Arctic

TDB Today: Dragon breath and the age of consequences

by Gareth August 13, 2014

In my column at The Daily Blog this week — Dragon breath and the Age Of Consequences — I take a look at the latest news on Arctic methane. It’s not good, as Jason Box demonstrated by not mincing his words about the seriousness of the threat. For an idea of the consequences, I strongly […]

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Thin Ice: what polar science is telling us about climate

by Gareth June 30, 2014

This guest post is by professor Peter Barrett, executive producer, and Suze Keith, marketing advisor for Thin Ice. Scientists can tell human stories about climate change, and a group of us have been working on just that for the last few years. We’ve produced a film — Thin Ice – the inside story of climate […]

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The dishonesty of de Lange and Carter: zombie lies under Greenland ice

by Gareth June 11, 2014

According to Waikato University’s Willem de Lange and freelance climate denier Bob Carter, the whole Arctic is cooling strongly. When Bill and Bob plagiarised their own work for the Heartland-funded and published Non-governmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) second report, they were not just copying their own words, but also plagiarising earlier efforts by […]

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TDB Today: WACCy weather and a warm year

by Gareth January 29, 2014

A classic case of WACCy weather in the northern hemisphere, seen here in a map from the excellent Climate Reanalyzer site, prompts me to discuss the 2013 global temperature numbers, the El Niño-Southern Oscillation, and what sea ice loss is doing to northern hemisphere weather patterns in my post at The Daily Blog this week. […]

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Poland or Coaland? Climate talks about to begin in Warsaw

by cindy November 10, 2013

Another year, another round of climate talks.  It’s the 19th Conference of Parties to the UN Climate Convention and we’re back in Poland, the scene of an almost complete non-event in 2008, the year before Copenhagen. It’s Eastern Europe’s turn to host another meeting, and nobody else was prepared to put their hand up, so […]

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Something (early) for the weekend: grim forecast for oceans and the roots of denial

by Gareth October 17, 2013

Something of a miscellany today, coupled with an open thread, to keep you going during a brief pause in posting. First up: a study published this week in PLOS Biology looks at changes in ocean chemistry, temperature and primary productivity over the next century under two emissions scenarios, and finds that no corner of the […]

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HARDtalk on thin ice in Alaska

by Bryan Walker August 6, 2013

Stephen Sackur took the BBC’s HARDtalk programme on the road in Alaska in a climate change episode screened a few days ago. It was the kind of aware and intelligent journalism one hopes to see on the topic, and deserves plaudits. Not that it exceeded what we have a right to expect from major mainstream […]

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Arctic sea ice time bomb ticking: the bang’s gonna be huge

by Gareth July 24, 2013

Reading this press release about a new paper in Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology spoiled my day. It might not be obvious to a casual reader just glancing through the morning news — but a couple of paragraphs leapt out at me: Atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations recently reached 400 parts per million for the first time since […]

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Arctic summer 2013: fragile ice pack feeling the pressure

by Gareth July 15, 2013

Looking down on the North Pole from satellite, NASA’s Arctic mosaic image for July 14 shows an unusually cloud-free view of the sea ice covering the Arctic Ocean. Click on the image to see the bigger original, and to zoom in on interesting regions. So far this year the sea ice melt has lagged behind […]

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Planet waves, and the big heat

by Gareth July 2, 2013

It’s certainly hot in the southwestern USA at the moment — a dome of heat has established itself under a persistent high pressure ridge, and temperatures are pushing up towards all-time highs. Wildfires are running out of control. One caused the tragic death of 19 firefighters at Yarnell Hill in Arizona yesterday. One more extreme […]

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