Category Archives: feedbacks

Soil microbe GHG feedback ‘less dire than previously thought’

From the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis The tiniest greenhouse gas emitters Climate feedbacks from decomposition by soil microbes are one of the biggest uncertainties facing climate modelers. A new study from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis … Continue reading

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When will climate feedbacks fully function? Not for millennia

 Guest essay by Christopher Monckton of Brencheley The splendidly-titled Alberto Zaragoza Comendador, commenting on my recent posting taking apart Mr. Mann’s latest fantasia in Scientific American, was startled by my statement that only half of equilibrium global warming would emerge … Continue reading

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Observing water vapor feedback during ‘the pause’

From AGU highlights, measurements from 2002 to 2009 show short term feedback still subject to short-term climate variability, long term feedback still in the realm of models. Measuring the effect of water vapor on climate warming Water vapor is a … Continue reading

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Pollen has bigger influences on optical properties of the atmosphere than previously known

From Leibniz-Institut für Troposphärenforschung something that could be a possible negative feedback to CO2. As plants proliferate more due to increased CO2, it follows that pollen load in the atmosphere would also increase. Laser measurements show: pollen has considerable influence … Continue reading

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Sea Ice Page Upgrades, Observations and Questions

By WUWT regular “Just The Facts” In making a couple upgrades to the Sea Ice Page, I made a few observations, and a few questions arose. Firstly, several weeks ago the following exchange occurred on a Sea Ice News thread: … Continue reading

Posted in Arctic, feedbacks, Land use land cover change, Oceans, Sea ice, Sea Surface Temperature, Temperature | Tagged , , , , , | 125 Comments

Forcing or Feedback?

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I read a Reviewer’s Comment on one of Richard Lindzen’s papers today, a paper about the tropics from 20°N to 20°S, and I came across this curiosity (emphasis mine): Lastly, the authors go through convoluted … Continue reading

Posted in Albedo, clouds, feedbacks, Peer review | Tagged , , | 87 Comments

Crowdsourced Climate Complexity – Compiling the WUWT Potential Climatic Variables Reference Page

By WUWT regular “Just The Facts” With the help of an array of WUWT reader comments, which began on this thread on January, 15th 2011, and grew on January 22nd, 2011, February 10th, 2011, February 28th, 2011, June 30th, 2011 … Continue reading

Posted in AMO, Announcements, Antarctic, Arctic, Carbon dioxide, Carbon sequestration, Citizen science, Climate data, clouds, Cosmic rays, dust storms, Earth, Education, Energy, ENSO, Environment, feedbacks, flooding, Forecasting, geothermal energy, Global warming, hurricanes, Land use land cover change, lightning, measurement, Methane, Modeling, Oceans, PDO, Science, Sea ice, snowfall, Temperature, tornadoes, UHI, Weather | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 132 Comments

The Ridiculousness Continues – Climate Complexity Compiled

By WUWT regular “Just The Facts” With the help of an array of WUWT reader comments on this thread and several others documented within, I’ve been compiling a summary of all potential climatic variables in order to build a conceptual … Continue reading

Posted in Aerosols, AMO, Antarctic, Arctic, Climate data, clouds, Cosmic rays, dust storms, Earth, Earthquakes, Energy, ENSO, feedbacks, geothermal energy, Gravity, hurricanes, Methane, Oceans, PDO, petroleum, Science, Sea ice, Snow, Solar, solar power, thorium power, tornadoes, wind power | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 266 Comments

The Unknown Unknowns of Global Warming

Plants, both through decay and respiration, are responsible for over half of the world’s annual carbon dioxide emissions. I mention this fact for one reason and that is to communicate the power of the biosphere upon the atmosphere. Usually, when … Continue reading

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Pielke Sr. on new Spencer and Braswell paper

Reposted from Dr. Roger Pielke Sr’s blog New Paper “On the Misdiagnosis Of Surface Temperature Feedbacks From Variations In Earth’s Radiant Energy Balance” By Spencer and Braswell 2011 There is a new paper published which raises further questions on the robustness … Continue reading

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Uncertain Climate Risks (Nature Climate Change)

Guest Post by Ira Glickstein As I continue to plow through Vol 1 Issue 1 of the new Journal Nature Climate Change, I came to the following amazing statement: Communicating the value of climate modelling … requires confronting such apparent … Continue reading

Posted in Climate_change, clouds, feedbacks, IPCC, Modeling, Politics, Science, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 153 Comments

Icebergs, phytoplankton, and CO2 – negative feedback

Via Lewis Page at the Register: Some cheerful news on the climate change front today, as US government boffins report that ice breaking off the Antarctic shelves and melting in the sea causes carbon dioxide to be removed from the … Continue reading

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Visualizing the “Greenhouse Effect” – Atmospheric Windows

Guest post by Ira Glickstein A real greenhouse has windows. So does the Atmospheric “greenhouse effect”. They are similar in that they allow Sunlight in and restrict the outward flow of thermal energy. However, they differ in the mechanism. A … Continue reading

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Normal Seasons of the Sun (GW Tiger)

Guest post by Ira Glickstein PhD. We had joy, we had fun, we had Seasons of the Sun. But the mountains we climbed were but whimsies of our minds. That song (apologies to Terry Jacks) could well be the theme … Continue reading

Posted in Aerosols, Carbon dioxide, Climate data, Climate_change, ENSO, feedbacks, NASA GISS, Solar, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 152 Comments

The Dessler Cloud Feedback Paper in Science: A Step Backward for Climate Research

How’s this for “rapid response“? This rebuttal comes out at exactly the same time the press embargo lifts in Science. We were able to obtain advance copies of the Dessler paper, plus Dr. Spencer had seen it as a poster … Continue reading

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Is the warming in the 20th century extraordinary?

WUWT readers, Figure 4 is noteworthy, because it points out the trend of 20th century warming in context with other periods of warming derived from the ice core record. I suggest you bookmark this post and that graph, as it … Continue reading

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Clouds: The Wild Card of Climate Change

I guess they really don’t have a full handle on the science and consensus after all. NSF Releases Online, Multimedia Package Titled, “Clouds: The Wild Card of Climate Change” Reader-friendly multimedia package covers the crucial but enigmatic role of clouds … Continue reading

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Spencer on water vapor feedback

Five Reasons Why Water Vapor Feedback Might Not Be Positive By Dr. Roy Spencer Since it has been a while since I have addressed water vapor feedback, and I am now getting more questions about it, I thought this would … Continue reading

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