No surprise here — the U.S. is just wrapping up its 4th-warmest winter on record (at least, for the 48 contiguous states that NOAA focuses on). In addition to the near-record warmth, it was also drier than average, especially in the West and Southwest. The average temperature across the contiguous 48 states of the
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Top climate science news of the past day: Live Q&A with Climate Scientist Dr Michael Mann (TODAY) The UK’s Guardian is hosting a live question and answer with Dr. Michael Mann, one of the world’s leading climate scientists, today. To participate, head on over to Guardian post linked above at 4:00pm GMT (11am EST). Snowy
In another wonderful post on global warming, Skeptical Science recently conducted a comprehensive review of scientific studies on the causes of global warming. This follows up on recent posts on whether human or natural factors cause global warming (hint: it’s the former) and “more science on human versus natural causes of global warming.” Check out
This is something I wrote on last year, but it’s worth another look, and Andrew Freedman of Climate Central does a great job of this. He looks at and summarizes the results of two recent studies on how warming in the Arctic may be causing cooling in Europe and the Eastern U.S. in winter.
At 2:48 am (PDT) this morning, NASA successfully launched the NPP space craft into orbit. ‘NPP’ stands for ‘NPOESS Preparatory Project’* and the mission is the first in a series of “next generation”, polar-orbiting, research satellites poised to replaced a group of active, but aging, earth observing satellites, collectively known as the Earth Observing System
When Richard Muller launched the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature study (BEST) to “independently” evaluate once and for all if global warming was happening or not, many of us followers of climate science were a bit irritated. Why?
THIS HAS BEEN CONFIRMED repeatedly. Nearly every overarching scientific body and organization connected with the matter has backed up the clear findings, because it is not just 1 or 2 things telling us the world is warming — about a dozen long-researched factors show us very clearly that the world is warming due to human greenhouse gas emissions.
The BEST study was partially funded by some of the biggest global warming deniers on the planet.
Richard Muller was widely known for completely misquoting and misrepresenting both climate scientists and Al Gore on this matter.
Well, even despite the potential bias and flaws, the now-released results of the BEST study reiterate (for the umpteenth time) global warming is happening. The results are nearly identical to the results of so many climate scientists and overarching scientific bodies before it that this really would not be news in a sane world. From the BEST study:
There are a lot of good videos out there on global warming and climate change, and solutions to them. Sometimes, though, I have a hard time finding the one I’m looking for. So, I thought I’d create a piece with all the best global warming and climate change videos I know of (and I’ll add to it as new ones are created).
Well, it doesn’t come as a huge surprise to see this statement from NASA’s James Hansen, perhaps the top climate scientist in the world. But it’s a statement we seem to keep ignoring. Here’s the statement I’m referring to:
“Climate change — human-made global warming — is happening. It is already having noticeable impacts…. If we stay on with business as usual, the southern U.S. will become almost uninhabitable.”
This is a great piece by John Cook of Skeptical Science that I thought I should share (especially after going back & forth with a confused denier on email this week):
A deadly, brain-eating amoebe has killed at least one boy and one girl recently. The amoebe proliferates at high water temperatures. Water temperatures are higher than normal due to human-caused global warming. Connect the dots.
The LA Times and Washington Post aren’t the only major media outlets that are starting to tear into the Republican party and other global warming deniers for their absolute rejection of science. USA Today, which I think has really turned things around in recent years and has some of the best climate change coverage of any major newspaper company, had an excellent editorial on the matter recently, one that compares climate science deniers to “birthers” (the folks who didn’t and maybe still don’t believe that Obama was born in the United States).
Joe Romm, PhD, of Climate Progress recently shared the climate science video from 1956 I shared on here earlier today. But in addition to this great video, he shared some other studies debunking the climate science myth of global cooling, which I thought were worth putting in a separate post. Dr Romm reports: I still
Using peer-reviewed science and Google Earth technology, a new map shows what will happen if the global average temperature goes 4°C above the pre-industrial average. Climate change is very abstract, even to those who think, read, and write about it a lot (ahem…). Creating visuals that show what will happen (or is happening) as a