Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #159

The Week That Was: 2014-12-06 (December 6, 2014) Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project THIS WEEK: By Ken Haapala, Executive Vice President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP) The Game in Lima: The annual December meeting of the UN Conference of Parties (now COP-20) to the 1992 UN Framework…

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Imagine the Earth Entering an Ice Age

Guest Post by Bob Tisdale The Earth is presently in an interglacial period—a period between ice ages. Since the end of the last ice age, Earth’s surface temperatures have been above the temperature needed to maintain ice sheets and glaciers, which covered much of the land masses at mid-to-high latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere. As…

Back to the future in El Niño forecasting

From the Georgia Institute of Technology: Looking at El Niño’s past to predict its future The El Niño Southern Oscillation is Earth’s main source of year-to-year climate variability, but its response to global warming remains highly uncertain. Scientists see a large amount of variability in the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) when looking back at climate…