• 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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  • Sunspots Vanishing Faster than Expected

    • Date: 02/05/18
    • Spaceweather

    Sunspots are becoming scarce. Very scarce. So far in 2018 the sun has been blank almost 60% of the time, with whole weeks going by without sunspots. Today’s sun, shown here in an image from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, is typical of the featureless solar disk: The fact that sunspots are vanishing comes as no […]

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  • Satellite Data: 75% Of The World’s Beaches Are Stable Or Growing

    • Date: 30/04/18
    • Arjen Luijendijk et al. (2018) Scientific Reports 8: 6641 (2018), doi:10.1038/s41598-018-24630-6

    Analysis of satellite derived shoreline data indicates that 24% of the world’s sandy beaches are eroding at rates exceeding 0.5 m/yr, while 28% are accreting and 48% are stable. The State of the World’s Beaches Abstract — Coastal zones constitute one of the most heavily populated and developed land zones in the world. Despite the utility […]

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  • Solar Activity Flatlines: Cycle 24 Weakest In 200 Years

    • Date: 28/04/18
    • Frank Bosse and Prof. Fritz Vahrenholt, No Tricks Zone

    In March our supplier of energy was more inactive than in the previous months. The sunspot number was only 2,5, which is only 8% of what is normal for this month into the average cycle (month 112). A sunspot was detected only on 6 of 31 days. Figure 1:  The current solar cycle no. 24 (red) compared […]

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  • Solar Activity Crashes

    • Date: 11/04/18
    • Robert Zimmerman, Behind The Black

    It surely looks like the solar minimum has arrived, and it has done so far earlier than expected! On Sunday NOAA posted its monthly update of the solar cycle, covering sunspot activity for March 2018. Below is my annotated version of that graph. March 2018 was the least active month for sunspots since the middle of […]

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