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Open thread

by Judith Curry

It’s your turn to introduce topics for discussion.

Can we trust climate models?

by Judith Curry

[W]e presently find little evidence of trustworthy predictions at fine spatial scale and annual to decadal timescale from climate models. – Hargreaves and Annan

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Clean(?) Coal

by Rud Istvan

Many climate policy debates come down to coal as an electricity fuel, including the EPA’s proposed coal power plant CO2 regulations.

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Sea level rise tipping points

by Rud Istvan

Sea level tipping points are a popular CAGW/media theory, easily suggested by images of calving icebergs and summer meltwater rushing down Greenland moulins. But they are alarmist precautionary mitigation fantasies rather than remotely possible future scenarios on multi-centennial time scales.

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Lennart Bengtsson resigns from the GWPF

by Judith Curry

I have been put under such an enormous group pressure in recent days from all over the world that has become virtually unbearable to me. – Lennart Bengtsson

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Climate Dialogue on Climate Sensitivity and Transient Climate Response

by Judith Curry

Climate Dialogue explores different views on climate sensitivity and transient climate response.

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El Ninos and La Ninas and Global Warming

by Donald Rapp

Why after 400 years of La Niña precedence, did periods of El Niños dominance start in the 20th century? And why did the two periods of strong El Niño dominance in the 20th century occur during a period when the CO2 concentration was rising? Is there a link between rising CO2 and the El Niño – La Niña balance? But if there is such a link, why did El Niños become less prevalent than La Niñas from 1941 to 1976 and be in balance after 1998?

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An alternative metric to assess global warming

by Roger A. Pielke Sr., Richard T. McNider, and John Christy

The thing we’ve all forgotten is the heat storage of the ocean – it’s a thousand times greater than the atmosphere and the surface.  – James Lovelock

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Forest climate and condensation

by Douglas Sheil

Despite major investments in incorporating land cover in climate simulation models, much remains uncertain, especially concerning the influence of land-cover change on cloud cover and rain.

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El Nino watch

by Judith Curry

All eyes are on the tropical Pacific Ocean

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Open thread

by Judith Curry

It’s your turn to introduce topics for discussion.

Are academia and publishing destroying scientific innovation?

by Judith Curry

It is alarming that so many Nobel Prize recipients have lamented that they would never have survived this current academic environment. What are the implications of this on the discovery of future scientific paradigm shifts and scientific inquiry in general?

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EconTalk: Christy and Emanuel

by Judith Curry

John Christy of the University of Alabama in Huntsville and Kerry Emanuel of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology talk with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about climate change.

 

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Growth versus sustainability

by Judith Curry

Is economic growth sustainable?  Is it desirable?

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Nate Silvers’ 538: inconvenient statistics

by Judith Curry

If Silver’s data-drive approach gets in the way of your political aims, so much the better. – Michael Brendan Dougherty

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UK-US Workshop Part V: Broadening the portfolio of climate information

by Judith Curry

This post discusses Workshop presentations on broadening the portfolio of climate information for use in regional adaptation decisions.

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AAAS: What we know

by Judith Curry

[W]e present key messages for every American about climate change. – AAAS

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Bonfire of insanity

by Judith Curry

Biomass pellets transported from North Carolina, U.S. are shipped 3800 miles to the UK and burned in Drax power station.  Drax is switching to pellets as it is deemed ‘carbon neutral’,  even though it belches out more CO2 than coal.  – from David Rose

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California drought in context

by Judith Curry

A changing climate means that weather-related disasters like droughts, wildfires, storms [and] floods are potentially going to be costlier and they’re going to be harsher. – President Obama

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John Kerry’s remarks on climate change

by Judith Curry

The science is unequivocal, and those who refuse to believe it are simply burying their heads in the sand. We don’t have time for a meeting anywhere of the Flat Earth Society.  And in a sense, climate change can now be considered another weapon of mass destruction, perhaps the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction. – John Kerry

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Week in review

by Judith Curry

A few things that caught my eye this past week.

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Open thread

by Judith Curry

It’s your turn to introduce topics for discussion.

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Forthcoming Senate EPW Hearing on President’s Climate Action Plan

by Judith Curry

The Hearing is scheduled for Jan 16, and I have been tapped to testify.

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IPCC AR5 weakens the case for AGW

by Judith Curry

Evidence reported by the IPCC AR5 weakens the case for anthropogenic factors dominating climate change in the 20th and early 21st centuries.

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Open thread

by Judith Curry

Best wishes to all for the New Year!