• Government Chief Scientist Accused Of ‘Name-Calling For Lack Of Evidence’

    • Date: 12/03/14
    • Bishop Hill

    Has Mark Walport any actual evidence to support his position that Matt Ridley is wrong? The words read like our chief scientist substituting name-calling for a lack of evidence. Andrew Montford writes: Another entertaining episode in the hearings [of the Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee yesterday]  morning was when Mark Walport was asked about Matt […]

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  • Solar Activity Influences Last 1,000 Years Of European Climate

    • Date: 10/03/14
    • Eurekalert

    Changes in the sun’s energy output may have led to marked natural climate change in Europe over the last 1000 years, according to researchers at Cardiff University. Scientists studied seafloor sediments to determine how the temperature of the North Atlantic and its localised atmospheric circulation had altered. Warm surface waters flowing across the North Atlantic, […]

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  • IPCC Plays Down Climate Sensitivity

    • Date: 07/03/14
    • Graham Lloyd, The Australian

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has downplayed evidence that the global climate is considerably less sensitive to greenhouse gases than climate models are estimating, a new paper says. Published by Britain’s Global Warming Policy Foundation think tank, the new paper says clues to weaker climate sensitivity have all been referred to in the IPCC’s recently […]

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  • New Study Finds ‘Remarkable’ Growth Of Tibetan Glaciers

    • Date: 04/03/14
    • The Hockey Schtick

    A paper published today in the Journal of Geophysical Research Solid Earth finds the high Asian mountain inner Tibet Plateau glaciers are gaining remarkable quantities of ice mass. According to the authors, there is a “remarkable positive signal (+30 Gigatons/yr) in the inner Tibet Plateau, which is challenging to explain” and almost completely offsets loss of 35Gt/yr […]

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  • Sunspots Surprise: February Is A Record-Breaking Month

    • Date: 03/03/14
    • Inform the Pundits

    This is the first time in the last five sunspot cycles that a secondary sunspot peak is higher than the first. It’s not your imagination. The numbers are in. February was a very active solar sunspot month. Highlights for last month include: * Monthly sunspot number sets Cycle 24 record high * Smoothed sunspot peak […]

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  • Obama’s Science Advisor: John Holdren’s Epic Fail

    • Date: 01/03/14
    • Roger Pielke Jr.

    When a political appointee uses his position not just to disagree on science or policy but to seek to delegitimize a colleague, he has gone too far. Last week in a Congressional hearing, John Holdren, the president’s science advisor, characterized me as being outside the “scientific mainstream” with respect to my views on extreme events […]

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  • Cooling Effect: Pine Tree Aerosols Cool Temperatures

    • Date: 27/02/14
    • Matt McGrath, BBC News

    New research suggests a strong link between the powerful smell of pine trees and climate change. Scientists say they’ve found a mechanism by which these scented vapours turn into aerosols above boreal forests. These particles promote cooling by reflecting sunlight back into space and helping clouds to form. Many boreal tree species like this pine emit […]

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  • Pacific Islands Grow Back, More Resilient Than Thought

    • Date: 23/02/14
    • Sarah Griffith, Daily Mail

    A string of Pacific islands have apparently “grown back” after they were devastated by a typhoon a century ago. The phenomenon could have huge significance for low-lying islands across the Pacific threatened by rising sea levels, scientists say. Nadikdik Atoll, otherwise known as Knox Atoll, was largely destroyed in 1905 In 1905 a devastating typhoon swept […]

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