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October 23, 2014

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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

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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 […]
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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

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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

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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

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7:00 PM | Icebergs off the Florida coast?
It happened in the past, when glaciers launched icy armadas.
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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

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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 […]
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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

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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

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8:15 PM | The oceans got hotter than we thought, but the heat stayed shallow
Study shows we underestimated Southern Hemisphere warming.
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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

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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

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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

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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…
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5:06 PM | Unforced variations: Oct 2014
This month’s open thread.

October 03, 2014

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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

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

October 01, 2014

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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…
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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 […]
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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

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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 […]

September 29, 2014

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8:22 PM | Did I ever tell you how exciting snails are?
Did I ever tell you how exciting snails are? No, wait, don’t go away… Oh well. Now the rest of you have settled down, I’ll continue. My pic, incidentally, shows some Sphacterian snails I met in Greece this summer, which exhibited this odd clustering behaviour I’ve not seen before. But that’s nothing to do with…
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6:45 PM | ’tis a pity he’s silent
Ah, the (self) pity of it. AW has a long lame series of excuses for why he went all the way to Bristol to hear Michael Mann talk but did not ask, or even try to ask, any questions. Sou takes it to pieces, but you really don’t need that. Obviously it wasn’t necessary to…
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6:40 AM | Carbon News 29/9/14: Key challenged over climate impacts on Pacific islands
Memo John Key: look Pacific Island leaders in the eye The Government is being challenged to invite the leaders of the Marshall Islands, Tuvalu and Kiribati to come and tell Parliament what they think of New Zealand’s climate change policies. Support to help Small Island Developing States move to renewable energy is one of five […]

September 28, 2014

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2:25 PM | Autumn bees
Every autumn I think – too late – that its about time I looked at my bees, took off some honey, and put on the Apistan strips. Ideally this would be done in late August, I think, because the Apistan needs to come off 6 weeks later, and once you get much into October the…

September 26, 2014

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9:28 PM | Betting on sea ice with Crandles
Crandles kindly reminded me that I had three £100 bets with him; they’re formalised here (an earlier version at £67 each is here), as: Crandles offers 3 separate bets on the average of [2012, 2013 and 2014] (to be above/below 4.294, I take the high side), of [2013, 2014 and 2015] (4.119, ditto) and of…
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8:10 PM | Free climate science / modeling class beginning Sept. 29
Global Warming: The Science and Modeling of Climate Change is a free online adaptation of a college-level class for non-science majors at the University of Chicago (textbook, video lectures). The class includes 33 short exercises for playing with on-line models, 5 “number-cruncher” problems where you create simple models from scratch in a spreadsheet or programming […]
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3:15 PM | A Climate Debate I Would Like to See
Of the all the famous names associated with climate change, there are two I would love to see headlined in a debate–against each other. Both of these individuals believe global warming presents an existential threat, both believe Big Green is part of the problem, and both offer a radically different path to decarbonization of the […]The post A Climate Debate I Would Like to See appeared first on Collide-a-Scape.
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