• The (Latest) Answer To the “Pause”

    • Date: 26/08/14
    • Dr David Whitehouse

    In popular science journalism the latest is always the best. With all the explanations for the “pause” in global surface temperatures since 1997 – there are now over 30 of them – it is always the most recently published one that is the “answer.” This time it’s the Atlantic Ocean that’s to blame. A paper published in Science says […]

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  • New Study: Increase In Reported UK Flooding Due To Population Growth, Not Global Warming

    • Date: 20/08/14
    • Phys.org

    A rise in the number of reported floods in the UK over the past 129 years can mainly be explained by increased exposure, resulting from urban expansion and population growth, according to new research by the University of Southampton. In one of the most comprehensive studies of its kind, scientists have discovered that although the […]

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  • Sunspots 2014: Two Big Surprises

    • Date: 18/08/14
    • Inform the Pundits

    The newly proposed revisions to the sunspot record going back to 1749 will have some effect on global warming predictions. The current “pause” in global warming may last for many more years to come, perhaps accompanied by some cooling. Rare spotless day observed on July 18, 2014. Credit/spaceweather.com A rare spotless day on the sun […]

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  • Antarctic Sea Ice Extent Skyrocketing

    • Date: 16/08/14
    • sunshine hours

    Antarctic Sea Ice Extent is 1,354,000 sq km above the 1981-2010 mean. 148th daily record. Full post

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  • A Global Temperature Conundrum: Cooling Or Warming Climate?

    • Date: 12/08/14
    • University of Wisconsin-Madison

    “Data from observation says global cooling. The physical model says it has to be warming.” When the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently requested a figure for its annual report, to show global temperature trends over the last 10,000 years, the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Zhengyu Liu knew that was going to be a problem. “We have been […]

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  • Plants Have Unexpected Response To Climate Change

    • Date: 09/08/14
    • Science Magazine

    Not all species flee rising temperatures. As the mercury has inched upward across western North America over the last 40 years, many plant species have moved downhill, toward—not away from—warmer climates, according to the results of a new study. The finding adds to growing evidence that temperature isn’t the only factor influencing how Earth’s life […]

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  • Predictions Of Arctic Summer Ice Melt Come With Lots Of Uncertainty

    • Date: 02/08/14
    • Yereth Rosen, Alaska Dispatch News

    Every year, as Arctic sea ice thins, scatters and melts, scientists ask: How low will it go? While the long-term trend of less summer Arctic ice is clear, the short-term outlook for total melt in any given year is far murkier, thanks to the many and sometimes highly volatile factors that drive the final outcome. Still, scientists are attempting to […]

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  • 2014: A Record Year

    • Date: 29/07/14
    • Dr David Whitehouse

    “After the hottest May and June ever recorded and with a looming El Niño predicted to cause global temperatures to spike, Karl Mathiesen, with your help, asks are we living through the hottest year since records began?” So asks the Guardian. Will 2014 break global temperature records and beat 2010? That is an interesting question with […]

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