Climate modelling on your PC: weather@home comes to NZ and Australia

by Gareth March 27, 2014

That’s a climate model running on my iMac, thanks to BOINC, Climateprediction.net, and the new New Zealand and Australia modelling experiment launched yesterday. In this guest post, Dr Suzanne Rosier of NIWA explains what it’s all about… A new citizen science experiment in which scientists will address possible links between climate change and extreme weather […]

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TDB Today: Facing the future – no Bridges too far

by Gareth March 26, 2014

In my post at The Daily Blog today — Facing the future – no Bridges too far — I take a look at the Royal Society of New Zealand’s latest information paper about the need to move New Zealand to a green economy. There’s a yawning gulf between the rational world view embodied in the […]

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WMO 2013 climate summary: laws of physics not negotiable, extremes to be expected on a warming planet

by Gareth March 25, 2014

The World Meteorological Organisation’s (WMO) state of the climate report for 2013 was released on Sunday (pdf), and provides a very useful overview of last year’s weather and climate events. It confirms that 2013 was the 6th warmest year in the long term record (tied with 2007), that 13 of the 14 warmest years in […]

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AAAS “What We Know” Initiative: Same Denial, Different Issue – From Ozone Depletion to Climate Change

by cindy March 20, 2014

(Cross-posted with permission from Polluterwatch.com) It must be like Groundhog Day for Mario Molina, the scientist who has presided over the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s new report and publicity drive aimed at convincing Americans about the urgency of what’s happening on climate change. The normally reticent AAAS has taken a highly unusual […]

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A lot of hot air: High Water group confronts climate change through comedy

by Gareth March 15, 2014

This guest post is by Damon Keen, one of the founders of new creative group High Water. Artwork by Lei Wen. If I were in Auckland, I would certainly be in the Classic Comedy Bar this Thursday… The election is now firmly on the horizon, and despite a raft of extreme weather events globally, reporting […]

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Is misinformation about the climate criminally negligent?

by Gareth March 14, 2014

This powerful article by Lawrence Torcello, assistant professor of philosophy at Rochester Institute of Technology, first appeared at The Conversation here. It examines the potential legal liabilities that should attach to deliberate misinformation campaigns to delay action on climate change. The importance of clearly communicating science to the public should not be underestimated. Accurately understanding […]

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TDB today: up a blind alley (without a paddle)

by Gareth March 12, 2014

In this week’s post at The Daily Blog — Up a blind alley (without a paddle) — I ruminate further on the message to be gleaned from last week’s flooding in Christchurch, and how ignoring the shape of things to come makes for bad government and worse politics: What happened in Christchurch was not a […]

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Lost in the flood

by Gareth March 9, 2014

This morning’s NASA Earth Observatory image of the day shows the impact of last week’s heavy rain in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula on the sea around. The light blue colours show sediment washed off the land. If you visit the EO page, they provide a helpful reference image: the region snapped from space in late […]

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Sign up: Wise Response group petitions parliament to take climate, sustainability seriously

by Gareth March 5, 2014

The Wise Response group, set up a year ago to build public and political awareness of the need for a serious review of New Zealand’s future policy directions on climate change, economics and sustainability, has launched a petition to persuade parliament that a “national risk assessment” is urgently required. From the Avaaz petition page: This […]

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Living in a warmer world

by Gareth March 3, 2014

This year really has started with a bang. An unusual concatenation of weather extremes — Britain’s stormy and wet winter – the wettest since records began, 250 years ago – the warm winter in Russia and Alaska, drought in California and Australian heatwaves — has caused many people to consider the role that climate change […]

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