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12 November 2015

Wise Words from The Sane World: Thank You’s Instead of Subpoenas

There is more from Science on climate, and Climate Central folks have a good summary of some new research regarding the big melt in Greenland.


11 November 2015

The Geopolitics of a Changing Climate

My friend Bud Ward over a Yale Climate Connections tipped me to the video below. Something well worth a watch, and it would make a great topic of discussion in a high school/college political science class. I’m not talking about debating the science though, If a student doubt the science, tell them about how peer review works, and warn them about being deceived by conspiracy theory promoters. Kerry Emanuel is …


7 November 2015

When Facts Don’t Matter

Last month, I wrote a two-part post last month about the psychology behind science denial. I thought it worth sharing, because understanding how your brain makes massive judgement errors can lead to fewer of them! Now, Joe Hanson at It’s OK To Be Smart has produced a great video that summarizes the psychology of science denial, and it’s really worth watching. While at a weather conference in Oklahoma City last …


6 November 2015

Did Climate Change Make “This” Storm Worse? Perhaps.

The AMS has published its annual look at how climate change may have impacted certain major weather events, and it makes for some fascinating reading. This kind of research is called an attribution study, and they can be very informative. One of the most famous, was done by Dr. Ben Santer (Nat. Academies) that showed how different greenhouse warming looks vs. warming due to an increase in energy from the …


30 October 2015

Wow! Moment as Scientists Discover What’s Really Decimating The Cod Fishery

No doubt that overfishing has decimated the Cod fishery, but the extreme restrictions put on the Cod catch has done little or no good, and the numbers are now down to 3-4% of a sustainable fishery. Apparently, what was really happening has been staring us in the face for over a decade, and it’s not good news. To put it in science denier terms- “It’s the warming oceans stupid!” A …


21 October 2015

September Global Heat Record Smashed. 2015 Will Almost Certainly Pass 2014 as Hottest on Record

September 2015 was not just the hottest September since measurements began over 136 years ago, and it was farther above average than any other month on record. The amount above average was 0.9C, with the previous record holders coming this year as well. It’s not just a new record hot month, but a record that passed the old one by an astounding amount. The year to date is also the …


Aerosol reductions could account for up to 40 percent of future Arctic sea ice loss

Anticipated declines in human-produced aerosols could have a significant effect on Arctic sea ice cover over the remainder of the 21st century, accounting for up to 40 percent of the decline in sea ice extent that could occur in the region by 2100, a new study shows.


23 September 2015

AP Changes Policy On Labeling Climate “Skeptics”

A lot of us who write blogs about science face the issue of how to label those who think climate change isn’t real, or who think the science is all wrong. Just to be clear, virtually none of these folks have any background in atmospheric science, as several studies have clearly shown, but that still leaves the issue to be dealt with. I can tell you from my own experience …


17 September 2015

It Was The Hottest Summer On Record & 2015 Will Be As Well

NOAA announced today that the summer of 2015 was the hottest on record, beating last year which held the record for only 12 months. August 2015 was also the hottest on record. More from NOAA: The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for August 2015 was the warmest August on record, 1.58°F (0.88°C) warmer than the 20th century average, and surpassing the previous record set in 2014 by …


15 September 2015

Arctic Sea Ice Reaches 4th Lowest Extent on Record

The summer sea ice melt has ended in the High Arctic, and the ice pack melted back to the 4th lowest extent on the satellite record. From the Nat. Snow Ice Data Center: On September 11, 2015, sea ice extent dropped to 4.41 million square kilometers (1.70 million square miles), the fourth lowest minimum in the satellite record. This appears to be the lowest extent of the year. In response to …


2015 Temperatures Head for the Record Book

So how does 2015 compare with the warmest year on record (last year). Hat tip to Sou at Hot Whopper for this. (FYI: AUG. was second hottest on record behind last year (.01C difference). and this info map from NWS Fresno on the biggest fire in California history: How dry is it? New paper in Nature Climate Change shows this is the lowest snow pack in the Sierra in 500 …


31 August 2015

When Comedians Are Doing The Job Reporters SHOULD be Doing

It’s not just John Stewart and Stephen Colbert, now you can add  Bill Maher who called out Rick Santorum, when he made a ridiculously false claim about climate science. Santorum “claimed” that a study showed 57% of scientist had doubts about whether CO2 controls our climate, and Maher responded with (quoting here) “I don’t know what ass you’re pulling that out of..” A little research online leads to the answer …


10 August 2015

Bad Science Is Always Fair Game

When Daily Show host John Stewart said goodbye last week he gave his fans some advice that I thought was excellent- If you see B.S., then say something. So, with that in mind, this is fair notice that while I steer away from policy, if a politician says something about science that is clearly wrong, then they deserve to be called on it. I did that with Mike Huckabee a …


9 August 2015

National Geographic Adjusts Arctic Maps To Account For Ice Loss

  The National Geographic Society has put out a press release about their recently updated Arctic maps, with a more realistic depiction of the muli-year ice pack. The animated gif above shows the dramatic and unprecedented change underway at the top of the world. Interestingly the Antarctic is different because instead of ocean you have land with thousands of feet of ice on top. As that land ice melts, it …


7 August 2015

Am I The Only One Who Noticed..

Knowing that NASA,NOAA, and EVERY major scientific society on Earth says that we must immediately reduce our emissions of Carbon, or risk dangerously changing the planet’s life support system, you’d expect that at least one question in the debate Thursday night would be about that subject. You’d be wrong. Now, I could understand skipping something real difficult, like is the Earth over a million years old?, or are the fossils …


2 August 2015

New Paper Shows Global Climate Model Errors are Significantly Less Than Thought

Imagine I look at a numerical weather model forecast that predicts the temp. at 5 PM the next day, will be 30C where I live. The next day, I go out at 5 PM and measure 29C instead. Was the model wrong? Probably, since models are just numerical representations of the atmosphere with some processes explicitly predicted, while other processes (like clouds) approximated from other model variables. There is also …


29 July 2015

USGS- The Chesapeake Bay Region Is Sinking While The Sea Rises

Sea level is rising rapidly around the Chesapeake Bay. Faster actually, than nearly any other place on the East Coast of North America, and only a few spots along the Gulf Coast are recording a faster rate. The reason has been suspected for quite a while, but now a new study published in the journal of the Geological Society of America has confirmed the cause, and the news is not good. …


27 July 2015

What’s Funny About That? Quite a Bit Actually!

 What happens when you write a blog that is so full of misinformation, and incorrect assumptions, that someone starts a separate a blog to correct the mistakes? Well, for one thing you get some good laughs, and at times a real feeling of Schadenfreude!  I’m talking about the blog What’s up With That (WUWT) and Hot Whopper which corrects the bad science posted there on a daily basis. If you don’t …


20 July 2015

NOAA: June 2015 Hottest On Record Globally

  From NOAA: The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for June 2015 was the highest for the month of June since record keeping began in 1880. The first half of the year (January–June) was also record warm. (Last year 2014, was the hottest year on record, but so far 2015 is beating it, and with the strong El Nino underway, and CO2 levels past 400 ppm, the …


Peabody Coals World of Illusion

Clayton Aldern at GRIST has a look at the world of climate denial through eyes smeared with coal dust, and it’s rather frightening. You almost have to ask yourself if they really believe this stuff. Even when you make the “Upton Sinclair adjustment” (“It’s nearly impossible to convince someone of something when their paycheck depends on it not being so”), you are still left with the equivalent of someone holding their …