Has the Icelandic dust cloud helped reduce global warming?

In recent times, the world has seen tons of volcanic ash being ejected up into the Earth’s stratosphere, all thanks to the eruptions of a Volcano in Iceland. It’s not on the scale of the massive eruptions that caused the deaths of the Dinosaurs millions of years ago. But some experts now think that small eruptions might help to offset the phenomenon known as global warming. As many flights across Europe are cancelled due to prevailing weather conditions sending particles of ash and dust across various countries and inhibiting flights from many countries, some ask has this helped our overall environment? The answer seems to be YES. But if so – then why?

In a normal typical time period we can expect to see 20,000 flights happen in the general European area. Due to severe cancellations because of Volcanic dust clouds across the EU, only 6,000 flights have taken place.  There are less carbon emissions being made by aircraft. There is less fuel being spent by companies and governments, and less being used by aircraft. Economically money has been saved, though economies have lost money too through lack of trade and export. But the environment has been irrevocably altered. The normally rumbling skies are quiet. The quantity of airplane contrails in the sky’s upper atmosphere has been reduced. People are more grounded, and resorting to other means of transport. The normal amount of business done by Sea ferries has increased considerably, but for short distances. But the sheer amount of travel happening over longer distances has been reduced. It seems there is a silver lining in this strange unusual weather after all.

The whole argument from scientists that we have been getting lately is that we are altering the general temperature of the whole world due to human industry and activity. Commerce and rising consumption of natural resources is supposed to be a cause of this. There is a sizable number of people who question this theory also, maintaining that the argument has not been fully proved on Global Warming. But now some experts claim this new dust cloud caused by the Icelandic volcano might be benefiting the so called warming process, by slowing it down or reducing it.

In the 1980’s in the Philippines, a huge volcano called Mount Pinatubo erupted, sending 20 million tons of ash and dust into the Earths stratosphere. There was so much of it, and it spread around the world so much that over a period of about 2 years, it resulted in the global cooling of the world by between 0.5 and 1.0 degree in temperature. The Icelandic eruption is not as big as Pinatubo. It’s quite small by comparison. But scientists are watching and collecting data on a daily basis to see what the overall effect will be for many countries. It has already had a negative effect on Icelandic people already. Their country is covered in a thick layer of Ash. How will it affect Asthma sufferers or people with breathing difficulties? Its human cost and health cost has still to be fully measured.

We all recently experienced Earth Hour, when we all collectively turned off the TVs, appliances and lights for one hour to try to help reduce the carbon emissions a small bit. This seismic event in our weather patterns over Europe this week has smashed the record set by that world event, but by how much?

Could Volcanoes themselves or Mother Nature be the real reason our environment and overall warming has stayed at its current temperature for so long? Is Nature really regulating life on Earth as we know it, and not us Humans as we are being taught to believe? It’s a sobering thought. It is incredible to think that an event like a volcanic eruption- something we have no control over – can have such a huge affect on our lives. And to think that it can end up being something in the end that we are all eventually grateful for.

Some Icelandic Volcano trivia:

Icelandic Volcanoes are supposedly the world’s most active volcanoes. One third of the total lava in the word in the last 500 years has been produced by Icelandic Volcanoes. Iceland has 130 volcanoes, 18 of them have erupted since the settlement of the Vikings from way back in history. The eruption of Laki Volcano that happened in 1783 was the largest eruption in the last 500 years. Many geologists say that the eruptions at Eldgja that happened in 934AD were bigger still.

Iceland is about the size of the U.S. State of Ohio. With 130 volcanoes, each person in Iceland is always very close to a volcano. Iceland sits on a massive tectonic gap or rift between 2 huge tectonic plates that cover part of the Earth’s surface. The constant movement of the tectonic plates results in fissures where the plates meet, and when lava squeezes up these gaps to the surface through the volcano chimneys, we get eruptions as we all saw in Iceland recently. Mostly this normally happens at points below water level, but not in Iceland. There you get the full effect above ground.

Were it not for these 2 plates crashing against each other, Iceland would lie on the Arctic seabed. Because of massive volcanic eruptions over the many millennia the island of Iceland as we know it today was formed. It happened approximately 70 million years ago. In the 1960’s the new Icelandic Island of Surtsey was formed when massive underwater eruptions spewed out from an underwater volcano and scientists are fascinated by how animals like birds have come to colonize the island. Icelandic are the most closely studied volcanoes in the world as they are the easiest to monitor above ground. They erupt roughly once every 5 years.

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CaribeM 6 years ago

Very interesting hub Cheeky Girl, I learned a lot with it. I had a question in mind but vrajavala answered with his/her post. Thank you both!

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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Hi Cheeky girl, OMG this is so awful, just think how many people are breathing this in. You take care and keep us informed, thumbs up...

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suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

Thanks for this very informative Hub. Interesting food for thought.

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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

This comment came from "vrajavala"

"While CO2 raises temperatures, SO2 (sulphur dioxide) reduces temperatures and is found in Volcanic Ash.

One of our climate scientist, Prof Mike McCracken has even suggested using SO2 over the ocean to control Global Warming, if there is such a thing, which I doubt."


I appreciate the comments my friend and they are very interesting but as you had 2 links in this comment and I don't like spam, I removed the non-hub one and the other above I will allow. In future, please ask me before you do that. Thanks. You'll be happy to know I agree about the global warming item you mention, this is a bugbear with lots of people as it's not proven yet. I find this an interesting subject, and SO2 is a controversial issue with environmentalists. Thanks for the insights here.

Hy CaribeM: Glad you found the hub interesting.

Hy Darlene: People in the USA are so lucky they don't have to deal with this. Just our luck that we get it all over here! LOL! When the rain comes, that will change things a bit I think! And it has been unusually dry and warm here lately! Like sunny south of France weather really! Cheers for the comments, moi friend!

Hello suziecat7: Happy to know you lie the hub, moi friend! Food for thought indeed!

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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

What an interesting question this is. It would be so interesting to find definitively whether this eruption contributes to reducing global warming

dreamreachout 6 years ago

Wonderful information and a marvellous hub!! It would be wonderful if global warming is reduced and for that a week's trouble is bearable!! In India, we didnt have spring this year, it was straight summer from winter!! However, I always believe that Earth and mother nature always finds a way to all changes and survives gloriously and so will it be about global warming!!

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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hello De Greek: I agree! It would be very interesting! The Pinatubo eruption did cool the Earth by a degree or so, and while this is a smaller eruption in Iceland, it's going to be interesting to see how it pans out. Meanwhile lots of planes are grounded an cannot fly! Cheers!

Hy dreamreachout: Thanks for the comments here! A weeks worth of trouble would be worth it. India sounds like an interesting case. Wow, winter to summer sounds weird. In Asian countries that can happen. The Philippines is the same. (Going from memory here) Mother Nature is a curious thing. There's a whole logic in there all of its own. I always find it amazing how nature recovers from some environmental disaster. Many thanks for the comments here! : )

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entertianmentplus 6 years ago from United States

Interesting hub I learn a lot thanks for sharing.

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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hello, moi friend: always lovely to see you here! Many thanks for your comments! Cheers! : )

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tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

Well Cheeky Girl I was gonna come over to have a beer with ya , but I guess I will have to put that Idea on hold for awhile. One thing is for sure between earthquakes and volcanoes , the planet is getting very active lately.

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Lindsay Godfree 6 years ago from Arizona

Loved this article as I do all your work! I appreciated the information on Icelandic volcanoes and learned a lot. I REALLY loved the video!

TattoGuy 6 years ago

Interesting hub Cassy, all I know it has covered my Clio in dust and I am gonna kick it's dusty ass !! x

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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hy Tony: Aw, sorry ya couldn't make it for the beer, moi friend! Heh! *chuckles here at this* You just can't predict what Nature is gonna do next! All our transport plans are "up in the air" at the moment. Yes, I know! Bad joke! LOL! Thanks for the comments!

Hello Lindsay; Thanks for the comments here, moi friend! Yes, we have all had to take a crash course on this new phenomenon that is affecting all our lives and transport plans and our economies. It's not really a new thing for many people who have experienced volcanoes before! Glad you like the video!

Hello Art!!! Yes, we have the dust over here too! They say its not dust from the Icelandic Volcano, but I believe it is. Yes, I will help you kick its dusty ass alright! It's a pain! Cheers for the comments, moi friend! XOX

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DonnaWallace 6 years ago from North Carolina

What a wonderful hub! Iceland's volcano and dust cloud are big stories these days & you've offered lots of good information.

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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hy Donna: Cheers for the comments! Yes, volcanoes seem to be awful popular these days! I aim to please! Thanks for this!

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Astra Nomik 6 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

Cassy, this is weird and interesting. I thought this was a joke since global warming is not entirely believed by everyone. But if it does exist and if it does happen, then I see where you are coming from. I heard about Mount Pinatubo and how it cooled the Earth by a few degrees, so powerful was its affect on the world. It also made a large part of the surrounding area uninhabitable, so erruptions do cause some damage.

"Global warming" could be affected and yes, the reduction in air travel and reduced emissions from aircraft will have a small but noticeable effect on the environment. I like the interesting slant here.

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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hello Astra, my dear! For what it's worth I am not entirely sold on Global warming. Some think it's part of a greater picture, but one that's a bit harder to explain. I'm with you on that one. But I am not knocking my own hub here. The amount of carbon emissions has gone way down thanks to the large pause in European aviation travel. And that is good for the environment surely.

Cheers for the comment! XX

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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

As always wonderful writing informative, and all out brilliant, keep this one coming my dear! ( of coruse, I am saying brilliant because it is coming from a brilliant person-- but you knew that already =))

Hope to read more on this one from you.

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_cheryl_ 6 years ago from California

Interesting thoughts Cheeky Girl! Great info and history on these volcanoes as well. Huge natural events like these may affect us, but as you've said- may eventually be something we are grateful for. Great hub! =)

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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hello Rebecca E! Great to get your comments here as always! Oh, please don't give me a big head - but thanks for the kinds words! Thank you for this, Rebecca! I am always a fan of yours! : )

Hello _cheryl_: I am glad you liked the hub. I try to find the interesting angle in things. Lets hope there might yet be some positive things that come out of this volcano experience! Cheers! : )

TattoGuy 6 years ago

You and Cathy have a great weekend moi lil friends xox

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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hello moi friend! *Give ya a big hug* I hope you are doing okay Art. Warmest congratulations on the amazing milestone. 100,000 views. Awesome! I love your new avatar, she's a real looker! Heh! You have a great weekend too, from us! XOXOXOX

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alexandriaruthk 6 years ago from US

great hub and research Cheeky and for including the Philippines there, Thank you so much for this well researched hub, you know that I love facts hehe, genius cheeky my girl,

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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hello moi friend Maita! Can I say the name here? I read your hub where you explained the other websites and article sites you are doing now, so I figure - hey you are famous all over now! Heh! Yes, Pinatubo gets an honorable mention! I think the highest mount I saw while in the Philippines was in Lake Taal. Taal was amazing. A volcano inside a lake inside a crater. Holy crap, it was stunning! LOL! Loved the cliff view from the cafe I was at! Yes, I love fax too, but not as good as email! LOL! Cheers, moi cheeky Maita! : )

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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

Cheeky, I remember reading that the explosion of Krakatoa caused a 'year without a summer.' It caused a great cooling and caused problems for farmers. Volcanoes are amazing things, beautiful in their drama and danger and God knows what effect this one will have.

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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hy Dolores, yes Krakatoa was a monster. I am glad I am in the UK, we are a long distance from any exploding, roaring, marauding party-goers...sorry - volcanoes! Heh! (There's a party going on next door!) I agree, they are awesome yet dangerous at the same time. Kind of like a first date. (Why the hell did I say that?) Sorry for the outburst, Dolores. I will have to take my pills, I am just far too cheeky right now! : ) Seriously, there may be more to come. That volcano in Iceland apparently has a sleeping big brother close by. Ooops!

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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

Wow, I learned a lot from this hub! Of course, I think you've hit on another chapter of the book on whether or not Global Warming exists and whether or not what man is doing is causing it. Thanks for sharing your insight, Cheeky Girl, one Ireland and its volcanoes. Rating it up and giving you a Digg. :)

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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hello Money Glitch: thank you for the comments here! Another chapter, eh? You mean I should have written a book? I knew there was something I had to do! *chuckles* The whole global warming issue needs some elaboration in some areas. I think the volcano eruption is something that could be added. Wow! Thank you for the rating and the Digg! I am touched, moi friend! I will happily return the favour as I am on Digg too! Cheers!

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Kaie Arwen 6 years ago

Great information and lots to think about........... I am admittedly lacking in knowledge about global warming; I think I understand it, and then I hear something new that completely confuses me.......... why I get confused is anyone's guess, but right now, I thank you for making it all a little clearer!

The volcano clip was amazing............ thanks for that!

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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hello Kaie: I hope you are having a good day. Thank you for the comments here.I understand about the global warming thing. I was the same. But I found some people were confusing the issue. There's nothing worse than having 2 conflicting views being put forward, both vying for eager acceptance. Glad you liked the clip. Cheers! : )

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blaise25 6 years ago from close to you...

A way of earth renewing itself huh. This is brilliant! Thanks for sharing this moi friend. I never knew Iceland has lots of volcanoes. I live in the Phil. and kinda know how Mt. Pinatubo devastated many lives. Now the volcano itself is paradise. (Hmmm if busy days would leave me, I'll make a hub bout it :) )

At present it's never been this hot. Like if you go outside a cold room, it's freakin sauna! hahaha

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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hy Blaise: (Was just writing a quick blog on my website just now before heading to work) - yes, a sort of renewal, you are right. What the world needs is some kind of renewal like that. Yup, Iceland is chock full of the critters. LOL! Some docile, others just waiting for trouble. Isn't it amazing how beautiful and calm a volcano can look when it is sleeping. Almost like someone I am looking at right now who's snoring in the bed here! Heh! That is so funny! Oooh boy!

Yes, why not make a hub about it. I wish my busy days would leave me for a week or so, that would be nice. I saw the temp there the other day on "France 24" - 37 degrees heat there! Wow! How do you tolerate it? Yeah, I got the sauna thing when I was there. Miss the Philippines. Heh! You want to swap?

Take care moi good friend! : )

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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

It's certainly an interesting idea, and probably there are some environmental benefits to this occurrence...but I'm inclined to think that the ash itself being spewed into the atmosphere is not necessarily without it's consequences either. It poses OTHER serious environmental concerns, killing off palnt life, choking out animals, and health risks associated with air quality for humans, and even causing food chain issues potentially (depending on the severity of the eruptions, which in this case are not as devastating as they could be, as you mentioned).

As for global warming, I'm still not on board with the idea that it's man made, or that we're even actually warming for that matter. I do think climate change exists, however. But again, I think that is more a part of natural processes than of man made ones...

Still, I have always been a strong proponent for being environmentally conservative, and for being AWARE that for a variety of reasons OTHER THAN climate change/global warming, taking care of our environment is an imperative. I really like the Earth Hour idea, and honestly, I think we should all practice it every single day in our lives. That would certainly have a very massive and positive impact IMO on the environment, and it would certainly save us all a few bucks as well. ;)

Great and informative hub BTW, even if I'm not quite on board with the underlying concept. :)

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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Great hub, Cheeky, not only interesting to read and informative, but it also raises a number of questions that force us, your readers, to think about extremely important global issues that affect us all.

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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hello Springboard: you raise some apt points with this comment. I also have doubts about the global warming debate and its apparent causes. Some aspects of the Icelandic Volcano eruptions would reduce the so-called carbon footprint of the oil-hungry airlines that "pollute the skies" due to the grounding of hundreds of planes - as mentioned in the hub.

There are other points that could have been considered in the hub; I merely chose to constrain this argument for the sake of this subject - which is about how the reduction of flights caused by the volcanic eruptions is responsible for grounding aircraft and so reducing the carbon emissions of said aircraft.

I take your points here, they are all good points. I agree about the earth hour idea. Why just one hour for a whole year? Why not an hour for every week? That's 52 hours, more than 2 days worth of so-called carbon emissions reduced by whatever amount. Why aren't governments aiming for higher targets. Will businesses allow it? Will Industries permit it? There are so many generalities about the environment, that the devil is always in the detail. What will come next? Power rationing for some countries? The industrialized nations argue against some such measures due to the threat of damaging their economies, and they argue the right to produce goods without interference from "outside influences". What happens when people talk about the environment - is that the pro-environment tree-huggers' views are always considered unwelcome when pitted against the need to make a fast buck and the running of global business. If the governments of the world wanted to stop pollution and carbon emissions dead in their tracks, all commerce as we know it would have to cease. That will simply never happen. So the next best thing will happen, and governments will argue over what balance to strike so as to appease both sides.

Short of wiping out the whole human race, there is no easy way to "help" or "preserve" the environment. It will always be a trade off. There will always be some part of the environment that will be sacrificed for the sake of human industry. We need to find 100% clean fuel sources that involve taking nothing from the environment whatsoever. And harm no one living thing, small or big on the planet. Sounds easy - but it will take either a long time to achieve or it will never be achieved.

Always nice to get great comments like this, Springboard. Cheers! Much appreciated!

Hy drbj: Glad you think so, moi friend! I wanted to make people think. I agree that it should be delved into more! I naturally smell more hubs on the way! If this gets people talking, so much the better! How many Forums on Hub Pages are there about the environment or Global Warming? Ans = 0. I rest moi case. Cheers!

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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

This is great information. I never thought about this before. You brought new knowledge for us. And I promised to share this one to my students. I think they'll glad to know this story. Good work, my friend!

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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hy prasetio30: Always good to get your comments my friend! Glad you liked the hub! I am happy to help! Thank you! : )

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blaise25 6 years ago from close to you...

Yep it's so beautiful to watch someone sleeping... :) and when she caught you watchin it's more beautiful after that.. ;p ehemmmm Hey, isnt it so cute to pretend you're sleeping to see how it's like when someone watches you..hahaha Ooh boy! :)

Yep about 37, summer has started so early. I don't go out that much at day time. I'm like a vampy hahaha Forecast says it's gonna be 40ish by May WHOA!!!! It's freaking fever moi friend.

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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hello Blaise: wow, your comment threw me for a second here! Then I remembered I wrote an antry in moi Blog on my website! Heh! You sneaky woman, you read it! And actually she never woke up, just went on snoozing away! LOL! Yes, she did laugh at the picture later, but I promised I won't put it on the internet. I would never do anything on my Cathy behind her back. But yes, sometimes I pretend myself, just to "see" what goes on. It's fun. And you are right, there is something most beautiful in this! H'mm, maybe there's a hub in there somewhere...anyway, I am glad you read it! Cheers for this!! : )

It's 37 there now??? Really? OMG, Blaise, that would cook me totally! I see why going out during the day would be a no no. So how do people survive there? Bora I can understand, just swim in the blue ocean! But then what? Cook and boil some more? Heh! I am amazed you can tolerate that heat! I know some vampies like that! Wow! 40's would be just too much! What would you do in a car? Filipino air conditioning must be supergood to handle that!! Evenings would be the best time to head out to socialize and dine. Always a joy seeing you here, moi friend! x

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blaise25 6 years ago from close to you...

Oh no I havent read it, but since you've mentioned and teased me, I will hahaha Cheers!

Thank goodness it rained last night.Temp dropped to 30 LOL Filipinos can damn survive anywhere no matter what hahaha Seriously, I wonder sometimes how people without airconditioned cribs survive..Yep, beaches help. I hate goin to Bora it's too crowded in the summer. Talk about cars, you have to make it chill for half an hour before riding it again unless you dare have a free ride in Mercury. LOL Evenin, that's what I'm always waitin for..all vampies do ;) XO Team Cheeky

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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

LOL! Didn't read, yeah right! Temp dropped to 30? Gosh, that's still so warm! Yes, it sounds like aircon or die! Heh! What beaches other than Bora are good there, Blaise? Would you recommend any? Car travel sounds so "uncool" in so many ways!!! I wouldn't mind having a car with a soft top for driving round in the summer! Cathy would love that! You are a real vampie girl alright! But that's alright. We have some vampies over here too - they come out at night too! Especially at weekends! ; )

Cheers moi friend! XO from Us!

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watcher by night 6 years ago

Very interesting, Cheeky Girl... it would be "cool" (sorry for lame pun) if the volcanic dust cloud helped to slow our global warming. I'm wondering, does the volcano also spew forth significant quantities of carbon, though? In the long run that might work for global warming. But that's just my pretty-much-scientifically-illiterate take on the subject. Next you should write a hub on how to PRONOUNCE the name of the volcano. It's a doozy of a name!

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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hello watcher by night: yes, it would be cool alright. The carbon spewing is a good question. In a way, the answer may surprisingly be yes, after all, Earth hosts a gargantuan amount of carbon-based life forms. Including us, if I am not mistaken. I would have to re-check, but carbon is found everywhere in the world, and there's no shortage of it, rather there is too much. On the name of the volcano, I'd rather learn the Vulcan language from Star Trek before attempting that! Heh! Respect to anyone who can get that in one attempt! Thanks for the comment.

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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

How are you my Cheeky, Take care, Maita

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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hello Maita: I am well. I hope you are doing okay there, moi friend! "Ingat ka!" as they say, I think!

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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Great info! I was wondering about how this would affect global warming.

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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hy Habee: Thank you for this! Wonder no more! (I hope!) : )

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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

my Cheeky, Happy Mothers Day, if not to your mom, Take care, Maita

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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hello Maita: Aaw, what a nice thought from you, moi friend! *Hugs you happily for this* Thank you for this! Happy Mothers Day to you too this restful and peaceful Sunday. I hope you are having a nice weekend. You made me smile today! Cheers for this!! : )

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Misha 6 years ago from DC Area

LOL You can't offset something that does not exist. But I see how this will be used by alarmists now to rationalize on why their theory utterly failed LOL

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sheila b. 6 years ago

I'm late to the party here. That said, what I was thinking about as I read your article is Al Gore saying 'the science is closed'. No - global warming scientists' minds have been closed. Didn't consider volcanoes, did they?

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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hy Misha: Yes, the trick of every bean counter and accountant has been revealed! You can't offset something that cannot exist! I am smiling like crazy here! Yes, I see your logic! That's funny. Would they be crazy enough to come out and say that? H'mm, what have you been reading? Has it been reported? Omigosh, it just needs more evidence as theories go. I know we all need to help the environment and do more for it. However - we just get fed up over being lied to. Thanks for this insight! It's good! : )

Hy sheila b: Al Gore was a bit ahead of himself saying that, and I think he already regrets that. If there was to be ever a film addendum to that film he made, there would be a lot of redacting and black-markering of some comments made. Some other points were well made however, and actually he is right to draw attention to some things we are doing wrong with the environment. The Global warming issue has proved that it is a very large subject and it can't be easily explained or written up with a bow on it. We need honest information. Well at least people are asking the right questions, and that is a good thing...

Thanks for your comment here!

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liswilliams 6 years ago from South Africa

wow! 20 million tons of ash, now that's a lot of ash, terrific hub :)

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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hello liswilliams: yes, it's a lot to get stuck in a planes propeller! Ooops! Okay, that would be like dropping the plane right into the volcano itself. I don't advocate that here! 20 million is a lot! Thanks for the comments!

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rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay

great hub, cheeky, very interesting. the planet is surely going through a climate change which I think is the term they now use more so than global warming. from what I've read, the scientific community has virtually no debate of whether climate change is happening or not. it's evident that it is.

I think mother nature must have mechanisms to counter balance some of what humans produce, but I believe we must find alternative sources of energy and care about our planet.

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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hello rebekahELLE: thank you rebekah! Much of the change right now is happening in many part of our climate, some good, some not so good. I agree that more debate is needed. And it must be reasoned debate, and not some hyperbola put out by people with vested interests. Our days of digging and mining away every precious commodity out of the ground is not the way to solve our problems. Science has many solutions. If only we could advance the case for the environment even more. It's hard to believe we are the same species that put a man on the moon in the 1960's. We seem to be painfully slow in progressing beyond where we are now.

Thanks for the interesting comments here.

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rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay

cheeky, what I meant to say is that within the scientific community, the majority do believe that climate change is taking place and that the debate whether it is or is not happening is not needed. the public opinion is not so much influenced by scientific findings, but more by the media. This always puzzles me why the average human being doesn't want to ask important questions and dig for information and solutions. so much of the status quo simply wants to politicize everything. it's a sad blemish on the human race in my opinion. we can never stop asking what, where, why, how, what can I do?

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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

I follow you, rebekah. Yes, the media do have a control over a lot of what we think. What we end up having to do is not always trust even the media. Sadly even they can be either wrong or misled or selling us something. That's how it works. So yes, we do have to ask questions. Questions get shoved aside if they are not in keeping with some people's interests. I ask myself that a lot, and then try do something not many others are doing. I did 2 hubs on Aung San Suu Kyi for example. I asked what I could do, then I did it.

For example , in the UK here people are being told that they themselves brought about the Hung Parliament as the people have voted accordingly. The media wanted that hung parliament just as much, ( a reporter I know told me!) and then dumps on society when the politicians moan about bad media coverage. Its passing the buck! Heh Crazy I know but that's how the game plays out.

Don't let it get you down, rebekah. Better still, why not do a hub on it? "Does the media have too much power?" type of hub. Anyway, take it easy, moi friend. I know that you are one hubber who cares. And that makes the difference! Cheers!

Hameed 6 years ago

This is great information.

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2patricias 6 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

What an absolutely brilliant topic for a Hub! Your research

makes it really interesting as well. Both of us know people who have been affected by the volcanic ash. In the last week or so it has 'reappeared' to cause more flight disruptionl Although this is a nuisance, it is a sobering reminder that people do NOT control the natural world.

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lender3212000 6 years ago from Beverly Hills, CA

Excellent hub! I appreciate the unique information. It provides so much more value than you get when you read the headlines about this story.

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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hello Hameed: thanks for the comment. Take care!

Hello 2patricias: Thank you ladies for the comments! There's a bit of room for more information on the subject and it is topical, and so I am glad to do hubs like this! You are right, we don't have that much control on the environment, and sometimes Nature can get its own back on us! The resurgence of Ash clouds over some parts of Europe is another worry, and reminder that it hasn't gone away. How can we control that? A good question or maybe a hub for someone to go for, maybe?! Anyway - cheers, moi friends! take care! Hope the ash doesn't cause any hassle there for you.

Hy lender321000: It's always nice to get comments from newcomers here, so muchos gracias for this! Yes, the headlines provide just so much, and that's where Hubbers like ourselves can add to that and "suppliment" that news with more information and even interactivity. Remember that Hubs are better than newspapers, they cover more subject matter and are just more watchable and sometimes even funnier! Some of the Hubbers I link to in my profile page write similar hubs too! Cheers! : )

SunCapsule 6 years ago from USA

Thank you for actually presenting accurate information. I hate both extremes to the global warming story. First it was global warming that now turned into climate change because they realized that it wasn't just warming. The earth goes through cycles so climates changing is natural, but at the same time there is no need for humans to ruin the environment because we are simply lazy and too greedy to take a few minutes to do simple things.

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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hello SunCapsule: A most interesting name you got there, my friend! Thank you for the comments. Yes, this constant sense of the global warming issue being either a "feast or a famine" thing does wear one down. It is tiresome listening to melting icecap stories on one side and the being told about the ice ages that recur every few thousand years. If the pendulum does not swing one way, it must there fore be...and so on. Then as you said the "warming" thing went uh...cool. So now it's global change. This really confuses people. What are people to believe? My regret is that this hub isn't long or big or deep enough to handle the complexity of the whole enormous subject. But it does create a lot of reactions. The whole phenomenon only shows that even the experts have still much to learn from the "cycles " you refer to in your comment. What causes them, how they affect the climate, and more besides. The climate is not finite, it doesn't end or come to a halt. There is no full stop in it - it is a constantly evolving and changing thing, and we have much to learn.

And we can do some simple things about it, as you say. Again, thank you for drawing out some good points here. Cheers!

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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

Planet Earth does seem to be shaking and shimeying a bit more in the last number of years with some devastating results. I think that she (earth) along with the sun do more to affect climate change than we mere mortals, although we should do our small part to help Mother Earth as she turns in space. Let me know when you plan to learn Vulcan and perhaps we can get aboard a Star Ship and evaluate Earth from a distance with additional knowledge and greater perspective. I'm ready! :-)

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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hello Peggy: Yes, the Planet is not being too quiet as of late. Earthquakes and Tsunamis and landslides are just some of the recent events we could mention. The possibility that Mother Nature may have more of a say in how our environment changes is wide open. We do have ways we can help and we need to do more. Our energy creation and supply is a big factor. We can be working smarter and thinking differently about how we travel and power industry is a big challenge.

Although my Vulcan is limited (I'll have to re-watch Jolene Blalock as T'Pol in Star Trek Enterprise - always a good reason to watch TV...)- I must say the sooner we acquire greater knowledge and perspective about our world to the point where we show it proper respect - the better. I can't agree more. Global warming is an issue we do need to understand more. Our perceptions of it has changed to the point where they no longer call it that and climate change is its new title, apparently. Thank you for the interesting comments, Peggy!

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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Interesting! Thank you Ma'am!

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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hy Micky: thanks for popping by! Always appreciate the comments!

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Cheeky Girl 5 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

In the coming months the Moon will pass closest to the Earth it has ever been, and some think it will have a big affect on the earth's oceans and tectonic plates. H'mmm....

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Neil Sperling 5 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

cassy - you are a brilliant writer. From scientific, inspirational, informative to personal and romantic you shine in all writing types/styles. I have huge respect for you and very much appreciate all you are!


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Cheeky Girl 5 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hy Neil! Oh what a sweet thing for you to say! You get a big hug for that! I try to vary the subject a wee bit. Keep the mix interesting. But then many things interest me too. I enjoyed your recent new hubs too, Sir! Excellent! Cheers, Neil! Enjoy your weekend! :)

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