Water Woes. Windier and Wavier Oceans. Ottawa Flooding Emergency

Abrupt Climate System Risks from Hydrogen Sulphide Ocean Outgassing: Part 1 of 2 // Apr 22, 2019

Various ocean coastlines, off Africa, Gulf of Mexico, California, and India have periodic emissions of hydrogen sulphide gas. Concentrations less than 1 ppm smell like rotten eggs, while 500 ppm and higher levels are deadly.

  • Warming, stratifying oceans have more anoxic dead zones (lack oxygen, produce methane, H2S), threats to flora and fauna increases.
  • In the “granddaddy of extinctions” 252 million years ago with over 80% death-rates of many species, a so-called Canfield Ocean was the smoking gun.


I discuss present-day incidents/locations of H2S emissions, and discuss future risks.
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Abrupt Climate System Change Risks from Ocean Outgassing of Hydrogen Sulphide: Part 2 of 2 // Apr 22, 2019

Continues where previous video on Hydrogen Sulphide Ocean Outgassing, left off.
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More Bad Luck for Ottawa in the Climate Casino // Apr 26, 2019

Severe Climate Change Consequences affects places all around the planet, but disproportionately so. Now, it is Ottawa’s turn of bad luck in the Climate Casino (floods-tornadoes-more floods).

  • Yesterday, the mayor declared a flooding emergency;
  • today many soldiers from the army are deploying around the river for sandbagging.
  • The day before, Ottawa City Council declared a climate emergency joining many other cities around the globe.

I chat about ongoing flooding and my coffee bet projection for a peak flow rate of 12,000 cubic meters per second (cms) on May 5th (May 2017 peak was about 9,100 cms).
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Ocean Surface Winds and Waves are Growing: Part 1 of 2 // Apr 26, 2019

Often discussed is the fact that over 93% of global warming heat goes into oceans. Not discussed are profound changes ongoing in ocean dynamics, like increased wave heights, wave periods, and wave power.

  • Over the last 3 to 4 decades, winds at the ocean surface have increased by up to 1.5 meters/second (about 8% of 20 m/s).
  • Wave heights have increased by up to 30 cm (about 5% of 6 meters).
  • Increases are largest in southern oceans just north of Antarctica; also at high northern latitudes.
  • Wave Power (Energy per unit time) has increased globally; discussed in scientific paper that I discuss in detail.

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Why Winds and Waves are Increasing in the Oceans: Part 2 of 2 // Apr 26, 2019

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About paulbeckwith

Well known climate science educator; Part-time Geography professor (climatology, oceanography, environmental issues), University of Ottawa. Physicist. Engineer. Master's Degree in Science in Laser Optics, Bachelors of Engineering, in Engineering Physics. Won Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario gold medal. Also interested in investment and start-ups in climate solutions, renewable energy and energy efficiency. Avid chess player, and likes restoring old homes. Married with children.
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