Research Suggests Volcanoes Are Tamping Down Global Warming

Via the University of Colorado Boulder:

A team led by the University of Colorado Boulder looking for clues about why Earth did not warm as much as scientists expected between 2000 and 2010 now thinks the culprits are hiding in plain sight — dozens of volcanoes spewing sulfur dioxide.

The study results essentially exonerate Asia, including India and China, two countries that are estimated to have increased their industrial sulfur dioxide emissions by about 60 percent from 2000 to 2010 through coal burning, said lead study author Ryan Neely, who led the research as part of his CU-Boulder doctoral thesis. Small amounts of sulfur dioxide emissions from Earth’s surface eventually rise 12 to 20 miles into the stratospheric aerosol layer of the atmosphere, where chemical reactions create sulfuric acid and water particles that reflect sunlight back to space, cooling the planet.

Neely said previous observations suggest that increases in stratospheric aerosols since 2000 have counterbalanced as much as 25 percent of the warming scientists blame on human greenhouse gas emissions. “This new study indicates it is emissions from small to moderate volcanoes that have been slowing the warming of the planet,” said Neely, a researcher at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, a joint venture of CU-Boulder and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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25 Responses to Research Suggests Volcanoes Are Tamping Down Global Warming

  1. MoralDrift March 10, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

    I love the image next to the story….violent huo shan

  2. MoralDrift March 10, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

    I love the image next to the story….violent huo shan

  3. Charlie Primero March 10, 2013 at 7:24 pm #

    More scientific fraud.

  4. Charlie Primero March 10, 2013 at 7:24 pm #

    More scientific fraud.

    • Andrew March 10, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

      Ipse dixit.

    • Andrew March 10, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

      Ipse dixit.

  5. BuzzCoastin March 10, 2013 at 9:29 pm #

    interesting that the publication was in Chinese, whazup wid dat?
    the bear has a cleaver little joke though
    nonetheless
    it does seem silly to think that human’s can overpower Nature
    when there is more than enough evidence
    that Nature can & does easily overpower us

    • LucidDreamR March 10, 2013 at 11:42 pm #

      Absolutely a matter of ego stroking to think we have such a powerful effect on global climate. But are we so separate from Nature? I think George Carlin said it best: “The earth doesn’t share our prejudice towards plastic…plastic came
      out of the earth, the earth probably sees plastic as just another one
      of its children…could be the only reason the earth allowed us to be
      spawned from it in the first place: it wanted plastic for itself,
      didn’t know how to make it, needed us. Could be the answer to our
      age-old philosophical question…why are we here?: plastic, assholes.”

        • LucidDreamR March 11, 2013 at 9:51 am #

          When a volcano erupts, and the ashes and lava kill all the surrounding wildlife: is it “bad”? When a fire burns down an entire forest, to make way for new growth; would the deaths of all the trees and animals that lived there be considered a loss to Mother Earth?

          • bobbiethejean March 14, 2013 at 11:06 am #

            There is a difference between nature happening because nature happens and humans, who are sentient and have control over their actions, throwing plastic into the oceans that poisons the creatures and in turn poisons us. There is no excuse. You can’t compare nature doing its business to humans being purposely neglectful and abusive towards her.

        • Chaorder Gradient March 11, 2013 at 3:56 pm #

          Turtle Corsets let them feel sexy

      • BuzzCoastin March 11, 2013 at 2:32 am #

        it was Carlin’s insight that really clued me in
        upon reflection it’s easy to see
        that a 4 billion year old planet is not in any way threatened
        by an excited Mayfly with diarrhea
        but the Mayfly may shit itself into extinction
        or at best
        hibernate till it’s next May Day resurrection

      • BuzzCoastin March 11, 2013 at 2:32 am #

        it was Carlin’s insight that really clued me in
        upon reflection it’s easy to see
        that a 4 billion year old planet is not in any way threatened
        by an excited Mayfly with diarrhea
        but the Mayfly may shit itself into extinction
        or at best
        hibernate till it’s next May Day resurrection

        • kowalityjesus March 11, 2013 at 4:53 am #

          I am surprised that no one has mentioned Gaia hypothesis, that these
          volcanoes are actually conscious decisions or at least contrived
          repercussions.

          I think the earth, in an anthropomorphic way, can be moved. I also believe that our lives have real gravity, maybe some of us temporarily/fatalistically more than others, and insofar she is willing to take hits in light of those who “are” the true fruit of the universe, i.e. Lot in Sodom-Gomorrah.

        • kowalityjesus March 11, 2013 at 4:53 am #

          I am surprised that no one has mentioned Gaia hypothesis, that these
          volcanoes are actually conscious decisions or at least contrived
          repercussions.

          I think the earth, in an anthropomorphic way, can be moved. I also believe that our lives have real gravity, maybe some of us temporarily/fatalistically more than others, and insofar she is willing to take hits in light of those who “are” the true fruit of the universe, i.e. Lot in Sodom-Gomorrah.

          • BuzzCoastin March 11, 2013 at 6:09 am #

            wee have no way of perceiving the consciousness of the Earth
            it seems that the Earth has no awareness of us
            and if it does
            it doesn’t hold us in the same high regard
            with which wee regard ourselves
            and doesn’t share our morality about human life
            or maybe it does
            but that’s even more frightening

            Sodom-Gomorrah happens and wee ascribe it to a god
            when in fact
            wee don’t know jack shit about 99% of what wee call the Earth
            or anything happening on it or in it, beyond a few blind guesses
            which are often called science

          • kowalityjesus March 11, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

            interesting notion that the earth god has less regard for humans than the universe God.
            who are we to say that spider monkeys are not actually Earth’s ‘Lot’.

          • BuzzCoastin March 11, 2013 at 8:39 pm #

            humans have deified the Earth & the Sun from time to time
            and everyone knows there is something worth deifying
            but wee just can’t agree on what

          • kowalityjesus March 11, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

            interesting notion that the earth god has less regard for humans than the universe God.
            who are we to say that spider monkeys are not actually Earth’s ‘Lot’.

        • LucidDreamR March 11, 2013 at 9:49 am #

          “An excited Mayfly with diarrhea..” You just made my morning, haha!

    • Matt Staggs March 11, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

      Moderator enjoys maniacal pyromaniac bears.

      • BuzzCoastin March 11, 2013 at 8:27 pm #

        oh, it was you was it
        puttin commie lit on the WEB are ya?

        oh & the bear’s joke:
        he’s saying to the volcano
        “Hey, you’re one hot tempered dude.”
        only he’s saying that in a Chinese way

  6. Kurt Webb March 11, 2013 at 12:21 am #

    The overall cooling effect that volcanoes have isn’t a new idea. Volcanoes have a significant impact as a climate ‘forcer.’ Their impact on cooling the earth was included in the 2007 report from the International Panel on Climate Change.

  7. Kurt Webb March 11, 2013 at 12:21 am #

    The overall cooling effect that volcanoes have isn’t a new idea. Volcanoes have a significant impact as a climate ‘forcer.’ Their impact on cooling the earth was included in the 2007 report from the International Panel on Climate Change.

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