Study: ‘Traffic Jams’ in the jet stream blamed for abnormal weather patterns

UChicago study explains blocking phenomenon that has baffled forecasters The sky sometimes has its limits, according to new research from two University of Chicago atmospheric scientists. A study published May 24 in Science offers an explanation for a mysterious and sometimes deadly weather pattern in which the jet stream, the global air currents that circle the Earth,…

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WINNING: Trump officials discussed whether to ‘ignore’ climate data

From The Hill: Trump officials discussed whether to ‘ignore’ climate data: report White House officials discussed the possibility of ignoring federal climate data, according to an internal memo that highlights the Trump administration’s struggles with established climate change science. The Washington Post reports that a memo, drafted in September by Michael Catanzaro, the then-White House special assistant…

New GOES-17 weather satellite has a cooling problem – may be ‘a loss’

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The nation’s newest weather satellite, launched less than three months ago, has a serious cooling problem that could affect the quality of its pictures. The trouble is with the GOES-17 satellite’s premier instrument for taking images of hurricanes, wildfires, volcanic eruptions and other natural calamities, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration…

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Guardian: CO2 Makes Rice Less Nutritious

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Guardian author Nicola Davis is alarmed that adding CO2 to rice reduces the vitamins, minerals and protein – in some varieties of rice. Climate change ‘will make rice less nutritious’ Nicola Davis Thu 24 May 2018 04.00 AEST When scientists exposed the crop to higher levels of carbon dioxide vitamin…

The Myth of Dangerous Acid Rain

Data suggests it is a non-problem By Steve Goreham For almost a month, the ongoing saga of the eruption of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has captured the attention of world media. Fountains of red-orange fire, lava flows, and ash-plume explosions destroyed dozens of homes and forced thousands of residents to flee the area. But media warnings…

Large Synoptic Survey Telescope gets big funding boost from Republicans and the NSF’s and AAASA’s ungrateful responses.

Guest commentary by David Middleton Back in March, Eric Worrall authored a nice post about “climate scientists running for congress.” Eric’s subject was a really goofy Clean Technica article about Joseph Kopser, touted as some sort of climate scientist.  Clean Technica even spelled his name wrong (Kosper instead of Kopser).  Yesterday, Mr. Kopser won the runoff election…