• Ice Loss? Maybe

    • Date: 15/06/18
    • Dr David Whitehouse, GWPF Science Editor

    The headlines say “Antarctica loses three trillion tonnes of ice in 25 years.” They add that it’s shedding ice at an accelerating rate. Sounds a lot, perhaps it will be gone soon? Actually it amounts to only 0.011 percent of total Antarctic ice. If that is, anything is being lost at all.   An analysis […]

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  • New Study: The Sun And Volcanoes Caused The Pause

    • Date: 12/06/18
    • Dr David Whitehouse, GWPF Science Editor

    Last week a team of researchers from the UK Met Office, the University of East Anglia, the University of Gothenburg, the University of Southern Queensland and the Sorbonne published in the journal Science Advances an interesting paper showing that the recent much debated and researched 21st century “slowdown” in global surface temperatures was real and […]

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  • How Warm Will 2018 Be?

    • Date: 06/06/18
    • Dr David Whitehouse, GWPF Science Editor

    The start of 2018 has been warm because of unusual weather which has already subsided. As far as global temperature goes it’s been a warmish start to the year, though not exceptional. This has led Carbon Brief in its three-monthly “state of the climate” report to predict that this year “is likely” to be as […]

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  • Global Ocean Air Temps Drop Back To Pre-El Nino Levels

    • Date: 06/06/18
    • Ron Clutz, Science Matters

    Global ocean air temps are now the lowest since April 2015, and those in the Southern Hemisphere the lowest since May 2013. Presently sea surface temperatures (SST) are the best available indicator of heat content gained or lost from earth’s climate system.  Enthalpy is the thermodynamic term for total heat content in a system, and […]

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  • China’s CO2 Emissions Set For Fastest Growth In 7 Years

    • Date: 30/05/18
    • Financial Times

    China’s carbon emissions are on track to rise at their fastest pace in more than seven years during 2018, casting further doubt on the ability of the Paris climate change agreement to curb dangerous greenhouse gas increases, according to a Greenpeace analysis based on Beijing’s own data. Carbon emissions in the country, the world’s largest […]

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  • Extreme Flood Events Decreasing In Europe Despite Global Warming

    • Date: 29/05/18
    • The Times

    The frequency of “extreme hydrological events” actually declined during the 20th century, despite global warming. Monty Python’s four Yorkshiremen, who bragged of spending their childhoods in septic tanks or at the bottom of a lake, would be delighted to discover that floods really were worse when they were lads. Since the 1950s both the number […]

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  • Are We Headed Towards Another Deep Solar Minimum?

    • Date: 23/05/18
    • Universe Today

    Have you been keeping an eye on Sol lately? One of the top astronomy stories for 2018 may be what’s not happening, and how inactive our host star has become. The strange tale of Solar Cycle #24 is ending with an expected whimper: as of May 8th, the Earthward face of the Sun had been spotless for 73 out […]

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  • Increased Cloud Production Caused Global Warming Hiatus, New Study

    • Date: 16/05/18
    • Xiaoming Hu et al., Climate Dynamics -- Hu, X., Sejas, S.A., Cai, M. et al. Clim Dyn (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00382-018-4232-1

    Decadal evolution of the surface energy budget during the fast warming and global warming hiatus periods in the ERA-interim Abstract: The global-mean surface temperature has experienced a rapid warming from the 1980s to early-2000s but a muted warming since, referred to as the global warming hiatus in the literature. Decadal changes in deep ocean heat […]

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