Monthly Archives: February 2016

Climate Letter #603

Weekly CO2 report.  Up 3.33 ppm from a year ago, which again is very high, but can largely be explained by unusual seasonal factors.  The whole month of February will be up by a possibly larger amount, for the same … Continue reading

Posted in Daily Climate Letters | Comments Off on Climate Letter #603

Climate Letter #602

A scientist discusses the rapidly warming Arctic.  He sees “possibly catastrophic” implications for the climate of the entire planet, especially in the northern hemisphere. http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/arctic-warming-rapidly-increasing-temperatures-are-possibly-catastrophic-for-planet-climate-a6896671.html? Check out the daily weather map for some relevant close-up information (which changes daily): http://cci-reanalyzer.org/DailySummary/# … Continue reading

Posted in Daily Climate Letters | Comments Off on Climate Letter #602

Climate Letter #601

Why fossil fuels are likely to remain competitive, and continue to be burned.  This study was produced by three professors of energy economics, who make a case that the fossil fuel industry is gaining enough benefits from improved technology and … Continue reading

Posted in Daily Climate Letters | Comments Off on Climate Letter #601

Climate Letter #600

Update on the current coral bleaching event.  This is already the longest event on record, having begun in mid-2014, and with still possibly more than a year to go, under the influence of an El Nino amplified by a warmer … Continue reading

Posted in Daily Climate Letters | Comments Off on Climate Letter #600

Climate Letter #599

Shifting pattern of snow cover in the Northern Hemisphere.  This is a complicated story, because snow cover has increased in the fall over wide areas but declined even more so in the spring, as depicted here on several charts.  The … Continue reading

Posted in Daily Climate Letters | Comments Off on Climate Letter #599

Climate Letter #598

Weekly CO2 report again unfavorable.  The increase was nearly 4 ppm over the same week a year ago. which means the full month of February is now sure to be well over plus-3.  There is no obvious reason for such … Continue reading

Posted in Daily Climate Letters | Comments Off on Climate Letter #598

Climate Letter #597

January wrap-up.  The Washington Post has a summary of reactions to the temperature records set in January, with particular emphasis on the sensational warming of the Arctic region and its effects on sea ice.  (Other sources observe that nothing seems … Continue reading

Posted in Daily Climate Letters | Comments Off on Climate Letter #597

Climate Letter #596

This country in southern Africa is teetering on the brink.  Mozambique has always been vulnerable to a variety of extreme climate conditions, but has somehow managed to survive.  Now the conditions needed in order to raise food have become yet … Continue reading

Posted in Daily Climate Letters | Comments Off on Climate Letter #596

Climate Letter #595

A study of toxic algae blooms in the North Pacific and Arctic.  The neurotoxins created have been deadly to numerous species and whole ecosystems on a massive scale.  Considerable warming of the waters is seen as the primary cause, and … Continue reading

Posted in Daily Climate Letters | Comments Off on Climate Letter #595

Climate Letter #594

January set another record high temperature for the history of that month.  NASA data shows it up 1.13C using a baseline of 1951-1980.  (It would  be close to 1.5C with a pre-industrial baseline.)   Effects were especially severe in the Arctic … Continue reading

Posted in Daily Climate Letters | Comments Off on Climate Letter #594