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The Climate Change Counter-Movement: $7 Billion Umbrella

By Deniers and Delayers, Uncategorized

From Drexel  and Stanford Universities: “The climate change counter-movement has had a real political and ecological impact on the failure of the world to act on the issue of global warming … Like a play on Broadway, the counter-movement has stars in the spotlight – often prominent contrarian scientists or conservative politicians – but behind…

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Congressional Climate Denial, Cherry Picking the Flattening Myth Again, Warming Masks and the Consensus Brainbone

By Deniers and Delayers, Uncategorized

The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works heard climate testimony as to whether or not climate change was real. Conservatives on the committee continued to use their tried and true talking points from the smoking, acid rain, and ozone depleting chemical controversies: that the science is not clear, the cause is not certain,…

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One Hundred Times Faster than Anything in 65 Million Years: The Speed of Climate Change

By clathrates, Climate Catastrophes, Extinction events, Methane, Oceans, Shifting Ecology, Temperature, Uncategorized

Climate change projected by the IPCC 2013 report under the business as usual scenario (RCP8.5) projects climate change in the next 100 years to be as big as the Paleocene/Eocene Thermal Maximum extinction event 56 million years ago. Changes today however are happening 100 times faster than the PETM. The PETM was likely a methane…

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Optimal Path for Avoiding Dangerous Change and Short-lived Greenhouse Gases

By Abrupt changes, Methane, Uncategorized

Methane (and natural gas), and black carbon (soot) are short-lived greenhouse gases relative to carbon dioxide, N20 (nitrous oxide) and CFC (chlorofluorocarbons). Limiting these short-lived greenhouse gases have obvious benefits in reducing warming. Focusing emissions reductions on these gasses also gives the benefit of delaying warming in the short-term, but really only in a world…

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Defending Francis and Vavrus: Arctic Amplification and Extreme Cold Weather

By Arctic, Deniers and Delayers, Extreme Weather, Myths, Uncategorized

Arctic Amplification means more energy in the Arctic. It’s warmer there now so there is more energy there. The “amplification” part of Arctic Amplification refers to how the Arctic, which is warming at twice or more the rate of the rest of the world, reacts with the rest of world. The global air currents that…

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Unprecedented in the Arctic: Warmer Now Than 44,000 to 120,000 Years Ago

By Arctic, Temperature, Uncategorized

A study in Geophysical Research Letters has found moss beneath a recently melted glacier on Baffin Island that dates back 44,000 to 120,000 years using radiocarbon-14 dating. This technique uses the radioactive decay rate of carbon-14, a rare but predictable version of a normal carbon atom, to date things that were once alive. The radioactive…

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CLIMATE-COM

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Climate Change Communications From the Media – A Mini Symposium Global Warming Psychology 101: Our climate has changed, but the message is not getting through. How can the media better present current climate science so that the public can convince our leaders to act? October 6th, Scholz Biergarten in Austin, 3:45 to 6:45 pm Suggested…

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Sea Level Rise Jumps to 10 mm After The Outback Captures 7mm of Sea Level

By Sea Level Rise, Uncategorized

The National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder Colorado and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, funded by the National Science Foundation, have been taking a serious look at some radically crazy sea level rise figures. It seems that the Australian Outback has taken over sea level rise. Those widespread floods that ended (temporarily?) Australia’s latest 10-year…

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Global Warming has Stopped Myth Continued

By Myths, Uncategorized

This is an easy sit-down-and-shut-up explanation for the global warming has stopped myth.  In 1998 we had an extraordinary Super El Nino unsurpassed in the modern temperature record that broke the the previous record by 33 percent. This record was almost twice the previous largest jump since climate change impacts began (1981, 21%).  This massive…

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Argues Lord Stern …

By Solutions, Uncategorized

“Climate change looks far more threatening than it did six years ago” said Lord Nicholas Stern, a professor of economics and chairman of the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics. Stern, Chief economist for the Blair administration in the UK, World Bank Chief Economist, and author of the single most exhaustive evaluation…

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The Zombie Apocalypse

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I have been busy and let my posting fall behind. Not because of the Zombie Apocalypse—it’s not that bad yet, I have simply fallen behind because of: Three articles on Truthout (see below), my book printer has a new beautiful color printing process and lots of local advocacy work. I also have several other posts…

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Ice Sheets Behaving Badly

By Sea Level Rise, Uncategorized

The most recent discoveries in climate science bear little resemblance to what we hear in the media. Greenland’s melt in 2012 for example has been widely advertised in the media as just another weather event, similar to many in the past. The adage that we cannot tell for sure if any single weather event was…

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