PMEL in the News
Another Year, Another Warning The Earth Is Screwed
The last four years have been the warmest four years on record, according to a new international report. In 2017, greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere and global sea levels reached record highs, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Wednesday in its “State of the Climate” report. Greg Johnson is quoted.
Western Oregon, southwest Washington blanketed by ‘severe drought’
Western Oregon and southwest Washington have deteriorated from moderate to “severe drought” in the past week, the U.S. Drought Monitor reported Thursday. Nick Bond is quoted.
Hot days, warmer nights are trending
If you think your house isn't getting as cool at night, you're right. The number of nights when the temperature hovers at 60 degrees ot higher at Sea-Tac is on the rise, according to Nick Bond, the climatologist for the state of Washington. Nick Bond is quoted.
Subsea Methane Acoustic Detection to Quantify Greenhouse Gases
A research team from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has successfully recorded the sounds of methane being released on the seabed, just off the Pacific Northwest coast. The team, situated at Oregon State University, used a hydrophone to record the sounds, and claim that by using this technique, they can accurately quantify subsea methane. Bob Dziak is quoted.
Ocean Acidification Could Amplify Climate Disruption
One of the more serious impacts of human-caused climate disruption occurs when seawater absorbs excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. When this occurs, the carbon dioxide reacts with the water to form carbonic acid, which then ultimately reduces its pH level. For much of the marine life in the oceans, the consequences of this will be dire. Dr. Feely is quoted.