Climate Troubles in Trump Country

More weather extremes. While climate communicators are trying to figure out the magic formula to snap people out of denial, the Earth continues to speak in ever more convincing ways. E&E News: ALTON, Ill. — The first priority was, of…
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No, peer-review isn’t tainted!

It seems that some climate “skeptics” are revelling in the publication of another hoax paper. In this case a paper called The conceptual penis as a social construct, which has now been withdrawn (an archived version is here). The authors…
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Nuclear Power Joins the Walking Dead

Nuclear proponents keep talking about “new” nuclear, technologies that will finally meet acceptable standards of safety, while providing insurance against weaponization and nuclear proliferation. Nobody’s actually building that tech yet – meanwhile, the realization has set in among even the…
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Emission pathways

Credit: Su et al. (2017) I’m always a little concerned about writing about economics/policy, because I don’t have any specific expertise and find myself easily confused. However, I thought I would briefly discuss a figure that Glen Peters posted on…
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2012: A Year of Climate Shocks

Looking back, you can trace the current awakening of deep public concern about climate change to the extreme events of 2012. This is the vid I made in summer of that year.  A lot of people liked it. Welcome to…
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Woulda. Shoulda. Coulda.

Remember sitting in history, thinking “If I was alive then, I would’ve…” You’re alive now. Whatever you’re doing is what you would’ve done. — David Slack (@slack2thefuture) January 28, 2017 Filed under: Crock of the Week…
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No, There Is No Magma Ocean

This is part of a series of articles responding to the claims made in Dean Sessions’ Universal Model.  Click the link to see the introduction to the series. Dean Sessions, author of the Universal Model, apparently thinks scientists are pretty…
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SkS Analogy 4 – Ocean Time Lag

Tag Line Greenhouse gases (GHG) determine amount of warming, but oceans delay the warming. Elevator Statement To see how the oceans delay warming of the atmosphere, try the following thought experiment. Imagine a pot that holds about 8 liters/quarts. Hang…
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Dilbert’s Dimwitted Denial. Sad.

What happens when cartoonists lose sight of their original inspiration? Things get ugly. Pharyngula: I don’t normally read Dilbert — I’ve seen far too much of the benighted ignorant psyche of its creator — but this one was just laid…
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Seems OMICS International will publish anything

A new paper in the Environment Pollution and Climate Change journal (published by OMICS International) claims to have provided a refutation of the climate greenhouse theory. It’s, of course, utter nonsense, so I’m not planning on saying much. What is…
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Defending Science in a Dark Time

Defending, in an era of Defunding, Science – a scrappy team of advocates offers a shield to those who pursue the truth. New York Times: Lawyers and scientists do not always get along, but some are now finding common cause…
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Climate and conflict

I watched a talk by Clionadh Raleigh on Climate Violence (see video at the end of the post). I’m still not entirely sure what to make of it, but I certainly found it quite thought provoking. The bottom line was…
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