Study: Current climate models misrepresent El Niño

From the UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Clues to the fundamental physics of El Niño from millennia-old corals and clams An analysis of fossil corals and mollusk shells from the Pacific Ocean reveals there is no link between the strength of seasonal differences and El Niño, a complex but irregular climate pattern with large impacts on…

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#AGU15 NASA suggests El Niño will lead to "stronger, wetter" atmospheric rivers to ease California's drought

The above images are of Sea Surface Temperature Anomalies (SSTA) of the 1997 (left) and 2015 (right) El Niño. The SSTA are derived from the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) Optimally Interpolated SST that are provided by the Group for High Resolution Sea Surface Temperature (GHRSST) and also use NOAA’s National Center for Environmental…

#AGU15 New NASA satellite maps show humans have less of a fingerprint on global air quality compared to 10 years ago

From the NASA/GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER Using new, high-resolution global satellite maps of air quality indicators, NASA scientists tracked air pollution trends over the last decade in various regions and 195 cities around the globe. The findings were presented Monday at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco and published in the Journal of Geophysical…

#AGU15 Religion and Climate Change addressed

I attended this session yesterday, and I cam away with the impression that these researchers are holding their noses while they are forging ahead on the issue. From the press release: Religion and Climate Change Climate scientist to discuss role of religious leaders in addressing climate change Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego…

Vox's David Roberts: "Consilience" or just plain silliness?

(Featured image borrowed from Amazon.com) Guest post by David Middleton True climate science denier, David Roberts (formerly with Grist) has authored another utterly vapid article for Vox … The 2 key points that climate skeptics miss Updated by David Roberts on December 11, 2015 Arguments between climate skeptics (or whatever the hell we’re calling them now)…

Shocker: Vegetarian diets worse for climate than eating bacon

From Carnegie Mellon and the “BLT’s must be carbon neutral then” department comes this story sure to strike fear into the hearts of vegetarian climate activists everywhere. Vegetarian and ‘healthy’ diets are more harmful to the environment Carnegie Mellon study finds eating lettuce is more than three times worse in greenhouse gas emissions than eating bacon…

COP21: Shortest Climate Agreement Honeymoon Ever?

Guest essay by Eric Worrall The initial explosion of green Euphoria at the announcement of the COP21 climate agreement, is rapidly giving way to dismay, as various environmentalists and other expectant parties realise how feeble their climate “victory” really is. According to The Guardian; Leaders from around the world have hailed the agreement struck in…

New research shows Earth's tilt influences climate change

From the LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY and the department of tilt-a-whirl, comes this Milankovitch moment. LSU paleoclimatologist Kristine DeLong contributed to an international research breakthrough that sheds new light on how the tilt of the Earth affects the world’s heaviest rainbelt. DeLong analyzed data from the past 282,000 years that shows, for the first time, a connection…