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20 September 2011

NASA: Global Temps. In August 2011 4th Warmest. Sea Ice Melt Comes in Number Two

NASA-GISS has put up the numbers for August, and the global  land and ocean temperatures in August were the 4th warmest on record. NOAA has August pegged at the 8th warmest using a slightly different methodology. Land temperatures in August were the second warmest on record according to the NOAA-NCDC data. The summer Arctic sea ice melt has ended, and NSIDC says the minimum sea ice was the second lowest …

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9 September 2011

USA Records Second Hottest Summer On Record

Climate Highlights — August (from NCDC) The average U.S. temperature in August was 75.7 degrees F (24.3 degrees C), which is 3.0 degrees F (1.6 degrees C) above the long-term (1901-2000) average, resulting in the second warmest August on record. Precipitation averaged across the nation was 2.31 inches (58.7 mm). This was 0.29 inch (7.3 mm) below the long-term average, with large variability between regions. The excessive heat which dominated …

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8 September 2011

Science, The Tea Party and The Dunning-Kruger Effect.

Ed Maibach and Anthony Leiserowitz at GMU, and the Yale Center for Climate Change Communication have released a fascinating study of the opinions of different political party members on climate change. This is all the more fascinating because it defines the Tea Party as a separate group and asks some interesting questions about climate science. Take a look at the highlights from the survey below and see if you notice …

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John Cook at Skeptical Science Wins Eureka Prize

John Cook has won a well deserved Eureka Prize in Australia.  His website has done much to dispel the many myths about climate change that those with a political axe to grind love to spread. It is amazing how many will believe an absolutely ridiculous falsehood if repeated loudly and constantly. Skeptical Science is a one stop misinformation killer that uses real science to dispel the myths. I’ve been proud …

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6 September 2011

2011 Arctic Ice Reaches Second Lowest on Record- One or two weeks of melting left.

The NSIDC updated the Arctic ice numbers today and announced that the ice melt has now reached the second lowest on the satellite record. From NSIDC: Overview of conditions Average ice extent for August 2011 was 5.52 million square kilometers (2.13 million square miles). This is 160,000 square kilometers (61,800 square miles) above the previous record low for the month, set in August 2007, and 2.15 million square kilometers (830,000 …

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5 September 2011

Weekend Science Digest- A Symphony of Science

  Lots of science news this week caught my eye and number one on the list is the video above (thanks to “Bad Astronomer” Phil Plait) . John Boswell has his entire collection of videos online along with the music. You can download them for whatever you think is fair. These videos are IMHO a great teaching tool about what and who we are, and what science and scientific method …

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3 September 2011

So Much For That Huge Hole in Climate Science

Below is the editorial in REMOTE SENSING today announcing that the paper written by Spencer and Braswell, was deeply flawed and should not have been published. The story (as of Friday evening U.S. time) is now the most viewed on the BBC World-wide website and to say it was a major topic of conversation in the Earth science world would be an understatement. If researchers in a particular field begin …

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30 August 2011

New Record Low For Arctic Ice Very Possible

  For a while, it looked unlikely the summer melt would bring a new record low in Arctic sea ice this year, although it looked likely to reach the top 3 or 4. No more though, the data from NSIDC shows the summer melt is running near 2007’s record low extent, and still dropping.  Another independent analysis (using a different satellite and sensor) of arctic ice is done by the …

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18 August 2011

It’s Time For Meteorologists On TV To Stand Up For Science

Guest post by Joe Witte (former meteorologist for NBC and WJLA-TV in Washington, and now with George Mason Univ. and NASA Goddard) This post originally appeared on the WJLA Weather blog, and Joe has kindly given me permission to repost it here: Can we really trust TV weather forecasters for accurate information about the science of climate change? Not really, more and more Americans think. That’s according to the recently released …

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16 August 2011

When Did Ignorance Become A Point of View

prop·a·gan·da  noun /ˌpräpəˈgandə/  Information, esp. of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view – he was charged with distributing enemy propaganda The dissemination of such information as a political strategy There are plenty of things in climate physics that one can argue about; the climate sensitivity, the negative feed-backs that may slow down Arctic melting and many more, but Joe …

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