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December 21, 2014

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4:09 AM | My AGU talk on tackling climate myths in a free online course
This post is based on an invited presentation I gave at the 2014 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco. The talk was titled Applying Agnotology Based Learning in a MOOC to Counter Climate Misconceptions. In it, I explained the approach taken in our upcoming MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) titled Making Sense of Climate Science Denial. For the last few years, I’ve been talking to people about agnotology-based learning.  Usually they blink or stare at me with […]

December 20, 2014

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9:42 AM | 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #51B
2014 will be the hottest year on record Aboriginal kowledge could unlock climate solutions Acidic oceans could quiet coral reefs A lump of coal for fossil fuels Arctic is warming twice as fast as world average As world leaders try to reduce emissions, carbon dioxide levels keep rising Climate change could cut world food output 18 percent by 2050 Climate change divide widens on Senate Energy panel Climate change mea non culpa If you don’t accept that climate change is real, you’re […]

December 19, 2014

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9:08 AM | Clarity on Antarctic sea ice.
I’ve always been a skeptic when it comes to Antarctic sea ice. I’m not referring here to the tiresome (and incorrect) claim that the expansion of sea ice around Antarctica somehow cancels out the dramatic losses of sea ice in the Arctic (NB: polar bears don’t really care if there is sea ice in Antarctica […]
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9:07 AM | Rising air and sea temperatures continue to trigger changes in the Arctic
This article is a reprint of a news release posted by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Dec 17, 2014. Arctic is warming at twice the rate of anywhere else on Earth A new NOAA-led report shows that Arctic air temperatures continue to rise at more than twice the rate of global air temperatures, a phenomenon known as Arctic amplification. Increasing air and sea surface temperatures, declining reflectivity at the surface of the Greenland ice sheet, […]
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1:29 AM | Science Storytelling Workshop at AGU14
"What does this look like?" "Zombies!" one of the scientists suggested. "Right," the cinematographer agreed. He reinforced the idea of shifting the frame to give the person on camera space for their gaze to travel - 'Lookroom'. He'd noted before that when there's an empty space looming behind a person's back it creates tension. Perhaps a zombie is about to stagger up from behind. Whoever's filming needs to keep in mind framing, or the way that visual elements are placed... Read more

December 18, 2014

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7:12 PM | 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #51A
3.6 degrees of uncertainty 9 things scientists did this year to ensure a better climate future Climate change in the Himalayas a reality: Experts Earth faces sixth ‘great extinction’ with 41% of amphibians set to go Fossil fuel companies grow nervous as divestment movement grows  Global warming: It’s OK to be smart about it Good COP, bad COP: Winners and losers at the Lima climate conference New paper raises question of tropical forest carbon storage New satellite maps […]
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2:07 PM | Climate change missing from government risk agendas
Earlier this month IIASA researcher Leena Ilmola-Sheppard sat in on the OECD High Level Risk Forum, and came away with some new thoughts and questions about how governments approach risk management. Continue reading →
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10:12 AM | What happens if we overshoot the two degree target for limiting global warming?
This is a re-post from Carbon Brief by Roz Pidcock Two degrees is the internationally-agreed target for limiting global warming, and has a long history in climate policy circles. Ambition that we can still achieve it is running high as climate negotiators gather in Lima to lay the groundwork for a potential global deal in 2015. But against this optimistic backdrop, greenhouse gas emissions have continued to rise. With each passing year the scale of the task looms ever larger.  There […]

December 17, 2014

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9:32 PM | Interview: Powering the Top of the World
Powering the Top of the World is a new documentary by Christoph Mazur and Chris Emmott, from Imperial College London. It explores energy supply in Nepal, and the innovative solutions to sustainable energy provision in some of the most remote parts of the world. With over 1.2 billion people with no access to electricity across the globe, these issues are echoed in countries the world over. Christoph Mazur speaks to Climatica about their work in Nepal, the moviemaking process, and their […]
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4:25 PM | Worldwide weird weather words
To celebrate both the Christmas period and the variety of nationalities within the UEA ClimateSnack group we have put together this group post. In the UK it is often said that as a nation we are obsessed with the weather, here we demonstrate that many countries have idioms relating to the local meteorological conditions. This […]Author informationRichard JonesI'm a meteorology PhD student at the University of East Anglia, currently investigating weather and climate in the Amundsen Sea, […]
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7:54 AM | 2014 will be the hottest year on record
For those of us fixated on whether 2014 will be the hottest year on record, the results are in. At least, we know enough that we can make the call. According the global data from NOAA, 2014 will be the hottest year ever recorded. I can make this pronouncement even before the end of the year because each month, I collect daily global average temperatures. So far, December is running about 0.5°C above the average. The climate and weather models predict that the next week will be about […]

December 16, 2014

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10:00 PM | AGU Part 1: The preparation frenzy
By Tanja It is that time of the year. Everyone goes crazy, we are all busy but no one wants to work. We crank up the air conditioner and we are determined to ….. not wrap up the gifts. It … Continue reading →
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10:05 AM | Two degrees: Will we avoid dangerous climate change?
This is a re-post from Carbon Brief by Simon Evans Limiting warming to no more than two degrees has become the internationally accepted target for climate policy, as we saw in  the first blog of our series of pieces looking at the two degrees limit. Scientists think the risks of climate change increase as temperatures rise. Two degrees isn't a 'safe' level of climate change, but nor is it a red line with only chaos beyond, as we'll see in part three. It is a readily understood and useful […]
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2:21 AM | 2014 SkS News Bulletin #6: LIMA COP20 / CMP10
This News Bulletin is a compilation of articles about the just concluded meeting of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and of and the 10th session of the Conference of Parties to the Kyoto Protocol. The meeting was held in Lima, Peru begining on Dec 1 and ending on Dec 14 with the adoption of a report dubbed the Lima Call for Climate Action. A climate accord based on global peer pressure At climate talks in Lima, […]

December 15, 2014

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8:53 PM | Carbon News 15/12/14: smoke and mirrors
English goes silent on carbon deficit costs The Government is refusing to discuss what impact a 2030 carbon deficit will have on the economy – despite warnings from Treasury. Finance Minister Bill English has confirmed to Carbon News that Treasury is predicting carbon prices of between $10 and $165 a tonne between 2021 and 2030, […]
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9:55 AM | Two degrees: The history of climate change’s ‘speed limit’
This is a re-post from Carbon Brief by Mat Hope & Rosamund Pearce Limiting warming to no more than two degrees has become the de facto target for global climate policy. But there are serious questions about whether policymakers can keep temperature rise below the limit, and what happens if they don't. As climate negotiators meet in Lima to discuss a new global climate deal that could limit warming to two degrees or less, we look at each of the issues in turn. Here, we take a look at […]

December 14, 2014

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6:23 PM | AGU 2014
Once more unto the breach! Fall AGU this year will be (as last year) …the largest Earth Science conference on the planet, and is where you will get previews of new science results, get a sense of what other experts think about current topics, and indulge in the more social side of being a scientist. […]
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6:23 PM | Ten Years of RealClimate: Where now?
The landscape for science blogging, the public discourse on climate and our own roles in the scientific community have all changed radically over the last 10 years. Blogging is no longer something that stands apart from professional communications, the mainstream media or new online start-ups. The diversity of voices online has also increased widely: scientists […]
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5:47 PM | Sulfur hydride blows away previous critical temperature limits for conventional superconductivity
Superconductivity, the phenomenon in which a material conducts electrons without resistance, is the tantalizing theoretical mystery of condensed matter physics attracting some of the greatest minds in the field.  Now, some incredible news has come out of the Max Planck … Continue reading →

A. P. Drozdov, M. I. Eremets & I. A. Troyan (2014). Conventional superconductivity at 190 K at high pressures, arXiv, arXiv: http://arxiv.org/abs/1412.0460v1

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6:37 AM | 2014 SkS Weekly Digest #50
SkS Highlights Tamino's Guest blog post, Is Earth’s temperature about to soar?, drew the most comments of the articles posted on SkS during the past week. California just had its worst drought in over 1200 years, as temperatures and risks rise by Dana attracted the second highest number.  El Niño Watch Japan’s weather bureau said on Wednesday that an El Niño weather pattern, which can trigger drought in some parts of the world while […]
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6:23 AM | Vaguely liveblog from Lima
1.23 am I blogged earlier in (my) day about where we were at. Since then, things have moved on.  1.20 a.m. and plenary’s about to start. There’s a new text out and one of the good things is that there’s much stronger stuff in there about how to measure the actions governments submit to the […]
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1:12 AM | Dead rats and circumcision
Saturday afternoon in Lima. On the good side, the one place selling good coffee is still open (the proper machines, rather than the horrible little Nescafe machines that the locals call ‘no es café.”) And I’ve managed to eke out my stack of kiwi Dark Ghana chocolate, saving the last big block for today. On […]

December 13, 2014

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1:00 PM | 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #50B
Building climate equity and international consensus from the ground up Canada ‘flies under radar,’ skirts Oilsands issue at COP20 climate talks Debate heats up on risk of frozen fossil fuel assets Fighting for the climate in the Heart of the World First El Niño in five years declared by Japan's weather bureau Global warming continues despite continuous denial Global warming isn't causing California drought? Report triggers storm Green Climate Fund to back energy "paradigm […]

December 12, 2014

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7:18 AM | iMonsoon: Life of a Sedimentologist
The main job of the JOIDES Resolution (or JR for short) is to drill beneath the seafloor and to collect intact sediment cores. Once it gets started, the JR does a really, really efficient job of retrieving core. Every fifteen minutes or so (depending on the water depth at a location, the type of drill […]
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7:03 AM | Skeptical Science at the 2014 AGU Fall Meeting
A number of Skeptical Science contributors will be presenting at the 2014 AGU Fall Meeting.  If you'll be there, come check us out. Time Presenter Type Location Details Sunday, 14 December, 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. John Cook Workshop InterContinental Hotel, 888 Howard St, San Francisco Communicating Climate Science Workshop Deadline to apply is Fri., Oct. 31 Tuesday, 16 December 2014; 8:00 AM  Andy Skuce  Poster    Abstract ID and Title: 7106: […]

December 11, 2014

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7:02 AM | Global warming continues despite continuous denial
Human emissions of greenhouse gases cause the Earth to warm. We’ve known that for decades – actually for over 100 years. But how do we measure warming? How fast is the planet heating? Turns out, this is conceptually easy to answer, even though it is difficult to implement the required measurements. In order to measure how fast the planet is heating, we can measure the difference in incoming and outgoing energy at the top of the atmosphere (just like keeping track of a bank account […]
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12:41 AM | Meetings for fans of homogenisation
There are a number of scientific meetings coming up for people interested in the homogenisation of climate station data. CLIMATE-ES 2015The International Symposium CLIMATE-ES 2015 (Progress on climate change detection and projections over Spain since the findings of the IPCC AR5 Report.) will be held in Tortosa, Tarragona, Spain, on 11-13 March 2015 and is organised by Manola Brunet et al.Deadline for abstract submission and registration is in four days: 15 December 2014.There is a session on […]

December 10, 2014

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11:23 PM | New with the old: 40 percent solar cell efficiency using traditional photovoltaic materials
Writing a dissertation really cuts down on available blogging time, but I couldn’t pass up a quick post about this!  Headlines abound about a new solar cell breakthrough in efficiency found by a University of New South Wales research group … Continue reading →
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8:51 PM | Ten years of Realclimate: By the numbers
Start date: 10 December 2004 Number of posts: 914 Number of comments: ~172,000 Number of comments with inline responses: 14,277 Minimum number of total unique page visits, and unique views, respectively: 19 Million, 35 Million Number of guest posts: 100+ Number of mentions in newspaper sources indexed by LexisNexis: 225 Minimum number of contributors and […]
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8:32 PM | Ten years of RealClimate: Thanks
As well as the current core team – David Archer, Eric Steig, Gavin Schmidt, Mike Mann, Rasmus Benestad, Ray Bradley, Ray Pierrehumbert, Stefan Rahmstorf – this blog has had input from many others over the years: The 90+ guest contributors who bring a necessary diversity of experience and expertise to the blog: Abby Swann, Alan […]
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