• 2011 Much Cooler Than 2010 So Far

    • Date: 28/09/11

    2011 global average temperatures are now available to July, and in some cases to August. With most of the year gone we are beginning to be in a position to tentatively consider what temperatures the rest of the year would have to achieve to make 2011 a record year, or joint record, given the errors […]

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  • Sea Level: Another Thing The IPCC Got Wrong

    • Date: 22/09/11

    Our current rising sea level is often given as evidence of anthropogenic influence on the oceans, though usually when data from only the past decade or two are taken into consideration. An example is frequent comments by the UK government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Sir John Beddington, who has said that global sea level has […]

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  • Riding To The Defense Of Climate Models

    • Date: 17/09/11

    As the observed rate of rise in the global average temperature continues to be much less than climate models project, there are a growing number of knights in shining armor, riding to the rescue of the damsel in distress (the damsel, of course, being the climate models). The rescue attempt generally employs two strategies, namely […]

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  • “The Sun-Weather Relationship Is Becoming Increasingly Important”

    • Date: 14/09/11

    Scientists are gathering this week in Arizona for the 2011 SORCE (Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment) Science Meeting at which there is much discussion of the link between the Sun and climate change given the many new findings in the subject. Dr Hari Om Vats of the Physical Research Laboratory in India said at the […]

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  • Arctic Sea Ice: Going For A Long Time

    • Date: 13/09/11

    According to some sources the extent of sea-ice in the Arctic is at a record low this summer meaning that ice-free summers are in prospect in perhaps a few decades, or possibly sooner. But as is often the case with climate change, and seems to be always the case in the reporting of climate change […]

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  • A Walk In The Clouds

    • Date: 12/09/11

    Given that the Sun powers Earth’s climate system and provides the energy for all life on our planet, it should come as no surprise that changes in solar activity can affect climate conditions. Because total solar irradiance varies only slightly, climate scientists have discounted our variable star as a driver of climate change. At the […]

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  • New Paper On Cosmic Rays And Diurnal Temperature Change

    • Date: 10/09/11

    Here’s a reminder of a climatic footnote to the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington DC, ten years ago this weekend. With civilian aircraft grounded for three days, and without the contrails that usually criss-cross the skies of the USA, the difference between daytime and night-time temperatures at the surface increased. (See the […]

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  • First Global Picture of Greenhouse Gases

    • Date: 09/09/11

    A three-year series of research flights from the Arctic to the Antarctic has successfully produced an unprecedented portrait of greenhouse gases and particles in the atmosphere. The far-reaching field project, known as HIPPO, ends this week, and has enabled researchers to generate the first detailed mapping of the global distribution of gases and particles that […]

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