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What climate scientists are saying about the global warming “hiatus”

October 8, 2014 7:36 pm0 comments
What climate scientists are saying about the global warming "hiatus", a post from CCNF's 'Climate Change in the Media' section

What are our readers to make of the slow-down in global surface temperature rise after 1998? What’s often heard in my neck of the woods is something along the lines of what Dr. Neil Frank, former KHOU-TV meteorologist and beloved Houston personality, wrote in the Houston Chronicle last Friday: If global warming will be […]

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CCNF to present at AGU Fall Meeting: “Advancing Science Literacy Through the Climate Change National Forum”

October 6, 2014 8:08 am0 comments
AGU Fall Meeting

UPDATE 11/12/2014:  If you plan on attending AGU14, we hope to see you at Dr. Nielsen-Gammon’s oral session and that you stop by CCNF’s booth (#2714) in the exhibit hall during the peak hours. Stay tuned for more CCNF updates and events to be announced on our Twitter feed, @ClimateChangeNF! Advancing Science Literacy Through the […]

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Scientists Talking Dirty: On “climate mitigation” and the goal of limiting warming to 2ºC (3.6ºF)?

October 1, 2014 2:31 pm0 comments
Scientists Talking Dirty: On “climate mitigation” and the goal of limiting warming to 2ºC (3.6ºF)?

Intro by Michael Quirke: In light of last week’s climate summit, I’ve asked for some thoughts from the scientists on “climate mitigation,” which entails reducing fossil fuel combustion or capturing and storing emissions. [1] In the context of climate change, “mitigation” can be a very dirty word for conservatives because it implies more government intervention […]

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UN Climate Summit: Obama and Chinese Vice President seek global pledge on climate change; what’s at stake based on latest Forum dialogue

September 29, 2014 7:03 pm0 comments
President Obama speaking at the UN Climate Summit on Tuesday. Source: Ibnnews.com. Republished under fair use.

President Barack Obama called for more ambition and action on the part of all nations to address climate change at the UN Climate Summit in New York City on Tuesday. “We cannot condemn our children, and their children, to a future that is beyond their capacity to repair,” he said. […]

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WMO: Ocean acidification rate unprecedented for last 300 million years at least; atmospheric CO2 increase largest in 30 years, surprising scientists. PBS Newshour: Diminished ability of biosphere to absorb more CO2 suspected.

September 24, 2014 10:51 am0 comments
WMO: Ocean acidification rate unprecedented for last 300 million years at least; atmospheric CO2 increase largest in 30 years, surprising scientists. PBS Newshour: Diminished ability of biosphere to absorb more CO2 suspected.

The increase of atmospheric Co2 from 2012-2013 was the largest in 30 years according to the World Meteorological Organization’s annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin. From the report’s summary: The increase… of 2.9 ppm is greater than the increase from 2011 to 2012, the average growth rate for the 1990s (~1.5 ppm yr–1), and the […]

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Part II: History of climate change science (1969-1990) according to Daniel Yergin [General Commentary]

August 27, 2014 1:21 am0 comments
The Quest by Daniel Yergin

As a layman trying to understand the climate change issue, I have been on the hunt for a good read on the history of climate science—and the science of climate change—for the CCNF Scientist Community and readers to discuss. In a previous post, I presented a set of excerpts from Daniel Yergin’s 2011 book, The […]

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On the Risky Business Report: Will “business as usual” lead to an additional 56-108 extremely hot days (over 95°F) per year by 2100? This and other predictions. [Fact Checking]

August 18, 2014 12:53 pm0 comments
Increase in annual number of extremely hot days predicted by the Risky Business Report. Source: Risky Business website.

The following graphics and block quotes are from a recent report on the economic risks of climate change by the Risky Business Project. I circulated the excerpts to the CCNF Scientist Community for fact checking and am presenting their comments below. The video toward the end is from the Risky Business website. For more […]

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How hot is it going to get and how fast? A chat with Scott Denning on climate sensitivity

July 30, 2014 5:09 pm0 comments
How hot is it going to get and how fast? A chat with Scott Denning on climate sensitivity

Climate sensitivity has become a regular topic of conversation in the Forum, and—as this layman has discovered—it is a central concept to understanding how the climate system works. Most importantly, through climate sensitivity you can get a scientist’s best answer to the million-dollar question of “How hot is it going to get?” […]

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Part I: History of climate change science (1836-1969) according to Pulitzer-Prize winning author [General Commentary]

July 29, 2014 12:34 am1 comment
Tyndall delivering a public lecture at the Royal Institution. Credit: University College.

A note by Michael Quirke: I have always found that one of the best ways to learn about the present is to look to the past, so for this post we’ll be looking back in time to explore the history of climate change science. For instance, when was man-made climate change first hypothesized? When did it become an […]

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FORUM REPORT 01

July 21, 2014 9:06 pm0 comments
FORUM REPORT 01

Foreword by Michel Quirke: In these Forum Reports, I will be doing my best to inform readers on who said what in Climate Change National Forum and why it matters. The CCNF scientists have published a lot of material in these last 7 months, so it might take around four Forum Reports to get caught up, […]

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