Climate Science Glossary

Term Lookup

Enter a term in the search box to find its definition.


Use the controls in the far right panel to increase or decrease the number of terms automatically displayed (or to completely turn that feature off).

Term Lookup


All IPCC definitions taken from Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis. Working Group I Contribution to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Annex I, Glossary, pp. 941-954. Cambridge University Press.

Home Arguments Software Resources Comments The Consensus Project Translations About Support

Bluesky Facebook LinkedIn Mastodon MeWe

Twitter YouTube RSS Posts RSS Comments Email Subscribe

Climate's changed before
It's the sun
It's not bad
There is no consensus
It's cooling
Models are unreliable
Temp record is unreliable
Animals and plants can adapt
It hasn't warmed since 1998
Antarctica is gaining ice
View All Arguments...

New? Register here
Forgot your password?

Latest Posts


2015 SkS Weekly Digest #24

Posted on 14 June 2015 by John Hartz

SkS Highlights

Dana's What you need to know about the NOAA global warming faux pause paper garnered the highest number of comments of the articles posted on SkS during the past week. Dana extracts five key points from the NOAA paper, Possible artifacts of data biases in the recent global surface warming hiatu, Thomas R Karl et al, Science. They are:

  1. Rapid Global Warming Continues
  2. The Surface Warming Slowdown is Probably Over
  3. The Most Common Denial Response: Conspiracy Theories
  4. The Adjustments Reduce Global Warming!
  5. The Adjustments are Important

El Niño Watch

Toon of the Week

2015 Toon 23 

Hat tip to I Heart Climate Scientists

Quotes of the Week

“Decarbonization by the end of the century may well be too late because the magnitude of climate change long before then will exceed the bounds of many ecosystems and farms, and likely will be very disruptive,” Kevin Trenberth, senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., said.

The goal is a step in the right direction, but not very meaningful considering greenhouse gas emissions need to be reduced dramatically within the next decade, well ahead of the G7’s timeline, Michael Mann, director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University, said.

“In my view, the science makes clear that 2050 or 2100 is way too far down the road,” he said. “We will need near-term limits if we are going to avoid dangerous warming of the planet.”

G7 Carbon Goal May Come Too Late, Scientists Say by Bobby Magill, Climate Central, June 9, 2015 

SkS in the News

John Cook's Denial 101 article and video, Busting myths: a practical guide to countering science denial, orignally posted in the Conversation has been reposted by numerous websites throughout the world.

SkS Spotlights

The most anticipated papal letter for decades will be published in five languages on Thursday. It will call for an end to the ‘tyrannical’ exploitation of nature by mankind. Could it lead to a step-change in the battle against global warming?

Explosive intervention by Pope Francis set to transform climate change debate by John Vidal, Observer/Guardian, June 13, 2015 

Coming Soon on SkS

  • The record heat of 2015 (John Abraham)
  • The Carbon Brief Interview: Christiana Figueres (Leo Hickman)
  • 2015 SkS News Bulletin #4: Pope Francis and Climate Change (John Hartz)
  • Video: scientists simulate the climate of The Hobbit's Middle Earth (Dana)
  • 2015 SkS Weekly News Roundup #25A (John Hartz)
  • Explainer: the models that help us predict climate change (Kamal Puri, Aurel Moise, Robert Colman)
  • Secretive donors gave US climate denial groups $125m over three years (Suzanne Goldenberg & Helena Bengtsson)
  • 2015 SkS Weekly News Roundup #25B (John Hartz)
  • 2015 SkS Weekly Digest #25 (John Hartz)

Poster of the Week

 2015 Poster 24

SkS Week in Review 

97 Hours of Consensus: Noah Diffenbaugh

97 Hours: Noah Diffenbaugh

Noah Diffenbaugh's bio page & Quote source

0 0

Printable Version  |  Link to this page


Comments 1 to 1:

  1. May GISTemp L-OTI is out.  The graphed figure is 0.68C.  The tabled data says 0.71C.  With the re-adjusted data (through 1996 anyway), this May tied for the 2nd-warmest May in the record and 32nd-warmest month.  May ended the warmest 6-month and 36-month periods, and the 12-month period was the third warmest following March and April of this year.

    0 0

You need to be logged in to post a comment. Login via the left margin or if you're new, register here.

The Consensus Project Website


(free to republish)

© Copyright 2024 John Cook
Home | Translations | About Us | Privacy | Contact Us