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How Clean Must Your Recyclables Be?

How Clean Must Your Recyclables Be?

How Clean Must Your Recyclables Be?.
Contaminants can ruin certain recycling processes, but do you really have to rinse all the sour cream out of the container before recycling?
You don’t need to scrub the remains in the mayonnaise jar with soap before recycling, and a few spots won’t likely hinder the process.
For most items, just fill the container with water and vigorously swish the water around inside.
Cardboard and Paper Guidelines Note that grease and oil make cardboard and paper unrecyclable, so pizza boxes covered in grease aren’t fit for the recycling bin.
Shake Clean Plastic Bags Plastic bags and film should be dry and clean of residue.
After washing any plastic bags, make sure that the bags are dried completely before recycling, as excess water can interfere with the melting process during recycling.
Throw Away Heavily Soiled Items Unfortunately, some items cannot be recycled and should simply be thrown away.
Any items that are heavily soiled or impossible to clean cannot be recycled.
If you need more information about the proper way to recycle products, contact your local recycling facility.

Climate Change & Global Warming

World’s First Global Ice Archive in the Works to Preserve Memory of Disappearing Glaciers

World’s First Global Ice Archive in the Works to Preserve Memory of Disappearing Glaciers

World’s First Global Ice Archive in the Works to Preserve Memory of Disappearing Glaciers.
Every year Earth’s glaciers vanish a little bit more.
An international team of scientists wants to make sure that at least some pieces of these glaciers are preserved for future generations to study. “In the coming decades, or even the coming centuries, these samples will be invaluable — be it for entirely unprecedented scientific discoveries or for understanding local changes in the environment,” Nobel Peace Prize winner and climatologist Jean Jouzel said on their website. “This project has my full support.”
French and Italian glaciologists began the project in 2015 and after proving its feasibility during a trial run in Mont Blanc, French Alps in 2016, the team is ready for another field expedition to collect more samples.
Joined with scientists from Brazil, Bolivia and Russia, the group will embark on a mission to drill and get three core samples from Bolivia’s second-highest mountain, Illimani, this week.
After the expedition, one of the three core samples will be sent to Grenoble, France, for observation.
The other two will be sent to a “snow cave” in Concordia, a research station in Antarctica.
Antarctica is the best site for storage of scientific data and materials because of the freezing temperature that can preserve and protect it.

Climate Change & Global Warming

The Reason Behind the Blue Whale’s Enormous Size

The Reason Behind the Blue Whale’s Enormous Size

The Reason Behind the Blue Whale’s Enormous Size.
The sheer size of the blue whale is breathtaking, an animal known as the largest ever to exist.
That’s right, in the entire history of the planet, no other species was ever bigger than any known dinosaur that walked the Earth.
Part of the baleen family of whales, the blue whale can grow up to nearly 100 feet long and 191 tons heavy.
Bigger whales like baleens — blue whales, in particular — are more efficient in feeding, so they were able to gain the mass over the years, a report from NPR revealed.
Upon studying the data, Goldbogen and his team discovered that the period when the baleens were growing bigger coincided with the beginning of the ice age.
The researchers suggested that the dramatic changes in the temperature resulted in more runoff and nutrients in the coasts, as well as ocean upwelling that brings more food from the deep waters to the surface for the whales.
Within a few million years, the body mass of the whales swelled from 10 tons to 100 tons. “There are cases where food limitation or food production can basically control body size changes on very short time scales,” Goldbogen explained. “The inference here is that if you have enough food available and very very efficient animals, that perhaps they can evolve larger and larger body sizes.”

Alternative Energy

Casino Magnate Wants to Kill Bill That Would Make Nevada a Renewable Energy Powerhouse

Casino Magnate Wants to Kill Bill That Would Make Nevada a Renewable Energy Powerhouse

The Nevada Assembly passed a bill Wednesday that would dramatically increase the growth of renewable energy in the state, but Sheldon Adelson, the casino magnate and major donor to Donald Trump, is attempting to prevent the bill from becoming law.
Given Adelson’s support for conservative politicians, clean energy supporters considered it a happy coup in 2016 when the Sands Corporation threw money behind a ballot initiative that would allow electric customers to defect from the monopoly utility NV Energy. “… The company maintains a strong desire to purchase and use the cleanest and most cost efficient energy available on the open market,” a Sands spokesperson said in a statement about its support for the ballot initiative.
Is Adelson Funding a New Dark Money Group to Kill Nevada Renewable Energy Growth?
The lobbying against AB 206 by Sands, Wynn, the Resort Association and NV Energy did not seem to slow down the bill’s progress in the assembly, but the casino operators and NV Energy may have another trick up their sleeves: a new dark-money group is making a final two-week push to kill the bill in the Senate or on Gov.
As long as Secure Nevada’s Future refuses to disclose its donors, it’s impossible to know if Adelson, Wynn, NV Energy or some other mystery opponents of increased renewable energy is funding the effort, but longtime Nevada political reporter Jon Ralston wrote that “it’s a reasonable assumption that major businesses are funding the operation.”
Conflict of Interest Among Nevada Resort Association Lobbyists While Adelson’s Sands Corporation tries to kill the strong renewable energy standard, another casino company, the MGM Grand Corporation, has actually shown that its commitment to renewable energy is more than just greenwashing.
The company came out publicly in support of AB 206 earlier this week.
But despite MGM’s support for renewable energy growth, the NRA has sided with Wynn, Sands and NV Energy.
Carson City is a small town, and lobbyists commonly represent multiple interests, but a review of lobbyists for NV Energy, MGM Grand, Wynn, Sands, the NRA and Caesars revealed that the only overlap was between NV Energy and the NRA, and that overlap was significant: Of 12 lobbyists listed for NV Energy, seven are also lobbyists for the NRA.

Energy

Firm to carry out fracking probe

Firm to carry out fracking probe

Firm to carry out fracking probe.
A multinational chemicals giant controlled by a British billionaire is widening its scope for fracking in the region after it revealed it was to carry out large-scale testing on vast swathes of the countryside.
Rotherham Council has received formal notification from energy company INEOS that it intends to undertake a 3D seismic survey across part of the borough for six months, starting on June 5.
Subject to certain restrictions and after giving prior notification to the council, planning permission is not required as government planning rules state that it is ‘permitted development’.
“Seismic surveys are one step closer to fracking.” INEOS owns a number of Petroleum Exploration and Development Licences (PEDL) across the region.
These give the company exclusive permission to explore for onshore oil and gas within each licence area.
However, Rotherham Council has stressed no fracking would be undertaken as part of the survey and so far it had not received any planning applications for hydraulic fracturing in the borough.
Paul Woodcock, the authority’s assistant director for planning, regeneration and transportation, said: “Subject to certain restrictions, the company is permitted to undertake the seismic survey without planning permission in line with national planning rules.
However, any further development, including test drilling to explore for shale gas below ground, will require full planning permission.” Whilst INESO is not legally required to provide an Environmental Impact Assessment for the survey, this was requested by the council.
Earlier this month The Yorkshire Post revealed INEOS had submitted an “environmental screening” report to Rotherham Council.

Energy

OPEC Extension Sends Oil Bears Into Hibernation

OPEC Extension Sends Oil Bears Into Hibernation

OPEC members will be expected to continue to produce at reduced levels through March of 2018.
Under the terms of the original agreement, OPEC members cut oil production by 1.2 million barrels per day while non-OPEC countries such as Russia agreed to cut production by 0.6 million barrels per day.
OPEC members want to stabilize oil prices.
As shown in the chart below, global oil related inventories remain elevated as of March 30, 2017.
Continued from page 1 Grab A Retirement Saver’s Tax Credit Global oil demand remains strong in 2017 with the International Energy Agency or IEA expecting demand growth of 1.3 million barrels per day.
We expect the global oil markets will be slightly undersupplied in the second quarter; however, the market could become undersupplied by as much as one million barrels per day by the fourth quarter of 2017.
The chart below illustrates our view the impact of the undersupplied oil market has on reducing oil related inventories.
By the end of the OPEC agreement, global oil related inventories are expected to be in-line with five-year average.
The U.S. is entering the seasonal period when oil inventories decline for an extended period of time as illustrated in the chart below.
In the short term, the OPEC extension combined with falling inventories likely pushes oil prices into the mid-$50s over the next four to five months.

Healthy Living

7 Eco-Friendly Flooring Solutions You Will Love

There are several different types of eco-friendly flooring options varying from cork to reclaimed wood.
Light in nature, bamboo has several different hues to combine with your home décor.
Unlike most wooden flooring options, cork is taken from bark of some special trees.
Linoleum With the emergence of vinyl in 1940’s, Linoleum went out of fashion.
Natural Stone Nothing can beat natural stone in terms of durability.
While cork can last up to 30 years and wooden flooring for 50 years, natural stone lasts no less than a lifetime.
No two natural stones can be alike, giving it the inimitable feel and look.
Natural stone can even withstand fire and looks truly timeless.
There are several different industrial procedures for making the old wood flooring usable once again.
Is it the hyper-soft wool carpet flooring or the super-durable Natural Stone?

Energy

Vinton County quake probably not fracking-related, state says

Vinton County quake probably not fracking-related, state says

The Columbus Dispatch @MaryBethLane1 Ohio Department of Natural Resources officials are investigating an earthquake reported Wednesday in southeastern Ohio, but don’t believe it was related to oil and gas production.
That’s a significant depth because usually any seismic event induced by a well occurs one to two kilometers (1.24 miles or less) below the earth’s surface, he said.
“We’re still looking into it,” said Heis, who said the department received 21 “felt” reports about the earthquake.
Melanie Houston, director of oil and gas for the Ohio Environmental Council, said the earthquake Wednesday renews the environmental coalition’s concerns about fracking.
A wastewater injection well induced 12 earthquakes in Youngstown in 2011, a state investigation found.
Wednesday’s earthquake follows a similar 3.0 magnitude earthquake in the Wayne National Forest in Monroe County that occurred on April 2.
“This is really concerning, these earthquakes occurring,” Houston said.
There are two producing oil and gas wells within Elk Township, the suspected epicenter of Wednesday’s earthquake.
Both have been in production since 1981, and the nearest injection well is more than seven miles away, Heis said.
“The wells that were shut down on April 2 have been allowed to produce and seismic monitors remain in place to monitor any potential future events.”

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Meet the fixer: This entrepreneur is making a better burger.

Meet the fixer: This entrepreneur is making a better burger.

Meet the fixer: This entrepreneur is making a better burger.. A lot of startups want to make animal flesh obsolete with tastier, more environmentally friendly products: Impossible Foods, Beyond Meat, and Mosa Meats, to name a few.
If one of these companies can convince Americans that its new product is better than meat, it could put a dent in the livestock industry, which is responsible for roughly 4.2 percent of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
One of the most audacious of those companies is Memphis Meats.
“The products we’re producing are the delicious meat we’ve enjoyed for thousands of years — we’re just changing the process by which it’s produced,” he says.
Valeti isn’t your average Silicon Valley founder — he’s a doctor, a cardiologist to be precise.
He previously worked on experiments that used stem cells to regrow damaged heart tissue.
If we can grow heart muscle with stem cells, he thought, why can’t we grow meat?
With a team of foodies and scientists, he’s doing just that.
Last year they fried up and ate their first no-death meatball — the video went viral.
Meet all the fixers on this year’s Grist 50.

Conservation & Sustainability

Food Waste Efforts Scrapped From EPA budget

Food Waste Efforts Scrapped From EPA budget

Food Waste Efforts Scrapped From EPA budget.
For many working in especially-targeted agencies, the magnitude of these cuts will have considerable implications.
Essentially, the administration’s cuts decimate the EPA by 31 percent, eliminating almost 4,000 jobs from the agency itself.
Efforts to reduce and control it are being eliminated under this budget.
As a food rescue in Massachusetts, Lovin’ Spoonfuls runs on the premise that hunger and food insecurity are not problems of supply, but rather of distribution.
By summer’s end, we will have rescued and diverted 7 million pounds of food from landfills.
The proposed cuts by the Trump administration not only pose a severe threat to the health of the planet, but threaten public health, too.
The costs of defunding safety-net programs that feed, house and care for people only sets in motion a higher cost down the road.
In the world we live in, food is political.
Our work is on the ground, accessible to the community at large each day.

Conservation & Sustainability

The pope’s gift to Trump is the subtlest shade we’ve seen all week.

The pope’s gift to Trump is the subtlest shade we’ve seen all week.

The pope’s gift to Trump is the subtlest shade we’ve seen all week.. big book, tiny hands During his trip to the Vatican this week, President Trump received a thoughtful present from Pope Francis: “Laudato Si,” the encyclical on climate change the pontiff published in 2015.
Francis slipped the slim book in with a few of his other works on peace and economics, real smooth like.
Based on reports of Trump’s disinterest in delving into lengthy material during his intelligence briefings or just reading, it seems unlikely that he’ll keep his promise to get through the entire encyclical.
“Laudato Si” has more than 40,000 words and leans on biblical references and emotive language (Mother Earth pops up a couple of times).
So how could Pope Francis have encouraged Trump to read his encyclical?
A few suggestions: Replace every mention of seawalls with “Great Great Wall” (full disclosure: the encyclical never actually mentions seawalls).
Put the whole thing in tweet format.
Publish it in Breitbart, or have it read aloud on Fox News.
Put it on the back of the ketchup bottle he squirts on his steak.
Of course, Pope Francis could have ribbed Trump about being able to hold a book with such tiny hands but the pope seems too classy for that.

Conservation & Sustainability

Here’s How To Keep Our Oceans Trash Free

Here’s How To Keep Our Oceans Trash Free

Here’s How To Keep Our Oceans Trash Free.
In 2015, there were an estimated 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean, weighing approximately 269,000 tons.
Similarly, some four billion plastic microfibers per square kilometer litter the deep sea.
Those staggering numbers pose a massive problem that could contaminate the world’s water ecosystems.
They’re so massive that scientists are having trouble even gauging the impact.
Well, for starters check out Rob Greenfield’s new video.
Rob’s a social activist who caught up with Eric Dieters, a man who’s skimming trash from San Diego’s bay area.
While it’s just one part of the solution, the trash skimmer boat could be revolutionary in the way cities approach garbage pickup.
Ditch bottled water and opt for reusable water bottles, use reusable shopping bags, say no to single use plastics, and buy unpackaged food.
Although we need more efforts like Eric’s, these small actions will make the sustainable difference for our oceans.

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In a country where coffee is king, sustainability is brewing

In a country where coffee is king, sustainability is brewing

In a country where coffee is king, sustainability is brewing.
As global demand for the beverage grows and climate change threatens to cut suitable growing area in half, Conservation International (CI) is working with partners in the coffee industry to find innovative ways to make coffee the world’s first sustainable agricultural product.
CI’s sustainable coffee markets director, Raina Lang, traveled to Nicaragua with staff from McDonald’s, a CI partner to learn more about the local challenges facing farmers and the efforts of McDonald’s coffee roasters — the experts that source the company’s coffee from farmers — to address them.
Built on McDonald’s 2014 commitment to sustainable sourcing, McDonald’s launched McCafé SIP last October.
McCafé SIP is a coffee sustainability framework that not only focuses on supporting farmers’ best practices, but also enables McDonald’s to invest in programs that encourage continuous improvements in production.
With each visit, we got to speak directly with the farmers and the communities they are a part of, understanding the massive role coffee plays in their lives and livelihoods — and the positive impact companies such as McDonald’s and their roasters can have.
During the trip, we visited with growers that work directly with two roasters, S&D Coffee and Tea and Farmer Brothers — Sustainable Coffee Challenge members that have made specific commitments to sustainability.
To meet the vision of the Sustainable Coffee Challenge — and achieve lasting impacts in the farming communities that support the coffee industry, like those we visited in Nicaragua — we know we must collaborate and identify opportunities for improvement and innovation.
Their work includes support for farmers in their supply chain, as well as a time-bound sustainability commitment to ensure 100 percent of the coffee they serve comes from sources supporting sustainable production by 2020.
You can see the Sustainable Coffee Challenge commitments of McDonald’s and other companies here.

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Life at the Frontline of Deforestation: How Families in Indonesia are Fighting Back

Life at the Frontline of Deforestation: How Families in Indonesia are Fighting Back

In the provinces of Jambi and North Sumatra, on the island of Sumatra, Indonesian companies of Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) and Toba Pulp Lestari (TPL) play an outsized role in the issue.
Jambi Province, Indonesia In nearby Jambi Province, Asia Pulp & Paper’s (APP) heavy logging trucks regularly cut through rural communities to haul off harvested timber from pulp and paper plantations.
Community members began planting vegetables and coffee on their land after company plantations were harvested to provide for their livelihoods and feed their families.
A young boy of Lubuk Mandarsah, Jambi Province, Indonesia.
Asia Pulp & Paper should be protested for clearing the community’s land,” shared Yulmanesni, Indra Pelani’s adopted mother, Lubuk Mandarsah, Jambi Province, Indonesia.
We also ask the government to recognize our traditionally-owned land, so that we will not be afraid to farm our own land,” said Rentina Nababan, Aek Lung, North Sumatra, Indonesia Living With the Forest For generations, Indigenous Batak communities like Aek Lung and Lubuk Mandarsah have planted benzoin trees in the forests on their traditionally-owned lands.
Since Toba Pulp Lestari (TPL) took over communities’ land for its pulp plantations, many benzoin forests have been cleared and converted to pulp plantations.
“We are ready to defend our land to our very last breath, because this land is our life,” said Beslin Simamora, Aek Lung, North Sumatra, Indonesia Beyond Paper Promises Both Toba Pulp Lestari and Asia Pulp & Paper have responded to global pressure by adopting policy promises to eliminate deforestation and human rights abuses.
In 2013, Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), Indonesia’s largest paper company, committed to resolve land conflicts with communities.
However, we can prove that even after the commitment, the community is still intimidated, criminalized, and a murder even took place here,” said Frandody Taruna Negara, Head of Tebo Farmers’ Union (STT), Lubuk Mandarsah, Jambi Province, Indonesia.

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World’s First Global Ice Archive in the Works to Preserve Memory of Disappearing Glaciers

World’s First Global Ice Archive in the Works to Preserve Memory of Disappearing Glaciers

World’s First Global Ice Archive in the Works to Preserve Memory of Disappearing Glaciers.
Every year Earth’s glaciers vanish a little bit more.
An international team of scientists wants to make sure that at least some pieces of these glaciers are preserved for future generations to study. “In the coming decades, or even the coming centuries, these samples will be invaluable — be it for entirely unprecedented scientific discoveries or for understanding local changes in the environment,” Nobel Peace Prize winner and climatologist Jean Jouzel said on their website. “This project has my full support.”
French and Italian glaciologists began the project in 2015 and after proving its feasibility during a trial run in Mont Blanc, French Alps in 2016, the team is ready for another field expedition to collect more samples.
Joined with scientists from Brazil, Bolivia and Russia, the group will embark on a mission to drill and get three core samples from Bolivia’s second-highest mountain, Illimani, this week.
After the expedition, one of the three core samples will be sent to Grenoble, France, for observation.
The other two will be sent to a “snow cave” in Concordia, a research station in Antarctica.
Antarctica is the best site for storage of scientific data and materials because of the freezing temperature that can preserve and protect it.

Climate Change & Global Warming

The Reason Behind the Blue Whale’s Enormous Size

The Reason Behind the Blue Whale’s Enormous Size

The Reason Behind the Blue Whale’s Enormous Size.
The sheer size of the blue whale is breathtaking, an animal known as the largest ever to exist.
That’s right, in the entire history of the planet, no other species was ever bigger than any known dinosaur that walked the Earth.
Part of the baleen family of whales, the blue whale can grow up to nearly 100 feet long and 191 tons heavy.
Bigger whales like baleens — blue whales, in particular — are more efficient in feeding, so they were able to gain the mass over the years, a report from NPR revealed.
Upon studying the data, Goldbogen and his team discovered that the period when the baleens were growing bigger coincided with the beginning of the ice age.
The researchers suggested that the dramatic changes in the temperature resulted in more runoff and nutrients in the coasts, as well as ocean upwelling that brings more food from the deep waters to the surface for the whales.
Within a few million years, the body mass of the whales swelled from 10 tons to 100 tons. “There are cases where food limitation or food production can basically control body size changes on very short time scales,” Goldbogen explained. “The inference here is that if you have enough food available and very very efficient animals, that perhaps they can evolve larger and larger body sizes.”

Climate Change & Global Warming

Switzerland to Decommission All 5 of Its Nuclear Power Plant

Switzerland to Decommission All 5 of Its Nuclear Power Plant

Switzerland to Decommission All 5 of Its Nuclear Power Plant.
The referendum to decommission the country’s nuclear power plants garnered 58.2 percent of the voters.
Aside from phasing out existing nuclear power plants, the referendum also bans the construction of new nuclear power plants.
Additionally, Switzerland plans to strengthen its renewable energy sector, boosting funds and support to natural power sources like solar, wind and hydro.
As part of the referendum, $660 million will raised annually from electric users to fund the investment in renewable energy sources.
Additionally, $620 million will be taken from existing fossil fuels tax to help improve the energy efficiency of buildings, cutting down their energy requirements by 43 percent by 2035, as per Reuters.
Set to take effect on January 2018, the referendum would cost the average family an additional of $55 annually due to higher grid surcharge to fund renewable subsidies.
At present, nuclear power plants supply 35 percent of Switzerland’s energy production.
It is significantly higher than solar and wind that only provides less than 5 percent of the country’s energy output.
Hydroelectric power plants have the highest energy output and are responsible for 60 percent of the nation’s energy production.

Climate Change & Global Warming

Living Slim: Narrow House Design In Japan

Living Slim: Narrow House Design In Japan

Living Slim: Narrow House Design In Japan.
An almost impossibly narrow house in Japan efficiently utilizes limited interior space, offering a vision of comfortable living in a more crowded future.
“It was a novel site of a limited area,” explains lead architect Kota Mizuishi.
“Since a river was faced through a bank and a promenade, I would like to design various relations with the river.” Sponsored LGBT Community Shocked After Ellen Confirms She is Moving On The Ellen Show May Be At Jeopardy After This Leak Learn More Sponsored by My Celebrity Insider Report ad Sponsored Situated in Horinouchi, a town in Japan’s northeastern Niigata prefecture, the property may be triangular in shape but thanks to architect Kota Mizuishi’s visionary design, the resident family of three (a couple and their young daughter) are still able to live quite comfortably.
“The building is in the form of an acute angle, part of a triangle plan derived from the site,” adds Mizuishi.
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Large windows set into the long exterior walls on either side create the illusion of space by maximizing the level of natural daylight.
This imbues the interior with what the architect describes as “a feeling of floating.” Though a parking garage is too much to ask for, the house’s distinctive upper floor overhang provides some shelter for a single parking space – triangular cars not required.
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EPA Rolls Back Plans to Ban Harmful Pesticide

EPA Rolls Back Plans to Ban Harmful Pesticide

EPA Rolls Back Plans to Ban Harmful Pesticide.
With the current US administration shifting government focus away from environmental issues, one hazard that has been put on the backburner is chlorpyrifos, a common pesticide used in agriculture and on turf in the United States.
Ban in Household Use Chlorpyrifos, which emerged in the 1960s along with many other pesticides, was banned from domestic use by the EPA back in 2000 after the agency concluded direct exposure could be harmful to humans.
These studies included children before and after chlorpyrifos was banned from domestic use.
Some farmers argue they depend on chlorpyrifos too much for it to be banned, since it remains the most commonly used pesticide in the United States.
However, the EPA’s petition to ban chlorpyrifos was not completed until March 2017, after a changeover in US administration.
When the EPA presented its research on the pesticide in March, the agency concluded that the pesticide was indeed harmful to humans and children were most vulnerable.
Any action on chlorpyrifos is now delayed until the next scheduled reassessment of the chemical, which is in 2022.
To the outside observer, another five years may not seem like such a long delay for an issue that’s been debated since 2000.
Without the cooperation of the EPA or the present administration, individual action will likely be the only resistance to the prevalent use of chlorpyrifos.

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Study: Weathering of rocks a poor regulator of global temperatures

Study: Weathering of rocks a poor regulator of global temperatures

Study: Weathering of rocks a poor regulator of global temperatures.
Weathering of rocks a poor regulator of global temperatures A new University of Washington study shows that the textbook understanding of global chemical weathering — in which rocks are dissolved, washed down rivers and eventually end up on the ocean floor to begin the process again — does not depend on Earth’s temperature in the way that geologists had believed.
The current understanding is that Earth’s climate is controlled over periods of millions of years by a natural thermostat related to the weathering of rocks.
Carbon dioxide is released into the air by volcanoes, and this gas may then dissolve into rainwater and react with silicon-rich continental rocks, causing chemical weathering of the rocks.
“The general idea has been that if more carbon dioxide is released, the rate of weathering increases, and carbon dioxide levels and temperature are moderated,” co-author David Catling, a UW professor of Earth and space sciences.
Earth’s climate 100 million years ago was very different from today.
Carbon dioxide in the air was more than double today’s concentrations.
“You also need to have something else changing weathering rates that has nothing to do with temperature.” Geologists had previously estimated that a temperature increase of 7 C would double the rate of chemical weathering.
But the new results show that more than three times that temperature jump, or 24 C, is required to double the rate at which rock is washed away.
The paper: https://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms15423 … meanwhile California sea level rise “model study” claims 10 foot rise by 2100 Guest essay by Larry Hamlin NOAA has just updated its coastal sea level rise tide gauge data including actual measurements through year 2016 which continues to show no evidence of coastal sea level rise acceleration.

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