Climate change news for Saturday 17th of March 2018
"Saudi Arabian Oil Co., the world's biggest oil producer, is working on technology to collect carbon dioxide emissions from heavy-duty trucks. Saudi officials hope to store that carbon dioxide at refueling stations and use it to harvest more oil"
"Plants influence extreme heat events... [Feedbacks from vegetation] to a quadrupling of CO2 [have the effect of] increasing summer heat wave occurrence by 20 days or more… Our results indicate CO2-driven vegetation changes enhance future heat wave frequency and intensity"
MIT Technology Review
“Ken Caldeira, [a senior scientist at the Carnegie Institution] says it’s clear we’re overhauling the energy system about an order of magnitude too slowly… the world has barely even begun to confront the problem"
"This paper synthesizes perspectives from [Finland's north]. Rather than approaching solar geoengineering from the perspective of Arctic or local interests, respondents took a global view of its prospects and governance."
"The deep ocean is like a roast in the oven, remaining hot long after the heat’s been turned off… According to [climate scientist Kirsten Zickfeld’s research], the deep ocean will hold on to its heat for centuries, if not millennia"
"Solar geoengineering may reduce global mean impacts but is imperfect... at the regional level, where the effects of climate change are experienced. Our results should galvanize research into the regionality [aspect]"
"The biggest killer [of coral] is warming seawater…. If oceans are changing faster than coral can adapt... why not, [a growing number of] researchers argue...speed up evolution? One way to do this would be selective breeding"
Photo: By Jenna Muirhead via Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr
Photo: Sam Wheeler - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,