October 31, 2014

6:30 AM | 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #44B
5 ideas for protecting New York from the next Sandy Climate scientists aren’t too alarmist. They’re too conservative Direct Action is like a dodgy laundry powder that never gets the climate clean Emissions trading will be back in the game if Direct Action proves ineffective Fossil fuels won’t benefit Africa in absence of sound environmental policies Hot enough? Things are going to get hotter How Interstellar made Michael Caine think again about climate change If we want to […]

October 30, 2014

11:46 PM | NZ cranks finally publish an NZ temperature series – but their paper’s stuffed with errors
You can’t teach old dogs new tricks, it seems — certainly not if they’re gnawing a much loved old bone at the time. The lads from the NZ Climate Science Coalition — yes, the same boys who tried to sue NIWA over the New Zealand temperature record and lost, and who then folded a trust […]
10:04 PM | An App’s Guide to Sustainable Eating
Hi all!  I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus from blogging due to a very busy past couple weeks preparing for and getting married!  Everything went wonderfully and I am now back in the swing of things and trying … Continue reading →
8:10 AM | Sinking on the Seven Seas
As I boarded the ferry to go and see my family, I recalled my first research cruise, on the Mediterranean Sea. The long naps in the sun while the deep CTD casts were going down to 3000 m, watching the dolphins jump around us and counting the jellyfish. And the storm, on the last night, […]Author informationCéline HeuzéPhD student in physical oceanography at UEA (UK) and amateur philologist. |
5:25 AM | New research quantifies what's causing sea level to rise
There have been a number of studies that have come out recently on ocean warming and sea-level rise. Collectively, they are helping scientists coalesce around an emerging understanding of climate change and its impact on the Earth. Most recently, a study by scientists Sarah Purkey, Gregory Johnson, and Don Chambers was published. This team was responsible for a 2010 paper that was groundbreaking in that it quantified very deep (abyssal) sea warming. This latest paper is, in some respects, a […]

October 29, 2014

2:41 PM | The slowdown zoo
Investigations into the recent observed slower rate of global warming have largely been focussed on variability in the Pacific basin. Climate models also show similar slowdowns focussed in the Pacific (e.g. Meehl et al. 2011). But, is this the only … Continue reading →
11:38 AM | Storm surge: Hurricane Sandy
On the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy making landfall, we are running an extract from a new book by Adam Sobel “Storm Surge: Hurricane Sandy, Our Changing Climate, and Extreme Weather of the Past and Future”. It’s a great read covering the meteorology of the event, the preparation, the response and the implications for the […]

October 28, 2014

9:16 PM | Carbon News 28/10/14: oil drilling, honey and crowd-funding green coke
Hunt for oil anchors govt’s environment plan The National Party is leading off its environmental package for its new term in power with plans to encourage more oil exploration — despite the burning of fossil fuels being the single biggest cause of climate change. Honey hits the jackpot for steep-land believer In 2010, Taranaki farmer […]
9:00 PM | ANU Climate Café
By Liane Free coffee and snacks at Vivaldi’s Café (Union Court), on the first Wednesday of every month from 3:30 – 5:00 PM. Well that got your attention, didn’t it? A group of diverse PhD students are interested in overcoming … Continue reading →
8:22 PM | 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #44A
A chronicler of warnings denied Arctic Ice Melt Seen Doubling Risk of Harsh Winter in EU Building for the next big storm Carbon trading edges closer as UN brokers deal Five things to know about 2014 global temperatures Great Barrier Reef protection plan 'ignores the threat of climate change' Maybe you can change people’s minds about climate change after all New study strengthens link between Arctic sea-ice loss and extreme winters Our planet's primal scream — Is anyone […]
5:54 AM | Republican politicians aren't climate scientists or responsible leaders
Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is hoping to become the Senate Majority Leader after the forthcoming election on November 4th, although despite hailing from conservative Kentucky, McConnell is in a very tight race. The Cincinnati Enquirer editorial board recently had a long discussion with McConnell and tried to pin him down on the subject of global warming. McConnell wouldn’t directly answer whether he believes in climate change. Enquirer’s editorial board […]

October 27, 2014

10:00 PM | Droughts and fish highways
"I grew up on the shores of Connecticut looking into tidal pools and wondering about the plants and animals living there: where they move to when the tide goes out, and from when the tide comes in, and why. Once I even tracked my cat out my 3rd floor window and onto the roof to see how she accessed my bedroom at night. So I’ve always been curious about movement patterns in nature. The whys and hows of nature are... Read more
8:12 PM | Detecting Crap on the Internet
For our course about the impacts of the internet, we developed an exercise to get our students thinking critically about the credibility of things they find on the web. As a number of colleagues have expressed in interest in this, I thought I would post it here. Feel free to use it and adapt it! […]
1:12 PM | How do trees change the climate?
Guest commentary from Abby Swann (U. Washington) This past month, an op-ed by Nadine Unger appeared in the New York Times with the headline “To save the climate, don’t plant trees”.  The author’s main argument is that UN programs to address climate change by planting trees or preserving existing forests are “high risk” and a […]
10:15 AM | The role of the ocean in tempering global surface warming
This is a re-post of an article by Richard Allan for NOAA It is well known that the surface has warmed over the past few decades, primarily in response to rising concentrations of greenhouse gases. ENSO variability and other natural factors, have additionally contributed toward year-to-year fluctuations about this warming trend (dark red line in Figure 1). Strong El Niño events add a few tenths of a degree Celsius to the global average surface temperatures. However, there has recently […]

October 26, 2014

8:59 PM | Beer, climate and culture
It is summer, my favorite time of the year, and I’m in Munich, my favorite city in Germany. With all the sunny days and the warmth, Munich somehow seems too blessed to be stressed. The streets pulse with life, filled with people sitting outside and enjoying the warm summer evenings. Shallow sounds of music sometimes […]Author informationHella WittmeierI am a PhD candidate at the Department of Earth Science, University of Bergen, and the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research. I work […]
11:48 AM | 2014 SkS Weekly Digest #43
SkS Highlights John Abraham's Another global warming contrarian paper found to be unrealistic and inaccurate garnered the most comments of the srticles posted on SkS during the past week. If you have not already checked it out, you will want to do so. Dr. John Abraham is a Professor of Thermal Sciences where he researches in climate monitoring and renewable energy generation for the developing world. His energy development work has extended to Africa, South America, and Asia. He […]

October 25, 2014

9:00 AM | 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #43B
Recently discovered microbe is key player in climate change Researchers resolve the Karakoram glacier anomaly Recently discovered microbe is key player in climate change As permafrost soils thaw under the influence of global warming, communities of soil microbes act as potent amplifiers of global climate change, an international study has shown. Tiny soil microbes are among the world's biggest potential amplifiers of human-caused climate change, but whether microbial communities are […]

October 24, 2014

1:55 PM | 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #43A
Amazon deforestation picking up pace, satellite data reveals An in-depth look at the oceans, climate change and the hiatus Citing rising seas, Florida officials vote to cut state in half Climate records are breaking so often now, we’ve stopped paying attention How Do You Wake People Up to Climate Change? New study maps countries most at risk from El Niño flooding There’s a surprisingly strong link between climate change and violence Threat of air pollution to worsen […]

October 23, 2014

6:41 AM | Food, Fossil Fuels and Filthy Finance
It is depressingly apparent that powerful forces in the global economy are set to carry on with the exploration for and use of fossil fuels as a primary source of energy for decades to come. Oxfam has produced a report identifying the confluence of fossil fuel companies, governments and investors which givers momentum to the […]
5:34 AM | 2014 Arctic sea ice extent - 6th lowest in millennia
The National Snow and Ice Data Center has reported that this year we saw the 6th-lowest minimum Arctic sea ice extent on record. Research has shown that most of the long-term decline in sea ice, or the “death spiral” as it’s come to be known, is due to human-caused global warming. Natural factors play a role in the extent of the Arctic sea ice as well, especially changes in weather conditions on a year-to-year basis. For example, 2012 shattered the previous record low Arctic […]

October 22, 2014

8:17 PM | Should we suppress the fire?
A GLOBAL VIEW ON FIRES AND THEIR MANAGEMENT Forest fires have been around for as long as plants have been widespread and oxygen has been available to fuel their burning hunger. And so fires have become an integral part of many forest ecosystems. Unsurprisingly the earth has seen variations of fire activity in the past […]Author informationStephane MangeonPursuing a CASE PhD between the Met Office and Imperial College London, I am developing a parameterization to include fires within the […]
5:46 AM | Scientists to Explain 'Climate at Your Doorstep' at New Online Hub
This is a re-post from Inside Climate News While the climate community was fixed on global climate negotiations unfolding at the UN last week, one news organization was focused on educating people about the local damage that's already resulted from the world's inaction. On Sept. 22, the online newsroom The Daily Climate launched a Kickstarter to raise $25,628 for "Climate at Your Doorstep." The project aims to build an online community of scientists, journalists and members of the public to […]

October 21, 2014

10:16 PM | TDB Today: Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
In my post at The Daily Blog this week I take inspiration from the great Ian Dury, and reflect on the disconnect between political ambition and the state of the climate system as it continues to warm. It will be my last post at TDB for a while – for definitions of “a while” that […]
9:00 PM | I have no idea what I am doing!
By a PhD student The first year of this PhD is coming to an end I am not even sure what PhD stands for (pretty hard degree). I am sure I have spent (most of) my days doing something, but … Continue reading →
6:56 AM | Another global warming contrarian paper found to be unrealistic and inaccurate
It’s hard to find a reputable scientist who denies that human emissions of greenhouse gases are warming the planet and that there will be consequences for human society and the biological health of the planet. There are a few holdouts who, for various reasons, either think humans are not causing warming or that the warming will not have much consequence. Some members of this vocal minority spend a lot of time trying to convince the public that they are right. They write letters to […]

October 20, 2014

1:45 PM | Ocean heat storage: a particularly lousy policy target
The New York Times, 12 December 2027: After 12 years of debate and negotiation, kicked off in Paris in 2015, world leaders have finally agreed to ditch the goal of limiting global warming to below 2 °C. Instead, they have agreed to the new goal of limiting global ocean heat content to 1024 Joules. The […]
1:33 AM | Carbon News 20/10/14: Chile’s carbon tax, soil SOS and more pressure on dirty investments
Chile’s new tax could open carbon doors for NZ Chile’s new carbon tax potentially offers New Zealand an opportunity to offset some of its own agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, says economist Dr Suzi Kerr. The $US5-a-tonne carbon tax slipped into Chilean law last month as part of a package of tax reforms. Soils SOS as […]
12:28 AM | The chemical map of otoliths
It's about the size of a diamond and comes from the inner ear of a fish. This tiny construction holds a treasure trove of information, a calcium carbonate microchip made of bone and accessed by a laser. Let's take a look at the science of otoliths. An otolith is a fish ear bone (from oto- ear and lithos- stone). From every population of fish Heidi Golden finds, she preserves a number of otoliths to take back to the lab. These... Read more

October 19, 2014

8:42 PM | NZ hikes terrorism threat to “low”, ignores Pentagon warning of “immediate” threat from climate change
So, the threat of a terrorist attack on New Zealand is upon us has risen from “very low” to “low” — second to lowest in a ranking that has six levels. Cabinet is now urgently reviewing our security laws to make sure we’re equipped to deal with this horrific new threat. The media has dedicated […]
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