Tag: United States Department of Energy

Deep Oceans Responsible for Decade Long Warming Hiatus

The 2000s were Earth’s warmest decade in record keeping, but it wasn’t until 2010 that a single year broke past the mark for warmest year on record, previously set in 1998. In other words, the warming trend had flattened out for a little bit. Why was this?

According to researchers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the Bureau of Meteorology in Australia, Earth’s deep oceans at times absorb enough heat to flatten the rate of global warming. In fact, they can do so and affect the global warming for up to a decade at a time.

Thawing Arctic Permafrost Likely to Release Large Amounts of Carbon

New research which contradicts 2007’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s assessment suggests that billions of tons of carbon dioxide trapped in high-latitude permafrost may be released into the atmosphere by the end of this century if the temperatures continue to rise apace, which in turn will only further and quicken global warming.

Carbon Sequestration an Unintended Benefit of Northwest Forest Plan

Enacted in 1993, the Northwest Forest Plan consists of a series of federal policies and guidelines which govern the use of federal lands in the Pacific Northwest. Researchers have just concluded, however, that as a result of these same guidelines – which were initially introduced in an effort to conserve old growth forests and preserve species like the northern spotted owl – protection of the land increased carbon sequestration as well.

Drought Could Hamper Carbon Sequestration in US

A new study supported by the National Science Foundation and the US Department of Energy has concluded that forests and other terrestrial ecosystems in the contiguous United States of America can sequester up to 40 percent of the nation’s fossil fuel carbon emissions.