihood. Will be interesting to see how this effects global temperatures and CO2 readings, I hope that some authoritative media outlets have learned a lesson from the El Nino and will not get complacent at short term plateaus anymore.

    El Niño declining; 50 per cent likelihood of La Niña for later in 2016

    http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/enso/

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  24. Ryan in New England

     /  April 12, 2016

    Whether it’s Greenland melt, CO2 concentrations, degree days below freezing, global temps, arctic melt, etc this year is just absolutely nuts. Every single graph is displaying an unbelievable magnitude of change. We all knew things would likely continue on their current trajectory, but the scale of the increase is terrifying. And still the world continues along our suicidal path.

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    • John McCormick

       /  April 12, 2016

      We are affecting the earth’s heat transfer system. That is the turning point some feared the most. From here on out, civilizations’ fate will be determined by global climates reacting to the slowing Gulf Stream.

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  25. Climate Change Is Literally Causing Earth’s Poles To Shift
    Scientists solve mystery of why the planet’s axis is tilting eastward.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/earth-poles-climate-change_us_5706c52ee4b0537661892db4

    But not to worry! At end of article:
    “While the findings are surprising, Ivins said, there is no need for alarm. The shift, he said, is relatively small, and there is no real chance that the amount of solar radiation reaching sensitive parts of Earth will increase.”

    I want to encourage Huffpo to edit this article. To indicate that there is no need for alarm related to the impact that AGW has on earth systems (including the latest, pole shift) is criminal.

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    • Was just getting ready to post this link…Great minds!
      Was just happy to see it was on the front page of Huffington Post….I am beginning to see more and more mainstream media articles on Climate Change showing up. Hoping that there is a consciousness shift…or awakening finally happening on this oh so important topic.

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  26. Greg

     /  April 12, 2016

    Softball sized hail in Wylie, TX yesterday. Many more houses like this:

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  27. – USA – Climate Change – USGOV DOD – FYI (I don’t remember this being linked to.)

    DoD Directive 4715.21: Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience
    Jan.14, 2016.

    Originating Component:
    Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition,
    Technology, and Logistics

    http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/471521p.pdf

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  28. I was listening to Radio EcoShock the other evening. Netherlands, green lawyer Roger Cox: “Is Revolution Justified?” was being interviewed. I thought his arguments had much merit.

    In essence seeing has the politicians are “dropping the ball” get the Judiciary involved…

    Here is a link to just such a movement in the US…

    http://ourchildrenstrust.org/us/federal-lawsuit

    “The purpose of this case is to obtain a federal court order: (1) declaring that the Federal Government has violated and is continuing to violate the fundamental constitutional rights of youth and future generations to life,liberty,property, and public trust resources by causing dangerous CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere and dangerous government interference with a stable climate system; and (2) ordering
    the Federal Government to protect these constitutional rights by significantly reducing our nation’s CO2 emissions through implementation of a science-based climate recovery plan.”

    You can thank Hansen for kicking this ball off……
    .

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