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CO2 Emissions Budget Framing Is A Recipe For Delaying Concrete Action

Time: “Why the Coming Budget Crisis May Be the Worst”UK Guardian: “IPCC: 30 years to climate calamity if we carry on blowing the carbon budget”The Washington establishment and the media have been mesmerized into inaction by a short-term budget...

Posted October 4, 2013    

IPCC Prognosis: 9°F Warming For US, Faster Sea Rise, Extreme Weather, Permafrost Collapse

Humanity's choice (via IPCC): Aggressive climate action ASAP (left figure) minimizes future warming. Continued inaction (right figure) results in catastrophic levels of warming, 9°F over much of U.S.The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (...

Posted October 1, 2013    

Ocean Warming, Sea Level Rise And Polar Ice Melt Speed Up, Surface Warming Follows

Decadal surface-air temperature (°C) via average of datasets maintained by the HadCRU, NOAA and NASA.“Global Warming Has Accelerated In Past 15 Years, New Study Of Oceans Confirms,” as we reported back in March. And “Greenland Ice Melt Up Nearly...

Posted September 27, 2013    

Study Of Best Fracked Wells Finds Low Methane Emissions, Skips Super-Emitters

The good news: A sample of what are probably the best fracked wells in the country finds low emissions of methane, a potent heat-trapping gas.The bad news: The study likely missed the super-emitters, the wells that are responsible for the vast...

Posted September 24, 2013    

Has the Wall Street Journal Embraced Climate Action And 2°C Warming Target?

Could it be that Matt Ridley and his fellow confusionists at the Wall Street Journal have finally embraced serious climate action? Have they actually endorsed the warming target of 2°C (3.6°F), long embraced by scientists and global leaders who want...

Posted September 17, 2013    

Arab Summer: Warming-Fueled Drought Helped Spark Syrian Civil War

Warming-worsened drought is causing problems all around the Mediterranean, especially Syria:NOAA concluded in 2011 that “human-caused climate change [is now] a major factor in more frequent Mediterranean droughts.” Reds and oranges...

Posted September 10, 2013    

Labor Day 2050: Global Warming And The Coming Collapse Of Labor Productivity

A Salt Lake City construction worker tries to stay cool during a recent heat wave. CREDIT: AP Photo/Rick BowmerHere’s a Labor Day review of what we know about the impact that global warming is projected to have on labor productivity.A new NOAA study...

Posted September 3, 2013    

Vicious Cycle: Climate Events Release 11 Billion Tons Of CO2 Yearly

Extreme weather like droughts, heat waves and superstorms affect the carbon balance of vegetation differently. Up arrows indicate extra CO2 in the air. Down arrows signify that CO2 is removed from the air more slowly. Orange arrows are for short-...

Posted August 30, 2013    

Ocean Acidification May Amplify Global Warming Up To 0.9°F

Nature: “Marine phytoplankton releases sulphur compounds into the atmosphere that contribute to cooling the planet. But ocean acidification could hinder this process.”Ocean acidification may speed up total warming this century as much as 0.9°F, a...

Posted August 28, 2013    

Al Jazeera's Best-In-Class Coverage Of IPCC Climate Change Report

The TV media have been doing a pretty good job of covering the leaked Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) from the UN Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC).CNN had a piece with some great graphics and a strong final warning on the need for...

Posted August 23, 2013    

Is the Internet Is An Energy Hog? It Isn’t

For 14 years, I (and other scientists) have been debunking a myth created by the coal industry that the Internet is an energy hog. My first debunking (coauthored with California Energy Commissioner Art Rosenfeld) dates back to December 1999, “The...

Posted August 21, 2013    

IPCC Report: Global Warming Caused By Humans, Impacts Speeding Up

Temperature change over past 11,300 years (in blue, via Science, 2013) plus projected warming over the next century on humanity’s current emissions path (in red, via recent literature, much of which is reviewed in the new...

Posted August 19, 2013