Climate Science

22/04/16
Author: 
Christopher C. Burt

What is most likely the most intense heat wave ever observed in Southeast Asia has been ongoing for the past several weeks. All-time national heat records have been observed in Cambodia, Laos, and (almost) in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam. Meanwhile extreme heat has resulted in all-time record high temperatures in the Maldives, India, China, and portions of Africa as well. Here are the details.

15/04/16
Author: 
Gary Engler

What is it with union and political ‘leaders’ who treat their members as if they were children not old enough to deal with reality?

10/04/16
Author: 
Oliver Milman
Under a blanket of clouds, tourists watch a meltwater waterfall on an icecap. Photograph: Ralph Lee Hopkins/National Geographic Society/Corbis

Climate change projections have vastly underestimated the role that clouds play, meaning future warming could be far worse than is currently projected, according to new research.

Researchers said that a doubling of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere compared with pre-industrial times could result in a global temperature increase of up to 5.3C – far warmer than the 4.6C older models predict.

09/04/16
Author: 
Andrea Thompson

Back in November, El Niño reached a fever pitch, vaulting into the ranks of the strongest events on record and wreaking havoc on weather patterns around the world.

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09/04/16
Author: 
Peter O'Neil

The Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition has paid for eye-catching billboards near Parliament Hill suggesting Prime Minister Justin Trudeaus image will be forever tainted if his government approves a project they say would be a climate disaster. Peter O'Neil / PNG

OTTAWA — The Trudeau government, under growing pressure to approve a showcase B.C. liquefied natural gas project, says it will base its decision on science and public consultation — and not politics.
31/03/16

Arctic sea ice reached a record winter low this year — the latest mark in a season that has left scientists gape-mouthed in amazement.

"I’ve never seen such a warm, crazy winter in the Arctic,” said an email from Mark Serreze, director of the U.S.-based National Snow and Ice Data Center. "The heat was relentless."

Serreze's group declared Monday that the maximum extent of sea ice before it begins its spring melt was 20,000 square kilometres less this winter than it has ever been since satellite monitoring began. The record had been set only last year.

23/03/16
Author: 
A. J. Turner, D. J. Jacob, J. Benmergui, S. C. Wofsy, J. D. Maasakkers, A. Butz, O. Hasekamp, S. C. Biraud

[Webpage editor's note: This scientific paper has great significance for the plans in BC to create a large fracking/LNG industry. The implication that the increase in methane emissions in the US may be partly due to oil and gas development is another reason to reject claims that BC LNG would reduce world-wide emissions by replacing coal in Asia.]

23/03/16
Author: 
Bill McKibben

Our leaders thought fracking would save our climate. They were wrong.

Global warming is, in the end, not about the noisy political battles here on the planet’s surface. It actually happens in constant, silent interactions in the atmosphere, where the molecular structure of certain gases traps heat that would otherwise radiate back out to space. If you get the chemistry wrong, it doesn’t matter how many landmark climate agreements you sign or how many speeches you give. And it appears the United States may have gotten the chemistry wrong. Really wrong.

14/03/16
Author: 
Damian Carrington and Michael Slezak
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/mar/14/february-breaks-global-temperature-records-by-shocking-amount
Drought-hit land in Thailand. Photograph: Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

Warnings of climate emergency after surface temperatures 1.35C warmer than average temperature for the month

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