Magical Plastic

News Brief by Kip Hansen Plastics are as much in the news as climate change, and hold the same honored place as a universal scapegoat — an item so odious that all are welcome to blame it for a host of ills environmental and social, real or imagined. The media has recently highlighted a few…

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New climate crystal ball: “Mummified penguins”

From  the AGU and “anything’s a climate proxy, as long as it’s dead” department. Mummified penguins tell of past and future deadly weather By Larry O’Hanlon (AGU) New research links the mummified remains of penguin chicks in Antarctica to two massive weather-related calamities that could become more commonplace with climate change. Chinese and Australian researchers…

It is worse than we thought – by region

  Guest essay by Sheldon Walker – (agree-to-disagree.com) The central objective of the Paris Agreement is its long-term temperature goal to hold global average temperature increase to “well below 2°C above preindustrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels”. Have a look at warming based on different areas…

How constant is the “solar constant?”

By Andy May The IPCC lowered their estimate of the impact of solar variability on the Earth’s climate from the already low value of 0.12 W/m2 (Watts per square-meter) given in their fourth report (AR4), to a still lower value of 0.05 W/m2 in the 2013 fifth report (AR5), the new value is illustrated in Figure 1.…