Monthly Archives: April 2018

Climate Letter #1155

Michael Mann Is a big-name scientist and a true veteran of the climate wars.  Here, for Scientific American, he tells his own story beginning with the “hockey stick” days and makes a number of observations about the way climate change … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #1154

A new analysis of how the 2016 heatwave affected the Great Barrier Reef.  The coral death rate was 30% in this nine-month event, “far more harmful than historical bleaching events, where an estimated 5% to 10% of corals died.”  Some … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #1153

An update on the status of Earth’s mountain glaciers.  As scientists have predicted, their rate of melting down continues to accelerate.  This post contains a graph showing the progressive rate of mass balance loss since 1980.  Melt rates can actually … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #1152

The Economist magazine has a new Special Report on the future of energy.  Their main points are that it will be all-electric, of the green sort, and the transition away from fossil fuels will occur at a much faster pace … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #1151

The Great Plains of the western United States are gradually spreading eastward.  A research term has found a way to compare conditions of 140 years ago with those of today, all the way from north to south, such that the … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #1150

Explaining the consequences of the Gulf Stream slowdown.  Yesterday’s report from two new studies, which you saw here, is very big news, being taken most seriously in the scientific community.  For starters, the information comes from sources that are regarded … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #1149

Two new studies describe a weakening of the Gulf Stream current (or AMOC) in the North Atlantic.  One of them shows that it is currently at its weakest point in the past 1,600 years.  The other sees it “rapidly weakening … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #1148

How the US is reducing CO2 emissions (VOX).  It’s all happening in electric power generation, in part because of the switch from dirty coal to natural gas.  The three other major consumers of fossil fuel, for transportation, heating of buildings … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #1147

Sub-Saharan Africa has been losing stored carbon from vegetation on a large scale for the past seven years (Carbon Brief).  It is happening in rainforests, savannahs and woodlands,driven by a series of droughts and deforestation.  The results were gathered using … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #1146

This year’s month of March was the third warmest on record.  With the El Nino warming now out of the way temperatures for the month fell right on line with the underlying warming trend, which has been rising 0.18C on … Continue reading

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