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Bernie for President

Bernie Sanders has officially announced his candidacy for the Presidency, entering an already-crowded field of democrats. I’ve been wondering which candidate I should support. Now I know. Sorry, Elizabeth, Kamala, all the rest of you. I like you, really I…

Global Cooling

The Hadley Centre/Climate Research Unit in the U.K. has joined NASA, NOAA, and Berkeley Earth, in reporting 2018 as the 4th-hottest year on record, with the five hottest years being the last five years. David Whitehouse of the “Global Warming…

Repeating Bullshit

Question: How does a dumb claim go from just a dumb claim, to accepted canon by the climate change denialati? Answer: Repetition. Yes, keep repeating it. If it’s contradicted by evidence, ignore that or insult that. Repeat it again. If…

Ain’t I a Woman?

Black history month begins today in the USA. Today’s google doodle features Sojourner Truth. It’s well worth learning about this great woman, this great black person, this great American. It’s women’s history. It’s black history. It’s American history. It’s my…

Global Warming’s Wild Winter in the USA

The question arises: how might temperature variation have changed? We all know (if you don’t already, then read this blog!) that things like temperature show a combination of trend and fluctuation. We almost always focus on the trend, because that’s…

It’s the TREND, dumbass!

I live in Maine. Thank God we haven’t gotten as much of the “polar vortex” as other states … but we’ve had our share. It’s cold. But overall, temperatures in Maine haven’t been going down. They’ve been going up. Here’s…

Australian Heat Waves: Ode to Adelaide

What with Australia’s record-breaking multiple-heat-waves January, amidst talk of frying eggs on the sidewalk and melting asphalt and bats dropping dead because their brains cooked in the afternoon heat, we’ve looked at temperatures down under. We’ve noted overall warming, and…

Climate Forcing

Readers have recently discussed the correlation through time between global temperature on the one hand, and CO2 concentration on the other. Close examination shows that the correlation is stronger during some time intervals, weaker during others, and although it’s strong…

Jiggle Room for Bigger Bull

Some are trying to defend Judith Curry’s claim that early 20th century global warming (i.e. between 1900 and 1950) was “almost as large as the warming since 1950.” An ardent attempt from Jaime Jessup reveals a mind hard at work,…

Global Temperature 2018

Some organizations which estimate global temperature change have been behind schedule because of the U.S. government shutdown. But the folks at the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project have released their figures for December’s temperature, bringing the year 2018 to a…

Hot and Cold Curry

A post by Judith Curry discusses the “Early 20th Century Warming,” i.e. the rise in global mean temperature during the early 20th century. True to form, Curry can’t get past the first sentence without telling the kind of whopper which…

Maine and Global Warming

Mainers are so lucky to live in a place free from the trials and tribulations of global warming. Thank God we’re not in California. Did you see the wildfires there this summer? One of them burned an entire city to…

The Oz Heat Distribution

We’ve spoken before (as have many before us) of the fact that climate isn’t just about the average, it’s about the whole distribution (the probability distribution if you want to get technical). We also emphasized that the tails of the…

Hot as Hell in Oz

With winter snow in the northern hemisphere, we tend to forget the heat that summer brings to the southern half of the world. It can get pretty hot down there. The Guardian reports that Australia is entering the third day…

Masculinity

A recent advertisement by Gillette argues for men to be better, the best we can be, in part by shedding the ugliness of toxic masculinity. It has sparked some controversy. The main objection I’ve heard is from men who reject…

Sea Heat 2

The subject of this post isn’t the only new research on how ocean heat content has changed. Zanna et al. have taken a new approach to estimating it based on sea surface temperature history. Of course knowing sea surface temperature…

Climate Change: When Nature Roars

A new voice has taken center stage in the argument over what to do, if anything, about man-made climate change. Although clear for decades, the science is easily obscured by clever propogandists. But thanks to this new advocate, things have…

Sea Heat

Just a quick note, that when it comes to the heat that’s been building up in the oceans, Zeke Hausfather got right to the point: He’s one of the authors of a new paper (Cheng et al. 2018) which brings…

Global Warming Comes to Your Town

Like most people, I live on land, not at sea. I even live in the northern hemisphere. Global warming isn’t the same everywhere. In particular, it’s happening faster on land areas than over the oceans. While the globe as a…