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Friday, October 9, 2015
Two stories have come out recently. The first story revealed that atmospheric chemistry specialists from France and Germany have identified a new process by which vast amounts of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted into the atmosphere from the sea - a process which was unknown until now, meaning that existing climate models do not take account of it.
The effect of VOCs in the air is to cool the climate down, and thus climate models used today predict more warming than can actually be expected.
Well, that's good, isn't it?
A less rapidly warming planet will mean a less catastrophic impact on every part of the global ecosystem.
Then why is the planet still suffering massive environmental damage in so many areas? Because whether or not the planet is warming or cooling by a few degrees, rapidly advancing industrialization on a global scale with no mitigating action to balance it out is just as dangerous, if not more, than any global warming.
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For just the third time on record, scientists say they are now watching the unfolding of a massive worldwide coral bleaching event, spanning the globe from Hawaii to the Indian Ocean. And they fear that thanks to warm sea temperatures, the ultimate result could be the loss of more than 12,000 square kilometers, or over 4,500 square miles, of coral this year - with particularly strong impacts in Hawaii and other U.S. tropical regions, and potentially continuing into 2016.
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