Carbon budget and carbon inventory: can we still use fossil fuels?

Climate change has prompted scientists and policy makers to fathom whether humanity should continue to rely on fossil fuels for energy production. Specifically, considering that a threshold of atmospheric carbon dioxide exists where there would be irreversible effects of climate change on the globe in what is known as dangerous anthropogenic interference (DAI), how much … More Carbon budget and carbon inventory: can we still use fossil fuels?

Preservation of ice cores from tropical snow capped mountains

Climate change is resulting in the loss of significant amount of ice from glaciers and ice sheets around the world, especially at the polar regions where global warming’s pace is the fastest. Thus, there is a movement in the climate change research community in cataloguing ice cores from glaciers, both at mountains and on ice … More Preservation of ice cores from tropical snow capped mountains

Science underlying nucleation of biogenic particles

Article in Nature, Vol. 533, Issue 7604, pp. 521, “Ion-induced nucleation of pure biogenic particles”   Summary of article: Nitrate ions are shown to induce formation of aerosols such as those seeded by α-pinene. Biogenic aerosols play important roles in influencing weather events through inducing the formation of clouds. Thus, by understanding their formation mechanisms … More Science underlying nucleation of biogenic particles

How dust informs climate now, in the past and future

Article in Nature, Vol. 531, 24 March 2016, pp. 493, “The past, present and future of African dust”   Summary of article: An excellent study on calibrating the effect of wind on topography using dust as an indicator of wind speed and wind fields, which yields important information on how African dust affects weather patterns … More How dust informs climate now, in the past and future

Satellite imagery of clouds reveals evidence of climate change

Article in Nature, Vol. 536, Issue 7614, pp. 72-74, “Evidence for climate change in the satellite cloud record” Summary of article: Using climate modelling specific for predicting cloudiness and satellite records of cloud cover, the reasons underlying recent decadal changes in cloud cover and movement of storm tracks was uncovered, with greenhouse gas emissions, as … More Satellite imagery of clouds reveals evidence of climate change

Antarctica McMurdo research station

Antarctica is important in many ways other than its sheer scale of beauty for explorers, it is also rich in many areas of scientific research running from astronomy, cosmology, global warming, glaciology, climate change, sea level rise, social animal activities, etc. The United States run the largest scientific research station in Antarctica, McMurdo research station, … More Antarctica McMurdo research station

Vegetation’s response to global warming

Article in Nature, Vol. 531, Issue 7596, pp. 633-636, “Boreal and temperate trees show strong acclimation of respiration to warming”   Summary of article: Using statistical analysis of a large sample of temperature response curves obtained by measuring carbon dioxide loss from leaves in simulated temperature changes, the study opens our eyes to the role … More Vegetation’s response to global warming

Carbon dioxide emissions continue to increase and has not stabilized

A recent New York Times article (Link) posits that carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere continues to increase, due to the failure of Earth’s oceans and vegetations at absorbing carbon dioxide in a scenario that carbon dioxide emissions have stabilized across the world. The pertinent time period is 2015 and 2016.   My personal opinion … More Carbon dioxide emissions continue to increase and has not stabilized

Faster than estimated retreat of glaciers on the East Antarctic Ice Sheet

Feature article in Nature, Vol. 544, Issue 7649, 13 April 2017, pp. 152-154, “The threat beneath Antarctica”   Summary of article: Although the retreat of glaciers on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is commonly thought to be faster than those on the larger East Antarctic Ice Sheet, new observations have showed that Totten glacier on … More Faster than estimated retreat of glaciers on the East Antarctic Ice Sheet

Peatland occupies 3% of the world’s surface but holds twice of the carbon stored in biomass on Earth

Peatland, or partially decomposed organic matter, comprises 3% of the world’s land surface area, but holds about twice the total amount of carbon stored in biomass on Earth. This explains why there has been so much attention on the protection of the world’s peatland such as those in the Arctic permafrost zone as well as … More Peatland occupies 3% of the world’s surface but holds twice of the carbon stored in biomass on Earth