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October 04, 2014

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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…
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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

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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 […]
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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, […]
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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

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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

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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, […]
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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

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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 →
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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 […]
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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. […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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