Is there an underground carbon bomb waiting to blow up?

Suzanne B. Hodgkins et al. Tropical peatland carbon storage linked to global latitudinal trends in peat recalcitrance. Nature Communications. volume 9, A3640 (2018)

Peatlands represent large terrestrial carbon banks. Given that most peat accumulates in boreal regions, where low temperatures and water saturation preserve organic matter, the existence of peat in (sub)tropical regions remains enigmatic. Here we examined peat and plant chemistry across a latitudinal transect from the Arctic to the tropics. Near-surface low-latitude peat has lower carbohydrate and greater aromatic content than near-surface high-latitude peat, creating a reduced oxidation state and resulting recalcitrance. This recalcitrance allows peat to persist in the (sub)tropics despite warm temperatures. Because we observed similar declines in carbohydrate content with depth in high-latitude peat, our data explain recent field-scale deep peat warming experiments in which catotelm (deeper) peat remained stable despite temperature increases up to 9 °C. We suggest that high-latitude deep peat reservoirs may be stabilized in the face of climate change by their ultimately lower carbohydrate and higher aromatic composition, similar to tropical peats.

See WUWT for more discussion of this paper.

“Ignore the charges against Judge Kavanaugh”

“Dennis Prager writes in Townhall that judging Brett Kavanaugh on the basis of an unsubstantiated accusation about his behavior while in high school is indicative of the irrationality and lack of moral compass in our society:” click here

“Carbon dioxide removal at a massive scale is science fiction.”

“Policy action is required to mitigate and adapt to human-caused climate change, but current efforts to develop a global climate policy cannot fly. What the world’s leaders have been able to agree on will not prevent the steady increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and the risks of climate disruption that will result.” click here

Google video documents anti-Trump (anti-America?) agenda

“A video recorded by Google shortly after the 2016 presidential election reveals an atmosphere of panic and dismay amongst the tech giant’s leadership, coupled with a determination to thwart both the Trump agenda and the broader populist movement emerging around the globe.” click here

Mr. Harrison Ford should stick to acting and pretending, not making climate prognostication

I’m not sure who he is talking about. It’s amazing hollywood actors actually make statements like this. (Or perhaps, Mr. Ford does comedy too.)

“Actor Harrison Ford has called out “people who don’t believe in science or, worse than that, pretend they don’t believe in science” and claims that we are “shit out of time” to save the planet from global warming.” click here

NOAA distortion of data continues…

“The NOAA claims are not even remotely credible. The animation below shows the spectacular data tampering being committed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to create this fake news. They turn a long term summer cooling trend into a warming trend, by altering the data. NOAA massively cooled 1934, while warming 2018 to bring them to parity.” click here

Supreme Court nominee qualified and capable to serve

“The White House reminded critics the FBI had vetted Kavanaugh throughout his 25-year career, he had sat through 65 meetings with senators, 30 hours of testimony, and addressed over 2,000 questions, throwing into  question the timing of the new information.” click here