Claim: Extreme weather decides distribution of insects

Another modeled result, extrapolated all the way from 10 common fruit fly species to everything else in the insect world. Extreme weather caused by climate change in the coming decades is likely to have profound implications for distributions of insects and other invertebrates. This is suggested by a new study of insects in tropical and…

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A must read: Why Secretary of State John Kerry Is Flat Wrong on Climate Change

By Dr. Richard McNider and Dr. John Christy In a Feb. 16 speech in Indonesia, Secretary of State John Kerry assailed climate-change skeptics as members of the “Flat Earth Society” for doubting the reality of catastrophic climate change. He said, “We should not allow a tiny minority of shoddy scientists” and “extreme ideologues to compete…

Inside the Sea ice Anomaly Oscillation (SAO) – Part 1

Guest essay by Craig Lindberg In a recent post, A Relationship Between Sea Ice Anomalies, SSTs, and the ENSO? (http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/02/13/a-relationship-between-sea-ice-anomalies-ssts-and-the-enso/), I introduced the Sea ice Anomaly Oscillation (“SAO”) – an observation that there is an oscillation in the sign and magnitude of the changes in the relationship between the hemispheric sea ice anomalies over time.…

What is El Niño Taimasa?

From the University of Hawaii ‑ SOEST, something I’ve never heard of before. Note the photo. During very strong El Niño events, sea level drops abruptly in the tropical western Pacific and tides remain below normal for up to a year in the South Pacific, especially around Samoa.