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March 18, 2015

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11:00 PM | Why you should study abroad in Australia
By Jo For my blogging debut I thought I would share some of my experiences with moving to the other side of the world to start my PhD – the good the bad and the ugly (but mainly the good). … Continue reading →
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8:09 AM | Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam and Climate Change
Guest post by Kerry Emanuel In the past 16 months, two exceptionally intense tropical cyclones, Haiyan and Pam, have struck the western Pacific with devastating effect. Haiyan may have had the highest wind speeds of any tropical cyclone on record, but we will never know for sure because we do a poor job estimating the […]
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5:25 AM | Fossil fuels are way more expensive than you think
A new paper published in Climatic Change estimates that when we account for the pollution costs associated with our energy sources, gasoline costs an extra $3.80 per gallon, diesel an additional $4.80 per gallon, coal a further 24 cents per kilowatt-hour, and natural gas another 11 cents per kilowatt-hour that we don’t see in our fuel or energy bills.  Levelized generation costs for new US electricity generation and environmental damages by fuel type. Source: Climatic […]

March 16, 2015

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10:00 PM | Aloha, Mahalo and Goodnight!
By Jo Ward I was lucky enough to go on the recent Geological Society of America’s Hawaiian volcanoes field trip with a fabulous bunch of students from Australia, New Zealand and the United States.  It was an amazing geological experience … Continue reading →
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3:26 PM | New Scientist’s “Icy Oases” Article: The full interviews!
New scientist recently published an article introducing cryoconite holes as oases for microbial life on ice surfaces. As ‘new scientists’ working on cryoconite, colleagues Arwyn Edwards (Aberystwyth University), Karen Cameron […]
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5:46 AM | Climate change in the Arctic is messing with our weather
There has been a lot of attention on the influence of rapid warming of the Arctic on weather in the Northern Hemisphere mid-latitudes. Much of the work has focused on changes to the Jetstream amplitudes and association of these changes to ice loss in the Arctic.  We know that the Arctic is heating faster than the planet as a whole. Consequently, there is more energy in the Arctic which can be transmitted to the atmosphere. Much of the excess heat is transferred to the atmosphere in the […]

March 15, 2015

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6:50 AM | 2015 SkS Weekly Digest #11
SkS Highlights Artic sea ice and Antractic sea ice and land ice were a lively topic of discussion on the comment thread to the 2015 SkS Weekly News Roundup #11A. Consequently, it generated the highest number of comments of the items posted on SkS during the past week. So what did-in the dinosaurs? A murder mystery… by howardleee drew the second highest number of comments proving once again that everyone loves a good mystery story. Breaking News! There had never […]

March 14, 2015

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2:34 PM | 2015 SkS Weekly News Roundup #11B
Coal: burning up Australia’s future Delivering at scale, empowering transformation Earth science is not hard science, congressional Republicans declare Global emissions trading scheme 'should be based on UN carbon budget' IFRC and UNFCCC call for cooperative action to meet climate challenge NASA: California has one year of water left The Intergenerational Report underestimates climate threat: an open letter to the government ‘Twin’ cyclones could jolt weak El Nino Will […]

March 13, 2015

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5:36 AM | Scientists link Arctic warming to intense summer heatwaves in the northern hemisphere
This is a re-post from Roz Pidcock at Carbon Brief The Arctic is warming up, and the impacts are being felt right across the world. A new study suggests rising temperatures there could even be contributing to longer-lasting heatwaves in the northern hemisphere, like the one Russia experienced in 2010. Published today in the journal Science, the paperis the latest in a line of research suggesting how rising temperatures in the high north could be affecting our weather patterns much […]

March 12, 2015

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4:00 PM | Hiatus delays unprecedented warming rates
Current global temperatures are often discussed in terms of their unprecedented nature when compared to the last few thousand years. An interesting paper in Nature Climate Change by Steven J Smith and colleagues examines the rate of warming projected by the CMIP5 ensemble and suggests that the rate of warming is unprecedented also. However, we … Continue reading Hiatus delays unprecedented warming rates →
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2:42 PM | So what did-in the dinosaurs? A murder mystery…
Scientists have assembled a slew of new forensic evidence – from high-resolution dates to microscopic fossils – to prosecute the dino-killer. Their indictment has worrying implications for us. Everyone knows that the dinosaurs were wiped out - along with about 70% of all species - by a massive asteroid slamming into Mexico, right? Well, not so fast. Like a good murder-mystery, a steady drip of evidence and some major new revelations have implicated another suspect – were they […]
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9:11 AM | Climate Shock
Uncertainties attend the predictions of climate science, as the scientists themselves are careful to acknowledge. Reluctant policy makers use this uncertainty to support a “wait and see” response to climate change. Prominent American economists Gernot Wagner and Martin Weitzman in their recent book Climate Shock: The Economic Consequences of a Hotter Planet are scathing in […]

March 11, 2015

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11:11 AM | The unpredicted consequences of the life of Monsieur de Lesseps.
  If you study hard to become a diplomat, you manage to work for one of the strongest countries of your time as a diplomat and you sign a few big accords as a diplomat, you probably want to be remembered as a diplomat. This unfortunately didn’t happen to Ferdinand de Lesseps, whose name is […]Author informationUmberto BinettiI am a marine biologist currently doing my PhD in oceanography at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, Uk. |
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11:04 AM | 2015 SkS Weekly News Roundup #11A
Arctic sea ice dwindling toward record Winter low Climate deniers and other pimped-out professional skeptics: The paranoid legacy of Nietzsche’s “problem of science” Earth entering new era of rapid temperature change, study warns Explainer: how countries could come to a global climate deal in 2015 Fla. scientist told to remove words ‘climate change’ from study on climate change Friction means Antarctic glaciers more sensitive to climate change than we […]
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5:47 AM | Review of Climatology versus Pseudoscience
This is a re-post from Greg Laden's Blog Dana Nuccitelli is a key communicator in the climate change conversation. He is co-writer with John Abraham at the Climate Consensus – the 97% blog at the Guardian, and has contributed hundreds of entries to John Cook’s famous site SkepticalScience.com. He has measurably helped people to understand climate change science and the nuances of the false debate based over climate manufactured by science deniers. And, […]

March 10, 2015

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10:00 PM | Auf Wiedersehen
By Thomas This post is likely going to be my last one in a while. The reason for this is, that I’m now venturing in the final stage of my PhD and I have to focus on writing my thesis. … Continue reading →
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5:41 AM | Consensus and geoengineering - how to convince people about global warming
Everyone agrees that global warming has become a polarized issue. Liberals tend to view themselves as being on Team Human-Caused Global Warming is a Problem, and conservatives tend to view themselves on Team No It’s Not. Convincing people to change their beliefs and leave their cultural group is a challenge with any polarized subject. When it comes to climate change, the scientific evidence falls squarely behind the first team, and so the question becomes how we reduce the […]

March 09, 2015

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11:10 PM | DomPost denier debacle: science has the last word
The Dominion Post, which blotted its editorial copybook last week by publishing a factually incorrect and highly misleading opinion piece by climate denialists, has today published a heavyweight reply by three of NZ’s top climate scientists — David Wratt, Andy Reisinger and Jim Renwick1. Headed “Human role in climate change is clear”, the article is […]
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4:58 PM | Reinventing the colour wheel
Between 5-10% of men and around 0.5% of women are affected by various forms of colour blindness. The most common form is deuteranopia, for which distinguishing between red and green is particularly challenging. This has been pointed out many times before, but it may be worth remembering next time you make a figure or visualisation: … Continue reading Reinventing the colour wheel →
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5:28 AM | Summary of climate change impacts
This is a re-post from And Then There's Physics I commented that I’d like to understand the actual impacts of anthropogenic climate change better than I currently do. It’s one thing to understand that if we continue to increase our emissions, we’ll continue to warm, sea level will rise, polar ice will melt, and the hydrological cycle will intensify; it’s another to understand quite what impact these changes will actually have. VTG, quite rightly, pointed out […]

March 08, 2015

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10:12 PM | How can the pause be both ‘false’ and caused by something?
Judith Curry asked Michael Mann: "How can the pause be both ‘false’ and caused by something?"She really did, if you do not believe me, here is the link to her blog post.I have trouble seeing a contradiction, but I have seen this meme more often among the mitigation sceptics. Questions like, how can you claim there is no hiatus when so many scientists are studying it? Let's first formulate it abstractly, then give a neutral example, before we go to the climate change case where some […]
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10:27 AM | 2015 SkS Weekly Digest #10
SkS Highlights Attracting the highest number of comments of the artilces posted during the past week were: The oceans may be lulling us into a false sense of climate security by John Abraham New Series: Science Communicators – Why We Love Communicating Science by CollinMaessen Does providing information on geoengineering reduce climate polarization? by Andy Skuce El Niño Watch The long-awaited El Niño has arrived. After keeping a close eye on evolving […]

March 07, 2015

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12:02 PM | 2015 SkS Weekly News Roundup #10B
After much ado, El Niño officially declared Arctic sea ice is getting thinner, faster China pledges to boost clean energy, industrial restructuring Climate change: why the Guardian is putting threat to Earth front and centre Europe submits UN climate pledge, urges US, China to follow Fossil fuel industry caught taking a page out of the tobacco playbook HBO’s award-winning VICE exposes climate deniers and the dire consequences of sea level rise Here’s why gas really costs […]
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12:27 AM | Unforced variations: March 2015
This month’s open thread. We’ve burned out on mitigation topics (again), so please focus on climate science issues this month…

March 06, 2015

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6:54 AM | Understanding Time of Observation Bias
This is a guest post by Zeke Hausfather Global temperatures are adjusted to account for the effects of station moves, instrument changes, time of observation (TOBs) changes, and other factors (referred to as inhomogenities) that cause localized non-climatic biases in the instrumental record. While the impact of adjustments that correct for these biases are relatively small globally (and actually reduce the century-scale warming trend once oceans are included) there are […]
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12:29 AM | 2015 SkS Weekly News Roundup #10A
Analysis: UK carbon emissions fell 9% in 2014 Bank of England warns of huge financial risk from fossil fuel investments Doctors should take lead in push to curb climate change - experts EU's 2050 green goals will need radical policy shifts-report Forget about that snowball — here’s what climate change could actually do to our winters Global warming upped heat driving California’s drought Is the environment a moral cause? Leaf-eating insects may limit how much carbon forests […]

March 05, 2015

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12:30 PM | Merchants of Doubt Movie
Do go see the Merchants of Doubt Movie.  Los Angeles and New York March 6 opening, Chicago, San Francisco, and Washington DC the 13th.  More widely starting the 20th of March.  The movie is inspired by the book of the same name, about how it is established industries can sell Doubt even in areas where the science is pretty well established.The movie is not the book, nor does it make the mistake of trying to put the book on screen.  But it does pick up many of the threads, […]
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11:12 AM | 25 ways the DomPost failed its readers by publishing Leyland and Carter’s climate crap
The Dominion Post, the newspaper of record for New Zealand’s capital city, today gave great prominence to an opinion piece by high profile climate denialists Bob Carter and Bryan Leyland titled Hypothetical global warming: scepticism needed1. It’s a “Gish Gallop” of untruths, half-truths and misrepresentations — a piece so riddled with deliberate errors and gross […]
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6:20 AM | The oceans may be lulling us into a false sense of climate security
A paper published last week in Science casts more light on oceans and how they may have contributed to a false sense of security about what we face in the future. The paper, coauthored by Byron Steinman, Michael Mann, and Sonya Miller, approached the problem in a new way that connected real-world observations with state-of-the-art climate models. What the authors find casts severe doubt on other work which had oversold the role of natural climate’s ability to […]

March 04, 2015

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10:00 PM | Hilarity ensues – Part II
Or: Why you should do fieldwork By Tanja After last weeks post covered “why you should do fieldwork” this weeks post covers “why you should do fieldwork”. As promised – a sort of daily account of all the fun and … Continue reading →
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