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January 29, 2015

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10:00 PM | U.S.-India Climate Agreement Less Substantive Than U.S.-China Climate Deal
The U.S.-India climate agreement announced January 25 creates a new agreement between the second- and third-largest emitters of greenhouse gases in the world but does not have the strength of the U.S.-China climate deal reached last year. Rather than committing India to cap its emissions, the U.S.-India deal called for “enhancing bilateral climate change cooperation”…

January 27, 2015

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10:24 PM | A Climate Hawk Separates Energy Thought Experiments from Road Maps
A progressive "climate hawk" says simplified road maps for solving the climate challenge are counterproductive.
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10:00 PM | Australia Is Heating Up Faster Than The Rest Of The World
Researchers predict Australia will warm up faster than any other country in the world. In a report released January 27 from Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and…
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4:33 PM | What Makes This Storm So Extreme?
While the Blizzard of '15 didn't turn out to be quite the snowpocalyse that was forecast, it still hit parts of the Northeast pretty hard. What makes a winter storm like this so intense? Continue reading →
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4:01 PM | More on the Great Blizzard of 2015
The Blizzard continues. The center of the low pressure system moved to the northeast more than expected, so the maximum snowfall amounts have also moved deeper into New England, and it the storm may end up dropping the largest amounts Downeast, in Maine, rather than around New York and southern New England. Nonetheless maximum snow…
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3:25 PM | Melting, Not Meteorite, Caused Crater in Antarctica
A mysterious crater discovered in East Antarctica last month likely formed beneath a leaky meltwater lake.

January 26, 2015

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7:01 PM | Accounting for natural capital on financial exchanges
Last month, Norway's stock exchange, the Oslo Børs, introduced a way for investors to use their money to promote sustainability. A new list by the stock exchange highlights green bonds, financial products issued by companies to raise capital for environmentally friendly projects. Notably, the list requires that issuing companies obtain and publicize outside opinions on the projects' environmental features.
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6:47 PM | The Great Blizzard of 2015: Fair to say it is AGW amplified.
About 20 million people are currently under a blizzard warning, and double that under a winter weather advisory, for a storm moving into the Northeast today and tomorrow, with snow falling though Wednesday. Thousands of flights have been cancelled. Wind will be at tropical storm force, and occasionally, hurricane force, and coastal flooding is expected…
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5:07 PM | NOAA Paraguay Data Accusation
A video by Kevin Cowtan about Christopher Booker‘s accusations of data tampering. A quick response to an article by Christopher Booker in the Telegraph. The video features a prototype tool for investigating the global temperature record. This tool will be made available with the upcoming MOOC, Making Sense of Climate Science Denial (http://gci.uq.edu.au/mooc), where we…
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5:07 PM | NOAA Paraguay Data Accusation
A video by Kevin Cowtan about Christopher Booker‘s accusations of data tampering. A quick response to an article by Christopher Booker in the Telegraph. The video features a prototype tool for investigating the global temperature record. This tool will be made available with the upcoming MOOC, Making Sense of Climate Science Denial (http://gci.uq.edu.au/mooc), where we…
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4:00 PM | Atlantic, Pacific Fish Face Mixing as Arctic Warms
The Atlantic Cod could displace valuable Alaskan fish as the natural barrier of the Arctic Ocean warms with climate change.
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12:00 PM | Earth Shots: Must See Planet Pics (Jan. 26)
This week: a salute to the platypus, a fire burns for 5,000 years, and a town in Argentina sinks -- then reappears.

January 24, 2015

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3:00 PM | Melting Glaciers Pose a Carbon Menace
Melting glaciers pose another threat beyond sea level rise. They will dump massive amounts of organic carbon into the world's oceans, altering ecosystems.

January 23, 2015

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7:00 PM | Boston’s Got Gas as Methane Seeps from City
In Boston, methane emissions from aging pipes and other sources may be more than double official state estimates for the city, according to a Harvard University study.
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3:00 AM | Doomsday Clock Now Three Minutes To Midnight
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has moved the big hand of its "Doomsday Clock" to three minutes to midnight, i.e. the end of the world, citing the apocalyptic threat of global warming and nuclear proliferation.Read more...

January 22, 2015

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11:10 PM | Climate Change Moves the Doomsday Clock
The Doomsday Clock is just three minutes from midnight due in part to climate change.
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8:55 PM | Obama Tackles Climate Change in State of the Union Address
“No challenge — no challenge — poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change,” said President Obama in his 2014 State of the Union address. “The best scientists in the world are all telling us that our activities are changing the climate,” he said, “and if we do not act forcefully, we’ll continue to see rising oceans,…
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8:47 PM | Uphill (and downhill!)
Our climate is changing, that much is clear. The main effect of this changing climate is that what once was balancing now starts . . .
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7:28 PM | Global warming’s effects are coming on faster than previously thought.
Arctic sea ice decline happened faster than expected. This has the effect of accelerating global warming because less of the Sun’s energy is reflected back into space by ice. Northern Hemisphere snow also sends some of that energy back into space. The amount of snow cover we have is also declining. The warming of the…
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7:28 PM | Global warming’s effects are coming on faster than previously thought.
Arctic sea ice decline happened faster than expected. This has the effect of accelerating global warming because less of the Sun’s energy is reflected back into space by ice. Northern Hemisphere snow also sends some of that energy back into space. The amount of snow cover we have is also declining. The warming of the…
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5:00 PM | New Lakes Under Greenland's Ice Hint at Warming
The discovery of two lakes hidden beneath the Greenland ice suggests that climate change cuts to the bottom of the ice sheet.
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4:40 PM | “Let me introduce you to my little friend”: 2014, warmest year
Andrew Revkin has this commentary at the New York Times: How ‘Warmest Ever’ Headlines and Debates Can Obscure What Matters About Climate Change. I will argue below that Revkin has, inadvertently or not, linked a science denialist trope to the important scientific finding that 2014 is the warmest year on record, as part of his…
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4:40 PM | “Let me introduce you to my little friend”: 2014, warmest year
Andrew Revkin has this commentary at the New York Times: How ‘Warmest Ever’ Headlines and Debates Can Obscure What Matters About Climate Change. I will argue below that Revkin has, inadvertently or not, linked a science denialist trope to the important scientific finding that 2014 is the warmest year on record, as part of his…

January 21, 2015

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11:20 PM | The Republican SOTU Live-Stream Cut Obama's Remarks On Climate Change
President Barack Obama took climate change deniers to task during his State of the Union Address, mocking the "I'm not a scientist" refrain that has become common among Republicans in recent months. But much of Obama's criticism was cut from the Republican party's official live stream of the speech. Read more...
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9:25 PM | This Town Sank, Then It Rose Due to Climate Change
A resort town in Argentina was engulfed by nearby lake, only to reemerge. Continue reading →
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7:45 PM | The Serengeti Strategy
What is the Serengeti Strategy? “The Serengeti Strategy” is a term coined by climate scientist Michael Mann in which “special interests faced with adverse scientific evidence … target individual scientists rather than take on an entire scientific field at once.” His invention of the analogy must have been an interesting moment, given the context. In…
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7:45 PM | The Serengeti Strategy
What is the Serengeti Strategy? “The Serengeti Strategy” is a term coined by climate scientist Michael Mann in which “special interests faced with adverse scientific evidence … target individual scientists rather than take on an entire scientific field at once.” His invention of the analogy must have been an interesting moment, given the context. In…
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4:32 PM | How ‘Warmest Ever’ Headlines and Debates Can Obscure What Matters About Climate Change
The complex calculations behind federal scientists' conclusion that 2014 was "easily" the warmest since records began in 1880.
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2:41 PM | State Of The Union Address: The Climate Change Part
… with graphics, provided by the White House:

January 20, 2015

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10:29 PM | Squirrels’ role in climate change puzzle
Alaska’s North Slope is home to Arctic ground squirrels. Near the Atigun River their interlaced burrow network takes advantage of sandy soil. The burrows are so interconnected and the entrances so myriad that the scientists working there to decode Arctic ground squirrel mysteries carry a map denoting burrow entrance numbers so they can be certain to always return squirrels to their home burrows. Arctic ground squirrel lifestyle Why so much interest? Arctic ground squirrels are the only […]
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