• Judith Curry: U.S. National Climate Assessment Report

    • Date: 07/05/14
    • Judith Curry, Climate Etc.

    My main conclusion from reading the U.S. National Climate Assessment Report is this: the phrase ‘climate change’ is now officially meaningless. The report effectively implies that there is no climate change other than what is caused by humans, and that extreme weather events are equivalent to climate change.  Any increase in adverse impacts from extreme […]

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  • Coastal Megacities Sinking Faster Than Sea Level Is Rising: New Study

    • Date: 01/05/14
    • Sarah Griffith, Daily Mail

    You might think that storms and rising sea levels are the greatest threat to the survival of coastal cities. But in many waterfront megacities the ground is now dropping up to 10 times faster than the sea level is rising, experts have warned. The sinking of cities such as Jakarta and New Orleans is largely caused […]

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  • Models Behaving Badly

    • Date: 23/04/14
    • Dr David Whitehouse

    Science has many useful models including those of the atom, the Solar System, the dynamics of the Universe, the drifting of the continents, the movement of water across a landscape, the flow of traffic, the spread of disease, the behaviour of solids, liquids, gasses and plasmas, the fundamental structure of matter, and of course, the […]

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  • Dry Deserts Absorb Unexpected CO2 Levels, New Resaerch

    • Date: 22/04/14
    • Washington State University

    Arid ecosystems absorb an unexpectedly large amount of carbon dioxide as levels of the gas rise in the earth’s atmosphere, according to research led by a WSU biology professor. The study took place over a 10-year period in the Mojave Desert, where scientists fumigated plots of land and observed the collective response of plants, soil […]

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  • New Paper: Worldwide Glacier Retreat Decelerating Since 1950

    • Date: 17/04/14
    • The Hockey Schtick

    A paper published today in The Cryosphere studies glacier length data available worldwide since 1800 and finds that glaciers retreated faster during the first half of the 20th century than the second half from 1950-2000. This is the opposite pattern that would be expected if man-made greenhouse gases were the cause, and suggests a natural origin. Most warmists and […]

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  • New Paper: Solar Activity May Influence Arctic Sea Ice Changes

    • Date: 16/04/14
    • The HockeySchtick

    A paper published today in Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology reconstructs Arctic sea ice near West Greenland over the past 5,000 years and finds that solar activity “may be an important contributor to the sea-ice changes.” The paper shows Total Solar Irradiance [TSI] at the end of the 20th century was at the highest levels of the past 5,000 […]

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  • New Paper Corroborates Solar-Cosmic Ray Theory of Climate

    • Date: 10/04/14
    • The Hockey Schtick

    A paper published today in Environmental Research Letters corroborates the Svensmark cosmic ray theory of climate, whereby tiny 0.1% changes in solar activity are amplified via the effect on cosmic rays and cloud formation, which in turn may control global temperatures. The authors find cosmic ray variations due to changes over solar cycles may have as much as […]

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  • Sunspots March 2014: Another Record-Breaking Month

    • Date: 04/04/14
    • Inform the Pundits

    Since last October the sun has developed one of the highest secondary peaks ever measured, if not the highest. The secondary peak will probably go up again next month. No solar physicist saw it coming. Are sunspots fading away, or coming back? At this point, nobody knows for sure what is going on or how it will […]

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