A rather worrisome paper has just been published in Science magazine. The authors conclude:
[T]he current rate of (mainly fossil fuel) CO2 release stands out as capable of driving a combination and magnitude of ocean geochemical changes potentially unparalleled in at least the last ~300 [million years] of Earth history, raising the possibility that we are entering an unknown territory of marine ecosystem change.
An excellent summary is available on Ars Technica (which is where I first read about this paper). The paper is B. Hönisch et al, ‘The Geological Record of Ocean Acidification’, Science, vol. 335, no. 6072, pp. 1058–1063, Mar. 2012. DOI: 10.1126/science.1208277.
On the plus side, reading about this research has given me more enthusiasm to finish insulating our bedrooms this weekend!
This blog entry is part of a series of posts introducing the topic of smart meter disaggregation. This specific post looks at the wider reasons for reducing energy consumption. In other words, this post explains some of the reasons which keep me up at night when I'm not distracted by work! The reasons for reducing energy consumption typically fall into one of two categories: financial and environmental. We'll focus mostly on the consumption of electricity but the arguments are mostly applicable to the consumption of all sorts of energy.
I've been - er - discussing AGW with sceptics again. One intelligent chap is making the argument that "we are chosing timeframes MASSIVELY too short for this sort of science..." His point is that the paleo record suggests that CO2-forced warmings take millions of years, not decades. This is my attempt to answer:
OK. So we need to talk about rates. Physics is good at this. To approximate the rate at which the planet warms, we need to: