New paper shows issues with temperature records: Comparing the current and early 20th century warm periods in China

Guest post by Dr. Willie Soon, Dr. Ronan Connolly & Dr. Michael Connolly Recently, a new paper which we co-authored with five other researchers was published in Earth-Science Reviews entitled, “Comparing the current and early 20th century warm periods in China”. The paper is paywalled, but the journal has kindly allowed free access to the…

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Study: UHI in Los Angeles is driving off coastal clouds that dampen California wildfires

From the THE EARTH INSTITUTE AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY and “an actual case of man-made climate change” department. Urbanization and climate change combine to heighten danger Sunny California may be getting too sunny. Increasing summer temperatures brought on by a combination of intensifying urbanization and warming climate are driving off once common low-lying morning clouds in many…

China's Urban Heat Island Problem

How does urban-induced warming in Beijing interact with air temperature in summer? INSTITUTE OF ATMOSPHERIC PHYSICS, CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES Beijing has undergone several important urbanization development stages since late 1978. Linked with urbanization, the so-called “urban heat island effect” is a key problem caused by urban land expansion. Such changes in air temperature in…

Study: UHI in Hong Kong accounts for most 'warming' since 1970

From the INSTITUTE OF ATMOSPHERIC PHYSICS, CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES How much warmer has Hong Kong’s urban area become during the past 4 decades? Characterizing the urban temperature trend using seasonal unit root analysis: Hong Kong from 1970 to 2015 Scientists from Macao Polytechnic Institute are pioneers in exploring urban temperature in Hong Kong using…

Study: Haze in China amplifies UHI effect

Study reveals surprising role of haze in the warming of Chinese cities Research reveals that impacts of haze pollution in the US and China vary significantly From the YALE SCHOOL OF FORESTRY & ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES A new Yale-led study published in the journal Nature Communications sheds light on the surprising role that haze in China…

Future summers could be hotter than any on record

From the NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION and the “it’s always hotter in the city than the country department comes this collection of spin: In 50 years, summers across most of the globe could be hotter than any summer experienced by people to date, according to a study by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)…

Study: UHI affects the urban growing season

From the UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON Spring comes sooner to urban heat islands, with potential consequences for wildlife MADISON, Wis. — With spring now fully sprung, a new study by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers shows that buds burst earlier in dense urban areas than in their suburban and rural surroundings. This may be music to urban…