The Science of Climate – Episode 3 – Greenhouse Gases

(female) Greenhouse gases trap heat in our atmosphere. This trapped heat can then cause Earth’s average temperature to increase from 0 to 59 degrees Fahrenheit. I wish it was 0 to 59 degrees warmer in here. I just wish it was Fahrenheit. What does that even mean? Enough with the chattering. Those were my teeth. […]

Ice and fire: How burning forests can help melt ice sheets

On the western edge of the Greenland ice sheet there’s a stretch of dirty grey ice known as the dark zone 400km long and 100km wide this dark zone is melting somewhere between double and ten times the rate of the white ice around it For a while, scientists thought it was a frozen relic […]

#ICOScapes | Svartberget (Sweden) | Greenhouse gas observations

ICOS Svartberget is one of the few combined atmospheric and ecosystem stations within the ICOS measurement network. The ICOS measurements conducted here at the ICOS Svartberget station will improve our understanding of the carbon cycle of boreal forest and also the atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases and air pollutants over this boreal region. These measurements […]

#ICOScapes | Saclay (France) | Greenhouse gas observations

This is Saclay tower. It’s pretty special, because it is located close to Paris megacity with 10.5 million inhabitants. And on the other side we also have the more rural area of Île-de-France. So depending on the wind conditions we can have really different gradients of greenhouse gas concentrations. Well this urban station, like in […]

#ICOScapes | Simon Stevin & VLIZ Thornton Buoy (Belgium) | Greenhouse gas observations

Today we’re sailing a research vessel that’s called Simon Stevin. The Simon Stevin is sailing in the southern bright of the North Sea as well as in the eastern part of the English Channel. It’s a very dynamic coastal environment. It has strong tides and a lot influence of the nearby Scheldt estuary. Today we […]

Hey Bill Nye, ‘How Do Greenhouse Gases Trap Photons in Our Atmosphere’? #TuesdaysWithBill

Hello Mr. Nye. Happy Tuesday. My name is Billy. I’m a big fan and I have a question about climate change. If the photons from the sun are trapped in our atmosphere by our greenhouse gases then how come those same greenhouse gases don’t block photons from the sun from ever entering our atmosphere? Is […]

#ICOScapes | Jungfraujoch (Switzerland) | Greenhouse gas observations

Jungfraujoch is the highest station in the ICOS network. In contrast to most of the ICOS stations that equip with tall towers on rather flat terrain we are here in a very complex terrain in the Swiss alps and we’re sitting on a kind of a natural tall tower at 3500 metres above sea level. […]

#ICOScapes | Lanžhot (Czech Republic) | Greenhouse gas observations

Today, we are visiting Lanžhot. Lanžhot is one of the ecosystem stations, in floodplain forest. Our study site is very important for ICOS measurements because of artificially altered hydrological regime. This may allow us to create general assumptions about how floodplain ecosystem can behave under changing climate. Those assumptions then, can be applicable globally for […]

UQx DENIAL101x 3.3.1.1 The greenhouse effect

They say it all started with a Big Bang, and white noise on an old TV helps to show that. That white noise reaches us in the same way that the heat causing global warming does. This heat comes from the greenhouse effect. What do the Big Bang and the greenhouse effect have in common? […]

UQx DENIAL101x 5.4.3.1 Agricultural impacts

Plants need four key things to grow: light, water, carbon dioxide, and fertilizer. Anyone who has a farm, garden, or house plant knows that plants need the right balance of all of these things. No amount of fertilizer will help a plant that has no water. Scientists studying the impacts of climate change on agriculture […]