Monthly Archives: January 2016

Climate Letter #582

A new discovery beneath the Antarctic ice sheet.  This finding takes in a remote part of East Antarctica, a region otherwise poorly explored.  The features discovered include a massive subglacial lake and a series of canyons, one of which may … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #581

Extensive burning of a world heritage forest in Tasmania.  The blame is placed on natural periodic climate conditions that have been amplified by warmer temperatures.  Many of the trees being lost are over 1000 years old. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jan/27/world-heritage-forests-burn-as-global-tragedy-unfolds-in-tasmania? Here is another … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #580

How population growth relates to climate change.  This is a common-sense type of editorial written for the Guardian, quite good.  It seems that many things are changing, and a lot more change can be expected, with harmonizing the outcome of … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #579

Another description of the weakening AMOC, from the Washington Post.  The slowdown of the AMOC, or Gulf Stream, is a major development, with all sorts of consequences, now getting more verification.  This report helps to better  understand it. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/01/25/climate-scientist-why-a-changing-ocean-circulation-could-worsen-east-coast-blizzards/? —– … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #578

How blizzards are linked to global warming.  This post from Joseph Romm will give you a great education on the subject, plus a broader education on how different conditions put moisture into the atmosphere.  Many quotes from top scientists buttressed … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #577

Uneven heating of the Earth’s surface—what it means.  Regional variations of climate change is a subject that is gaining much attention, with new findings that provide unexpected worries and requirements for mitigation.  For example, “The global budget to keep within … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #576

About the new temperature record.  This post from Climate Central offers a number of interesting observations and charts.  For one thing, El Nino should contribute more global heat this year than it did in 2015. http://www.climatecentral.org/news/2015-hottest-year-2016-could-surpass-19929 —– Solar power in … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #575

2015 confirmed as the hottest year on record—by a wide margin.  This release from the NY Times has good coverage of the news and what it means.  The anomaly map shows the stark difference between the two hemispheres, and in … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #574

New research shows how the oceans have been adding heat content.  The growth of ocean heat content is by far the most fundamental measure of how the planet has been warming.  This study offers the best picture yet of how … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #573

New low bids for the cost of producing wind energy.  These came in at an average of 3.0 cents per kwh, with the lowest at 2.5 cents.  (For a quick perspective, check out what you are paying at retail on … Continue reading

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