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Tuesday, November 30th 2010, 3:22 AM EST
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Monday, November 29th 2010, 1:18 PM EST
Despair, bordering on panic, attends today’s opening of the Cancún conference.
NOBODY EXPECTS much to emerge from the latest UN climate change conference which opens today in the Mexican resort of Cancún. Unlike all the hype that preceded last year’s Copenhagen summit, it has barely registered in the public consciousness. And in any case, people are preoccupied by more pressing issues.
Environmentalist John Gibbons, who blogs on www.thinkorswim.ie, says there is “no doubt but that climate change has fallen off the public agenda compared with, say, 12 months ago. Then, there was cautious optimism pre-Copenhagen. And Obama still looked like he might deliver on “cap-and-trade” [in carbon emissions].
That was then . . .
Sunday, November 28th 2010, 7:47 AM EST
Cores drilled from the icecap are going on show at London's Science Museum. The centuries-old information they contain could help scientists predict Earth's future weather.
They were found deep below Earth's surface, provide vital information about our climate's history and, for the first time, will be publicly displayed in their full freezing glory. Three pieces of ice core, drilled from the Antarctic icecap, one containing bubbles of air from the year 1410, will this week be installed in a glass-fronted freezer cabinet in the Science Museum in London's new Atmosphere gallery.
Set for its opening by Prince Charles on Friday, the gallery has been designed to outline the basics of climate science and explain why researchers believe human activity is now having a pronounced impact on weather patterns. "This gallery will show how scientists have acquired their knowledge about Earth's climate history – with our ice cores providing some of the most telling examples," says museum director Chris Rapley.
Air gets trapped by snow as it falls. Then more snow falls on top. Pressure builds up and snow is eventually converted into ice – with air bubbles trapped inside. The deeper you drill, the older the ice – and air bubbles – that you find. "If you drill several kilometres down you find samples that are almost a million years old," says Rapley. "That is why we think of ice cores as treasure troves of climate history."
Click source to read FULL misinformed article from Robin McKie.
Robin, CO2 FOLLOWS warming, IT DOES NOT LEAD, YOU AND THE REST OF THE AGW SUPPORTERS HAVE MIXED UP CAUSE AND EFFECT!!!
For those of you who attend London's Science Museum from Friday, please, please, please, point this FACT out to all of those concerned, inc. Prince Charles!!
Saturday, November 27th 2010, 12:17 PM EST
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Saturday, November 27th 2010, 10:08 AM EST
AFPFollowing is a timeline ahead of the November 29-December 10 meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Cancun, Mexico.
1827: French scientist Jean-Baptiste Fourier is the first to consider the "greenhouse effect", the phenomenon whereby atmospheric gases trap solar energy, increasing Earth's surface temperature.
1960: Climate science gets a key tool with the "Keeling Curve," a yardstick of rising carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the atmosphere.
1988: UN sets up a scientific authority to vet the evidence on global warming, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
1990: First IPCC report says levels of man-made greenhouse gases are increasing in the atmosphere and predicts these will cause global warming.
1992: Rio Summit agrees to set up the UNFCCC, a vehicle for addressing climate change. The UNFCCC today has 194 parties.
1997: UNFCCC members sign the Kyoto Protocol. Under its first commitment period, industrialised countries must cut emissions of six greenhouse gases so they are 5.2 percent lower than 1990 levels by the end of 2012.
Friday, November 26th 2010, 6:44 AM EST
Global action is not going to stop climate change. The world needs to look harder at how to live with it.
ON NOVEMBER 29th representatives of countries from around the world will gather in Cancún, Mexico, for the first high-level climate talks since those in Copenhagen last December. The organisers hope the meeting in Mexico, unlike the one in Denmark, will be unshowy but solid, leading to decisions about finance, forestry and technology transfer that will leave the world better placed to do something about global warming. Incremental progress is possible, but continued deadlock is likelier. What is out of reach, as at Copenhagen, is agreement on a plausible programme for keeping climate change in check.
The world warmed by about 0.7°C in the 20th century. Every year in this century has been warmer than all but one in the last (1998, since you ask). If carbon-dioxide levels were magically to stabilise where they are now (almost 390 parts per million, 40% more than before the industrial revolution) the world would probably warm by a further half a degree or so as the ocean, which is slow to change its temperature, caught up. But CO2 levels continue to rise. Despite 20 years of climate negotiation, the world is still on an emissions trajectory that fits pretty easily into the “business as usual” scenarios drawn up by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
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Wednesday, November 24th 2010, 2:33 PM EST
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Tuesday, November 23rd 2010, 4:46 AM EST
The question of "urban heat island effect" looks to be accounted for in this research, the researchers go on to say...."We have looked at this problem again with a new model with much more physics in it and we find that it is much more complicated and there are many feedbacks but the temperature increase is not affected by the windspeed"......they (the researchers and not Leon Clifford) can come up with any amount of "new models", lets hope they inform us when the new model stands the test of time, I have no doubt that this is yet another report going to Mexico COP16.
Surface temperature increases appear to be independent of wind speed suggesting that urban heating is not responsible for the long-term observed surface warming trend, according to new research that is to be published.
A trend towards higher night time temperatures has been a significant element in the long-term increase in surface temperatures that has been observed, which had prompted some to speculate that the observed surface warming was a phenomena driven by increased urbanisation rather than greenhouse gas emissions – since urban surfaces shed heat at night which warms the surrounding air. This is known as the urban heat island effect.However, the urban warming effect is sensitive to winds with less warming apparent on windy nights than on calm nights. And research by David Parker of the UK Meteorology Office in 2004 suggested that the observed warming trend was independent of night-time wind conditions and therefore was not due to urbanisation. (See “Climate: Large-scale warming is not urban” by David E. Parker, Nature 432, 290 (18 November 2004) doi:10.1038/432290a - see link here
Tuesday, November 16th 2010, 3:34 PM EST
Stop being so skeptical of climate skeptics, says one researcher who believes there's been a failure to understand the mounting cultural doubt around atmospheric warming.
The national discussion on climate change is brimming with economic models, scientific findings and wonky plans to fix it. But something is missing: academic explanations of why people flout reams of scientific conclusions, bristle at the notion of cutting carbon and regard climate change as a sneaky liberal plot.
"The social sciences are glaringly missing," says Andrew Hoffman, an expert on the sociological aspects of environmental policies at the University of Michigan, for which he's researching climate denial. "That leaves out critical questions about the cultural dimensions of both defining the problem and finding solutions."
He provides unvarnished reasons for that. One concerns his colleagues' dismissal of the conservative movement. They deny the deniers, he seems to say, by tending to "ignore the far right." More broadly, social scientists -- like sociologists, psychologists and communication researchers -- are generally disengaged from public policy debates.
Tuesday, November 16th 2010, 6:57 AM EST
The release of climate-science e-mails last November ripped apart Phil Jones’s life. He’s now trying to patch it back together.
I like to think the worst is over, but it’s coming up to the first anniversary and it’s something I’ll always remember at this time of year, when the nights close in. This is the time it happened.”
Twelve months ago, Phil Jones was a productive, if not particularly outspoken, climate scientist. That was the way he liked it. Head of the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia (UEA), UK, Jones worked with the Met Office to compile data from weather stations around the world into a monthly series showing global average temperature.
He had much on his mind — not least a puzzling drop in North Atlantic sea surface temperatures during the mid-twentieth century that he had recently helped to discover.
It was a curious finding, but Jones would soon have bigger things to ponder. On 19 November 2009, someone released roughly 1,000 e-mail messages and documents stolen from a server at the CRU. Many of them contained Jones’s private correspondence, which sometimes showed him in an unflattering light.
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