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2013 SkS Weekly News Roundup #1

Posted on 5 January 2013 by John Hartz

  • 2012: another year of living dangerously
  • 2012: the year we did our best to abandon the natural world
  • 2013 will be Year Zero in our climate battle
  • A year of weather extremes in Srl Lanka
  • An antidote for climate contrarianism
  • Cost of combating climate change surges
  • El Niño and climate change
  • England's rainiest year on record & global warming
  • Light absorption speeding Arctic ice melting
  • Planet offers independent record of global warming
  • Volcanic activity and climate change

2012: another year of living dangerously

The signals could hardly be clearer: climate change is on the way, driven largely by the burning of fossil fuels and other human activity.

Climate: another year of living dangerously, Editorial Board, The Guardian (UK), Dec 31, 2012


2012: the year we did our best to abandon the natural world

Emissions are rising, ice is melting and yet the response of governments is simply to pretend that none of it is happening.

2012: the year we did our best to abandon the natural world by George Monbiot, The Guardian (UK)


2013 will be Year Zero in our climate battle

Think of 2013 as the Year Zero in the battle over climate change, one in which we are going to have to win big, or lose bigger. This is a terrible thing to say, but not as  terrible as the reality that you can see in footage of glaciers vanishing, images of the entire surface of the Greenland Ice Shield melting this summer, maps of Europe's; future in which just being in southern Europe when the heat hits will be catastrophic, let alone in more equatorial realms.

2013 Will Be Year Zero In Our Climate Battle by Rebecca Solnit, Mother Jones/Truthout, Dec 31, 2012


A year of weather extremes in Sri Lanka

“Water, the lack of it and too much of it, will be the biggest climate induced (factor) determining the way Sri Lankans live in the future,” W L Sumathipala, former head of the climate change unit of the ministry of environment, told IPS.

Between Drought and Floods – A Year of Extremes in Sri Lanka by Amantha Perera, Inter Press Service (IPS), Dec 30, 3012


An antidote for climate contrarianism

I would guess a few Green readers had the experience, over the holidays, of arguing yet again about global warming with a parent or brother-in-law who thinks it’s all a big hoax. Maybe there’s some undiscovered substance in roast turkey that makes people want to pick fights around the dinner table.

An Antidote for Climate Contrarianism by Justin Gillis, Green Blog, New York Times, Jan 4, 2013


Cost of combating climate change surges

An agreement by almost 200 nations to curb rising greenhouse gas emissions from 2020 will be far more costly than taking action now to tackle climate change, according to research published on Wednesday.

Quick measures to cut emissions would give a far better chance of keeping global warming within an agreed U.N. limit of 2 degrees Celsius (3.6F) above pre-industrial times to avert more floods, heatwaves, droughts and rising sea levels.

Cost of combating climate change surges as world delays - study by Alister Doyle, Reuters, Jan 2, 2013 


El Niño and Climate Change

The cycle of Pacific Ocean surface water warming and cooling has become more variable in recent decades, suggesting El Niño may strengthen under climate change.

Study Strengthens Link between El Niño and Climate Change by Lauren Morello, ClimateWire/Scientific American, Jan 4, 2013


England's rainiest year on record & global warming

Senior climate scientists are linking global warming to the UK Met Office's announcement yesterday (3 January) that 2012 was England’s rainiest year since records began.

Scientists link global warming to England’s rainiest year on record, EurActiv.com, Jan 4, 2013 


Light absorption speeding Arctic ice melt

The record-setting disappearance of Arctic sea ice this fall was an indication to many climate scientists and ice experts that the pace of climate change was outstripping predictions

Now a new study published this week in the journal Geophysical Research Letters provides a look at a dynamic that may further accelerate the process: the rate at which the ocean underneath the ice absorbs sunlight.

Light Absorption Speeding Arctic Ice Melt by Fleciity Barringer, Green Blog, New York Times, Dec 31, 2012


Planet offers independent record of global warming

The thermometers aren't going haywire. The planet, itself, is recording the same reality. The Earth is warming, and doing so at a quickening pace.

A new compilation of temperature records derived from geological samples such as ice cores, lake sediment layers and coral growth shows the same warming trends from 1880 to 1995 that are reflected by thermometer readings over that time.

Boulder researcher: Planet offers independent record of global warming by Charlie Brennan, DailyCamera.com, Dec 30, 2012


Volcanic activity and climate change

Rising sea levels caused by global warming could fuel more volcanic eruptions, possibly resulting in mass extinctions.

Climate Change May Increase Volcanic Eruptions by Tia Ghose, LiveScience/Scientific American, Jan 3, 2013

 

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  1. The last article about volcanic activity is poorly written with some mistakes and misrepresentations. Probably better to go to the more detailed LiveScience article that it was based off of:
    http://www.livescience.com/7366-global-warming-spur-earthquakes-volcanoes.html
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  2. The UK's Channel 4 showed a documentary tonight asking the question Is Our Weather Getting Worse?"

    The answer was an uncompromising Yes, with AGW as the culprit, and not a Lord Lawson, Viscount Monckton, or a James Delingpole in sight to argue about it. Since the year 2000, the UK has had the warmest, wettest, coldest and driest periods in its history.

    The documentary emphasised weird weather in previous centuries, like an actual Medieval tornado, but showed that frequencies of extreme weather, even of tornados, were rising. And it pointed out this was true not only in the UK.

    Channel 4 "Is Our Weather Getting Worse"

    What is refreshing is that Channel 4 has taken many fringe positions in the past, like screening the downright dishonest The Great Global Warming Swindle
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  3. John Hartz, the second bullet point has a typo:
    2022: the year we did our best to abandon the natural world
    2022 should be 2012
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    Moderator Response: [JH]Typo corrected. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.
  4. Planet offers independent record of global warming

    A graphic comparing the proxy and measured GST can be seen on the lead authors pages here
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