Climate Science Stories of the Day

From the last day or so, other than what we’ve covered, here are some top climate science stories:

Former Astronaut & Global Warming Denier’s Excellent Cherry Picking

Former astronaut Harrison “Jack” Schmitt has expressed numerous “concerns” about scientific findings  regarding global warming over the years. Findings based on comprehensive scientific analysis. Climate Denial de-crocker Peter Sinclair debunked Schmitt’s claim that “Artic [sic] sea ice has returned to 1989 levels of coverage” in text (plenty of graphs, too, of course) and in a short video on “how to pick a cherry” yesterday. Here’s the video:

And here’s a graph from the post as well… (but better if you take a look at it in the context of the full piece).

And if you want even more, beyond Sinclair’s good work revealing Schmitt’s mistakes (or disinformation) to the world, Joe Romm of Climate Progress digs even deeper.

Can We Trust Climate Models?

“Increasingly, the Answer is ‘Yes'” Michael D. Lemonick of Climate Central and Yale environment360 says in a lengthy post on climate modeling.

Amazon Sees 3 100-Year Droughts in 15 Years

Confused? Basically, the Amazon has experienced 3 droughts of such a severe scale they would only be expected once every 100 years, statistically. Here’s more from Climate Denial Crock of the Week:

19972005, and now 2010 have brought unprecendented low water levels to the area, damaged crops, impacted food supplies, and killed billions of trees.  The 2010 event may have killed enough trees to eventually release as much CO2 as the United States does in a full year.

A recent study published in Science warned that the ability of the Amazon to remain an important “sink” that soaks up carbon emissions could be jeopardized by continued severe droughts.

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