Might the current eruptions in Iceland become worse, affecting Europe – and perhaps our climate?

Summary:   The volcanic eruptions in Iceland reminds how geological events can make the works of man look insignificant.  Fortunately this happens seldom, as we reckon time.   This post discusses the possibility that the current eruption cycle in Iceland might become larger and more destructive. Much of the media discussion about the odds of the current eruptions becoming far … Continue reading Might the current eruptions in Iceland become worse, affecting Europe – and perhaps our climate?

More about shockwaves of the volcanic kind

Although we are obsessed with a few possible shockwaves, there are many others to which we remain oblivious.  We put disproportionate resources into the few, in effect magnifying the danger from the others.  We have been warned about the others, but prefer to remain blind.  Here's one example: "Atmospheric and environmental effects of the 1783–1784 Laki eruption: A … Continue reading More about shockwaves of the volcanic kind

Global warming causes earthquakes and volcanic eruptions (yes, this story is real)

This story has sparked much laughter among global warming skeptics.  The history of exaggerated claims  by warmists have made the skeptics sloppy.  This claim has a basis in real research.  "Ice cap thaw may awaken Icelandic volcanoes", Reuters, 16 April 2010 "Will present day glacier retreat increase volcanic activity?", Carolina Pagli and Freysteinn Sigmundsson, Geophysical Research Letters, … Continue reading Global warming causes earthquakes and volcanic eruptions (yes, this story is real)

About our “certain doom” from the Yellowstone supervolcano

Earth was a benign mother during the 20th century, so that we forgot that changes in the physical world are among the most powerful drivers shaping history.  Now we seem to have gone to the other extreme, seeing every change in the physical world as a harbinger of doom. Here are some antidotes to the nonsense circulating … Continue reading About our “certain doom” from the Yellowstone supervolcano