Climate Change on Google Earth

February 6, 2014 6:02 pm0 comments
Climate Change on Google Earth

Here’s a cool new tool to visualize observed surface temperatures in Google Earth. You can click on a 5°×5° box nearly anywhere in the world to see how climate has changed in that region. If you have Google Earth installed, you simply download this kml file and open it in […]

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Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL): Climate model predictions of warming are not panning out, and even if goals of Climate Action Plan were achieved, there’d be no measurable difference for 100 yrs. [For fact checking]

January 28, 2014 5:31 pm2 comments
Senator Jeff Sessions R Alabama, Review of the President’s Climate Action Plan, Hearing  before U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, 113th Cong. (2014)

POSTED FOR COMMENTARY BY SCIENTISTS The following statements are from Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) during the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Work’s hearing titled “Review of the President’s Climate Action Plan.” The hearing was held on January 16, 2014. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) 48:14 The truth is that predictions […]

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Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon): Carbon pollution is “assaulting” Oregon’s agriculture, fishing, oyster, and timber industries; western forests of U.S. in great peril. [For fact checking & general commentary]

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Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon)

POSTED FOR COMMENTARY BY SCIENTISTS The following statements are from Senator Jeff Merkley (R-Oregon) during the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Work’s hearing titled “Review of the President’s Climate Action Plan.” The hearing was held on January 16, 2014.  The statements start at 32:30. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) No matter […]

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The Public Debate on Climate Change

January 9, 2014 9:02 pm1 comment
Socrates in "The School of Athens" by Raphael.

The physical complexity of global climate is evident. However, resolving the issue of global warming is also socially and politically complex. It is not an isolated problem with an easy solution, since almost every human action requires energy and/or land use (and thus results in climate altering emissions). In contrast, […]

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Gavin Schmidt & Judith Curry on Science Advocacy

January 6, 2014 5:40 am0 comments
Gavin Schmidt & Judith Curry on Science Advocacy

Gavin gave a fantastic talk at this year’s AGU conference about science advocacy (good report on it by Yale CMForum and Dot Earth). The video is available via the AGU youtube channel: He argued that it’s best to be explicit about one’s values and clearly distinguish when one is talking […]

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A Glacier that did not Survive by Mauri Pelto

January 2, 2014 9:08 pm0 comments
Dr. Mauri Pelto

The rain had poured down us all day, finally at 4 pm it relented.  We left the tent with a rush and headed over the ridge from Pumice Creek to visit Milk Lake Glacier.  To our surprise the glacier pictured on the map was nearly gone.  It was August, 9th […]

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The Basics of Extreme Weather and Global Warming

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Photo by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center via Flickr (minimal cropping done)

An oft-heard statement is that the weather is getting more extreme because of global warming.  As opposed to, say, the benign, mild weather conditions associated with the Last Glacial Maximum 20,000 years ago. Many long-term records of extreme weather events are fraught with problems, usually involving changes in the way […]

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Heartland Institute’s NIPCC Report: “[G]lobal warming ceased around the end of the 20th cent. and was followed (since 1997) by 16 years of stable temperature.” [For fact checking & general commentary]

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Heartland Institute’s NIPCC Report: “[G]lobal warming ceased around the end of the 20th cent. and was followed (since 1997) by 16 years of stable temperature.” [For fact checking & general commentary]

POSTED FOR COMMENTARY BY THE CCNF SCIENTIST COMMUNITY: “Global warming ceased around the end of the twentieth century and was followed (since 1997) by 16 years of stable temperature.” http://www.nipccreport.org/reports/ccr2a/ccr2physicalscience.html Source: “Climate Change Reconsidered II: Physical Science 2013 Report of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change.” The Heartland Institute.

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NRC: The greenhouse effect is natural and essential to keeping the Earth’s surface warm. Human activities — especially burning fossil fuels — are amplifying the effect. [For fact checking & general commentary]

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NRC: The greenhouse effect is natural and essential to keeping the Earth’s surface warm. Human activities — especially burning fossil fuels — are amplifying the effect. [For fact checking & general commentary]

POSTED FOR COMMENTARY BY THE CCNF SCIENTIST COMMUNITY: “The greenhouse effect is a natural phenomenon that is essential to keeping the Earth’s surface warm. Like a greenhouse window, greenhouse gases allow sunlight to enter and then prevent heat from leaving the atmosphere. These gases include carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), […]

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Mind the Gap – Thoughts on the science communication problem

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photo by Thana Thaweeskulchai

Outreach. The word itself suggests a kind of uneasy exertion of the body. It reminds us that bringing scientific knowledge to the public, far from natural or straightforward, is an exercise demanding all manners of contortions. So, like a particularly eccentric yoga pose, “outreach”–it’s believed in the science community–is not […]

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