Your car causes volcanoes (and volcanoes release CO2)

Oh. My. Lord. Keep the car in the garage.

Climate Change Could Increase Volcano Eruptions

Dr. Graeme Swindles, from the School of Geography at Leeds, said: “Climate change caused by humans is creating rapid ice melt in volcanically active regions. In Iceland, this has put us on a path to more frequent volcanic eruptions.”

The study examined Icelandic volcanic ash preserved in peat deposits and lake sediments and identified a period of significantly reduced volcanic activity between 5,500 and 4,500 years ago. This period came after a major decrease in global temperature, which caused glacier growth in Iceland.

The findings, published today in the journal Geology, found there was a time lag of roughly 600 years between the climate event and a noticeable decrease in the number of volcanic eruptions. The study suggests that perhaps a similar time lag can be expected following the more recent shift to warmer temperatures.

Read more at University of Leeds

It’s amazing what you can achieve when you take a simple correlation and run with it.

Meanwhile, in New Zealand, Mt Ruapehu is emitting high levels of CO2

Look out, we may set off a deadly volcano spiral feedback: cars leading to more volcanoes, which put out more CO2, causing more warming, which causes more volcanoes.

For the past couple of months, the crater lake temperature has also held steady at about 37°C, which is at the upper end of its scale.

Fine weather allowed GeoNet to make airborne gas measurements and these recorded high levels of carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide emissions from the crater lake (Te Wai Ā-Moe).

“The CO2 emission rate on 23 November was 2290 tonnes/day, one of the largest values recorded in recent years.

Can someone figure out how many cars will have to stay off the road in NZ today to make up for the volcano?

UPDATE: Thanks to Neil –  New Zealand has to get  458,000 cars from the roads tomorrow to offset the crater lake emissions. The total NZ car fleet is 5,021,994 cars. So that’s nearly 10%.

This one volcano is undoing quite a few years of vehicle efficiency gains, and it’s not even very active.

Douglas links to a cartoon take: “Let’s tax that Volcano”.

Read more at JoNova

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    Spurwing Plover


    I noticed the persons name is Swindles which is what the entire enviromental movment is all about its a total swindle

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    There have been catastrophic global cooling events leading to ice age(s). Catastrophic global warming has yet to happen, it exists only in the cult of alarmism.

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    David Lewis


    When it was obvious that the earth wasn’t warming as predicted they said that natural climate disasters were increasing.

    Next it was ocean acidification.

    Recently is the claim people are being compromised by in door carbon dioxide made worse by climate change.

    Now it is more volcanic eruptions.

    I can’t wait to read about how we are having more earthquakes because of climate change.

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    “Climate change caused by humans is creating rapid ice melt in volcanically active regions. In Iceland, this has put us on a path to more frequent volcanic eruptions.”
    Look out, we may set off a deadly volcano spiral feedback: cars leading to more volcanoes, which put out more CO2, causing more warming, which causes more volcanoes.

    Dr. Graeme Swindles, from the School of Geography at Leeds may be on to something. Bali’s glaciers have all disappeared….
    “We think. Scientists’ best estimates, however, are based on an assumption. It might surprise you to learn that, well into the new century, of the 150 smokers I mentioned, almost 80 percent are still as mysterious, in terms of the quantity of CO2 they emit, as they were a generation ago: We’ve only actually measured 33.”

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    Spurwing Plover


    Swindles is just like Al Bore,Leonardo DiCaprio and David Suzuki Con-Men selling a Bogus Remedy to a non exitenct ailment their selling their Snake Oil to the Gullible who still think the earth is flat and nutcases like the Flat Earth Society

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    Human Industry produces 135 times as much CO2 as all of the volcanoes on earth….each year.
    Profits still go to the BILLIONAIRE ENERGY MONOPLIES….

    but the thousands of open air Earth-Lined
    TOXIC pits & ponds & old mine shafts
    are used to store, with out standards or supervision,

    Dumping Toxic Waste
    Every year,
    EACH OF the nation’s coal plants produces
    140 million tons of coal ash pollution/yr.,
    the toxic by-product that is left over after the coal is burned.

    All that ash has to go somewhere,
    so it’s dumped in the backyards of power plants across the nation
    —into earth lined open-air pits & precarious surface-waste ponds.

    Many/most of these sites lack any adequate safeguards,
    leaving nearby communities at risk from potential
    large-scale disasters like the massive coal ash spill in Tennessee in 2008,
    from gradual yet equally dangerous contamination as coal ash toxins seep into
    drinking water sources
    are blown into nearby communities.
    Coal ash pollution contains high levels of toxic heavy metals such as
    and other cancer-causing agents.

    The public health hazards and environmental threats to nearby communities
    from unsafe coal ash dumping have been known for many years,
    including increased risk of cancer, learning disabilities,
    neurological disorders, birth defects, reproductive failure, asthma (1 million new cases/yr.),
    and other illnesses.

    Coal ash is not subject to federal protections, and state laws
    governing coal combustion waste disposal are weak or nonexistent.

    The result:
    Millions of tons of coal ash are being stored in ponds, landfills, and abandoned mines.

    Many of these sites lack any/adequate safeguards, leaving nearby communities
    at risk from potential large scale disasters like the December 22, 2008,

    TVA disaster in Tennessee in which a EARTHEN dike holding back decades’ worth
    of coal ash failed at the Kingston Fossil Plant,
    flooding the surrounding residential area with more than one billion gallons of toxic coal ash
    —enough to flood more than 3,000 acres one foot deep.
    While dramatic events like the coal ash spills in Tennessee
    garner national media attention, dangerous contaminants are
    quietly seeping from coal ash dumps into groundwater supplies across the country
    or blowing into the air of communities, exposing people and wildlife to toxic substances.
    …data indicates
    that at least 535 (nearly 2000 in 47 states by other estimates)
    coal ash ponds KNOWN to operate without a simple liner to
    prevent dangerous chemicals and heavy metals from reaching drinking water sources.
    The Hazards of Coal Ash
    Living near a wet coal ash storage pond is significantly more dangerous
    than smoking a pack of cigarettes a day, according to a risk assessment done by the EPA.
    The toxins found in coal ash have been linked to organ disease, cancer,
    respiratory illness, neurological damage, and developmental problems.
    People living within one mile of unlined coal ash ponds can have a 1 in 50 risk of cancer
    —more than 2,000 times higher than what the EPA considers acceptable.
    Coal ash contains arsenic, lead, mercury, and selenium, as well as aluminum, barium, boron, and chlorine.

    All can be toxic.

    Particularly where there is prolonged exposure,
    these toxins can
    cause cancer,
    heart damage,
    lung disease,
    respiratory distress,
    kidney disease,
    reproductive problems,
    gastrointestinal illness,
    birth defects,
    impaired bone growth in children, and behavioral problems.
    In short, coal ash toxics have the potential to injure
    all of the major organ systems in adults (including pregnant women) and children.
    Exposure to toxic coal ash can lower birth rates, cause tissue disease, slow development,
    even kill plants and animals, leading to changes in wildlife concentrations
    and disruptions to entire ecosystems.
    The toxic pollution from coal ash builds up in exposed animals and plants,
    causing the pollution to make its way up the food chain when they are eaten.

    Children are more susceptible to the health impacts of coal ash
    —and according to the EPA,
    1.54 million children live near coal ash storage sites.

    Not only is coal ash toxic, it is also likely to grow increasingly dangerous.
    Air pollution control technologies, like scrubbers, selective catalytic reduction,
    and activated carbon injection, capture mercury and other hazardous air pollutants
    and are able to stop increasing amounts of toxic pollution from
    going up the smokestacks.

    However, when those pollutants are captured they are shifted from the air to the coal ash.
    Mercury and other pollutants that previously contributed to air pollution are now becoming solid wastes
    —and when they leach into water, their toxicity is carried into the water as well.
    one toxic environmental problem is being traded for another

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