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Pictures: Global Warming Caused Eyjafjallajokull Volcano

by | 19th, April 2010

IN Iceland, the Eyjafjallajokull volcano has exploded. And global warming is to blame. (Just like it was to blame for that earthquke in Haiti.) Gaia has joned Plane Stupid to stop us from flying. Bill McGuire, of the Aon Benfield UCL Hazard Research Centre at University College London, author of Seven Years to Save the Planet and an invitation to…:

Imagine a volcanic blast so devastating it obliterates at a stroke the English county of Yorkshire or the US state of Connecticut; a detonation so titanic it buries a continent in ash and plunges the entire world into a bitter volcanic winter.

No, sorry. Can’t. No Yorkshire? But the kids might be able to imagine the horror – article continues after gallery of the volcano…

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To accompany Playhouse Disney’s Playing for the Planet Awards for budding eco-warriors, Bill McGuire has drawn up a list of tips to help pre-schoolers and their parents reduce their own and the UK’s carbon footprint

The basic ideas is when the ice melts the land bounces back (it being free of weighty ice). Then the water in the seas is heavier on the sea bed. The floor of the oceans can’t take the impact and bends. And… Kapow! And then there are the “ice-quakes” that could trigger volcanic eruptions.

Periods of exceptional climate change in Earth history are associated with a dynamic response from the geosphere.” Responses include volcanic activity, earthquakes, landslides, tsunamis, glacial outbursts, rock-dam failure floods, debris flows, and destabilizations of gas-hydrates, which are crystalline solids consisting of gas molecules encaged by water molecules. According to McGuire, anthropogenic climate change doesn’t just affect oceans and the atmosphere.

What can be done? Bill McGuire has an idea, and involves the IPCC:

In relation to anthropogenic climate change, modelling studies and projection of current trends point towards increased risk in relation to a spectrum of geological and geomorphological hazards in a warmer world, while observations suggest that the ongoing rise in global average temperatures may already be eliciting a hazardous response from the geosphere.”

May? Adding:

“In order to improve knowledge and reduce uncertainty, a programme of focused research is advocated … The IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] is also strongly exhorted to address more explicitly in future assessments the impact of anthropogenic climate change on the geosphere, together with its manifold potentially hazardous consequences.”

And then pray



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