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April 16, 2014

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3:19 PM | A Risk Analyst Explains Why Climate Change Risk Misperception Doesn’t Necessarily Matter
A longtime analyst of risk misperception says leaders can't wait for the public to "get" global warming.
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2:30 PM | Ranchers Behaving Badly, Hippie Hockey Players, 'Fartpacks' for Cows—Wait, What?!
By Jason Bittel Tasing saddles: In exchange for a fee, ranchers in Nevada are allowed to graze their cattle on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. But one rancher, Cliven Bundy, stopped paying that fee 21 years ago, saying he doesn’t recognize the federal government as even existing. And because Bundy refuses to pay the more than $1 million buckaroos he owes the BLM, the government confiscated the cows on its land. In reply Bundy […]

April 15, 2014

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8:11 PM | A Green Group Sees Hope in ‘The End of China’s Coal Boom’
Greenpeace sees growing signs that China is heading toward peak coal, putting climate targets within sight.
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6:30 PM | Wells Spew Greenhouse Gas During Pre-Fracking Drilling
The potent greenhouse gas methane is spewing from Pennsylvanian natural gas wells during the drilling that precedes fracking.
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1:30 PM | Fisking Henry Markram’s Comment About “Recursive Fury” and the Frontiers Retraction
Henry Markram, a chief editor at Frontiers, the journal that recently retracted (resulting in multiple resignations of editors from that journal), inappropriately, an important paper on climate change denialism, just made the following comment on a post on that journal’s blog. My own personal opinion: The authors of the retracted paper and their followers are…
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10:00 AM | Food security and Biofuels
A short extract of some of the main points raised during the course “Examining Issues around Global Food Security” by Dr Julie Flood from CABI at the Department of Continuing Education’s program of the University of Oxford on March 7th, 2014. The course aimed to highlight the issues of food security/insecurity, and particularly around growing […]

April 14, 2014

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11:56 PM | Massive Sea of Warmth Propels March to Fourth Hottest
An area of extraordinarily high temperature stretching more than half way around the globe helped propel this past March into the record books as the fourth warmest since historical record-keeping began in 1880, according to NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. The global average temperature for March was warmer only in 2002, 2010 and 1990. The […]The post Massive Sea of Warmth Propels March to Fourth Hottest appeared first on ImaGeo.
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11:56 PM | Massive Sea of Warmth Propels March to Fourth Hottest
An area of extraordinarily high temperature stretching more than half way around the globe helped propel this past March into the record books as the fourth warmest since historical record-keeping began in 1880, according to NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. The global average temperature for March was warmer only in 2002, 2010 and 1990. The […]The post Massive Sea of Warmth Propels March to Fourth Hottest appeared first on ImaGeo.
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11:53 PM | Bad news, good news, bad news.
So, the bad news is that it is looking increasingly likely that the world will experience a very strong El Nino event this 2014-2015 winter (winter in the N. hemisphere, summer down under).  There is even talk of a super-El Nino, one to rival 1998′s phenomenal event.  Lots of good information on that here at…
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8:05 PM | Chinese Pollution Changing N. American Weather
The brutal weather in the U.S. Midwest this winter has, in part, coal-burning power plants in China, a new study finds.
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4:24 PM | Climate Change Things: Two items of interest
First, as I’ve mentioned before, there is a Reddit “As Me Anything” (AMA) going on right now with Stephan Lewandowsky, and if you are into Reddit AMA’s and climate change related issues you should check it out. Lewandowsky is a co-author of the famous Frontiers Retracted paper, though the subjects being discussed at the AMA…
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4:24 PM | Climate Change Things: Two items of interest
First, as I’ve mentioned before, there is a Reddit “As Me Anything” (AMA) going on right now with Stephan Lewandowsky, and if you are into Reddit AMA’s and climate change related issues you should check it out. Lewandowsky is a co-author of the famous Frontiers Retracted paper, though the subjects being discussed at the AMA…
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2:53 PM | Climate change solution? UN touts ambitious (but cheap) investment in renewable energy
The world is warming rapidly due to greenhouse gas emissions, threatening everything from our food supply to our ecosystems, but the solution may be surprisingly cheap, according to the third and final report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The report recommends a rapid and aggressive switch from fossil fuel-based energy to renewables.
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1:55 PM | Another Week of Global Warming News, April 13, 2014
This weekly posting is brought to you courtesy of H. E. Taylor. Happy reading, I hope you enjoy this week’s Global Warming news roundup skip to bottom Confronting a New Age of ConsequencesApril 13, 2014 Chuckles, COP20+, COP15, WG3 Report, WG3 Comments, WG3 Leaks, WG2 Carbon Limit, Statistics, Energiewende Bottom Line, Subsidies, World Bank, CookFukushima:…
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10:03 AM | Arctic Ozone Hole Looking Good
A global ban on the chemicals that caused the Antarctic ozone hole was successful in staving off one in the Arctic.

April 13, 2014

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8:30 PM | Energy Change Key to Meeting UN Climate Change Goal
The world can still meet the UN goal to limit global warming provided it cuts annual greenhouse gas emissions by 40-70 percent by 2050, a top expert panel said Sunday.
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5:09 PM | Bumping against the 400ppm arbitrary but scary number.
This Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego website provides daily updates, analysis, and information on the state of climate. Follow @Keeling_curve to get daily updates of the CO2 value. Through this site, the public can also help support the continuation of the iconic Keeling Curve and of complementary measurements of atmospheric oxygen made at…
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5:09 PM | Bumping against the 400ppm arbitrary but scary number.
This Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego website provides daily updates, analysis, and information on the state of climate. Follow @Keeling_curve to get daily updates of the CO2 value. Through this site, the public can also help support the continuation of the iconic Keeling Curve and of complementary measurements of atmospheric oxygen made at…
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2:39 PM | Nations’ Handling of New Climate Report Presages Divisions in Treaty Effort
Wrangling over wording of the summary of the latest U.N. climate report foreshadows worse to come in treaty talks.

April 12, 2014

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1:32 PM | Odds that global warming is due to natural factors: Slim to none
Statistical analysis rules out natural-warming hypothesis with more than 99 […]
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9:59 AM | Detailed regional data reduce warming-drought link doubts
In Portugal and Spain climate change has already driven over 2°C of warming in summer, and new findings from Sergio Vicente-Serrano from the Pyrenean Institute of Ecology are dispelling uncertainties that the temperatures are making drought more severe and widespread.

Vicente-Serrano, S., Lopez-Moreno, J., Beguería, S., Lorenzo-Lacruz, J., Sanchez-Lorenzo, A., García-Ruiz, J., Azorin-Molina, C., Morán-Tejeda, E., Revuelto, J., Trigo, R. & Coelho, F. (2014). Evidence of increasing drought severity caused by temperature rise in southern Europe, Environmental Research Letters, 9 (4) 44001. DOI:

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April 10, 2014

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5:44 PM | Are Himalayan Glaciers Retreating?
Open Access in Current Science- A remote sensing survey of 2018 glaciers across the Himalayan arc for the time period 2001 -2010 was carried out. Change in snout position was compared. The majority of glaciers over the last ten years show stable snout positions. About 12% show retreat and only 0.9% show advancement. Himalayan glaciers are retreating though. Studies that cover larger time periods have shown that studied glaciers have been in retreat over all of the last century with the largest […]
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2:15 PM | Camp Dark Snow 2014
Today marks the end of this semester’s teaching and hopefully a return to both research activity and posting on TTP! Greenland 2014 has become a collaborative effort with team Dark […]
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3:36 AM | The Bottleneck Years by H.E.Taylor – Chapter 87
The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 86 Table of Contents Chapter 88 Chapter 87 The Chinese Girlfriend, April 15, 2060 At the end of an Ecology 110 lecture the other day, Carman unobtrusively entered the back of the room and sat down. I was going through the history of DNA reading devices from Sanger…

April 09, 2014

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11:22 PM | Revolutionary Step? Bolivia Gives the Earth Comprehensive Legal Rights
The Law of Mother Earth is a bold move by the Bolivian government. At its source is the ancient “Pachamama” traditions of the native Andean people. This worldview is based on the belief that the earth is actually a living being (“Pachamama” translates to Mother Earth). The Bolivian government says the law is a culmination of efforts […]
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9:44 PM | Mann’s False Hope Graphic Presentified
I needed a copy of the “False Hope Graph” that Michael Mann painstakingly created for his Scientific American piece “Earth Will Cross the Climate Danger Threshold by 2036” for a presentation I’m doing, but it had to be simpler, leave some stuff off, and be readable across the room on a screen. The original graphic…
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1:30 PM | Uncertainty in an emissions-constrained world
By Matthias Jonas, IIASA, and  Gregg Marland, Appalachian State University Greenhouse gas emissions are seldom measured directly. They must be estimated from data such as on energy use and changes in land use. That means that estimates of greenhouse gas emissions from human sources are inherently uncertain. In a new study with colleagues at IIASA … Continue reading →
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1:24 PM | Earth Institute Scientists Speak Out on Climate Change
In the light of recent varied efforts to focus public attention on the risks of climate change, we asked Earth Institute scientists what they want the public to understand about the issue and how they see their roles.
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12:34 PM | The Uphill Climate Challenge in ‘Years of Living Dangerously’
Some thoughts on the challenges facing a nine-part Showtime series on global warming.

April 08, 2014

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10:17 PM | The ground changing under our feet – Thermokarsts
Laura Nielsen for Frontier Scientists – Jason Dobkowski stands on the shores of Wolverine Lake. His research site is located in the North Slope of Alaska, nestled near the remote foothills of the Brooks Range. "I’m here studying permafrost thaw slump which is depositing silt and material into the lake behind me. And that material, the silt and the minerals and the frozen carbon, affects the lake in a lot of different ways. It can change the chemistry and the... Read more
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