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2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #36

Posted on 8 September 2019 by John Hartz

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The air above Antarctica is suddenly getting warmer – here’s what it means for Australia

Antarctica via NASA satellite

Antarctic winds have a huge effect on weather in other places. Photo: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/Flickr CC BY-SA

Record warm temperatures above Antarctica over the coming weeks are likely to bring above-average spring temperatures and below-average rainfall across large parts of New South Wales and southern Queensland.

The warming began in the last week of August, when temperatures in the stratosphere high above the South Pole began rapidly heating in a phenomenon called “sudden stratospheric warming”.

In the coming weeks the warming is forecast to intensify, and its effects will extend downward to Earth’s surface, affecting much of eastern Australia over the coming months.

The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting the strongest Antarctic warming on record, likely to exceed the previous record of September 2002.

The air above Antarctica is suddenly getting warmer – here’s what it means for Australia by Harry Hendon, Andrew B. Watkins, Eun-Pa Lim & Griffith Young , The Conversation AU, Sep 6, 2019

Click here to access the entire article. 

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 2019 Toon 36

Hat tip to the Facebook page of Stop Climate Science Denial

Coming Soon on SkS...

  • Climate implications of the EPA methane rule rollback (Dana)
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #36, 2019 (Doug Bostrom)
  • How climate change is making hurricanes more dangerous (Jeff Berardelli)
  • What psychotherapy can do for the climate and biodiversity crises (Caroline Hickman)
  • A small electric plane demonstrates promise, obstacles of climate-friendly air travel (Lindsay Fendt)
  • 2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #37 (John Hartz)
  • 2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #37 (John Hartz)

Climate Feedback Reviews...

[To be added.]

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2019 Poster 36 

SkS Week in Review... 

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  2. The following text is from a climate change article at which is a large online newspaper in New Zealand. It has a startling admission in a revealing paragraph I have highlighted in bold type:

    "We've witnessed that in the reader reaction to Stuff's Quick! Save the Planet project, which aims to make the realities of climate change feel urgent, tangible and unignorable. Today, we've joined Covering Climate Now – an ambitious, week-long global initiative emphasising the paramount importance of the climate story. "

    "Covering Climate Now's roster features more than 240 news outlets, including the Guardian, CBS, the Times of India, and Asahi Shimbun. You'll see some of their stories on Stuff this week, alongside our original reporting. A broad selection of New Zealand's mainstream media is on board: 1 News, RNZ, Newshub, the NZ Herald, Newsroom and the Spinoff, as well as Stuff."

    "Call it atonement. Collectively – and internationally – we as the media have for years allowed our taste for conflict to create the false impression that climate science was uncertain and a fit topic for debate. But as respectable media outlets increasingly dispense with any last remnants of climate science denialism, we're getting better at reporting this epoch-defining story accurately and constructively."

    " During this Covering Climate Now week, Stuff will investigate the impact of trees, introduce New Zealand's climate change power-brokers, talk to trailblazing farmers learning to adapt, forecast what daily life could look like in 2050, and provide crucial information to help you vote in next month's council elections. In a new feature, Climate Lessons, scientists will share the knowledge gained from their research careers, and our ongoing Climate: Explained column will provide answers to common questions."

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