Monthly Archives: March 2014

RADM David Titley, USN Oceanographer … the “reformed smoker” talk

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climate plebs

Hat tip to Rabbet Run. Update, 31st March 2014. And, brought to you from NOAA, the current state of ENSO (El Niño/La Niña):

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Lies, Damned Lies and Statistical Truth – Dan’s Wild Wild Science Journal – AGU Blogosphere

Lies, Damned Lies and Statistical Truth – Dan's Wild Wild Science Journal – AGU Blogosphere.

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“The most common fallacy in discussing extreme weather events”: Stefan Rahmstorf

The most common fallacy in discussing extreme weather events.

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MITx: 12.340x: Global Warming Science | edX

MITx: 12.340x: Global Warming Science | edX. Updated. 31st March 2014. Great interview and Q&A with Professor Professor Christopher Knittel of MIT on “Climate Change Policy that Makes Economic Sense“.

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Unwinding coastal flood insurance

“The challenges of coastal flood protection”, Professor Andrew Whittle, MIT In part why we need to cede land and housing to the ocean. As Professor Whittle says, it’s not like the ocean is going to stop flooding.

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double plus ungood

(NOAA urges caution regarding over interpretation of the right edge of this series. They note an abrupt jump in CO2 concentration which they emphasize may be due to an unknown measurement problem. I’m sure they are investigating.)

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The key moral question and choice of our time

During the Shoah, some people and groups sat by, had every reason to believe hundreds of thousands were being slaughtered, if not more, yet did nothing, for all the usual reasons, cost, convenience, risk. And they were later criticized, and … Continue reading

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WMO statement on status of global climate in 2013

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has released their annual status report on the previous year’s climate, that is, for 2013. It is available here.

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Dr David Gallo of WHOI on today’s “Face the Nation” on CBS: MH370

Good to see Dr Dave Gallo speaking about WHOI’s approach to AF447 and its similarity to MH370. Update. 2014-03-26. WHOI is getting ready to deploy their REMUS 6000 systems. Update. 2014-03-28. The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has offered its expertise … Continue reading

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The Alternative to Divestment from Fossil Fuels …

From the great XKCD … (Click image to enlarge.)

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“United States anthracite.”

So-called environmentalist Representative Matt Cartwright (Democrat of Pennsylvania) argues shipping coal from Pennsylvania to Germany to power a station near a United States Air Force base is not ideal from an environmental standpoint, but “This is something that was instituted … Continue reading

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What We’re Up Against

Originally posted on Open Mind:
There’s a post at WUWT which is really a cross-post of this by Harold Ambler. It claims that the NOAA temperature map for this February is “less than accurate.” The hubbub is about this map…

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Kevin Anderson – The emissions case for a radical plan

Dr Kevin Anderson is among my favorite climate science, climate policy sources, because he understands both the demand Nature is placing upon us for adaptation, and is ruthlessly true to pursuing policy options that will work rather than ones which may … Continue reading

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A recap of Craven’s Bayesian location search for the Scorpion

… in the context of trying to locate Malaysian Airlines Flight 370: See the story at http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/15/science/earth/us-navy-strategists-have-a-long-history-of-finding-the-lost.html Here is a PowerPoint presentation from 2005 from Walter Stromquist giving some of the technical details about under water searches: Stromquist–BayesianSearch2005 LCDR Kyle Caudle … Continue reading

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A national strategy for advancing climate modeling

Very interesting blog post by Dr Richard Rood at the Climate Policy blog of the American Meteorological Society regarding a national strategy for advancing climate modeling. (In interest of full disclosure, I am a member of that Society, by the … Continue reading

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The Pumphandle

This is from NOAA’s Earth systems research laboratory.  Watch the CO2 emissions by latitude.

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Secretary of State Kerry on Climate

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The Skeptical Science Attack: Where My Professional World and My Vocation Converge

Indeed, the phrase “a subterranean war” is a good description. People in general are ignorant, complacent about climate change.  Few people know the extent and drama of the online campaigns that entangle big business, governments, activists, scientists, politicians, military, and … Continue reading

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Grading the U.S. Senate: Climate Crisis All-Night Session

Originally posted on Open Mind:
I watched a fair amount of the speeches given during the Senate’s all-night session about the threat of man-made climate change. Some of the things talked about were good, some of the things said were…

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MIT Climate CoLab Contests: U.S. Carbon Price, and Federal Agency Climate Mitigation Options

The MIT Climate CoLab is running contests again.  I note two of (spectator) interest to me: Crafting legislation that will put a significant price on Carbon for the United States What can U.S. federal agencies do to mitigate climate change? … Continue reading

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Climate Scientist Ilissa Ocko on Varieties of Icy Precipitation

This is from Dr Dan Satterfield’s Wild Wild Science blog.

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Professor Katharine Hayhoe, Climate Scientist

You may not know it, but I am an atheist.  I am a very solid atheist and, moreover, an ontological materialist.  But I am also a fond and strong member of the Universalist Unitarian Area Church in Sherborn, MA, with … Continue reading

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Climate Change: Evidence and Causes

The National Academy of Sciences.  The Royal Society. Together. They have compiled a compelling and perspicacious report on the evidence and causes for global climate change, perhaps better described, climate disruption. There’s an overview available. There’s an important section on … Continue reading

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