Category Archives: Land use land cover change

Some People Claim There’s a Human to Blame (GW Tiger)

Guest post by Ira Glickstein Some people claim that there’s a woman to blame, But I know, it’s my own damn fault.. The original Jimmy Buffet lyrics say “woman to blame” but I changed it to “human” in the title … Continue reading

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Bangladesh, the Poster Child

Guest post by: B.Quartero Bangladesh, the largest Delta in the world, has been the poster child of a scary sea level rise story ever since “An Inconvenient Truth”. There is much to be concerned about in Bangladesh, and flooding is … Continue reading

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UAH and UHI

Note: clearly satellites can see urban heat, as demonstrated by this recent paper unveiled at the 2010 AGU meeting by NASA. See: Satellites Image the Urban Heat Islands in the Northeast. It can also be demonstrated that the UHI biases the … Continue reading

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NYT’s sort-of-clarity on Norfolk sinking aka “sea level rise” and an inconvenient map

This is a map and photo of Sharp’s Island and its sinking lighthouse in Chesapeake Bay, we’ll get back to that after the main article about Norfolk. GreenHell Blog writes: In an above-the-fold, front-page story, the Times’ Leslie Kaufman tried … Continue reading

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Kilimanjaro’s snow – it’s about land use change, tree cutting

From the we told you so, twice, no make that three times, department, the poster child for climate change is cited in the New Scientist where they say a peer reviewed paper shows that it’s mostly about the trees and … Continue reading

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Christy on irrigation and regional temperature effects

In this recent post I discussed a paper on regional temperature divergence issues related to irrigation from Dr. John Christy saying: New irrigation effects study counter to what Christy discovered This press release below from Columbia University shown below suggests that … Continue reading

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New irrigation effects study counter to what Christy discovered

This press release below from Columbia University shown below suggests that irrigation cools the region undergoing irrigation. However, a study published three years ago of California’s central valley by Dr. John Christy suggests exactly the opposite. See this WUWT post … Continue reading

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The Big Valley: Altitude Bias in GHCN

Foreword: The focus of this essay is strictly altitude placement/change of GHCN stations. While challenge and debate of the topic is encouraged, please don’t let the discussion drift into other side issues. As noted in the conclusion, there remain two … Continue reading

Posted in GHCN, Land use land cover change, NOAA, UHI, Uncategorized, Weather_stations | 161 Comments

New Study Examines Effects of Drought in the Amazon

From Woods Hole Research Institute: Click on image for larger view. (Left) Average dry-season enchanced vegetation index (EVI) across central South America for the period 2000–2008. Overlaid circles represent average vapor pressure deficit (VPD), a measure of the drying power … Continue reading

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Corn as a local climate forcing

How corn may be helping Michigan keep its cool From the “corn is not climate” department and  David Veselenak, The Grand Rapids Press Grand Rapids hasn’t seen the thermometer break 100 degrees since 1988. Some climatologists say the reason is … Continue reading

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U.S. Forest Service embraces climate change

No word on Smokey bear’s new duties yet, but maybe they’ll make him do a new public service pitch, maybe something like this: Above: a parody image,  see WUWT story on Ursus Bogus Forest Service Shifts Strategy to Address Changing … Continue reading

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The Union of Concerned Scientists tackles gardening to save the planet

From a press release from the Union of Concerned Scientists, we learn that you don’t need to worry anymore about global warming, we can just garden our way to carbon nirvana, that is, if the bugs don’t eat it. -Anthony … Continue reading

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Taiwan sinking: Subsidence or Global Warming Induced Sea Level Rise?

This news story about Taiwan has been making the rounds with the usual alarming news outlets. My view is clearly on subsidence, caused by poor land use practice. See below the Continue Reading line for the easily found reasons. Excerpts: … Continue reading

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Corned grief: biofuels may increase CO2

From the “damned if you do, damned if you don’t department”. More Maize Ethanol May Boost Greenhouse Gas Emissions From the American Institute of Biological Sciences Read the full article (PDF) In the March 2010 issue of BioScience, researchers present … Continue reading

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UCAR: Roof white out helps UHI

I find it humorous thatUCAR had to resort to modeling to prove something that can be measured empirically. But then again this is UCAR, and they have a big computer at their NCAR office. Painting roofs white would probably help … Continue reading

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Save the planet from GHG’s – use astroturf?

Now according to this press release from UC Irvine, green spaces in cities are bad for the planet….but wait, what about the UHI offset? Can I buy grass credit certificates? Urban ‘green’ spaces may contribute to global warming, UCI study … Continue reading

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Intensive land-management leaves Europe without carbon sinks

Away from Climategate and back to science, here’s something interesting fingering land use as an issue. This is from the Max Planck Society. A new calculation of Europe’s greenhouse gas balance shows that emissions of methane and nitrous oxide tip … Continue reading

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Georgia Tech: “50 percent of the [USA] warming that has occurred since 1950 is due to land use changes rather than greenhouse gases”

From a Georgia Tech Press Release: Reducing Greenhouse Gases May Not Be Enough to Slow Climate Change Georgia Tech City and Regional Planning Professor Brian Stone publishes a paper in the December edition of Environmental Science and Technology that suggests … Continue reading

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USA Today: Expanding cities contribute to global warming

From Roger Pielke Sr. A very good news article titled Expanding cities contribute to global warming by Doyle Rice has been published on USA Today. The article is based on our paper Fall, S., D. Niyogi, A. Gluhovsky, R. A. … Continue reading

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Quote of the week #22 – Experts say that fears surrounding climate change are overblown

The Times posted a surprising story this weekend that has skeptics cheering and alarmists hopping mad. It’s deja vu all over again. (See QOTW#21) Roger Pielke Sr. will be happy, because land use change is prominently mentioned. Here’s the line: … Continue reading

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