October 29, 2014

11:38 AM | Storm surge: Hurricane Sandy
On the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy making landfall, we are running an extract from a new book by Adam Sobel “Storm Surge: Hurricane Sandy, Our Changing Climate, and Extreme Weather of the Past and Future”. It’s a great read covering the meteorology of the event, the preparation, the response and the implications for the […]

October 28, 2014

9:16 PM | Carbon News 28/10/14: oil drilling, honey and crowd-funding green coke
Hunt for oil anchors govt’s environment plan The National Party is leading off its environmental package for its new term in power with plans to encourage more oil exploration — despite the burning of fossil fuels being the single biggest cause of climate change. Honey hits the jackpot for steep-land believer In 2010, Taranaki farmer […]
10:30 AM | IPCC reports: between the street and the policy-makers
by Pascal Lapointe & Karine Morin Science Policy subject editors In September, the people’s climate march became New York City’s biggest political event in recent times. Why the need for a “people’s” march in the first place? Because of a feeling that something is wrong, not only in policy circles, but also in environmental circles – including the IPCC reports. Bill McKibben, the man behind the recent movement and catalyst of this march, has […]
8:58 AM | Bank [of England] prods insurers about climate plans?
Says the FT (Oct 27, 2014 : The Bank of England has written to insurance companies to assess the risk climate change poses to their solvency and earnings. FT environment correspondent Pilita Clark and City editor Jonathan Guthrie discuss the move and regulators’ concern about global warming). Alas its a video, but worth listening to.…

October 27, 2014

1:12 PM | How do trees change the climate?
Guest commentary from Abby Swann (U. Washington) This past month, an op-ed by Nadine Unger appeared in the New York Times with the headline “To save the climate, don’t plant trees”.  The author’s main argument is that UN programs to address climate change by planting trees or preserving existing forests are “high risk” and a […]

October 23, 2014

6:41 AM | Food, Fossil Fuels and Filthy Finance
It is depressingly apparent that powerful forces in the global economy are set to carry on with the exploration for and use of fossil fuels as a primary source of energy for decades to come. Oxfam has produced a report identifying the confluence of fossil fuel companies, governments and investors which givers momentum to the […]

October 21, 2014

10:16 PM | TDB Today: Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
In my post at The Daily Blog this week I take inspiration from the great Ian Dury, and reflect on the disconnect between political ambition and the state of the climate system as it continues to warm. It will be my last post at TDB for a while – for definitions of “a while” that […]
10:01 PM | Limiting global warming to 2°C: the philosophy and the science?
Its at The Conversation and a retweet near you, no doubt. By

October 20, 2014

1:45 PM | Ocean heat storage: a particularly lousy policy target
The New York Times, 12 December 2027: After 12 years of debate and negotiation, kicked off in Paris in 2015, world leaders have finally agreed to ditch the goal of limiting global warming to below 2 °C. Instead, they have agreed to the new goal of limiting global ocean heat content to 1024 Joules. The […]

October 19, 2014

8:42 PM | NZ hikes terrorism threat to “low”, ignores Pentagon warning of “immediate” threat from climate change
So, the threat of a terrorist attack on New Zealand is upon us has risen from “very low” to “low” — second to lowest in a ranking that has six levels. Cabinet is now urgently reviewing our security laws to make sure we’re equipped to deal with this horrific new threat. The media has dedicated […]

October 17, 2014

7:00 PM | Icebergs off the Florida coast?
It happened in the past, when glaciers launched icy armadas.
4:05 PM | “Chopper” responds
Yay, more fallout. Need I say more? Oh go on then: This is a complete fabrication…. I dispute the description “abuse”, and suggest “use” as replacement… Prof Wadhams is apparently not content with people commenting on, or indeed even reporting, his work… This is ridiculous… This is an attempt to spuriously link the complaint to…

October 13, 2014

11:15 PM | Salinger: New Zealand is drying out, and here’s why
In this guest post Jim Salinger (currently working in Italy, but soon to return to these shores), takes a look at the climate influences on last year’s severe New Zealand drought. It first appeared on The Conversation. Over 2012 and 2013, parts of New Zealand experienced their worst drought in nearly 70 years. Drought is […]
10:12 PM | Carbon News 13/10/14: foresters in firing line
Anxious foresters await review of foreign credits ban A controversial decision to make foresters the only emitters banned from using cheap foreign carbon credits to offset their greenhouse gas emissions is under review. The provision was slipped through without warning as part of the Government’s Budget in May, and came into effect immediately. Business poser: […]

October 08, 2014

2:49 PM | The only solution for polar bears: 'stop the rise in CO2 and other greenhouse gases'
Steven Amstrup, Chief Scientist for Polar Bears International, has worked diligently on polar bears for over 30 years. He radio-collared some of the first bears and discovered that annual activity areas for 75 tracked females averaged at a stunning 149,000 square kilometers. His recent work highlighted the cost of global warming to these incredible animals and the sea ice they so closely depend on.

October 07, 2014

8:15 PM | The oceans got hotter than we thought, but the heat stayed shallow
Study shows we underestimated Southern Hemisphere warming.
5:27 PM | Wadhams and the mighty [sh|tw]it storm
Ah, there’s nothing like pouring oil on troubled waters with a carefully chosen post title, or defusing a potentially unpleasant confrontation with a cheery image. The backstory: for quite some time now people have been making implausible predictions about the Killer Arctic Death Spiral of Death. This became prominent after 2007, which was the first…

October 06, 2014

10:51 AM | Climate response estimates from Lewis & Curry
Guest commentary from Richard Millar (U. Oxford) The recent study of climate sensitivity estimated from the transient surface temperature record is being lauded as something of a game-changer – but how much of a game-changer is it really? The method at the heart of the new study is essentially identical to that used in the […]

October 05, 2014

8:30 PM | Wilder Pfaff and Zuckerhutl
Having got to the Mullerhutte I finally had a chance to climb the Zuckerhutl, which at 3505 m is the high point of the Stubai and something I’ve wanted to climb for ages. My diary reminds me it was a cold night: the hut is quite high at 3145 m, and I was alone in…

October 04, 2014

9:24 PM | Science blogging: an exploratory study of motives, styles, and audience reactions
Via sekrit, in the Journal of Science Communication, comes a deeply flawed article, Science blogging: an exploratory study of motives, styles, and audience reactions by Merja Mahrt and Cornelius Puschmann. The flaw, you’ll be unsurprised to learn, is that it doesn’t mention “stoat”. I’m not sure that all the rest of it is too interesting…
5:06 PM | Unforced variations: Oct 2014
This month’s open thread.

October 03, 2014

3:57 PM | Severe Weather = the New Normal is a Fraught Meme
This week NPR asks: When can a big storm or drought be blamed on climate change? If you have been nodding in approval to everything that Bill McKibben and his fellow climate concerned advocates say on this subject, then you already have your answer. And if you are familiar with the “new normal” meme, which I […]The post Severe Weather = the New Normal is a Fraught Meme appeared first on Collide-a-Scape.

October 02, 2014

9:12 AM | What if… climate change were the work of terrorists?
h/t: TPP Refs * Captain Kirk vs the internet

October 01, 2014

7:00 PM | Victor and Kennel: re-arrange the deckchairs
David G. Victor & Charles F. Kennel have an opinion piece in Nature arguing that it would be a really good idea to re-arrange the deckchairs on the Titanic. Or possibly ask the orchestra to play a somewhat different tune. I paraphrase somewhat, you understand. Naturally, you should read their actual article first, and then…
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 […]
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 […]

September 30, 2014

7:34 PM | The Art and Science of Climate Change
This fall, the photographs of Sebastião Salgado provide the springboard for an ambitious program of panel discussions, lectures and film screenings addressing the urgent issue of climate change. A new partnership involving Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) and New York City’s International Center of Photography (ICP) will present a variety of panel discussions and gallery walk-throughs at the ICP with climate […]
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