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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Publication being sued for global warming after groups rally around think tank

Friday, August 15, 2014 Posted by

August 15, 2014
Fox News
By Barnini Chakraborty

WASHINGTON –  News outlets, advocacy groups and fellow think tanks are jumping to the defense of a conservative-leaning D.C. policy center and publication being sued for libel by a scientist who didn’t like what they had to say about his work on global warming.

Michael Mann, a prominent professor of meteorology at Pennsylvania State University, has long been a target of climate change skeptics for his work claiming temperatures have risen dramatically in recent decades, and has sued before when groups tried to debunk his data.

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Global warming makes for hottest June in history

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Posted by

July 22, 2014
Christian Science Monitor
By Seth Borenstein

WASHINGTON — The globe is on a hot streak, setting a heat record in June. That’s after the world broke a record in May.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last month’s average global temperature was 61.2 degrees (16.2 Celsius), which is 1.3 degrees higher than the 20th century average. It beat 2010′s old record by one-twentieth of a degree.

While one-twentieth of a degree doesn’t sound like much, in temperature records it’s like winning a horse race by several lengths, said NOAA climate monitoring chief Derek Arndt.

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Antarctica levels reach a record high because of climate change say scientists

Friday, July 4, 2014 Posted by

July 4, 2014
Daily Mail
By Ellie Zolfagharifard

  • Claim was made by Mark Serreze, director of the National Snow and Ice Data Centre, when speaking to Harold Ambler at Talking About the Weather
  • Shift is caused by water melting from beneath the Antarctic ice shelves
  • Scientists claim it is then re-frozen back on surface, increasing sea ice
  • However Nasa warns that growing Antarctic sea ice is less significant a measure than declining Arctic sea ice when assessing climate change
  • Antarctica’s sea ice set a record this week, reaching 815,448 square miles (1,312,000 square km) of ice above its normal range

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The Climate Report’s regional rundown

Friday, June 27, 2014 Posted by

June 26, 2014
US News World Report
By Alan Neuhauser

A report from bipartisan business leaders – including two former GOP treasury secretaries – details how business may be affected by global warming.

Two days, and it’s already bumped off Tom Cruise.

Business leaders from across the political spectrum came together this week to urge lawmakers to address climate change.

Tuesday morning, they published the “Risky Business” report, a review of climate-change reports to show how global warming will affect economies across the United States. Former Treasury Secretaries Henry Paulson, George Shultz and Robert Rubin (the former two nominated by Republican presidents), lent their names to the report, as did ex-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and hedge fund manager Tom Steyer.

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Global warming proposal to governors is promoted by EPA

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 Posted by

June 10, 2014
ABC News
By Ivan Moreno, Associated Press

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency promoted proposed clean power plant rules to Western governors Tuesday, framing the plan as a way to deal with destructive wildfires and floods that have ravaged the region in recent years.

“There are some states that are really feeling some of the brunt of the changing climate most dramatically with wildfires and floods and droughts and all of those challenges,” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said Tuesday after a two-hour meeting with 10 governors in Colorado Springs where the annual Western Governors’ Association conference is happening.

The plan has been met with reluctance — and skepticism — from some governors.

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These days Americans are more concerned with the earth warming than climate change

Saturday, May 31, 2014 Posted by

May 31, 2014
The New York Times

Many scientists have come to prefer the term “climate change” over “global warming.” Climate change is a broader term that encompasses not only the warming of the planet in recent years but also the rise of severe storms, droughts and damaging winds. The choice of terms has important implications for polling because Americans give different answers to questions depending on which is used.

According to a report by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication this week, the terms “are often not synonymous — they mean different things to different people, and activate different sets of beliefs, feelings, and behaviors.” While “climate change” makes many people think of general weather patterns — and natural fluctuations in temperature and precipitation — “global warming” tends to produce connotations of extreme weather.

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Pat Sajak calls global warming alarmists unpatriotic racists

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 Posted by

May 20, 2014
Daily News
By Michael Sorrentino

Pat Sajak apparently wanted to let the world know how he felt about ‘global warming alarmists’ on Twitter Tuesday. And this isn’t the first time he let loose about climate change.

“Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak is calling out those who he feels exaggerate climate change as “unpatriotic racists.”

Sajak decided to blast “global warming alarmists” Monday night by calling them “unpatriotic racists knowingly misleading for their own ends,” on Twitter.

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A wrong turn taken by Marco Rubio on global warming

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 Posted by

May 13, 2014
The Washington Post

SEN. MARCO Rubio (Fla.), whom many presume to be a contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, said two things Sunday about climate change. Only one could fit into a presidential campaign worth taking seriously.

Our climate is always changing,” he said on ABC News’s “This Week.” “I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it,” he went on to say, “and I do not believe that the laws that they propose we pass will do anything about it, except it will destroy our economy.” In previous interviews, at least Mr. Rubio acknowledged that “a significant scientific consensus” attributes measured global warming to human activity before he lodged various criticisms.

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