Jan. 22, 2020

Taal volcano threatens life, climate, agriculture

The Taal volcano in the Philippines has eased its dramatic spewing of ash, but researchers monitoring the volcano say the possibility of a major eruption remains.

Esteban Gazel, professor of earth and atmospheric sciences at Cornell University, is an expert on the processes inside the Earth that produce magma and volcanoes. He says explosive volcanic eruptions have devastating effects on lives, air quality, agriculture, health and climate.


Gazel says:

“Every year, 50 volcanic eruptions affect over 10% of the world’s population. Explosive volcanic eruptions are devastating for human life, damaging air quality, covering entire regions with ash that destroys crops, livestock, and cause significant disruptions in global air traffic.

“Additionally, explosive eruptions can impact climate by injecting massive amounts of sulfur aerosols directly into the stratosphere, triggering global cooling that can result in a worldwide failure on agricultural production.

“Finally, the respiratory hazard of volcanic ash particulate matter is of particular concern because these materials can reach areas hundreds of miles away from the zone of primary volcanic hazards.”

For interviews contact:
Jeff Tyson
Office: (607) 255-7701
Cell: (607) 793-5769

[email protected]  

Cornell University has dedicated television and audio studios available for media interviews supporting full HD, ISDN and web-based platforms.

- 30 -