September 08, 2014

2:06 AM | 2014 SkS Weekly Digest #36
SkS Highlights   97 hours of consensus: caricatures and quotes from 97 scientists by John Cook  El Niño Watch For months now, the tropical Pacific Ocean has been flirting with blossoming into a full-fledged El Niño state: Waters off the coast of South America have warmed, a hallmark of the climate phenomenon, but then cooled, only to warm once again. Winds, which normally blow east-to-west have made tentative moves in the other direction, another key criteria, but […]

September 07, 2014

2:46 PM | 97 hours of consensus: caricatures and quotes from 97 scientists
Climate scientists from across the globe feature in our 97 Hours of Consensus campaign addressing one of the most significant and harmful myths about climate change. Each hour, beginning at 9am Sunday EST, September 7th, we'll publish a statement and playful, hand-drawn caricature of a leading climate scientist. Each caricature lists the scientists’ name, title, expertise and academic institution. 97 Hours of Consensus communicates the fact that 97% of climate scientists have […]

September 06, 2014

10:56 PM | The great climate voter debate
Last week’s Great Climate Voter Debate is a must view for anyone wanting to understand NZ’s mainstream political parties stance on policies to address carbon emissions and climate change. Moderated by TV3’s Samantha Hayes, the debate features climate change minister Tim Groser, Labour’s deputy leader David Parker, Greens co-leader Russel Norman, NZ First’s deputy leader […]
7:27 AM | 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #36B
5 reasons to watch NYC’s Climate Summit 99.999% certainty humans are driving global warming Brian Cox: scientists giving false sense of debate on climate change Climate change threatens to put the fight against hunger back by decades El Nino watch: 6 months and still counting Humans damaging wild forests at "alarming" rate, maps show New York to become a hub of climate hubbub On arguing by analogy Scientists may have solved a climate change mystery Sunlight boosts CO2 from thawing […]

September 05, 2014

12:24 PM | Rising Ocean Temperature: Is the Pacific Ocean Calling the Shots?
Key Points: Even though the ocean has warmed strongly, global 'surface' warming in the 21st century has been slower than previous decades. One of the prime suspects for this has been an increase in trade winds which help to mix heat into the subsurface ocean - part of a natural oscillation known as the Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation (IPO). A recently published research paper, Chen & Tung (2014), claim that changes in the saltiness (salinity) of seawater in the North Atlantic is […]
4:39 AM | Oops… (normal service will be resumed as soon as possible)
There will be a brief intermission while I sort out the problem with the comment system. I (stupidly, without checking, because nothing ever goes wrong when you’re on the bleeding edge of an upgrade, does it?) upgraded Hot Topic’s WordPress underpinnings to the latest version — 4.0 — only to find that now comments don’t […]

September 04, 2014

9:45 PM | Hole no more: New perovskite solar cell design removes hole conducting layer to improve stability and decrease costs
More news on the perovskite solar cell front!  I’ve written a bit about these a bit in the past – they are the exciting newcomers to the photovoltaic scene.  At an early stage of development, they already show up to 17% efficiency, … Continue reading →

Mei, A., Li, X., Liu, L., Ku, Z., Liu, T., Rong, Y., Xu, M., Hu, M., Chen, J., Yang, Y. & Gratzel, M. (2014). A hole-conductor-free, fully printable mesoscopic perovskite solar cell with high stability, Science, 345 (6194) 295-298. DOI: 10.1126/science.1254763

11:55 AM | Charting connections: the next challenge for systems analysis
At a lecture for IIASA staff, mathematician Don Saari challenged researchers to think outside the box when it comes to systems analysis research. Continue reading →
5:33 AM | When their research has social implications, how should climate scientists get involved?
First, at the end of this post is a question to my readers wherein I ask for feedback. So, please read to the end. Most scientists go into their studies because they want to understand the world. They want to know why things happen; also how to describe phenomena, both mathematically and logically. But, as scientists carry out their research, often their findings have large social implications. What do they do when that happens? Well traditionally, scientists just “stick to the […]

September 03, 2014

10:23 PM | 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #36A
Antarctic sea-level surge linked to icesheet loss China plans a market for carbon permits China's big carbon market experiment Dame Julia Slingo: the woman who reads the skies DeSmog UK launches to combat climate denial in Europe Has climate change become a business story? How the IPCC is sharpening its language on climate change Mountain forest changes threaten water supplies No more pause: Warming will be non-stop from now on No, the Bureau of Meteorology is not fiddling its weather data No, […]
7:36 PM | Beating hearts in Denali
“It never ceases to amaze me. No matter what the conditions are, what time of year it is, the place still awes me.” ~ Patricia Owen, wildlife biologist, Denali National Park & Preserve Cold nights have prompted the Denali landscape to turn colors; reds and purples are spectacular tundra accents spread across the wild vista. We’re at Denali National Park & Preserve meeting park rangers and scientists; searching for bears. While park visitor numbers are usually […]
5:55 AM | Climate sceptics see a conspiracy in Australia's record breaking heat
You could cut the triumphalism on the climate science denialist blogs right now with a hardback copy of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. Their unbridled joy comes not in the wake of some key research published in the scientific literature but in the fact that a climate sceptic has got a mainstream newspaper to give their conspiracy theory another airing. The sceptic in question is Dr Jennifer Marohasy, a long-time doubter of human-caused climate change whose research at Central […]

September 02, 2014

10:53 PM | Reason in a Dark Time
Dale Jamieson is a philosopher long acquainted with the work of climate scientists. His recently published book was begun 25 years ago, “an avocation that became an obsession”. He used to joke when asked why the book wasn’t appearing that he was waiting to see how the story ended. Then it dawned on him after […]
12:08 PM | On arguing by analogy
Climate blogs and comment threads are full of ‘arguments by analogy’. Depending on what ‘side’ one is on, climate science is either like evolution/heliocentrism/quantum physics/relativity or eugenics/phrenology/Ptolemaic cosmology/phlogiston. Climate contrarians are either like flat-earthers/birthers/moon-landing hoaxers/vaccine-autism linkers or Galileo/stomach ulcer-Heliobacter proponents/Wegner/Copernicus. Episodes of clear misconduct or dysfunction in other spheres […]
11:58 AM | Unforced variations: September 2014
This month’s open thread. People could waste time rebunking predictable cherry-picked claims about the upcoming Arctic sea ice minimum, or perhaps discuss a selection of 10 climate change controversies from ICSU… Anything! (except mitigation).
7:06 AM | The hope behind climate change: adaptation strategies for coastal regions
Originally posted on Goodnight Earth:Figure courtesy of Happy Labor Day!  In honor of a day traditionally taken off (except for retail employees, unfortunately) to enjoy grilling and relaxing outside, I thought I’d discuss something a bit more upbeat.  Climate change research can often be gloomy.  It is a necessary gloom in the form…
6:03 AM | Fire and water – how global warming is making weather more extreme and costing us money
Connecting the dots between human-caused global warming and specific extreme weather events has been a challenge for climate scientists, but recent research has made significant advances in this area. Links have been found between some very damaging extreme weather events and climate change. For example, research has shown that a “dipole” has formed in the atmosphere over North America, with a high pressure ridge off the west coast, and a low pressure ridge over the central and […]

September 01, 2014

10:00 PM | Meet the scientists…Who? Me?
By Kelly Just recently I was given a healthy reminder that some stereotypes are really hard to break. I am very open about the fact that I was always interested in science, however when I hit 16 I was more … Continue reading →
7:09 PM | The hope behind climate change: adaptation strategies for coastal regions
Happy Labor Day!  In honor of a day traditionally taken off (except for retail employees, unfortunately) to enjoy grilling and relaxing outside, I thought I’d discuss something a bit more upbeat.  Climate change research can often be gloomy.  It is … Continue reading →

Brown, S., Nicholls, R., Hanson, S., Brundrit, G., Dearing, J., Dickson, M., Gallop, S., Gao, S., Haigh, I., Hinkel, J. & Jiménez, J. (2014). Shifting perspectives on coastal impacts and adaptation, Nature Climate Change, 4 (9) 752-755. DOI: 10.1038/nclimate2344

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