Monthly Archives: July 2016

Climate Letter #711

Rain bombs are falling.  This post includes a dramatic picture of one as it hung over Phoenix recently.  The trend toward increased frequency of heavy bursts of precipitation in the US is explained and charted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-29/forget-tornadoes-rain-bombs-are-coming-for-your-town —– In California the … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #710

Update on the cost of climate change for Southern Africa.  El Nino officially ended in May, but there are still no clear signs of recovery from the extreme drought experienced by almost the entire southern third of the continent.  Food … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #709

One type of climate model has become amazingly accurate.  These are models that predict the rate of heat being accumulated in the oceans, which is the most fundamental way of measuring the trend of global warming.  As well, new ways … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #708

What is the state of glacial melting in the Himalayas?  Here is a fine report, with beautiful photographs.  The well-being of more than one billion people is threatened. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-25/climate-change-the-third-pole-under-threat/7657672 —– The impact of agriculture on greenhouse gas emissions.  Control over … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #707

A new UN report about the accelerated extraction of Earth’s natural resources.  The effects broadly overlap with the effects of fossil fuel burning.  The inhabitants of different countries all have a “material footprint,” calculated in terms of tonnage, as well … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #706

Another study claims that the rise in temperature records falls short of reality.  This new report, issued under NASA’s name, ties in well with what other researchers have been saying about the way temperature records have been constructed.  There are … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #705

New observations from the Great Barrier Reef.  In the worst-hit places there is a total collapse of the surrounding ecosystem, which means recovery should be much more difficult.  The short video near the end is highly informative. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jul/21/sections-of-great-barrier-reef-suffering-from-complete-ecosystem-collapse?CMP=twt_a-environment_b-gdneco —– Facing … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #704

The new Democratic party platform uses unusually strong language about climate action policy.  Here is an explanation from someone involved in writing it, in collaboration with Bernie Sanders, Bill McKibben and other individuals who are equally intense in their personal … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #703

Six new papers analyze the actual global cost of climate change up to the current time.  Many different kinds of harm are covered.  As expected, people living in the poorest areas are getting the worst of it. http://climatenewsnetwork.net/climate-changes-costs-still-escalating/ —– Widespread … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #702

More commentary on the cloud study.  (See previous reviews in CL #697 and 700.)   Robert Fanney has added some cogent quotes plus observations of his own, highlighting the exceptional importance of the study.  Several top scientists show acceptance of … Continue reading

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