Sounds like Mitt Romney believes in global warming again. How will he deal with it?

Thursday, January 22, 2015 Posted by

January 22, 2015
By Brad Plumer

Mitt Romney wants to talk about global warming. Really.

The topic isn’t always popular with conservatives. But as Romney ponders yet another run for president, he keeps bringing it up. Here’s what he said at an event in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, according to the Deseret News:

He also tackled climate change, describing himself as “one of those Republicans” who believe the world is getting warmer and people contribute to the temperature changes and calling for “real leadership” to deal with coal emissions.

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2014 was a record hot year thanks to global warming

Friday, January 16, 2015 Posted by

January 16, 2015
The Guardian

NASA and NOAA have just reported that global surface temperatures in 2014 were the hottest on record. That also means 2014 was likely the hottest the Earth has been in millennia, and perhaps as much as 100,000 years.

But what’s really remarkable is that 2014 set this record without the aid of an El Niño event. El Niño events create conditions in which sea surface and hence global surface temperatures are anomalously hot. We call this part of the Earth’s “internal variability” because these events just temporarily shift heat around between the ocean surface and its depths.

As this graphic shows (click here for an animated version), the last five record hot years of 2010, 2005, 1998, 1997, and 1995 were all assisted by El Niño events.

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No matter what happens in Lima the world can fight global warming

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 Posted by

December 2, 2014
Scientific American
By David Bielo

Imagine if the world’s two largest polluters unilaterally decide to cut emissions of carbon dioxide, the ubiquitous gas responsible for the bulk of global warming. At the same time, a major developing country admits that future growth will have to be balanced with CO2 pollution limits. Meanwhile, an industrialized nation country takes responsibility for the layer of greenhouse gases it has already added to the atmosphere.

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World Bank says, global warming is already locked in

Monday, November 24, 2014 Posted by

November 24, 2014

The world is locked into 1.5°C global warming, posing severe risks to lives and livelihoods around the world, according to a new climate report commissioned by the World Bank. The report, which called on a large body of scientific evidence, found that global warming of close to 1.5°C above pre-industrial times — up from 0.8°C today – is already locked into Earth’s atmospheric system by past and predicted greenhouse gas emissions.

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Global warming and Australia

Friday, November 21, 2014 Posted by

November 21, 2014
The Economists

A HEATWAVE hovered over Brisbane, the state capital of Queensland, as world leaders gathered on November 15th for a Group of 20 (G20) summit, the biggest such meeting Australia has hosted. Tony Abbott, the prime minister, had hoped to limit their talks to topics that chimed with his domestic political agenda: growth and jobs. Barack Obama, America’s president, had other ideas. On his way to the talks, Mr Obama delivered a speech to cheering students at the University of Queensland, calling on Australia to do more to tackle climate change. To rub his message in, Mr Obama worried about the “incredible natural glory of the Great Barrier Reef”, off the coast of Queensland, which is threatened by global warming.

The president’s speech was carefully calculated. Three days earlier, Mr Obama had struck a deal with Xi Jinping, China’s president, at another summit in Beijing, in which the world’s two biggest emitters of carbon set targets to lower their outputs of greenhouse gases. The deal apparently caught Mr Abbott by surprise. He had wanted to limit the G20’s climate commitments to a line about energy efficiency. But climate change dominated the Brisbane summit in the wake of Mr Obama’s proclamation that “here in the Asia Pacific, nobody has more at stake”. Few can recall such a sharp public rebuke from Australia’s main strategic ally.

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Weather Channel says global warming is real after co-founders climate denial

Thursday, October 30, 2014 Posted by

October 30, 2014
Huffington Post

Days after Weather Channel co-founder John Coleman told Fox News that global warming is a myth, the cable network has clarified its stance on the matter.

In an official “position statement” on global warming issued Wednesday, the Weather Channel said that man-made climate change is real.

“The climate of the earth is indeed warming, with an increase of approximately 1 – 1 1/2 degrees Fahrenheit in the past century,” the statement reads, adding that climate scientists “nearly unanimously” agree that “the majority of the warming” over the last hundred years has been the “result of human activities.”

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Where ice is melting fast in Antarctica satellites find variations

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Posted by

September 30, 2014
Daily Mail
By Jonathan O’Callaghan

  • Researchers from Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California and Esa have found that gravity is weakening at Earth’s poles
  • It is occurring where ice is melting fastest in West Antarctica
  • The discovery was made by Esa’s GOCE satellite, which was not originally intended to study climate change
  • A decrease in mass over the region was found to match with similarly decreasing gravity measurements from November 2009 to June 2012 
  • The high-resolution measurements from the satellite are further evidence of how manmade climate change will affect the planet in unknown ways

An Esa satellite has found an unusual consequence of the melting of ice in Antarctica.

While rising sea levels and changing global temperatures are already known to be a consequence of alleged manmade climate change, the GOCE satellite – which was not intended to study the effects of a warming climate – has found that gravity is weakening where ice is melting the fastest.

The results show that the thinning ice sheet from November 2009 to June 2012 caused local variations in gravity, measured by the satellite.

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Chinese pressed about global warming by Obama

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 Posted by

September 24, 2014
The New York Times
By Mark Landler

UNITED NATIONS — President Obama, emboldened by his use of executive powers to fight climate change at home, challenged China on Tuesday to make the same effort to reduce its greenhouse-gas emissions and join a worldwide campaign to curb global warming.

Declaring that the United States and China — the world’s two largest economies and largest polluters — bear a “special responsibility to lead,” Mr. Obama said, “That’s what big nations have to do.”

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97 hours of climate experts on the global warming consensus

Monday, September 8, 2014 Posted by

September 8, 2014
The Guardian
By Dana Nuccitelli

“The consensus gap” describes the yawning chasm between the expert consensus that humans are driving global warming (about 97% agreement) and the public perception of the expert agreement (which polling puts around 50% in the USA). Less than 10% of Americans realize the expert consensus is as high as 97% on this issue.

Research has shown that when people are aware of the expert consensus, they’re more likely to accept the fact that humans are causing global warming, and also more likely to support taking action to address the problem. Hence the consensus gap is a significant roadblock preventing us from tackling global warming.

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Has Global warming been stalled by the Atlantic Ocean?

Thursday, August 21, 2014 Posted by

August 21, 2014
National Geographic
By Jane J. Lee

Temperatures at Earth’s surface aren’t rising as fast as they did in the 1990s, even though the amount of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere continues to increase steadily. This apparent hiatus in global warming has been fodder for skeptics—but among climate scientists, it has sparked a search for the “sink” that is storing all the missing atmospheric heat.

Locating that sink matters, because it could tell researchers how long our current hiatus might last, says Ka-Kit Tung, an atmospheric scientist and applied mathematician at the University of Washington in Seattle.

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