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Arctic Hockey

I’ve been studying how temperature has changed over the years in the Arctic. The longest record I’ve got is for land areas only, from the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project, which starts way back in 1750: Admittedly, the earlier data…

‘Tis the Season for Sea Ice

The news lately is replete with mentions of sea ice, because NOAA’s Arctic Report Card features it prominently, mentioning that “In 2018 Arctic sea ice remained younger, thinner, and covered less area than in the past. The 12 lowest extents…

Cooling Down the What?

I confess, I’m confused by Willis Eschenbach’s latest post at WUWT, titled “Cooling Down the Land.” It begins with this graph (of a mere 18 years’ data): Which makes me wonder, where can I get this CERES global surface temperature…

In the News

Some things I’ve noticed in the news: The Guardian has an excellent essay from the Union of Concerned Scientists. USA Today seems to have pretty good climate coverage overall, including a note about last four years = four hottest years.…

Global Warming: Denial is Depraved

Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman has an opinion in the New York Times about denialists, aka deniers, those who deny global warming’s reality, its cause (us), or its danger. What he calls them is: depraved. He notes their association…

Trump Insults while California Burns

The LA Times reports that people in California, and especially firefighters, are angry at Donald Trump’s stunning display of both stupidity and insensitivity in response to the deadly fires raging through their state. While a quarter of a million people…

Top 10 Reasons to love Global Warming

From the home office in Death Valley, California, here’s tonight’s top ten list. The category tonight: top 10 reasons to love global warming. Here we go … Number 10: Bikini season is year-round. Number 9: No more dangerous polar bears.…

Global Warming’s Golden Opportunity

Opportunity knocks, but not often. Right now, it’s knocking loud and long. That opportunity is renewable energy. There are many forms, including solar, wind, geothermal, and biofuels. There are certaintly challenges, including energy storage, deployment, and efficiency. Yet despite the…

Heavy Rain and Climate Change

Rain comes, rain goes, but lately, when it rains it doesn’t just pour — it pours like never before. The reason? Man-made climate change. It’s a fact that the atmosphere is warmer so it can hold more water vapor. That…

Global Temperature in the Air Up There

I’m talking about the temperature in the atmosphere, and specifically the lower troposphere. The troposphere is where most of our weather happens, and for the lower troposphere we have temperature estimates inferred from satellites which measure “microwave brightness,” as well…

Global Warming: USA Voting Guide

If you think climate change is an important issue (like I do), and you’re wondering who to vote for in the upcoming U.S. election, who should get your vote? Which politicians should you vote against? The easy answer is: vote…