Skip to comments.Arctic discovery: Massive algae bloom raises crucial (Global Warming) questions
Posted on 06/09/2012 4:21:59 AM PDT by Zakeet
NASA has revealed its discovery of a massive algae bloom under the slowly diminishing Arctic ice -- a finding that made scientists' eyes pop. But does this never-before-seen phenomenon change the fate of this microscopic algae?
Not long ago, this crucial plant life -- which produces much of the world's oxygen -- was reported in a century-long tailspin.
Here's the back story.
The same year that NASA researchers launched the Icescape expedition to the Arctic -- the project that resulted in NASA's astounding new discovery -- there was a dire report on the world's phytoplankton.
A Canadian team said in the journal Nature, as The Times reported in July 2010, that the world's phytoplankton had been disappearing at a rate of about 1% a year for the previous 100 years.
"A global decline of this magnitude? It's quite shocking," Daniel Boyce, Dalhousie University marine scientist and lead author of the 2010 study, told The Times.
Phytoplankton -- the basis of the marine food chain -- "are key to the whole ecosystem," he said. "In terms of climate changes, the effect on fisheries, we don't know exactly what these effects will be."
Could his latest discovery of a mass of phytoplankton in the Arctic signal a turnaround for this crucial organism?
The jury's out.
(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...
You right wing nuts need to realize that this is undoubtedly bad news ... because even though plankton reduces carbon dioxide ... this newly discovered batch is emitting its own toxic gasses ... and increasing global warming ... and are killing fish ... and enlarging the hole in the ozone layer ... and destroying rain forests ... and causing a hydrocarbon spill in the fragile arctic environment ... and leading to mass extinctions ... and it's all because you selfish pigs continue to drive your SUV's and use power lawn mowers ... which is why we need much more government funded research ... and a carbon tax!
As for myself and some others I speak to, science has lost it’s credibility. The cataclysmic rise of the oceans did not happen, the significant loss of Himalayan ice didn’t happen. Now we are not surprised that we are not all doing to die from the loss of phytoplankton. Global warming extremism and a few pharmaceutical disappointments have caused a bit of distrust.
” ... because even though plankton reduces carbon dioxide ... this newly discovered batch is emitting its own toxic gasses ... and increasing global warming ... and are killing fish ... and enlarging the hole in the ozone layer ... and destroying rain forests ...”
You could be Gore’s press secretary!
You right wing nuts need to realize that this is undoubtedly bad news ... because even though plankton reduces carbon dioxide ... this newly discovered batch is emitting its own toxic gasses ... and increasing global warming ... and are killing fish ... and enlarging the hole in the ozone layer ... and destroying rain forests ... and causing a hydrocarbon spill in the fragile arctic environment ... and leading to mass extinctions ... and it's all because you selfish pigs continue to drive your SUV's and use power lawn mowers ... which is why we need much more government funded research ... and a carbon tax!Excellent!
Obama gave a directive to NASA head, its mission is ‘moooooslem outreach’.
Keep JPL as academic affiliate, shrink 90% of rest of NASA, the work they do nowadays doesn’t amount to a lot of beans.
I was watching the Michael Jackson documentary “This Is It” the other night and I had seen it before but just caught it the other night when he was standing on the stage in a pep talk and prayer with his dancers and crew telling them “We have 1 year to turn it all around and save the world or there is no going back and we will be finished”
Hey Mike...Mike? Mike? Still here? No?
Yes! warned aged 1960s spoiled brat Al Gore
Here’s another, I think more informative, link to a ScienceNow article printed in the Anchorage Daily News: http://www.adn.com/2012/06/08/2496664/scientific-expedition-discovers.html
Greenland, man, GREENLAND. Its glacier had been receding.
/Uh hummmmm. Switch off my imitation of GW alarmist mode.
Please don’t lump science and scientists in general with ambitious people with political agenda (a small fraction of science community).
Those studies weren’t ‘science’ and the methodology/application not ‘scientific’.
At the end of the first year you have 1 dollar AND 1 cent. The next years interest is earned on the 1 dollar and 1 cent so you make a bit MORE.
Now do the same thing but in reverse.
My head hurts.
Far be it from me to defend this drivel but, it could be the writer means each year the count is down 1% from the year before - a geometric progression that does not end in zero - kinda like walking half way to the wall with each step.
But a projection like this requires that you accurately measure the phytowhaterver count every year. To my knowledge, there was not/is not a yearly plankton census commencing in 1912.
These people are so unhappy when the sky isn’t falling.
What a dismal life.
Electing O'bama was the right thing to do!
He TOLD us it would stop if he was elected!
Never seen before is NOT the same as never happened before.
You’re right. Science IS going through a crisis of credibility. I’m sure you’ve read about the staggering numbers of peer reviewed journal articles filled with made up data, hidden relevant data, and articles filled with just plain junk.
Science as seen through the dirty lenses of Big Media is even more trashy.
OMG, OMG, Mother Nature did something we didn’t predict and don’t understand but it is bad and we are all going to die if we don’t get a huge grant to study it. /algore rant
George Walker Bush
Global Warming Believers
Coincidence? I think not.
Did anyone notice that losing 1% of photoplankton a year for a hundred years adds up to 100%?
1% a year for a hundred years equals damn near gone.
The best part of the article is the picture of al with a tree growing out of his head. The photographer knew exactly what he/she was doing.
The heaviest ice pack in the history of satellite observations and they’re worried about retreating ice?
I have indeed. Science has left the realm of true exercise in intellect and become a business. It happened with health care in the late 80s, the government gave healthcare to the insurers and turned it into a business. Now they see it as losing money and want to ration it. The same can be said for the progression of science. For a while, we truly sought knowledge, now they truly seek grants. Also, government sponsored regulations censor true science.
The crisis of peer review has been sacrificed to money. There were folks committed to science who didn’t have a lavish lifestyle. I know they are still out there, purists. I would like to think those working in the Haldron collider project are the old- fashioned scientist. Not the scientist of politics. /rant off.
Yep - not enough plankton = doom. Discovery that plankton is not disappearing = doom. Need to save the Earth so Man can survive. Existence of Man is a bad thing....
Subtracting 1% per year means that each year is 99% of the previous year.
If you continue that for 100 years, the total after year 100 is about 36.6% of the beginning amount.
(According to an Excel spreadsheet I set up using the Fill command.)
I did, and without any growth rate we are all dead in 100 years. But the environmentalists having been saying this since the 60’s and they are always wrong.
Earth Day 1970 - predicted 2 billion deaths from starvation and pollution by the year 2000. That didn’t happen because it was a lie. Now we have too many people so they want to put sterilants in the water. (Ask Obama’s science czar John Holdren!) They want renewable energy but they are fighting wind in solar projects all over the country. The National Audubon Society is suing a wind project in Oregon, etc. They cry about animal habitat being destroyed by climate change yet they want no renewable energy in their personal playgrounds.
ALL ENVIRONMENTALISTS ARE LIARS
1970 EARTH DAY PREDICTIONS
We have about five more years at the outside to do something.
Kenneth Watt, ecologist
Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.
George Wald, Harvard Biologist
We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation.
Barry Commoner, Washington University biologist
Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from intolerable deterioration and possible extinction.
New York Times editorial, the day after the first Earth Day
Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make. The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.
Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University biologist
 some experts feel that food shortages will have escalated the present level of world hunger and starvation into famines of unbelievable proportions. Other experts, more optimistic, think the ultimate food-population collision will not occur until the decade of the 1980s.
Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University biologist
It is already too late to avoid mass starvation.
Denis Hayes, chief organizer for Earth Day
Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pakistan, China and the Near East, Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions
.By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine.
Peter Gunter, professor, North Texas State University
Scientists have solid experimental and theoretical evidence to support
the following predictions: In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution
by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half
Life Magazine, January 1970
At the present rate of nitrogen buildup, its only a matter of time before light will be filtered out of the atmosphere and none of our land will be usable.
Kenneth Watt, Ecologist
Actually it’s great news. Obama will make oil out of the algae,,,somehow. I know he will
Did you notice there was not much reaction in the Lame-Stream Media the other week when the old photos of Greenland’s ice were found.
A float plane expedition around Greenland in the early 30’s photographed large sections of ice fields and it showed much smaller ice fields than they have today.
These guys are glorified “weatherman” (not the Bill Ayers type). They can't accurately predict the weather 5 minutes from now, but they can predict events hundreds or thousands of years from now?
Even NASA has been corrupted by Muslims. You can't believe any of these A$$HOLES.
LOL! Anybody could have told you he's a stump head.
So basically they were as wrong as you could get but somehow this will still be "validation" of global warming which is perpetuated by big oil and other fossil fuels according to Lord Democrats.
In other words, 'it's too soon to tell how we can spin it to the liberal's advantage as we cannot let any good 'discovery' go to waste'.
But yet the liberals want to dictate a course of action and that mankind is causing the damage. Liberals will never admit they have no clue how the earth can heal itself and that there is even a higher power known as God.
The very name “Greenland” should be the tip-off that perhaps the thawing of ice there isn't something new or something to worry about.
You forgot it also increases erectile dysfunction and can cause Owls to morph into Pterodactyls and sometimes even Unicorns.
It’s never too soon to PANIC ... and to contribute to my Save the Planet PAC! Act now or die holding your breath! Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha.
WOW! What a wonderful sight. Just imagine how much oil this algae will generate when Obozo’s green energy loons figure out how to do it!!!!!
Isn’t producing more CO2 kinda like watering the lawn? More junk in the air the more grass we get, I’d vote for that I like green lawns.
Holly Crap, its eating up all our CO2, gotta stop that or our story goes plop!!
The carbon dioxide and minerals to feed these Arctic blooms most likely comes from volcanic eruptions under the ice.
“Arctic Volcanoes Found Active at Unprecedented Depths”(2008)
Algae would be very receptive to massive amounts of CO2 and nitrous oxide gases trapped under the ice, as this would be pure nutrients.
Importantly, the upwelling of warm water from such volcanoes could go a long way in explaining thinning Arctic ice as well.
“NASA has revealed its discovery of a massive algae bloom under the slowly diminishing Arctic ice.”
Arctic ice extent is extremely cyclic but has been increasing for the past several years, since a low in 2007. So how do the warmists react to this data. Generally they try to ignore the more recent data. But there have also been many articles in the last several years trying to explain why there is more arctic and antarctic ice in a “warming world”. In these articles they usually assure us that a rapid decline is just around the corner.
“But a projection like this requires that you accurately measure the phytowhaterver count every year. To my knowledge, there was not/is not a yearly plankton census commencing in 1912.”
So, you picked number 2....