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March 30, 2014

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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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12:35 AM | 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #13A
13 of 14 warmest years on record occurred in 21st century Climate change to disrupt food supplies, brake growth El Nino likely in 2014, says Australian Bureau of Meteorology Global warming not stopped, will go on for centuries Global warming to hit Asia hardest Indonesia's forest fires feed 'brown cloud' of pollution Lessons from the Little Ice Age Most extreme weather 'virtually impossible' without man-made warming No standstill found in global warming or extreme weather Warming is big […]

March 26, 2014

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11:00 AM | AABW in the news!
It only took 25 years, but my thesis topic is now becoming newsworthy!  Gluttons for punishment can see at least the abstract at A model of the formation of high-salinity shelf water on polar continental shelves.  Which is aimed at one of the important ingredients for AABW (Antarctic Bottom Water).I've been reluctant to blog about the topic because it is, after all, my baby and I'm sorely tempted to post at excruciating length and detail.  (Not that there aren't other people who […]
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10:48 AM | Towards a climate risk management approach for adaptation
By Reinhard Mechler, IIASA Risk, Policy, and Vulnerability Program On March 25, member countries of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) started discussing the key findings of the second volume of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) in Yokohama, Japan. The report focuses on climate-related impacts, risks and adaptation. Once approved by the 150+ governments … Continue reading →
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1:40 AM | Tram Powered International Tundra Experiment
Liz O'Connell for Frontier Scientists – Multiple instruments, configured along a tram-like platform, sense the tundra below and gather detailed data while traveling along a 50 meter transect.  “We are gathering measurements that we don’t know exactly how they will be used,” said Steven Oberbauer, professor of biological sciences at Florida International University. The high resolution information is more detailed than that gained by a satellite or by a […]

March 25, 2014

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11:43 PM | Facts and Fallacies
After finally completing my thesis and graduating I thought I’d try something a bit different, something I probably haven’t done in a long while; read a book for fun! However it was during a somewhat starry-eyed cruise through the science … Continue reading →
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8:44 PM | TDB Today: Facing the future – no Bridges too far
In my post at The Daily Blog today — Facing the future – no Bridges too far — I take a look at the Royal Society of New Zealand’s latest information paper about the need to move New Zealand to a green economy. There’s a yawning gulf between the rational world view embodied in the […]
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4:40 PM | The most common fallacy in discussing extreme weather events
Does global warming make extreme weather events worse? Here is the #1 flawed reasoning you will have seen about this question: it is the classic confusion between absence of evidence and evidence for absence of an effect of global warming on extreme weather events. Sounds complicated? It isn’t. I’ll first explain it in simple terms […]
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3:05 PM | Cherry picked and misrepresented climate science undermines FiveThirtyEight brand
Nate Silver has launched a new FiveThirtyEight blog with the intent of applying his data-driven approach to a wide variety of subjects.  The problem is that Nate Silver is himself only one man, so FiveThirtyEight has hired a variety of contributors to write about the subjects that are outside his expertise and comfort zone.  For the topic of climate change, Silver decided to hire the renowned obfuscator Roger Pielke, Jr. This was immediately disappointing for those familiar […]

March 24, 2014

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11:22 PM | WMO 2013 climate summary: laws of physics not negotiable, extremes to be expected on a warming planet
The World Meteorological Organisation’s (WMO) state of the climate report for 2013 was released on Sunday (pdf), and provides a very useful overview of last year’s weather and climate events. It confirms that 2013 was the 6th warmest year in the long term record (tied with 2007), that 13 of the 14 warmest years in […]
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6:55 PM | Harry Bulkeley: A few questions about global warming -- Answered
An opinion writer (a retired judge) asked a few questions in his Galesburg, IL local paper, and I'll provide some answers here.  As always, I encourage you to read the original.The good judge, like the usually informative Mr. Krauthammer, starts off on a very wrong foot, with bad philosophy of science.  There are many facts in science -- the earth is round, the sun is hot, there is a greenhouse effect, and CO2 is a greenhouse gas.  All can be questioned -- but not in the trivial […]
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4:12 PM | Climate Science Legal Defense Fund Needs Your Help!
Guest post by Scott Mandia. The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (CSLDF) was launched in January 2012 by Scott Mandia and Joshua Wolfe to provide valuable legal resources to our climate scientists who are in need. CSLDF needs your help. CSLDF needs to raise $80,000. The great news is that philanthropist Charles Zeller has graciously offered to MATCH the first $40,000 that is raised and philanthropist Peter Cross has offered to put up the first $10,000. This means CSLDF already has the first […]

March 23, 2014

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6:31 PM | Nanopillars of nanotubes! A novel method to drastically improve charge transport in hybrid nanotube devices
A hot buzzword in the materials science communities these days is nano-engineering – that is, exploring unique physics at the nanoscale (10^-9 meters or less)  to improve device performance.  The idea is that there are fundamentally different ways in which … Continue reading →

Barbero, D., Boulanger, N., Ramstedt, M. & Yu, J. (2014). Nano-Engineering of SWNT Networks for Enhanced Charge Transport at Ultralow Nanotube Loading, Advanced Materials, DOI:

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5:41 AM | 2014 SkS Weekly Digest #12
SkS Highlights The final two installments of Bob Lacatena's detailed account of the hack of the SkS website in early 2012 were posted during the past week. They are: A Hack By Any Other Name — Part 6 and A Hack By Any Other Name — Part 7 . If you haven't had the time to read all seven posts, you should definitely peruse Part 7 because it very nicely ties everything up.  Toon of the Week    h/t to I Heart Climate Scientists Quote of the […]

March 22, 2014

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5:06 PM | How Many Cans?
XKCD, the brilliant and hilarious on-line comic, attempts to answer the question How much CO2 is contained in the world’s stock of bottled fizzy drinks? How much soda would be needed to bring atmospheric CO2 back to preindustrial levels? The answer is, enough to cover the Earth with 10 layers of soda cans. However, the […]
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4:01 PM | 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #12B
A cold U.S. winter for sure, but 8th warmest globally Alternative media filling in the gaps of mainstream climate coverage A super El Niño on the way? Subtle signs emerging Australia's Senate rejects carbon tax repeal bill California officials prepare for worst as historic drought deepens wildfire risk Climate change fuelled storms, rising seas cost China $2.6 bln in 2013 Climate change is putting world at risk of irreversible changes Rent in a warming world The puzzles involving sea […]
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11:03 AM | Fairness instinct trumps economic expectations on climate costs
Students taking the role of rich countries in climate negotiation games make generous offers to pay towards the cost of cutting greenhouse gas emissions on fairness grounds, finds Robert Gampfer from ETH Zurich, who suggests that governments doing the same might get popular support.

Gampfer, R. (2014). Do individuals care about fairness in burden sharing for climate change mitigation? Evidence from a lab experiment, Climatic Change, DOI:

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March 21, 2014

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10:49 PM | Spring snow goes downhill
Spring snow goes downhillEarlier melting a threat to water supply, Arctic iceIn recent years, spring snow has vanished even more quickly than computer models and climate scientists had expected, posing a research challenge and a potentially serious risk for water supplies. AtmosNews Category: Climate & Climate ChangeLand & VegetationArticle type: OpinionBob HensonYesBob Henson • March 27, 2014 | At some point in a typical winter, almost half of the entire Northern […]
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8:05 AM | A Hack By Any Other Name — Part 7
Part 6 described the methods used by the hacker and detailed his activity on February 21st.       Ted: We're both stumbling around together in this unformed world, whose rules and objectives are largely unknown, seemingly indecipherable or even possibly nonexistent, always on the verge of being killed by forces that we don't understand.Allegra: That sounds like my game, all right.Ted: That sounds like a game that's not gonna be easy to market.Allegra: But it's a game […]
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6:23 AM | Hansen’s 1988 Predictions
On another forum entirely, discussion arose of Jim Hansen’s 1988 computer model simulation and its prediction for future temperature change. Talk centered around a graph from this post by the GWPF (Global Warming Policy Foundation): Hansen estimated future temperature based … Continue reading →

March 20, 2014

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8:28 AM | The Myth Debunking One-Pager
In late 2011, I co-authored the Debunking Handbook with Stephan Lewandowsky. The purpose of the handbook was to summarise all the psychological research into misinformation and debunking into a short, concise, practical guide. We published a much more comprehensive scholarly review afterwards. Nevertheless, the much shorter version has always been the preferred option. Until, perhaps, now. I was asked recently if I could boil down the key points of the Debunking Handbook into a […]

March 19, 2014

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10:35 PM | AAAS “What We Know” Initiative: Same Denial, Different Issue – From Ozone Depletion to Climate Change
(Cross-posted with permission from Polluterwatch.com) It must be like Groundhog Day for Mario Molina, the scientist who has presided over the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s new report and publicity drive aimed at convincing Americans about the urgency of what’s happening on climate change. The normally reticent AAAS has taken a highly unusual […]
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