• Famine In The Horn of Africa (1984) Was Caused By El Niño And Indian Ocean Currents

    • Date: 30/07/14
    • Ghent University

    Oceanic patterns are important drivers of climatic variability. There is a clear link between periods of drought in the North Ethiopian Highlands and oceanic phases of El Niño, the Indian Ocean Dipole and the Southwestern Monsoons. In order to prove these links, PhD student Sil Lanckriet (Department of Geography, Ghent University) analyzed weather data since […]

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  • No Consensus As British MPs Bicker Over IPCC Process

    • Date: 29/07/14
    • Matt McGrath, BBC News

    MPs have endorsed the findings of a UN climate panel that says humans are the dominant cause of global warming. But two MPs, known for their sceptical views, voted against this conclusion. Members of the Energy and Climate Change Committee said there was “no reason to doubt the credibility of the science” of the Intergovernmental Panel […]

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  • Peter Lilley & Graham Stringer Vote Against Climate Committee’s IPCC Report

    • Date: 28/07/14
    • Peter Lilley MP and Graham Stringer MP

    Peter Lilley and Graham Stringer voted against the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee’s report on the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Report because “we believe the role of the Select Committee is to hold public institutions critically to account not to act as their cheer leaders”. They added: “As scientists by training, we […]

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  • Antarctic Sea Ice Extent Hits New Record

    • Date: 25/07/14
    • sunshine hours

    Antarctic Sea Ice Extent is 1,131,000 sq km above the 1981-2010 mean. That obliterates the previous daily record by 500,000 sq km. And is also the 127th daily record for the year. Full post  

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  • Puzzle Of Deep Ocean Cooling

    • Date: 25/07/14
    • Graham Lloyd, The Australian

    The deep oceans have been cooling for the past two decades and it is not possible to say whether changes in ocean heat adequately explain the “pause” in global warming, two of the world’s leading ocean scientists have said. Warmer oceans have been a key explanation for the “missing” heat. Global average surface temperatures have […]

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  • Deep Oceans Are Cooling Amidst A Sea Of Modeling Uncertainty

    • Date: 23/07/14
    • Jim Steele, Landscapes and Cycles

    Deep oceans exhibit a clear cooling trend for the past 2 decades. Two of the world’s premiere ocean scientists from Harvard and MIT have addressed the data limitations that currently prevent the oceanographic community from resolving the differences among various estimates of changing ocean heat content (in print but available here). They point out where future data […]

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  • A New Paper On Disaster Losses And Climate Change

    • Date: 22/07/14
    • Roger Pielke Jr

    Once again we see further reinforcement for the conclusion that there is no detectable evidence of a role for human-caused climate change in increasing disaster losses. A new paper appeared in Climatic Change this week by Visser et al. which looks at disasters and climate change (open access here).  Like other studies and the IPCC assessment, Visser et al. find no trends in […]

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  • New Paper Finds ‘Striking Mismatch’ Between Data & Models For Present & Last Interglacial

    • Date: 18/07/14
    • The Hockey Schtick

    More of the daily dose of bad news for climate models: A paper published today in Quaternary Science Reviews finds climate models are unable to reproduce the known climate change of Greenland and the Southern Hemisphere during the present and last interglacial periods. The authors attribute these major problems to either an incorrect balance of feedbacks, or […]

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