So, the horrible just keeps getting horribler. The WWF’s latest report points out that the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report (issued in 2007) is already out of date. Climate change, it seems, is happening a bit faster than we thought. Conveniently, we now have a map which tells us which species will soon be extinct. Thanks, IUCN! It doesn’t help that your normally-phlegmatic scientists are referring to this as ‘scary research’.
On the other hand, we’ve learned that typhoons bury vast amounts of terrestrial carbon in oceanic sinks, which is sort of a natural form of carbon sequestration (even though it doesn’t get anywhere close enough to balancing out GHG emissions). How do we know this? The researchers tied themselves down in the middle of the typhoon and stuck bottles into the flooding river bottoms. That’s the kind of research we need.