White Rabbits Imperiled by Climate Change! — Well, maybe not.

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen   L. Scott Mills, of the Wildlife Biology Program, Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences, University of Montana, has been working on the seasonal dimorphism of the snowshoe hare (seasonal coat color polyphenism) for many years now. In 2013 he produced a much publicized study that purported to show that…

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Latest Forecast for the Atlantic Hurricane Season

Brief Note by Kip Hansen   Phillip Klotzbach and Michael Bell, who continue the invaluable work of the late  William M. Gray,  at the  Department of Atmospheric Science of Colorado State University have issued their latest updated forecast for the Atlantic Hurricane season of 2018 which begins 1 June.  The short-form summary reads:     EXTENDED…

Aussie CliSci Budget Woes

News Brief by Kip Hansen Australian climate scientists are whinging about the newly announced Federal budget for 2019.  Who can blame them? The total to be spent on climate-related research has been reduced to the abysmally low sum of AU$1.6 billion for the next fiscal year which begins 1 July 2018. [Yes, that is billion…

“Tick and Mosquito Infections Spreading Rapidly”, is not linked to 'climate change' by study, despite what the NYT says

Guest Commentary by Kip Hansen   Science News treated us to an interesting quip on 2 May titled “Tick-borne and mosquito-borne illnesses are on the rise in the United States” written by Roni Dengler.  Dengler writes:   “Warmer weather is a major cause for the explosion in these vector-transmitted diseases, The New York Times reports, as…

Errorless Global Mean Sea Level Rise

Brief Comment by Kip Hansen   Have you ever noticed that whenever NASA or NOAA presents a graph of satellite-era Global Mean Sea Level rise, there are no error bars?  There are no Confidence Intervals?  There is no Uncertainty Range?   In a previous essay on SLR, I annotated the graph at the left to show…

NOAA — Straight Talk on Sea Level Rise

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen   The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has some rather useful features on its web site. One of these is the Tides and Currents which is part of its Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services.  Having spent most of the current century living at sea,  with my wife and…