2 Degrees

There's a new climate movie out called 2 Degrees which follows the failure of the UN climate negotiations while finding hope in the communities at the bottom (h/t HotTopic). You can watch the film online. Here's an excerpt from their About page: The war on climate change has two major fronts: the fight against global deforestation and… Continue reading 2 Degrees

The difference between weather and climate

This is a great two-minute video in which Neil deGrasse Tyson explains the difference between weather and climate (h/t HotTopic). It's a preview from National Geographic Channel's Cosmos series. The difference between weather and climate is important to understand because people have a tendency to see variations in the weather as a reason to dismiss climate change. For instance,… Continue reading The difference between weather and climate

It’s a conspiracy!

I've finally finished reading Recursive Fury: a paper which studied blog comments written in response to the publication of NASA faked the moon landing-therefore (climate) science is a hoax. I'm not going to comment on the moon landing paper other than to say that it explored the connection between the endorsement of free-market economics and conspiratorial thinking.… Continue reading It’s a conspiracy!

Bjorn Lomborg economics

I've just seen a tweet of Bjorn Lomborg's from the other day (yes, I'm a couple of days behind) on the cost of climate change versus the costs of mitigation. Here it is: https://twitter.com/BjornLomborg/status/455320701893763072 If you view his tweet on Twitter you will see that quite a few people have accused him of misrepresenting the report. For… Continue reading Bjorn Lomborg economics

The consequences of climate change

The science journalist, Peter Hadfield (aka Potholer), has a great new youtube video about the consequences of climate change (in our lifetimes). I have to give credit to Moth from New Anthropocene for bringing it to my attention. This to me is good science communication: it's simple, clear and interesting.   Here's a quote from the very end… Continue reading The consequences of climate change

The impact of climate change on human health

Chapter 11 of the IPCC report (yes, I've skipped a few chapters since my last post on this topic) is about Human health: impacts, adaptation and co-benefits. This is all about us so I think it deserves a post all on its own. Climate change will affect human health in three ways: Weather: Directly through… Continue reading The impact of climate change on human health

Can we trust scientists?

I saw this video on New Anthropocene recently and think it's worth sharing. It is mostly about climate change but also science more broadly and why people don't always trust the scientific consensus whether it be a consensus about climate change, vaccinations or evolution. Many years ago I lived next to a young woman who… Continue reading Can we trust scientists?

What we know

I've just found this great interview with Richard Alley, a glaciologist at Pennsylvania State University, and he is a delight to listen to. If I were making a movie about some impending catastrophic event which included a part for an honest and dedicated scientist whose role was to alert the human population, I would pick… Continue reading What we know

Another post on blog moderation

There's not really any good resource on the web for how to moderate blogs; at least, not that I can find and I have looked. But I have come to learn a few things over the past few months which I want to write about for my own benefit and for anyone else who may… Continue reading Another post on blog moderation

Is climate change responsible for recent flooding in the UK?

I'm not going to answer this question because I can't but you can help to answer another question which is has climate change made extremely wet winters like the last in the UK more likely? Oxford University early this month launched the weather@home project which seeks to answer this question. The winter of 2013/2014 was… Continue reading Is climate change responsible for recent flooding in the UK?

Abrupt climate change

I've just watched a good video on the andthentheresphysics blog about climate change that begs to be shared. It's called Expecting the Unexpected and features scientists discussing the possibility of abrupt climate change which is something we should fear. Here it is: Climate science contrarians like to say that climate change is nothing to worry… Continue reading Abrupt climate change

The denial of science

Daniel's recent battle with a Thai monkey got me thinking about vaccinations. He has had all of his rabies vaccinations now but it was quite a detailed process with lots of shots required and at very particular intervals and all of the same type i.e.there are a few options for rabies vaccinations I am told… Continue reading The denial of science

The extraordinary words of Dr Roy Spencer

I can't resist writing about this because it's jaw-dropping stuff for me. Dr Roy Spencer, a research scientist at the University of Alabama and a climate science contrarian, has written on his blog that, "When politicians and scientists started calling people like me “deniers”, they crossed the line. They are still doing it.....I’m now going… Continue reading The extraordinary words of Dr Roy Spencer

Possible return to El Niño?

There's a recent paper which is predicting a 75% chance of El Niño conditions returning late 2014. Should we be worried? I think so. The last major El Niño event was in 1998 and it was the largest ever recorded and caused global temperatures to spike. Since then global surface temperatures have been creeping up only… Continue reading Possible return to El Niño?

Earth to warm 4C by 2100 under business as usual

A new paper by Steven Sherwood et al. published in Nature this week is predicting a higher climate sensitivity of 3°C or more per doubling of CO2. The paper is called Spread in model climate sensitivity traced to atmospheric convective mixing. Current projections of climate sensitivity fall in the range of 1.5-4.5°C. Part of the… Continue reading Earth to warm 4C by 2100 under business as usual

Does climate change need a new agenda?

I was speaking to some friends of mine recently about climate change (I know what you're thinking, those poor souls). They understand and accept the science of climate change but were not particularly interested in the topic or its solutions. One thought wind farms were ugly and the other felt the answer lay with reducing… Continue reading Does climate change need a new agenda?