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Simple Climate: How does carbon dioxide cause global warming?

Originally posted on A tang of science: Every sixth grader today knows that carbon dioxide causes global warming. Or at least every sixth grader outside the United States knows this. But why is carbon dioxide a green house gas? I tried to answer this question with the help of an infographic (see above). From a…

2017-05-03 15:51   Click to comment

Simple Climate: Australian rodent first mammalian victim of climate change

Originally posted on Good Night Earth: Tucked away on a small island off the coast of Queensland, Australia, the rat-like animal would have stared up at you with dark, beady eyes from the safety of some scattered shrubs.  No more than 15 centimeters long, the rodent would have been covered with light red fur, its tiny ears…

2016-07-03 09:07   Click to comment

Simple Climate: Modern mussel shells much thinner than 50 years ago

Originally posted on Science Life: Cross section of a mussel shell showing thickness. The holes show were samples were drilled to analyze its composition. Shells from the Pacific Northwest are nearly a third thinner now than specimens collected in the 1970s As humans burn fossils fuels, the oceans absorb a large portion of the additional…

2016-06-20 17:07   Click to comment

Simple Climate: A very beautiful and unusual animal in danger

Originally posted on Goodnight Earth: “We are tied to the ocean.  And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came.” — John F. Kennedy Coral reefs across the world could vanish within this century.  This is a warning from…

2016-04-24 09:17   Click to comment

Simple Climate: Eyes on Environment: the many stories of climate change

Originally posted on Goodnight Earth:Over 40,000 delegates from 195 countries meet in Paris this week to legally commit to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prevent global temperature increases above 2 degrees Celsius. Although the prevention of 2 degree warming may not be possible, such emissions reduction agreements are a crucial step to stop global…

2015-12-05 09:24   Click to comment

Simple Climate: Equity or inertia: how emissions sharing philosophies shape climate policy success

Originally posted on Goodnight Earth:What is the best way for the global community to set greenhouse gas emission goals to stave off global temperature increases over the dreaded 2 degrees Celsius? This question framed the heart of negotiations between 190 countries during a UN-sponsored meeting in Lima earlier this year.1 As a result, countries…

2015-11-01 09:48   Click to comment

Simple Climate: Nature’s Eyes on Environment Blog: the story of a cave and climate change

Originally posted on Goodnight Earth:Courtesy of Reference 1 The following was originally published on Nature’s Eyes on Environment blog! ————– Among the foothills of a vast mountain range, a mayor guides his nervous citizens into the dank darkness of a nearby cave. The two hundred people huddle together, scared by the thought of possible…

2015-08-23 18:11   Click to comment

Simple Climate: Carbon Budget

Originally posted on Azimuth:On Quora someone asked: What is the most agreed-on figure for our future carbon budget? My answer: Asking “what is our future carbon budget?” is a bit like asking how many calories a day you can eat. There’s really no limit on how much you can eat if you don’t care…

2015-07-31 11:37   Click to comment

Simple Climate: The global warming hiatus could last another five years. Its aftermath is the real problem.

Originally posted on Is Nerd:Whether you’ve been fending off climate-change skeptics on Twitter or have been looking for reasons to become a climate-change skeptic yourself, you must’ve heard about the hiatus. It’s the name given to a relatively drastic drop in the rate at which the world’s surface temperatures have increased, starting since the late 1990s,…

2015-02-27 16:31   Click to comment

Simple Climate: Of tree rings and rain: droughts predicted to worsen in southwestern United States

Originally posted on Goodnight Earth:Figure courtesy of Droughts have intensified in already dry regions around the world, including in the Southwest United States and in Australia throughout the first decade of this century.  The severity of these droughts has been attributed to global warming and climate change, which climate models predict should make traditional…

2015-02-25 15:56   Click to comment

Simple Climate: Climate researcher Bart Strengers wins wager with climate sceptic Hans Labohm

Originally posted on My view on climate change:Guestpost by Bart Strengers. Originally appeared as a news item on the PBL website. Late 2009, in the run-up to the international climate conference in Copenhagen, PBL climate researcher Bart Strengers had an online discussion with climate sceptic Hans Labohm on the website of the Dutch news…

2015-01-24 13:20   Click to comment

Simple Climate: 2014: A year in weather

Originally posted on Met Office News Blog:2014 has been another year of eventful weather across the UK. Here we take a look at some of the year’s more notable aspects. Temperature The obvious headline from 2014 is that it will be the warmest year in our UK record dating back to 1910, knocking 2006…

2015-01-04 08:40   Click to comment

Simple Climate: A pause or not a pause, that is the question.

Originally posted on Open Mind:UPDATE: A new post at RealClimate is very relevant, and well worth the read. One day, a new data set is released. The rumor runs rampant that it’s annual average global temperature since 1980. Climate scientist “A” states that there is clearly a warming trend (shown by the red line),…

2014-12-05 07:37   Click to comment

Simple Climate: United States and China reach landmark carbon emissions deal

Originally posted on co2balance:Barack Obama and Xi Jinping have agreed a deal on cutting emissions into the 2020s The big news this morning is that the US and China have unveiled a “secretly negotiated deal” to reduce their greenhouse gas output, with China agreeing to cap emissions for the first time and the…

2014-11-12 20:33   Click to comment

Simple Climate: Will anyone follow this route to low emission, low cost farming?

Can we stop cheap, climate-friendly fertiliser via the STEP process being like transport by jetpack – a promise destined to remain unkept?

2014-11-09 17:43   Click to comment

Simple Climate: There’s nothing quite like renewables: Natural gas production will not reduce future greenhouse gas emissions as hoped

Originally posted on Goodnight Earth:Appropriate and useful climate policy-making requires accurate and reliable data about the future.  Nowhere is this more important than when setting carbon emission standards and projecting percentages of each energy source to match energy needs (coal, natural gas, nuclear, renewables, etc.).  But projecting how emissions will change in the decades to…

2014-10-04 10:23   Click to comment

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