|NASA/NOAA image based on Suomi NPP satellite data from April 2012 to April 2013, with grid added|
Vegetation in the Northern Band extends beyond the Arctic Circle (latitude 66° 33′ 44″ or 66.5622°, in blue on above image from Arcticsystem.no) into the Arctic, covering sparsely-populated areas such in Siberia, Alaska and the northern parts of Canada and Scandinavia. Further into the Arctic, there are huge areas with bush and shrubland that have taken thousands of years to develop, and once burnt, it can take a long time for vegetation to return, due to the short growing season and harsh conditions in the Arctic.
Above map with soil carbon content further shows that the top 100 cm of soil in the northern circumpolar region furthermore contains huge amounts of carbon.
|May 16 2013 Drought 90 days Arctic|
|June 25, 2013 from Wunderground.com - Moscow broke its more than 100-year-old record for the hottest June 27|
|On June 19, 2013, NASA captured this image of smoke from wildfires burning in western Alaska. The smoke was moving west over Norton Sound. (The center of the image is roughly 163° West and 62° North.) Red outlines indicate hot spots with unusually warm surface temperatures associated with fire. NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response. Caption by Adam Voiland. - also see this post with NASA satellite image of Alaska.|
|Siberian wildfires June 21, from RobertScribbler|
Wildfires in the North threaten to cause large emissions of greenhouse gases and soot, which can settle on snow and ice in the Arctic and the Himalayan Plateau, with the resulting albedo changes causing a lot more sunlight to be absorbed, instead of reflected as was the case earlier. This in turn adds to the problem. Additionally, rising temperatures in the Arctic threaten to cause release of huge amounts of methane from sediments below the Arctic Ocean. This situation threatens to escalate into runway global warming in a matter of years, as illustrated by the image below.
|How much will temperatures rise?|
The Climate Action Plan set out in above diagram can be initiated immediately in any country, without the need for an international agreement to be reached first. This can avoid delays associated with complicated negotiations and on-going verification of implementation and progress in other nations.
In nations with both federal and state governments, such as the United States of America, the Climate Action Plan could be implemented as follows:
- The President directs federal departments and agencies to reduce their emissions for each type of pollutant annually by a set percentage, say, CO2 and CH4 by 10%, and HFCs, N2O and soot by higher percentages.
- The President demands states to each make the same cuts.
- The President directs the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to monitor implementation of states and to act step in where a state looks set to fail to miss one or more targets, by imposing (federal) fees on applicable polluting products sold in the respective state, with revenues used for federal benefits.
This way, the decision how to reduce targets is largely delegated to state level, while states can similarly delegate decisions to local communities. While feebates, preferably implemented locally, are recommended as the most effective way to reach targets, each state and even each local community can largely decide how to implement things, provided that each of the targets are reached.
Similar targets could be adopted elsewhere in the world, and each nation could similarly delegate responsibilities to local communities. Additionally, it makes sense to agree internationally to impose extra fees on international commercial aviation, with revenues used to develop ways to cool the Arctic.
|See also: Climate Plan|
- Fires are raging again across Russia - June 22, 2012
- Russia: 74 million acres burned through August 2012 - September 14, 2012
- How to avoid mass-scale death, destruction and extinction - December 31, 2012
- Turning forest waste into biochar - January 2, 2013
- Climate Plan
The human enterprise system at large today is driven by money not tied to its benefit through use to the purpose of keeping Earth alive with open ecosystems viable. This means the block diagram is only even vaguely doable to stop Runaway, reverse Runaway if an alteration is made to standing law of contract basis and monetary evaluation; Sea change.ReplyDelete
Preconditions of Peace, Trust, Caring for Others.
But mankind is not driven by Logic even to same purpose as trying at this late date to create magic of the benefit of the world working together for common purpose in Peace..
That's all well and nice to say and somewhat easy to say but the details are the problem. We basically have a choice between sin of not trying and the fulfillment of violent retribution rising or to make the alteration to basis of finance needed to enable the full employment of industry and human ingenuity and ambition and all the rest
because if we don't take ambition what good God?
Hey Dale! Thanks for turning me onto this site. I'm about to post the March Against Monsanto video (Boulder Vidcast). Runaway Global Warming,, scary!Delete
Have a great day! ~J =)
The Today's High Temperature map does not actually show the day's high temperatures for everywhere on the map. The high in Austin, Texas June 25 was 100 F, not the around 80 F shown.ReplyDelete
Some of these fires are in peat beds that go down 10 feet or more. These are very difficult fires to put out, especially East of Moscow. Some could take years to burn out on their own.ReplyDelete
I'm just starting to write support information for methanetracker.org. Even though the written explanation for each data layer is still in the works, I thought it could be helpful to your audience to mention that the data layers of the bands 7 2 1 (in Data Layers, under "Corrected and Surface Reflectance" will specifically display vegetation and burn scars, with vegetation being a bright green and burn scars being brown, burnt orange or red; and you can overlay the methane on top of it. Every time you see a burn scar you'll see methane hovering on top.
I was showing the data layer Terra Land Surface Reflectance (Bands 7-2-1) to a friend yesterday, and it was incredible how many under-reported fires are there. If you see methane released over areas with vegetation and you fly under the methane, often you'll see burnt orange, brown or red right underneath.
This article: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view.php?id=79652 has great information on how to read fires and smoke using bands 7-2-1
Thanks Omar, the use of infrared light in "band 7-2-1" is also well visible in the bottom photo of Australian Wildfires, September 18, 2012. I can see that this can be very useful.Delete
Things around the world are linked and the environment on whole is in dire shape including the South Pacific Island community. They are meeting combining Climate with Disaster preparedness today and in follow up to round table climate summit.ReplyDelete
Fire in the North releasing Methane goes into veil around Earth same as Fire in Australian outback does. And heat increase affects the price of food and sea levels for Pacific Island Nations.
Here is what I just posted on line at Pacific Scoop, NZ. Cross Posted as said.
Comment was to article titled, Pacific Disaster Risk Management & Climate Change
The words disaster and climate change are synonymous
and there is game on to try and change the world's
It's dawn not only in the US now but for the world if we do
this. As I write this.
Here is visualization of course to make open system
economy to mime the open systems of Nature and react
when they become misaligned." (Link to Arctic News 08/2012 article titled Record Low Sea Ice Area with comments about making open system economy to mimic the Open systems of Nature and so they naturally complement each other.)
"Time is beyond Short to do this and now it will take kick
Sam who runs the site I refer to has action plan put forward.
But root change to the evil nature of money is essential in
my opinion to get the systemic change needed at root core..
This, as I've described, if done right and peacefully
Potentially would stop the externalization of harms created
through the use, Formation and binding contract law as far
as Nature's Open Systems is (are) concerned. It would put
literally the force of 7 billion plus people's will to live directly
in opposition to force of heat rising.. It would link health of
humans and Nature' open systems that sustain us integrally.
It would unleash the ingenuity and at least the major part of
industrial and technological capacity directly in opposition to
the things that are presently driving temp up and extinction
of the planet. Including the price of food rising and tendency
toward war.. It would reverse that gaining momentum the
harder the world' has pressure to lose ecosystem services
capacity.. Open System of Man's potential good unleashed
with an eye for helping restore Open Systems of Nature for,
for ever more to confront dire situation with rising runaway
If we fail-
Earth will snap to extinction line synonymous with that of
where it will fall when Runaway global warming plays out.
That line of fall is outside tolerance level of effective solar
radiance for liquid water to exist. On the hot side of Moist
Runaway of Class M Planet. -Let's not go there. Please.
-Cross posting to Arctic News from longhand copy.. 2C"