Gallup: Climate Concern hits New High

Two Thirds of Americans now worry “a great deal”, or “a fair amount” about climate change – just in time for Vladimir Putin’s wrecking crew to begin dismantling (so they think) of our tools for dealing with it. Gallup: WASHINGTON,…
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The feedback paradox

Realclimate has a new post, by Ramus Benestad, that discusses predcitable and unpredictable behaviour. It focuses a little on Judith Curry’s recent report about climate models, that I discussed here. The Realclimate post is well worth reading, and I encourage…
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A Perfect (Twitter) Storm

Last week an entertaining barrage of tweets erupted from Dr. Gavin Schmidt's account in response to a blog piece written by Dilbert creator Scott Adams. Being that Adams' original tweet promoting his blog post makes the presumptuous claim of "saving the world" by…
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A Year of Polar Ice

From the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites. (EUMETSAT) This visualisation shows the polar ice concentration of the northern and southern hemispheres throughout 2016, as seen by the DMSP and Metop satellitesFiled under: Crock of the Week…
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Matt Ridley responds to Tim Palmer

I came across a response, by Matt Ridley, to Tim Palmer’s talk. I’ve posted Matt Ridley’s response below. One interesting aspect of his response is that it is written as if he is someone with the expertise to actually debate…
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Angry Callers have EPA Phones, Ears Ringing

More indications that climate denial is no longer a politically risk-free strategy. Washington Post: Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s phones have been ringing off the hook — literally — since he questioned the link between human activity and climate…
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Informing versus convincing

I want to clarify something about yesterday’s post that seems to have at least got one person up in arms. The key point that I was trying to get across (and that I think is the same as Michael Tobis’s…
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Scientists are not salespeople!

Gavin Schmidt posted a bunch of tweets in response to a post by Scott Adams (of Dilbert fame) in which he claims to illustrate how climate scientists can persude skeptics. It you want to read Gavin’s tweet, Greg Laden has…
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Sunsetting Oil Sands

Little by little. Reuters: Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to sell most of its Canadian oil sands assets for $8.5 billion, the latest international oil major to withdraw from the costly and carbon-heavy projects. Shell is trying to sell assets…
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The Discovery of the Greenhouse Effect

Here’s another excerpt from the draft manuscript of my forthcoming book, Computing the Climate. The idea that the temperature of the planet could be analyzed as a mathematical problem was first suggested by the French mathematician, Joseph Fourier⁠, in the…
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How Green is My EV?

One of the largest sources of CO2 pollution from the average American consumer is the family car. The EPA states that 26% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions come from all forms of transportation (2014 figures). The largest source of GHG emissions,…
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