Nature Climate Change Publishes ESS-Led Study Suggesting Link Between Global Warming, Increases in Precipitation and Decreases in the Release of Old Carbon into the Atmosphere

The Nature Climate Change journal published the study "High Arctic wetting dampens permafrost carbon feedbacks to climate warming," which suggests the northernmost parts of the rapidly warming Arctic have the potential to remain a strong sink for carbon even as the rest of the permafrost region transitions to a net source of carbon to the atmosphere.

What 95% certainty of warming means to scientists

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top scientists from a variety of fields say they are about as certain that global warming is a real, man-made threat as they are that cigarettes kill.

They are as sure about climate change as they are about the age of the universe. They say they are more certain about climate change than they are that vitamins make you healthy or that dioxin in Superfund sites is dangerous.

They'll even put a number on how certain they are about climate change. But that number isn't 100 percent. It's 95 percent.

California's water house of cards

Gov. Jerry Brown's Office of Planning and Research convened a meeting this month of groundwater experts from the University of California to determine what is currently known about the state's underground water reserves and how they may be changing in the future. This and other recent overtures from the office are strong indications of the governor's growing interest in the state's complete water picture.

ESS Professor Eric Saltzman visit to Xiamen, China for the 6th International SOLAS Summer School

UCI-led team develops more accurate model of climate change’s effect on soil

Scientists from UC Irvine and the National Center for Atmospheric Research have developed a new computer model to measure global warming’s effect on soil worldwide that accounts for how bacteria and fungi in soil control carbon.

They found that soil outcomes based on their microbial model were more reliable than those forecast by traditional models. Study results appear online in Nature Climate Change.

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