A reporter's account of chillin' with climate-watching scientists in the arctic and antarctic
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Is it getting stuffy on this planet?
Not had any gloomy news on temperature and carbon build-up lately? Well, it's always coming. The Global Carbon Project tells us earlier this week that a six degree Celsius
temperature rise by the end of the century is virtually inevitable.
In the journal Nature Geoscience, a team of 31 researchers say a spike this decade of carbon emissions suggests a runaway train effect in the buildup of greenhouse gases. We posted earlier here news that the planet might be better at soaking up carbon, the new results suggests the Earth isn't as absorbent as we might like.
I'm a reporter for The Kansas City Star.
This is a journal of my travels to the coast of Antarctica.
Full disclosure: My trips to the Arctic and Antarctic come via a Marine Biological Laboratory fellowship financed by a National Science Foundation grant.