Monthly Archives: November 2017

Climate Letter #1056

Major heatwave affecting North America, Greenland, the Arctic (and more.)  Here it is described by Joe Romm, plus commentary on how Greenland is also being attacked by melting from below.  The addendum has my comments about the new look at … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #1055

An important new study sees an increase in the future sensitivity of temperature increases to increases in the CO2 level.  Sensitivity depends not just on the radiation blocking of CO2 alone but on the impact of all the various feedbacks … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #1054

CO2 emissions from human activity are growing again, following a “unique hiatus” that lasted two years.  This study, which has all the numbers and plenty of charts, projects a gain of 2.0% in 2017 over 2016.  The outlook for 2018 … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #1053

How the effects of climate change are destroying a key link in the marine food chain.  Zooplankton are tiny aquatic animals that feed voraciously on phytoplankton, which originate the bulk of oceanic food supply through photosynthesis.  Their quantity is now … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #1052

New information about why carbon does or does not remain stored in soil.  This may at first come as a surprise, but the amount of CO2 that is released from the soil each year as plant matter decays is constrained … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #1051

How temperature change affects natural methane emissions from watery environments.  This important study goes far to help explain why atmospheric methane levels went up and down as they did during every major ice age cycle.  “Never before have such unequivocal, … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #1050

Spain and Portugal are struggling with extreme drought.  “Spain has since 1980 shown signs of climate change, which have increased since 2000….The country’s climate tends to have more subtropical characteristics. Higher temperatures and rarer and more intense rains. So climate-related … Continue reading

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Climate Letter#1049

A summary of what was accomplished at the climate conference in Bonn.  ” The main achievement may have been cementing a firebreak to prevent the Trump administration from torching the whole process.”  Other than that the talks “made only incremental … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #1048

The drought situation in the Horn of Africa, updated as of October 31.  The humanitarian situation is rapidly deteriorating as a result of three consecutive years of failed rains, affecting millions of people. https://reliefweb.int/report/somalia/unicef-horn-africa-drought-situation-updated-31-october-2017 —– Because of the way climate … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #1047

A major story about the deficiencies of fracking regulation in the US (Inside Climate News).  This organization, noted for doing thorough research, won a prize for its reporting about the Exxon scandal several years ago.  This story could be just … Continue reading

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