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Climate Insensitivity

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I’ve been wanting to [take] another look at the relationship between net top-of-atmosphere (TOA) radiation changes on the one hand and changes in temperature on the other. As a necessary prelude, I finally have gotten round to an oft-postponed task, that of looking at the thermal lag in different areas…

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The Ethics of Climate Change

Calls for massive reductions in global greenhouse gas emissions ignore the impacts on the poor. Guest essay by Bob Lyman People who believe in the theory of catastrophic human-induced global warming claim that they want to “save the planet” and that this is the moral thing to do. They insist, however, that saving the planet…

Seal of the US Central Intelligence Agency. Author United States Government, public domain image.

CIA climate research effort decommissioned

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Mother Jones reports that the CIA Medea programme, a climate research effort which involved providing civilian experts with access to classified information, is to be shut down. According to Mother Jones; The program was originally launched in 1992 during the George H.W. Bush administration and was later shut down during…

Illustration of increased trade winds in the Pacific and Indian Oceans during the recent warming hiatus, which enhanced the flow of ocean water through the Indonesian archipelago. This resulted in an abrupt increase of Indian Ocean heat content. Credit: Sang-Ki Lee

Uh, oh: Looks like Lewandowsky and Oreskes will be going after the AGU now for admitting the ‘hiatus’ exists

Given Lew and Oreskes latest admonition to scientists who use the word “pause” or “hiatus” it looks like they’ll be applying the “D” word to the entire AGU community of scientists any minute now. From the AGU website, EOS: Tracking the Missing Heat from the Global Warming Hiatus Despite indications that the Pacific Ocean is…

What would it take to limit climate change to 1.5°C? (answer: more than they can get support for)

From the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis Limiting temperature rise by 2100 to less than 1.5°C is feasible, at least from a purely technological standpoint, according to the study published in the journal Nature Climate Change by researchers at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research…