“Hothouse” Earth?

This is actually the 1000th post on this blog. I haven’t written them all, but have written many more than I had ever expected to write. I thought I might use this as an opportunity to write something about the…

USA Temperature: can I sucker you?

Suppose I wanted to convince people that temperature in the USA wasn’t going up, it was going down. What would I show? Let’s try yearly average temperature in the conterminous U.S., also known as the “lower 48 states” (I’ll just…

Study: Pushing Toward Tipping Point

Popular news meme: “2° C – the level scientists consider safe”. 2 degrees is not safe. It’s, we hope,  less catastrophic than 3, or 4 degrees – but it’s not “safe”. Guardian: A domino-like cascade of melting ice, warming seas,…

Climate change science comeback strategies

This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Karin Kirk Credit: Image by Karin Kirk. Staircase wit. L’esprit de l’escalier. It’s the way the perfect response in an uncomfortable conversation comes cruelly late, occurring only after the crux moment has long since…

Twit-in-chief Tweets

We all know that Californians are suffering from terrible wildfires. Thousands of buildings have been destroyed. Many have lost their lives, including firefighters, including a great-grandmother who died with her great-grandchildren. It is a tragedy. So what did Donald Trump,…

Interesting Times in the Arctic

Well, after what has been a boring melt season, maybe even Neven thinks so, the Northern Hemisphere heat wave appears to have created some interesting times (in the sense of the Chinese curse, may you live in interesting times) at…

Research should inform, not influence

Thomas Basbøll, who I sometimes have discussions with on Twitter, has a guest post on the LSE impact blog claiming that we need our scientists to build models that frame our policies, not to tell stories that shape them. If…

Aerosols and Arctic sea ice loss

A great article was posted on the Guardian website yesterday, written by Dr John Abraham, in which he highlights research that shows that if it weren't for aerosols, Arctic sea ice loss would've been even greater: Pollution is slowing the…

Aerosols and Arctic sea ice loss

A great article was posted on the Guardian website yesterday, written by Dr John Abraham, in which he highlights research that shows that if it weren't for aerosols, Arctic sea ice loss would've been even greater: Pollution is slowing the…

Estimating eta-Earth

I had a doctor’s appointment this afternoon, so thought I would work from home this morning and then planned to take the rest of the afternoon off to play golf with a colleague. However, I also played football earlier this…

New research, July 2-29, 2018

A selection of new climate related research articles is shown below. Climate change mitigation Climate change communication Place, proximity, and perceived harm: extreme weather events and views about climate change Teaching climate change in middle schools and high schools: investigating…

California Wildfires

With the devastating wildfires terrorizing California, climate deniers are doing everything they can to try to persuade people that it’s no big deal, and even the big deals have nothing to do with man-made climate change. To believe them, you…