October 07, 2014

11:44 PM | Climate change roundup: Underestimated ocean heat content and emissions from the peatlands!
A couple articles caught my attention over the past week that give some new modeling information about global warming.  So…I thought I’d do a quick rundown of the major findings of each! Why hold me at that gate of your secret? … Continue reading →

Fan, Z., Neff, J., Waldrop, M., Ballantyne, A. & Turetsky, M. (2014). Transport of oxygen in soil pore-water systems: implications for modeling emissions of carbon dioxide and methane from peatlands, Biogeochemistry, DOI: 10.1007/s10533-014-0012-0

Durack, P., Gleckler, P., Landerer, F. & Taylor, K. (2014). Quantifying underestimates of long-term upper-ocean warming, Nature Climate Change, DOI: 10.1038/nclimate2389

11:00 PM | Stuck
By Tanja Hi everyone! It’s been a while, eh? With my revolution slowly grinding to a halt (I haven’t decided about this yet) due to a very strong opposition, I have turned to better things to do. Like my own … Continue reading →

October 06, 2014

7:27 PM | The Frontier Scientists TV series is premiering October 6th!
The Frontier Scientists TV series is premiering October 6th! Frontier Scientists programs will be featured weekly on 360 North, streaming online at and available in Alaska over the air in Anchorage and Juneau, and on GCI Cable, DirectTV, & Dish Network. Mondays at 8pm {5am UTC} Oct.6th - Dec.8th 2014, catch ten installments of 30 minute Frontier Scientists video programs featuring contemporary scientific discoveries. Real scientists present their work – impactful science […]
2:07 PM | Protected: Understanding past sea-level change
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10:51 AM | Climate response estimates from Lewis & Curry
Guest commentary from Richard Millar (U. Oxford) The recent study of climate sensitivity estimated from the transient surface temperature record is being lauded as something of a game-changer – but how much of a game-changer is it really? The method at the heart of the new study is essentially identical to that used in the […]
10:39 AM | This Changes Everything
Naomi Klein’s new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate places the battle against climate change firmly in the context of the struggle for social justice. Fighting climate change means reordering the ways our economies are structured. The pillars of the reigning economic paradigm – aprivatisation, deregulation and lower taxation paid for by cuts […]
5:37 AM | Tackling global warming will improve health, save lives, and save money
A very recent study released in JAMA (Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities for Global Health) provides a very thorough review showing how climate change affects human health. Perhaps more importantly, the paper also describes how tackling climate change leads to many health and economic benefits. Authors Jonathan Patz, Howard Frumkin and colleagues combined a survey of the current literature with measured and projected changes to climate to assess health risks associated with climate […]

October 05, 2014

4:26 PM | Grayling and the great commute
I remember vivid visuals which manage to compress something immense into the space of seconds: the cosmic force of a big bang flinging matter across the universe, Ice Age glaciers clamoring down from the north then retreating again, time-lapse footage of the tides' rhythmic breathing. Even commuters dancing the stop-and-go of a traffic light. An Arctic grayling (Thymallus arcticus) is a fish; it's also a commuter of sorts. Its entire life is a rhythm of motion undertaken to survive and... Read […]
11:57 AM | 2014 SkS Weekly Digest #40
SkS Highlights Nuclear power's role in mitigating manmade climate change and the willingness of Evangelical Christians to embrace the overwhelming body of scientific evidence of manmde climate change were the two hot topics on the comment threads of the articles posted on SkS during the past week. Garnering the highest number of comments was How did the UK grid respond to losing a few nuclear reactors?, a guest post by Jani-Petri Martikainen. Attracting the second highest […]

October 04, 2014

5:06 PM | Unforced variations: Oct 2014
This month’s open thread.
9:23 AM | There’s nothing quite like renewables: Natural gas production will not reduce future greenhouse gas emissions as hoped
Originally posted on Goodnight Earth:Appropriate and useful climate policy-making requires accurate and reliable data about the future.  Nowhere is this more important than when setting carbon emission standards and projecting percentages of each energy source to match energy needs (coal, natural gas, nuclear, renewables, etc.).  But projecting how emissions will change in the decades to…
5:37 AM | 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #40B
A change in the climate Beyond treaties: A new way of framing global climate action Canada switches on world's first carbon capture power plant Climate science is settled enough Curbing climate change requires "complete transformation" Deep, hidden trench discovered beneath Antarctic glacier Earth has lost half of its wildlife in the past 40 years, says WWF How the effects of climate change in Arctic Canada are shrinking polar bears Marathon walk to storm-hit city spotlights Philippine climate […]

October 03, 2014

8:07 AM | RockHead Sciences: Day in the Life
My brief interview about life as a young academic! HERE Rock-head sciences is a great resource for anyone considering a career in the geologic, geographic, earth and environmental sciences, including […]
5:51 AM | Scientists find human fingerprints all over Australia's hottest year on record
Australia had a hot one in 2013 – a real record breaker. We started off with a heat wave that made January 2013 the hottest month on record that was part of the hottest summer on record that then became the hottest year on record. Meteorologists and climatologists looking at records tend to express things by “anomalies” – how far above or below the long-term average is a particular temperature. September 2013 had all the anomalous bells and whistles you could muster, […]
4:56 AM | 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #40A
Big business climate change movement grows in size and heft Building an Ark for the Anthropocene California drought and climate warming: Studies find no clear link Can U.N. climate negotiators connect with the real world? Chile becomes first South American country to tax carbon Floods, forest fires, expanding deserts: the future has arrived Gravity shift reveals West Antarctic ice loss Have Humans Really Created a New Geologic Age? Human-related climate change led to extreme heat, scientists […]

October 02, 2014

10:15 PM | Living on the edge: doped graphene quantum dots perform as well as platinum in fuel cell electrodes!
Beating platinum is akin to finding the Holy Grail for material scientists working on fuel cells.  We know very little about the microscopic workings of catalysis, but platinum – beautiful, shiny, and and far too expensive to base an economy … Continue reading →

Fei, H., Ye, R., Ye, G., Gong, Y., Peng, Z., Fan, X., Samuel, E., Ajayan, P. & Tour, J. (2014). Boron- and Nitrogen-Doped Graphene Quantum Dots/Graphene Hybrid Nanoplatelets as Efficient Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Reduction, ACS Nano, 2147483647. DOI: 10.1021/nn504637y

8:25 AM | The retreating glaciers of the Amundsen Sea
    In early 2014 I participated in a research cruise to the Amundsen Sea, Antarctica. This article will describe why we as scientists are interested in this part of West Antarctica and what we did while we were on-board the ship. Antarctica is an extremely inhospitable environment and the Amundsen Sea is one of […]Author informationRichard JonesI'm a meteorology PhD student at the University of East Anglia, currently investigating weather and climate in the Amundsen Sea, […]
5:29 AM | Global warming: a battle for evangelical Christian hearts and minds
The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation is a conservative evangelical Christian public policy group that promotes a free-market approach to protecting the environment. The organization recently published a list of ten reasons it opposes policies to reduce carbon pollution and slow global warming, purportedly to protect the poor. As the first point on the list illustrates, the group essentially believes that the Earth’s climate will be able to correct any damage done by […]

October 01, 2014

5:55 PM | EUMETSAT Conference 2014: Final highlights
The EUMETSAT Meteorological Satellites Conference 2014 featured a lot of new science. Two particular points which stood out to me was the assimilation of new products into numerical weather forecasting systems, and the use of satellite data in improving our … Continue reading →
5:27 PM | Limiting global warming to 2 °C – why Victor and Kennel are wrong
In a comment in Nature titled Ditch the 2 °C warming goal, political scientist David Victor and retired astrophysicist Charles Kennel advocate just that. But their arguments don’t hold water. It is clear that the opinion article by Victor & Kennel is meant to be provocative. But even when making allowances for that, the arguments […]
12:21 PM | New and Improved Ice Loss Estimates for Polar Ice Sheets
In a previous post, several years ago, I discussed the various ways that we measure changes in the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets. Today, scientists still use these main methods for identifying ice changes but recent technological and data processing advances have improved the accuracy of these estimates. An example of this is the CryoSAT-2 satellite system which was launched 4 years ago by the European Space Agency and is now giving early results on the state of the two polar ice sheets. […]
9:13 AM | Geophysical Surveys on Glaciers
Yesterday, I took a group of enthusiastic third year geologists and environmental scientists to the British Geological Survey in Keyworth for a tour of the facilities and discussion/demonstration of their geophysical […]
8:59 AM | Extremes report 2013: NZ drought and record Aussie heat made worse by warming
The latest climate extremes report finds that 9 out of 16 extreme weather events from last year were influenced by climate change. In particular, the conditions that led to New Zealand’s severe North Island drought — the worst for 41 years, estimated to have cost the economy NZ$1.3 billion — were made more likely by […]

September 30, 2014

6:25 AM | How did the UK grid respond to losing a few nuclear reactors?
This is a re-post from PassiiviIdentiteetti, written by Jani-Petri Martikainen. Answer: mainly by increasing the use of coal in power production. In the second week of August power company EDF decided to shutdown their reactors in Heysham and Hartlepool. This was a precautionary measure after finding a defect in the boiler of Heysham unit 1. In total 4 reactors that can produce up to 2.6 GigaWatts (GW) of electricity were turned off. On the week they were turned off, the UK used an […]
12:52 AM | There’s nothing quite like renewables: Modeling indicates natural gas production will not reduce future greenhouse gas emissions as hoped
Appropriate and useful climate policy-making requires accurate and reliable data about the future.  Nowhere is this more important than when setting carbon emission standards and projecting percentages of each energy source to match energy needs (coal, natural gas, nuclear, renewables, etc.). … Continue reading →

Steven J Davis and Robert H Socolow (2014). Commitment accounting of CO2 emissions, Environmental Research Letters, 9 (084018)


September 29, 2014

11:00 PM | When is the real ‘end’ of a PhD?
Recently a number of the original OnCirculation contributors have reached the ‘end’ of their PhDs including Evan, Kelly, Nick and myself; however this has led to the question, ‘When is the true end of the PhD?’ or in popular terms … Continue reading →
11:30 AM | Multiple Working Hypotheses
In exploring Arctic ice minima I was not so much trying to reach conclusions as to find hypotheses for further testing and exploration.  Let's pick up the hypotheses side now, as I think it gets much too little attention in science education and science student practice.  In saying that, I'm projecting my bias, of course.Part of that bias comes from having read and agreed with T. C. Chamberlin's Method of Multiple Hypotheses (1890).  Or at least liked my take on it.  It also […]
6:40 AM | Carbon News 29/9/14: Key challenged over climate impacts on Pacific islands
Memo John Key: look Pacific Island leaders in the eye The Government is being challenged to invite the leaders of the Marshall Islands, Tuvalu and Kiribati to come and tell Parliament what they think of New Zealand’s climate change policies. Support to help Small Island Developing States move to renewable energy is one of five […]

September 28, 2014

8:30 AM | 2014 SkS Weekly Digest #39
SkS Highlights Dana's The Wall Street Journal downplays global warming risks once again received the most comments of the articles posted on SkS during the past week. Attracting the second highest number of comments was the repost of Roz Piscock's Carbon Brief article, Your questions on climate sensitivity answered.  Toon of the Week   h/t to I Heart Climate Scientists Quote of the Week "Go back in your life to think about the hottest, most traumatic event […]

September 27, 2014

11:25 AM | 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #39B
5 big announcements for cities at Climate Week ALEC tries to prove it’s not lying about climate change, fails miserably Can humanity rise to the climate challenge? China, U.S. make treaty pledges during Climate Summit Climate Summit: Much talk, a bit of walk Crazy weather traced to Arctic's impact on jet stream Do Americans appreciate climate change risks? Lyme disease surges into Canada Obama mandates climate resilience in all U.S. development projects Study lowers range for future […]
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