New study puts the 1.5°C and 2.0°C temperature limits of the Paris Agreement into a historical climate context

The Paris Agreement adopted in December 2015 during the COP21 climate conference stipulates that the increase in the global average temperature is to be kept well below 2°C above “pre-industrial levels” and that efforts are pursued to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above “pre-industrial levels.” Closer inspection of the treaty text, however, reveals that…

Dueling science: One study says melting Antarctic ice sheet will flood US east coast, others say ‘uncertain’

From the “you really should get your stories straight” department. OK, here is press release #1 from the UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA (USF HEALTH) Melting of east Antarctic ice sheet could cripple major US cities TAMPA, Fla (December 13, 2017)- The world’s largest ice sheet may be less stable than previously thought, posing an even greater…

At #AGU17, in an attempt to prove ‘climate change creates more severe weather’, scientists resort to ‘p-hacking’

From the “If your experiment needs statistics, you ought to have done a better experiment.- Ernest Rutherford” department. From the American Meteorological Society via press release: AMS TO RELEASE REPORT EXPLAINING EXTREME EVENTS OF 2016 New research links notable weather and climate events to human influence The American Meteorological Society is releasing the strongest evidence yet that…

Hubble’s Messier celestial snow globe

From the NASA/GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER It’s beginning to look a lot like the holiday season in this NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of a blizzard of stars, which resembles a swirling snowstorm in a snow globe. The stars are residents of the globular star cluster Messier 79, or M79, located 41,000 light-years from Earth,…