The 2013 Swarmageddon is here! After years of their absence, cicadas are overrunning parks, forests and communities all across the central-eastern United States. Periodical cicadas (from the genus Magicicada) are known for their synchronized...
Mid Miocene Climatic Optimum proxies record high temperatures at moderate pCO2, this cannot be replicated with existing climate models
Either previously published records underestimate pCO2 or clim...
Peter🌋📈⛰️🌧️📉Brannen16 million years ago, when CO2 was 450-550 ppm, global temperatures might have been ~7°C warmer
"Ever higher climate sensitivity with rising temperatures should be very seriously considered in future predictions of climate change," study authors warn
Multi-proxy core data and model simulations support the presence of temperate rainforests near the South Pole during mid-Cretaceous warmth, indicating very high CO2 levels and the absence of Antarctic ice.
Climate change is worsening the largest plague of the crop-killing insects in 50 years, threatening famine in Africa, the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent.
Peter🌋📈⛰️🌧️📉BrannenBiggest locust swarms in 50 yrs threaten food supply of 20 million. "At times, the locusts in East Africa have swarmed so thick that they have prevented planes from taking off and their dead bodies have piled up high enough to stop trains on their tracks."
Award-winning science journalist Peter Brannen will present his lecture, "Putting the Anthropocene in Context: Global Catastrophes in Deep Time", Thursday, February 13th.
Peter🌋📈⛰️🌧️📉BrannenIf you're in New Hampshire and need a presidential primary palate cleanser, I'll be giving a talk at @dartmouth tomorrow on the Anthropocene, ancient mass extinctions and deep time #primarypalatecleanser
We demonstrate that the global cooling resulting from a range of nuclear conflict scenarios would temporarily increase the pH in the surface ocean by up to 0.06 units over a 5‐year period, briefly al...
Peter🌋📈⛰️🌧️📉BrannenNuclear war would, among other things, seriously mess up ocean chemistry for a decade (by increasing the solubility of CO2 in seawater). So we shouldn't do it.
This from NOAA : The combined global land and ocean surface temperature departure from average for October 2019 was the second-highest for October in the 140-year record at 0.98°C (1.76°F) above the 20th century average 14.0°C (57.1°F). This value...
Peter🌋📈⛰️🌧️📉Brannen“It is almost certain that when the year is done, the 5 hottest years globally will be the last five years.“
The last month below the 20th century average was February 1985.
Research combining future climate conditions and arsenic-induced soil stresses predict rice yields could decline about 40 percent by 2100, a loss that would impact about 2 billion people dependent on the global crop.
Peter🌋📈⛰️🌧️📉BrannenRice is consumed by half the world's population. By 2100 we will have 3 billion more people than today, at the same time that rice yields could drop by 40% from climate-related stresses.
What does 2019 hold for the global oil and gas industry? And what are the projects you need to know about? You
Peter🌋📈⛰️🌧️📉BrannenIt should be noted that many such mega-projects launch every year, the funding and construction of which show zero signs of slowing. Here's an industry survey of the 10 biggest new oil & gas projects of 2019.
Peter🌋📈⛰️🌧️📉BrannenNorway's new offshore oil "mega-project", the massive Johan Sverdrup field, started production yesterday. It's expected to produce crude for 50 years, and produce 20 times as much CO2 as Norway's annual emissions.