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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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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