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December 02, 2014

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8:41 PM | Lab fridge Arctic ground squirrels
"They do their best to approximate a sphere," Loren Buck explained as he removed the ground squirrel from its lab-made hibernaculum. Hibernating Arctic ground squirrels can sustain a core body temperature of just -2.9°C [26.78°F]. "It’s cold… Do you want to touch it?" Buck uncurled the animal carefully. "He knows he’s being handled, it just takes a while for him to ramp up his metabolism to warm. So you can stretch him out." ARCTIC GROUND […]
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1:04 PM | Central England Temperature in 2014
2014 has been a warm year so far for much of Europe and the globe, and may end up being the warmest year on record globally. But, no-one experiences a global mean temperature directly, so how about more locally? Can … Continue reading →
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12:30 PM | Girls on Ice 2015 Expeditions
A chance to go climb and sleep on glaciers in either Alaska or Washington State, plus learn and do science.Supported in part by the NSF and Alaska Climate Science Center.Application window opens 10 December 2014, closes 31 January 2015.From Girls on Ice Web Site:Girls on Ice is a unique, FREE, wilderness science education program for high school girls. Each year two teams of 9 teenage girls and 3 instructors spend 12 days exploring and learning about mountain glaciers and the alpine […]
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10:05 AM | Statistics in Science
Most scientists will encounter statistics at some point in their career. Sometimes people find them confusing and end up making logical errors in how they interpret them. Along with this, there are many examples of spurious correlations created for our amusement on the internet. I mean didn’t you know that mozzarella cheese consumption is positively […]Author informationAmee O'CallaghanHi! I am a PhD student currently working at the UEA. My current research interests include; the […]
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8:00 AM | 97 Hours - the Turkish edition
Shortly after 97 Hours of Consensus had been successfully completed, we received an email from the Turkey-based blog Out for Beyond enquiring if they could create translated versions for the quotes. Obviously, we were quite happy with this chance to increase the project’s reach even further! The Out for Beyond team quickly started to translate the quotes while we prepared the Skeptical Science website in order to eventually host the “dubbed” cartoons. Once they became […]
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2:30 AM | The quality assurance system of WUWT
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12:55 AM | 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #49A
All eyes on Lima as climate negotiations begin crucial period Annual UN climate conference held in Peru, the human face of climate risks As Mexico addresses climate change, critics point to shortcomings At Lima climate talks, 2-degree warming limit is a thing of the past Australia has hottest spring on record as temperatures soar Climate change adaptation comes of age in UN talks Five threats to the EPA’s climate rule Global climate talks open with push for human rights  India's […]

December 01, 2014

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6:44 PM | One shirt, two shirt, red shirt, #scishirt! Or, when life hands you sexism in science, make a hashtag.
First, some backstory: On November 12, the Rosetta space probe’s Philae lander was the first spacecraft to land on a comet. During a televised broadcast of the event, ESA project scientist Matt Taylor wore #thatshirt, creating an internet #shirtstorm. I was sympathetic in that I get what Taylor was trying to […]
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1:31 PM | Science that matters: Perspective from young scientists
Participants in IIASA's Young Scientists Summer Program 2014 bring their perspective to the question of how research connects to society. Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | High School Educational Program on Greenland
For US High School Students -- a chance to work in Greenland doing science.  Application deadline 9 January 2015More information, including the application, is available at:http://www.arcus.org/jsep(From the web site:)Joint Science Education Project (JSEP)In this successful summer science and culture opportunity, students and teachers from the United States, Denmark, and Greenland come together to learn about the research conducted in Greenland and the logistics involved in supporting […]
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3:57 AM | Carbon News 1/12/14: Future of work in NZ in clean tech, says Labour
Labour vows to watch work and the new economy The Labour Party’s Future of Work Commission will include analysis of the impacts on work of climate change and the low-carbon economy. The commission was announced by Labour leader Andrew Little at a business briefing in Auckland this morning. It will be led by finance spokesman […]

November 30, 2014

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11:37 PM | Culpable?
A recent post at WUWT is titled “Needed: Accurate climate forecasts.” My opinion: the authors, Paul Driessen and David R. Legates, give us a stunning display of false and/or misleading claims. Being mistaken about something, and therefore making false claims, … Continue reading →
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9:27 PM | The bear necessities of climate agreement in Lima
The population in the seaside capital of Peru, Lima, has grown exponentially in the last few days ahead of the latest round of UN climate talks, with  11,000 official delegates, 40,000 police, and thousands more who’ll attend the Peoples Climate Summit, all descending on the city. “The streets are filling up with gringos,” a horrified friend […]
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10:27 AM | 2014 SkS Weekly Digest #48
SkS Highlights Mercury Rising: 2014 Likely to Surpass 2010 as Warmest Year on Record by Rob Painting garnered the most comments of the articles posted on SkS during the past week. Dana's The latest global warming bill and the Republican conundrum attracted the second highest number. El Niño Watch "With the Thanksgiving holiday fast approaching; my thoughts are quickly shifting from trying to make sense of the current ENSO picture to heaping mounds of stuffing and turkey. With […]

November 29, 2014

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8:35 PM | Still living
Still living, just been away from the blogosphere on other things.  Some of them will find their way back here as posts. In the mean time, Kevin O'Neill, who has introduced an interesting idea in one of his comments at Multiple Working Hypotheses, has encountered one of the annoying things about to do science.  Namely, a data set he has been using was discontinued.  I sympathize.  At work, a satellite I was about to make use of in our operations died the week before our […]
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8:49 AM | 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #48B
56 countries seek carbon capture incentives in next climate deal Antarctic sea ice expands to record extent - and it's deeper than we thought Bangladesh farmers turn back the clock to combat climate stresses Brazil's epic water crisis a global wake-up call Communicating climate change: A story of apocalypse, money and mind-games How global warming is making heat waves and precipitation more extreme Is India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, a climate leader? Obama administration sets […]

November 28, 2014

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1:04 PM | A clearer picture how climate change affects El Niño?
I still remember the first time I was asked about how climate change affects El Niño. It was given as a group exercise during a winter school in Les Houghes (in France) back in February 1996. Since then, I have kept thinking about this question, and I have not been the only one wondering about […]
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8:00 AM | Hiatuses in the rise of temperature
“In the last few years the warming trend of the earth has stopped” is a common type of remark these days. Is that indeed the case, and can we conclude that the projections for the rest of the century are … Continue reading →
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6:46 AM | The Chinese scientific revolution aims to tackle climate change
This article is about the future landscape of science in general, and climate science in particular. Just a few days ago, the Chinese Academy of Sciences hosted a small workshop which involved scientists from around the world that work on a device called the Expendable Bathythermograph, or XBT for short. The obscurity of the conference speaks volumes; it didn’t get much, if any, press attention. This fact tells a lot about the host nation. XBTs are devices that are used to measure ocean […]

November 27, 2014

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10:57 AM | Mercury Rising: 2014 Likely to Surpass 2010 as Warmest Year on Record
The monthly global analysis for October has been released at NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) and it reveals that global surface temperature for October 2014 is the warmest October in 135 years of record-keeping. This follows on from the 2nd warmest April, and the warmest May, June, August, and September, ever recorded. In fact the first 10 months of 2014, January to October, are the warmest such period ever recorded, and 2014 is very likely to end up as the warmest year - […]
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12:07 AM | Getting it Wright on sea level rise
Sea level rise of up to 40cm around New Zealand by the middle of this century is already locked in and will cause significant problems for coastal communities and infrastructure, according to a new report just released by Dr Jan Wright, the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment. The report — Changing Climate and Rising Seas: […]

November 26, 2014

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12:42 PM | Life on Earth’s Cold Shoulder – Film
The talented folk down at the University of Derby’s TEL Media Production have whipped up this short introduction to the fascinating world of glacier microbes. We hope it makes you question whether […]
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12:13 PM | 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #48A
Air pollution costs Britain £10bn a year, report shows Britain left 'exposed' to more floods and heatwaves Central American civil society calls for protection of local agriculture Climate change is not just about science Climate change will slow China's progress in reducing infectious diseases Do Democrats and Republicans actually experience the weather differently? Half of Americans think climate change is a sign of the Apocalypse In climate talks, spotlight turns […]
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7:55 AM | Sunday burnouts in Christchurch: electric motorsport comes to NZ
New Zealand is going to get its first taste of electric motorsport this Sunday, when the Mike Pero Motorsport Park at Ruapuna near Christchurch is hosting EVolocity, an amazing line-up of electric racing machines and their creators — including the world’s fastest woman on a motorcycle, Eva Håkansson and her creation the KillaJoule, recently clocked […]

November 25, 2014

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10:00 PM | Not quite News yet – Part IV
In this series we present fictive “News Articles” which some of us wrote when participating in a Science Communication Workshop at ANU. If you want to know more about the Why and How, please see this post here. While the … Continue reading →
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7:40 PM | Many angles to decode frozen debris lobes
“Something chewed on the casing,” Margaret Darrow explained. “Probably a bear.” Blue chips were scattered from the cracked ABS pipe. Inside the casings that protect the holes drilled in and around frozen debris lobe -A there’s non-toxic propylene glycol. Propylene glycol, this brand a clear greenish liquid, prevents freezing – helpful for scientific instruments – but it also tastes slightly sweet. And bears are curious creatures. Later, taking […]
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9:00 AM | Projected changes of precipitation and temperature extremes
Model projections of heavy precipitation and temperature extremes include large uncertainties. However, disagreement between individual simulations primarily arises from internal variability, whereas models agree remarkably well on the forced signal. Post based on Fischer et al., 2014, Geophys. Res. Lett. … Continue reading →
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6:57 AM | The latest global warming bill and the Republican conundrum
Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) introduced a climate bill in the US Senate last week. The American Opportunity Carbon Fee Act proposes to tax carbon pollution at the source or at the border for imports, and return 100% of the revenue to taxpayers. The tax would therefore be revenue-neutral, not increasing the size of government. A revenue-neutral carbon tax has become an increasingly popular proposal for tackling global warming. Liberals have long been on board with […]

November 24, 2014

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11:51 PM | Thin Ice edit for US TV funded in full
The Thin Ice Kickstarter campaign was resounding success, with the total pledged reaching NZ$34,448 from 228 backers. The extra funds are likely to be used in a PR effort to get the newly-edited film shown on as many TV stations in the US as possible. Thanks to everyone who chipped in. You’ve made some climate […]
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3:50 PM | Casual consensus and a lot of science
Have not been blogging much lately and the number of readers is suffering. So I need another post on the Climate Consensus; always a runner. At the Guardian, there is a discussion going on between 3 interesting people. John Cook, the benevolent dictator of Skeptical Science, Peter Thorne, the benevolent dictator of the International Surface Temperature Initiative (ISTI) and the benevolent dictator of And Then There's Physics (ATTP).What I took from the discussion is that maybe we should not […]
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