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Consequences / Why nuclear weapons should no longer be tested.
« on: September 22, 2017, 06:52:50 AM »
There is talk of North Korea testing an H-Bomb over a desolate part of the Pacific. That may be more of a demo than a test. My first thoughts upon hearing of this are in regard to the effects on the environment. Underground test are bad enough, but an open air explosion, really?!! Like we don't have enough problems.

Though curious about the open air test or demonstration, I would like to leave the thread open to cover any kind of nuclear weapons testing  and the near and far impacts.

Arctic sea ice / Global sea ice area and extent data
« on: August 13, 2017, 10:38:34 PM »
I think this to be important overall, but especially interesting to watch over the next few months. As the extent around Antarctica sputters trying to making nominal gains, the Arctic chugs away at making losses. By the time the Arctic starts freezing, Antarctica's sea ice will start to drop in extent. If the Arctic freezing season is very slow at all about taking off, Wipneus' global extent chart could see larger gaps developed than ever imagined. I expect it(+related charts) to be a main feature in this thread, though if some one wants to do a JAXA chart, that would be great also.

Here we can see how the global extent starts to tail off over the last couple of years or so. I can't help but wonder what far reaching effects this may have on weather.

Permafrost / Negative Feedback of Positive Snowfall Anomalies
« on: March 23, 2017, 03:17:07 AM »
 Neven, feel free to move if there is a better location, please.
I have always appreciated your enthusiastic input on the forum, and I don't won't to go against you for the sake of arguing alone, but I don't see how any amount of snow and the associated increased albedo could mathematically cancel out the amount of heat energy the Earth is absorbing, much less cause a reversal. Most of the heat is being absorbed in the oceans, which cover vastly more sq. km's  than land area, and especially land area that is even subject to snow cover at all. I don't have the info to do the math, but I am sure there are some on here that do.

The forum / What is Off Topic and What is Not?
« on: March 11, 2017, 05:45:10 AM »
Seems timely. The question is coming up and so as not to tie up the melting season thread any further answering this question, which in and of itself, would also be off topic, here we are. If there is a better location for this thread, I leave it to the attending moderator to adjust accordingly.

Let's do this people! First question.

The rest / Destroying the Earth for crude oil.
« on: October 24, 2016, 01:41:50 AM »
Someone tell me if this has been covered in a thread. If not here is the place.

Edit: Related thoughts and tangents are welcome.

Not in any regard to oil emissions or effect on the atmosphere and warming, is there other harm being done to the Earth by removing crude oil from the Earth's crust? I have thought about this most of my life, as many others have and if you Google the subject, you will find even more people have done so. Many believe the oil serves other purposes where it originates; Like a mass ballast or some have suggested it being an insulator or lubricant for the Tectonic Plates. Thoughts please?

The rest / Article links: drop them here!
« on: August 06, 2016, 02:17:33 AM »
Anything related in anyway to climate change or ice. Need an article pick one up. Got one,drop off a link. It may be a good thing to focus here on mainstream media articles as I believe there are already threads available for deeper scientific papers and direct university studies and so forth. I am sure it would also be appreciated if we avoid sensationalists and their blogs.

<edit Neven: changed subject title lay-out>

Consequences / Ocean Temps
« on: July 21, 2016, 03:19:47 PM »
Couldn't find a thread on this;apologies if I missed one.
A while back it was thought that warming had paused, only to find out that the oceans are a great heat sink and in particular, the Indian Ocean had stored 70% of the ocean heat gain. Now, everytime you look at an SST map or anomaly map, it will scare the daylights out of you, if even only you have a basic understanding of how science and weather and climate work together. If nothing else, you know  that the heat along with acidification is killing life off. Coral reefs are probably the most publicized of these. I guess there is need to make mention at least of deadly algae blooms on the rise. Besides all this, my biggest question is: How much more heat can be stored in the waters before it starts heating everything else to an even greater extent. I mean if the oceans have been a buffer up to a point, how bad would it be at the moment had that buffer not been available and how bad will it be without it when it reaches capacity or at least absorbs less heat. 950 F off the coast of Florida in one place a day or two ago making a new record. There have been hot spots all over, especially the S. Pacific. Hardly makes the news until a storm passes through one of these areas and "blows" up into a monster. Enough of my input; I submit now to greater minds.

The rest / Exponential
« on: June 18, 2016, 05:18:05 AM »
For so long, we have heard the year 2100 referred to as the time frame that we, or our offspring would really start to pay for our part in global warming. A fraction of a degree per year increase in the mean temperature for the planet over the pre-industrial average was expected. But now, with the emphasis on self sustaining feedback loops, many scientists and especially mathematicians believe we are no longer looking at a linear function but a polynomial one. They believe that global warming is not just speeding up, but that the acceleration itself is also accelerating. This is important, because if it is true, things are going to change, not over lifetimes, but very fast. The last three years are lending a lot of credence to this theory, but we will know for certain soon enough.

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