ClimateDialogue about Climate Sensitivity

May 15, 2014 6:34 pm2 comments
ClimateDialogue about Climate Sensitivity

After a bit of “hiatus”, ClimateDialogue (CD) has re-opened again with a discussion on climate sensitivity. On one hand this site is unique in bringing together ‘mainstreamers’ and ‘contrarians’ (both in the organization and in the discussions), hopefully leading to both enhanced clarity on what the (dis)agreements are really about […]

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Deep Ocean Warming

April 27, 2014 4:31 am7 comments
Patrik Jones via Flickr (link)

Note: This post resulted from the claim by Dr. Garth Paltridge that the observed surface warming could have been caused by internal ocean fluctuations. — Andreas Schmittner  Could the Earth’s observed surface warming of the last 50 years have been caused by ocean circulation?   Let’s phrase this question as […]

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Cause & Effect

March 2, 2014 11:03 pm12 comments
Mount Pinatubo eruption, June 1991. From 'Cause and Effect' by Dr. Scott Denning. Source: Wikimedia commons.

Why are scientists so confident that a business as usual future based on fossil fuels will lead to major changes in the Earth’s climate?  Because we seek to understand climate in terms of cause and effect. A very common misconception about climate change is that projections of future warming are […]

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What We Know about Climate

January 25, 2014 7:49 pm4 comments
What We Know about Climate

My name is Andrew Dessler, I am a professor of atmospheric sciences at Texas A&M.  In my testimony, I will review what I think is the most important conclusions that the scientific community has reached in over two centuries of work on climate. Conclusions The climate is warming. By this […]

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