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April 07, 2014

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6:17 PM | Skills needed for a successful PhD
My department is busy revising the set of milestones our PhD students need to meet in the course of their studies. The milestones are intended to ensure each student is making steady progress, and to identify (early!) any problems. At the moment they don’t really do this well, in part because the faculty all seem […]

April 06, 2014

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9:57 PM | Roughan’s relaxed, world drowns
Insouciance is the new face of climate change denial. John Roughan’s column in Saturday’s New Zealand Herald was a typical example. Half a metre sea level rise by the end of the century? What’s there to be concerned about in that, he scoffs. A bach at the water’s edge might no longer be a good […]
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3:02 PM | Unforced varaitions: Apr 2014
More open thread. Unusually, we are keeping the UV Mar 2014 thread open for more Diogenetic conversation and to keep this thread open for more varied fare.
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5:32 AM | 2014 SkS Weekly Digest #14
SkS Highlights Howard Lee's Alarming new study makes today’s climate change more comparable to Earth’s worst mass extinction attracted the most comments of the articles posted on SkS during the past week. Earth has a fever, but the heat is sloshing into the oceans by John Abraham garnered the second highest number of comments. Dana's IPCC report warns of future climate change risks, but is spun by contrarians was the third most commented upon. Toon of the Week   h/t […]
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12:45 AM | 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #14B
Arctic sea ice falls to fifth lowest level on record B.C. climate change expert sees ‘brighter, smarter’ future for planet Bumpy start for the UN mechanism on climate change 'loss and damage' Changing our climate of indifference China faces a unique challenge in adapting to climate change Climate change will 'lead to battles for food', says head of World Bank Germany boosts wind power at green energy summit Global warming forcing Mongolian nomads to change lifestyles How climate […]

April 05, 2014

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7:07 AM | Weather extremes take twin crop and disease toll
Extreme rain has boosted harvests and droughts have harmed them, but both are linked to outbreaks of deadly viruses show NASA's Assaf Anyamba and his colleagues.

Anyamba, A., Small, J., Britch, S., Tucker, C., Pak, E., Reynolds, C., Crutchfield, J. & Linthicum, K. (2014). Recent Weather Extremes and Impacts on Agricultural Production and Vector-Borne Disease Outbreak Patterns, PLoS ONE, 9 (3) DOI:

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6:13 AM | The climate change uncertainty monster – more uncertainty means more urgency to tackle global warming
A new two-part study published in Climatic Change by a team of scientists led by Stephan Lewandowsky examines mathematically what happens to the risks posed by climate change when the scientific uncertainty increases. Part 1 of the study explores two important points. First, the probable range of climate sensitivity to the increased greenhouse effect isn't symmetrical. Instead, based on the available evidence and research, it's more likely that we'll see a large amount of global warming than a […]

April 04, 2014

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9:08 AM | Citizen science: how can we all contribute to the climate discussion?
Until the turn of the 20th century, science was an activity practiced by amateur naturalists and philosophers with enough money and time on their hands to devote their lives to the pursuit of knowledge and the understanding of the natural world. Today, scientific research is an industry of its own, carried out by highly trained […]
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8:41 AM | Impacts of Climate Change – Part 2 of the new IPCC Report has been approved
The second part of the new IPCC Report has been approved – as usual after lengthy debates – by government delegations in Yokohama (Japan) and is now public. Perhaps the biggest news is this: the situation is no less serious than it was at the time of the previous report 2007. Nonetheless there is progress […]

April 03, 2014

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5:42 AM | Earth has a fever, but the heat is sloshing into the oceans
Much has been made about the Earth's energy imbalance (extra energy absorbed by the Earth). It is clear the Earth is out of balance, in laypersons' terms, it has a "fever". What isn't clear is how bad the fever is. A new study by Dr. Matt Palmer and Dr. Doug McNeall moves us closer to answering this "fever" question.   Matt Palmer and Doug McNeall These scientists used data from the latest group of climate computer models (CMIP5) to look at the relationships between the energy flows at […]

April 02, 2014

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11:18 PM | 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #14A
4 takeaways from report reveal worsening impacts of climate change If we want to adapt to climate change, we need to start now MIT climate scientist responds on disaster costs and climate change Risk game: What a warmer planet means to the bottom line Teaching about climate change with the New York Times The global reaction to the latest IPCC climate report The U.S. House Committee on Science is a national embarrassment Unnatural disaster Unrestrained oil and gas is the future, ExxonMobil […]
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9:34 PM | Nanoporous silicon a promising material for next-generation lithium-ion batteries
Tiny batteries for your cell phone or camera that can hold days of charge?  Although it may seem like fantasy, this is the goal for researchers looking into new materials for lithium (Li) – ion batteries.  Current state-of-the-art technology uses … Continue reading →

Ge, M., Lu, Y., Ercius, P., Rong, J., Fang, X., Mecklenburg, M. & Zhou, C. (2014). Large-Scale Fabrication, 3D Tomography, and Lithium-Ion Battery Application of Porous Silicon, Nano Letters, 14 (1) 261-268. DOI:

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6:52 PM | O Best Beloved: Just-so stories in ecology and evolution
Sloth-moth symbiosis. Dinosaur-devestating asteroid impacts. Girl’s preference for pink. Are these fact, or fiction? It turns out that often what we think we know about the world is more based on story-telling than the byproduct of the scientific method. In science, calling something a ”just-so story” is almost universally a criticism. The term is a direct reference […]
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3:22 PM | Snowy Owl Irruption
Laura Nielsen for Frontier Scientists – This winter snowy owls were on the move; unusually large numbers of the magnificent birds made their way to the Lower 48 United States. With a wing span greater than four feet and distinctive plumage, snowy owls are a glorious sight. The birds' winter migrations normally take them to Canada's southern provinces. Some birds come all the way to the northern U.S. – especially near the coasts. Yet this year snowy owls winged their... Read more

April 01, 2014

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11:00 PM | The Amazon rainforest tipping point
By Biance Last night I watched an interesting documentary on the Amazon rainforest dealing with the consequences of a changing climate. The documentary is part of the 6-prt TV climate series ‘Tipping points’ and investigates how the rainforest manages to … Continue reading →
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9:34 AM | Climate crisis? What Crisis? NZ right ignore IPCC call for action
New Zealand political reaction to the IPCC’s WG2 report has divided along expected lines: the Green Party and Labour used the findings to call for more action, the National-led government “welcomed” the report but said it is already doing enough, while the fringe right wing ACT party issued a press release making the abolition of […]
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8:01 AM | 2014 SkS News Bulletin #2: IPCC Report
Climate change action is the best insurance policy in world history Climate change a threat to security, food and humankind IPCC climate report sounds humanitarian 'clarion call' Little time left to turn down the world's heat, U.N. says More flooding, hunger ahead due to climate change Terrifying report of what we're doing to planet Earth The food-pocalypse is already upon us The hellish monotony of 25 years of IPCC climate change warnings U.N. climate report offers lots of bummer news World […]

March 31, 2014

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6:00 AM | IPCC report warns of future climate change risks, but is spun by contrarians
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has just published its latest Working Group II report detailing impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability associated with climate change. The picture it paints with respect to the consequences of continued climate change is rather bleak. For example, the report discusses the risk associated with food insecurity due to more intense droughts, floods, and heat waves in a warmer world, especially for poorer countries. This contradicts the claims of climate […]
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1:29 AM | IPCC WG2 report now out
Instead of speculations based on partial drafts and attempts to spin the coverage ahead of time, you can now download the final report of the IPCC WG2: “Climate Change 2014:Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability” directly. The Summary for Policy Makers is here, while the whole report is also downloadable by chapter. Notably there are FAQ for […]
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12:00 AM | IPCC WG2 impacts report released: fire, floods and rising seas in all our futures
After the usual run of late nights and argument, the IPCC has released the second part of its fifth report — the Working Group 2 report on climate impacts and risks management. Commenting on the report, VUW climate scientist Professor Tim Naish said “this latest report makes it quite clear that New Zealand is under-prepared […]

March 30, 2014

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3:30 PM | The BBC will continue fake debates on climate science
Nigel Lawson, not a scientist, but confuses public about science helped by the BBC.David Rose wrote in The Daily Mail that Mr MacLeod, head of editorial standards and compliance for BBC Scotland, sent an email to his colleagues: "When covering climate change stories, we should not run debates / discussions directly between scientists and sceptics. If a programme does run such a discussion, it will... be in breach of the editorial guidelines on impartiality."Anthony Watts wrote a response in his […]
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2:18 PM | 2014 SkS Weekly Digest #13
SkS Highlights Honey, I mitigated climate change by Ari Jokimäki garnered the most comments of the articles posted on SkS during the past week. Coming in second was Rob Painting's Climate Models Show Remarkable Agreement with Recent Surface Warming. The third most commented upon article was Cherry picked and misrepresented climate science undermines FiveThirtyEight brand by Dana, Albatross, and Thingsbreak. Toon of the Week h/t to I Heart Climate Scientists  Quote of […]

March 29, 2014

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8:32 PM | Protected: Oxygen isotopes and lakes
There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.The post Protected: Oxygen isotopes and lakes appeared first on Climatica.
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8:32 PM | Oxygen isotopes and lakes
Lakes occur across the globe and are sensitive to climatic change. Analysing the sediments that have accumulated at the bottom of lakes over time can help us to reconstruct past environmental change. Here, we focus specifically on the use of oxygen isotopes from lake sediments to reconstruct climate change (Fig.1). What are isotopes? Isotopes are variations of a particular chemical element. It is all to do with the number of neutrons. Oxygen has two main isotopes: 18O which has 10 […]
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12:00 PM | 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #13B
Borrowed time on disappearing land Changing views on biofuels reflected in forthcoming IPCC report Climate change is going to turn the Earth into a planet of hungry kids Extreme weather, natural disasters led to $45 billion in insurance losses ExxonMobil to disclose carbon emissions risk How climate change will acidify the oceans IPCC report: climate change felt 'on all continents and across the oceans' Many seek sterner warnings of GDP losses in UN climate report No pause in global sea level […]
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11:31 AM | Climate sensitivity wrangles don’t change the big picture on emissions
Modelling studies from Joeri Rogelj at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich show we still need to release fewer greenhouse gases even if the world does warm more slowly in response to them than today’s best estimates suggest.

Rogelj, J., Meinshausen, M., Sedláček, J. & Knutti, R. (2014). Implications of potentially lower climate sensitivity on climate projections and policy, Environmental Research Letters, 9 (3) 31003. DOI:

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March 28, 2014

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11:34 PM | Unforced variations: Mar 2014. Part II
This is mid-month open-thread for all discussions, except those related to Diogenes’ comments. People wanting to discuss with commenter Diogenes should stick to the previous UV thread. All such discussion on this thread will be moved over. Thanks.

March 27, 2014

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7:16 AM | Honey, I mitigated climate change
Actions of mankind release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Greenhouse gas concentrations have increased causing Earth to heat up, which has been evident during the last few decades. This global warming proceeds so fast that it causes problems for both the biosphere and mankind. These concerns have been largely noticed and the general attitude is that we will need to do something about the problem as soon as possible. There already are some […]
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6:49 AM | Climate modelling on your PC: weather@home comes to NZ and Australia
That’s a climate model running on my iMac, thanks to BOINC, Climateprediction.net, and the new New Zealand and Australia modelling experiment launched yesterday. In this guest post, Dr Suzanne Rosier of NIWA explains what it’s all about… A new citizen science experiment in which scientists will address possible links between climate change and extreme weather […]
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2:56 AM | Chinese Qihoo360, best antivirus
Computer virus are software that when executed in a given computer (affected area) perform some type of harmful activity. There is a wide range of computer virus with different definitions (malware, trojan, bugs, spyware, and more) according to the way they infect and the harm they produce. Thus, antivirus software was created in order to prevent, detect and remove computer virus. Currently we have a wide availability of different computer antivirus software, both free and with a given economic […]
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