• Soot’s Dominant Role in the Himalayas

    • Date: 16/12/09

    Tiny soot particles, also known as black carbon, are released into the air from the large South Asian cities. When fossil fuels are burned without enough oxygen to complete combustion, one of the byproducts is black carbon, an aerosol that absorbs solar radiation (most classes of aerosols typically reflect incoming sunlight, causing a cooling effect.) […]

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  • Himalayan Glacier Melt Timetable “Mistake”

    • Date: 05/12/09

    The UN panel on climate change warning that Himalayan glaciers could melt to a fifth of current levels by 2035 is wildly inaccurate, an academic says. J Graham Cogley, a professor at Ontario Trent University, says he believes the UN authors got the date from an earlier report wrong by more than 300 years. He is astonished […]

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  • Antarctic May Cause Global Sea-Level Rise

    • Date: 01/12/09

    Global sea levels could rise by about 1.4 m by 2100 if Antarctic ice melts according to a review of climate change in the continent carried out by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR.) This is twice as much as predicted two years ago (IPCC: 0.59 m) due to ocean expansion at higher temperatures, […]

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  • Medieval Warm Period Warmer Than Today

    • Date: 27/11/09

    At first reading the message one takes from this research just published in the journal Science is that Michael Mann of Penn State University has shown that the Medieval Warm Period and the Little Ice Age do in fact exist. This is in contrast to his earlier work that produced the now infamous hockey stick […]

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  • Current Clash

    • Date: 26/11/09

    Over the past few decades anthropogenic climate change has been happening in the Southern Hemisphere. There has been a strengthening of the circumpolar westerly winds and a weakening of the mid-latitude westerlies all the way from the stratosphere down to the Earth’s surface. This time however, greenhouse gasses are not considered to be to blame. […]

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  • Fifth Hottest Year On Record?

    • Date: 25/11/09

    Sometimes journalists can wander too far from the relatively safe grounds of reporting and analysis and into the shifting sands of spin. This can be done with what the reporter says, or neglects to say. In both cases the result is a misleading message given to an increasingly confused public. The recent BBC News Online […]

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  • Is East Antarctica Melting?

    • Date: 24/11/09

    The East Antarctic ice sheet is the largest mass of ice on our planet and so its stability and potential contribution to global sea level change is of great interest. It was thought to be relatively stable but new research suggests it may have begun to loose mass, although the true significance of the change […]

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  • Stay Close To The Data

    • Date: 22/11/09

    Anyone, whoever they are or whatever their background, who takes an interest in the environment, must come away confused at the claims and counter-claims made regarding the state of the science. Assessing the progress of climate science by reading articles in the media gives one a narrow viewpoint. For the work that is chosen the […]

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