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Skeptical Science New Research for Week #18, 2020

Posted on 6 May 2020 by Doug Bostrom

55 Articles

Physical science of global warming & effects

How aerosols and greenhouse gases influence the diurnal temperature range (open access)

Why is the Mediterranean a Climate Change Hotspot?

Parsing complex terrain controls on mountain glacier response to climate forcing

Observations & observational methods of global warming & effects

Secular change in atmospheric Ar/N2 and its implications for ocean heat uptake and Brewer-Dobson circulation (open access)

A multi-century, tree-ring-derived perspective of the North Cascades (USA) 2014–2016 snow drought

Hazards in the Himalayas (open access)

Continuity of the Mass Loss of the World's Glaciers and Ice Caps From the GRACE and GRACE Follow?On Missions

Trends in Winter Warm Spells in the Central England Temperature Record

Observed heatwave changes in arid northwest China: Physical mechanism and long-term trend

Modeling & simulation of global warming & global warming effects

Fast response of cold ice-rich permafrost in northeast Siberia to a warming climate (open access)

CESM2 climate forcing (1950–2014) yields realistic Greenland ice sheet surface mass balance (open access)

Coldest Canadian Arctic communities face greatest reductions in shorefast sea ice

Arctic Sea Ice Growth in Response to Synoptic- and Large-scale Atmospheric Forcing from CMIP5 Models (open access)

Response of stratospheric water vapour to CO 2 doubling in WACCM (open access)

Climate change projections and extremes for Costa Rica using tailored predictors from CORDEX model output through statistical downscaling with artificial neural networks

Future changes in aridity index at two and four degrees of global warming above preindustrial levels

Robust ecological drought projections for drylands in the 21st century

Projected increase in compound dry and hot events over global land areas

Climate model advancement

High climate sensitivity in CMIP6 model not supported by paleoclimate

The linkage between CMIP5 climate models’ abilities to simulate precipitation and vector winds

Analyses of rainfall extremes in East Africa based on observations from rain gauges and climate change simulations by CORDEX RCMs

Biology & global warming

Enhanced shrub growth in the Arctic increases habitat connectivity for browsing herbivores

The stress of Arctic warming on polar bears

GHG sources & sinks, flux

Patterns and trends of the dominant environmental controls of net biome productivity (open access)

Design and evaluation of CO2 observation network to optimize surface CO2 fluxes in Asia using observation system simulation experiments (open access)

Achieving atmospheric verification of CO2 emissions

Two Scientific Communities Striving for a Common Cause: innovations in carbon cycle science (open access)

Soil organic carbon stability under natural and anthropogenic-induced perturbations

Interactive climate factors restrict future increases in spring productivity of temperate and boreal trees

Modelling past and future peatland carbon dynamics across the pan?Arctic

Metrics that matter for assessing the ocean biological carbon pump (open access)

Evaluation of greenhouse gas emissions and energy recovery from planting street trees

CO2 mitigation science & geoengineering

A national approach to greenhouse gas abatement through blue carbon management

Mapping feasibilities of greenhouse gas removal: Key issues, gaps and opening up assessments

Climate change communications & cognition

Development and validation of a measure of climate change anxiety

Humans dealing with our global warming

Cascading climate change impacts and implications

Assessing the impact of ETS trading profit on emission abatements based on firm-level transactions (open access)

Taking stock of national climate policies to evaluate implementation of the Paris Agreement (open access)

Effects of climate adaptation on households’ livelihood vulnerability in South Tongu and Zabzugu districts of Ghana (open access)

Larger Drought and Flood Hazards and Adverse Impacts on Population and Economic Productivity under 2.0 than 1.5°C Warming (open access)

Facility for Climate Assessments (FACTS) – A Community Resource for Assessing Weather and Climate Variability (open access)

When Climate Turns Nasty, What Are Recent and Future Implications? Ecological and Human Health Review of Climate Change Impacts

Loss and Damage and limits to adaptation: recent IPCC insights and implications for climate science and policy (open access)

Modeling Coastal Flood Risk and Adaptation Response under Future Climate Conditions


Future of the human climate niche (open access)

Towards a physically motivated planetary accounting framework

Distribution and seasonal evolution of supraglacial lakes on Shackleton Ice Shelf, East Antarctica (open access)

Effect of contrail overlap on radiative impact attributable to aviation contrails (open access)

Detailed seismic bathymetry beneath Ekström Ice Shelf, Antarctica: Implications for glacial history and ice?ocean interaction

Bathymetry beneath ice shelves of western Dronning Maud Land, East Antarctica, and implications on ice shelf stability

On the relative role of climate change and management in the current Desert Locust outbreak in East Africa

Informed opinion & nudges

Two trillion gallons: Fuel savings from fuel economy improvements to US light-duty vehicles, 1975–2018

Climate or biodiversity? (open access)

Climate-tracking species are not invasive

Early-career scientists in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. A moderate or radical path towards a deliberative future? (open access)


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  1. Category 6 has an article (original scientific paper) on a new paper describing heat episodes with wet bulb temperatures over 35C.   Temperatures this high are beyond survivability for humans.  They never mention farmed animals but they would probably also die.

    From the abstract:

    " We find the most extreme humid heat is highly localized in both space and time and is correspondingly substantially underestimated in reanalysis products. Our findings thus underscore the serious challenge posed by humid heat that is more intense than previously reported and increasingly severe."

    The incidence of these events is rapidly growing worldwide.  Apparently the Indian sub continent is very susceptible and areas around the Persian Gulf and Red Sea.

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  2. Does anyone here know how farm animals are affected by high heat like this?  Any papers?

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  3. Quite right, Michael Sweet.

    This is indeed a major point, which Climate Denialists simply don't get ~ or refuse to think about.  A small increase in average global temperature produces a disproportionate increase in frequency & severity of heat waves.

    Denialists in Wisconsin and Alberta look at a 1 or 2 degree Fahrenheit rise as being insignificant, or even mildly enjoyable.  They avert their mental eyes from an increasing tide of climate refugees over the next 100 years or more.   There is no Wall which could ever be effective, to preserve and "protect" the Global North.

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