Tag Archives: carbon dioxide

Arctic Monitoring Stations Report CO2 Levels of 400 parts per million

The Arctic region continues to serve as the global climate “canary in a coal” mine. Now, as with average temperature rise, the region is leading into a new troubling milestone as monitoring stations near a remote outpost near Barrow, Alaska are among several such stations to report that average concentrations of CO2 have reached an average of 400 parts per million (PPM) this spring. …

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Breaking News: EPA Issues First Limits on Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Power Plants

In a move that could effectively end construction of any new conventional coal-fired power generation in the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today has proposed the first limits on greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants. “Today we’re taking a common sense step to reduce pollution in our air, protect the planet for our children, and move us into a new era …

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Melting Arctic Ice is Releasing Massive Amounts of Methane

Researches ignite escaping methane gas from the melting ice

The melting Arctic ice is causing huge quantities of methane gas to be released into the atmosphere. Concerns about climate change-inducing greenhouse gases are often centered on carbon dioxide (CO2), but methane is a greenhouse gas that is 20-30 times more potent than CO2. Each methane molecule is actually about 70 times more potent in terms of trapping heat than a molecule of carbon dioxide, however, methane …

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COP17 in Durban South Africa Gets Underway

The COP 17 climate conference got underway today in Durban South Africa. Reminiscent of the hype surrounding the COP 15 conference in Copenhagen in 2009, many see the Durban conference as the last chance for continuation of the Kyoto Protocol, the first commitment period of which is due to expire next year . As global carbon emissions continue to spike upwards, many see COP17 as a vital …

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New Study Shows Plants Absorb Carbon From Atmosphere Faster Than Perviously Thought

Plants are hard at work absorbing carbon

New research just published in the journal Nature say that plants, trees, and soil are absorbing carbon about 25 percent faster than scientists previously thought. A team of scientists headed-up by Lisa Welp-Smith of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography have developed a new, more accurate, method of determining how much plants absorb and release carbon. The study estimates that global plant life take up …

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CO2 is Just a Trace Gas, It Could Never Impact Climate – Right?

How can a trace element comprising barely 0.04 percent of the atmosphere make any difference in our climate? It has become something of a prime “scientific” point from certain political leaders and denier pundits, but most of us know, if we were paying any attention in high school, that without that trace gas, earth would be lifeless and covered in ice. The following video …

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Deep Ocean Argo Floats, New Approach Yield New Insights into Ocean Acidification

Thanks to the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration and a joint US-Canadian research team, it is now possible for marine scientists to use satellite data from five-foot-tall Argo floats that drift with deep ocean currents to remotely monitor ocean acidity (pH) and the total carbon dioxide (CO2) content of seawater to better understand changes in ocean chemistry.

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