• Ice, Ice, Maybe

    • Date: 10/03/11

    The message from Nasa in the past few days is that melting ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland will make a greater contribution to sea level rise, beyond that estimated by the IPCC, because these ice sheets are melting at an accelerating rate. There have been over fifty news items written as a result of […]

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  • Being Sensitive About Climate

    • Date: 03/03/11

    How often have you heard in a debate about climate change that the fundamental problem is so simple that only the mendacious or ignorant would take issue with it? If the debate is on TV the protagonist will allow themselves a condescending smile and perhaps an exhalation of exasperation. We have known about the Greenhouse […]

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  • Global Warming Is Good For Frogs

    • Date: 01/03/11

    A couple of months ago we featured some recent scientific studies that showed that the future for frogs was apparently not going to be as bleak once projected—especially when it comes to the impacts of global warming. Our article “A Frog Revival” was particularly popular, so we decided to highlighted some other fairly recent scientific papers that conclude […]

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  • Did Climate Change Make Us Human?

    • Date: 25/02/11

    Given the ongoing controversy over global warming the question of whether humans can change Earth’s climate is a familiar one. Lost in the fight over anthropogenic global warming is a more subtle and possibly more important question—how has climate changed people. In recent decades, the fossil record of hominin evolution and behavior, though still incomplete, […]

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  • Extreme Events Mean Nothing Without Uncertainties

    • Date: 21/02/11

    For many years it seems to have been the desire of some scientists to look at a series of extreme events and say they are directly due to global warming. It would be an important piece of observational evidence as climate theories suggest that as the temperature increases so does the moisture carrying capacity of […]

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  • Matt Ridley and Indur Goklany: Context Is All

    • Date: 19/02/11

    There is a lot of fuss about two new papers arguing, from mathematical models, that extreme downpours have become and will become more common in the northern hemisphere and specifically in Britain as a result of man-made climate change. Let’s ignore the fact that this looks awfully similar to the habit of blaming specific weather […]

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  • No Arctic “Tipping Point”

    • Date: 10/02/11

    You won’t find this paper mentioned in any of the mainstream press (in the UK at least), which is curious. In journalistic as well as scientific terms it is a good story if a little un-PC; Nature in the Arctic is more resilient than we thought and there are unlikely to be any “tipping points” […]

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  • The Atmospheric Temperature of 2010.

    • Date: 09/02/11

    To compliment our recent analysis of the five global temperature datasets for the Earth’s surface, I add a similar analysis of three atmospheric temperature data sets. The same provisos apply in that much of this analysis is looking at data in the second or third decimal place and is physically superfluous in a measurement regime […]

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