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  • Watch President Obama’s science advisor answer a 7th grader’s question about climate change

    350.org - Movement Dispatches and Climate News
    Zoë Wong-Weissman
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Dr. John Holdren staged his own kind of AMA (“ask me anything”) via social media last month by inviting people to ask him anything at all about climate change. Now, Dr. Holdren has released a video with his answers. Check out what he had to say to Brandon, a 7th grader who wanted to know, “will climate change affect me during my lifetime?” Then, see Dr. Holdren answer more people’s questions here. Courtesy of The White House
  • Claim: Average temperature in Finland has risen by more than two degrees

    Watts Up With That?
    Anthony Watts
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:18 pm
    I looked at a number of Finnish weather stations in the GISTEMP database, and many of them suffer from step changes like the one below and/or data gaps, so I don’t put much stock in the claim as being anything more than an observational artifact that they have not dealt with effectively. See also my…
  • From Suburban owner to climate change protestor - Houston Chronicle

    "climate change" - Google News
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:22 pm
    From Suburban owner to climate change protestorHouston Chronicle"I had never heard about climate change. I studied the issue and became alarmed. I grew frustrated when I heard people say that climate change isn't real, or it's not so bad. I knew we had a problem on our hands. The first thing I did was trade in my
  • Oral Argument 1: Context

    Climate Audit
    Steve McIntyre
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:04 pm
    I have an audio copy of the oral argument in Mann v Steyn, which I’ve posted up (see link at the end of this post). One of things often under-estimated by those readers (especially at WUWT) who are bloodthirsty for litigation as a means of settling scores is that it’s not easy for litigation lawyers to fully assimilate a complicated history. In the oral argument of the anti-SLAPP motion, both the lawyers and judges seem too often to be playing blind man’s bluff with the facts, making a decision both unpredictable and probably somewhat random. I plan to do separate posts on…
  • Study pumps up the volume on understanding of marine invertebrate hearing

    Earth & Climate News -- ScienceDaily
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:15 am
    Noise pollution in the ocean is increasingly recognized as harmful to marine mammals, affecting their ability to communicate, find mates, and hunt for food. But what impact does noise have on invertebrates -- a critical segment of the food web?
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    350.org - Movement Dispatches and Climate News

  • Watch President Obama’s science advisor answer a 7th grader’s question about climate change

    Zoë Wong-Weissman
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Dr. John Holdren staged his own kind of AMA (“ask me anything”) via social media last month by inviting people to ask him anything at all about climate change. Now, Dr. Holdren has released a video with his answers. Check out what he had to say to Brandon, a 7th grader who wanted to know, “will climate change affect me during my lifetime?” Then, see Dr. Holdren answer more people’s questions here. Courtesy of The White House
  • The plans we’re making on Keystone XL:

    Duncan Meisel
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Friends, On Thursday, hundreds of us tuned in to talk about the action plan to stop Keystone XL in the next few months. If you missed the call, you can watch a recording here — we covered all you need to know to get more involved with the fight. We just stopped a last-ditch push in Congress to approve the pipeline led by a powerful Senator who put her entire career on the line to approve Keystone XL. Meanwhile, President Obama is talking more and more like someone who wants to stop the pipeline. But the climate denying, pipeline happy Congress will try to interfere with new bills and…
  • We must be on the right track

    Louise Hazan
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:08 am
    Another year draws to a close and I’m reminded of the words of Mahatma Gandhi when I think of the progress our fossil fuel divestment movement has achieved in 2014. It’s true, many investors and fossil fuel industry insiders do continue to laugh at or ignore the “existential threat” we pose to them, as former BP boss Lord Browne put it recently.  But 2014 was the year that everyone from the oil-rich Rockefeller family to the World Council of Churches (representing 500 million Christians worldwide) saw the writing on the wall and chose to get out of fossil fuels.  Divestment is…
  • They’ve been exploited by their government and oil companies for decades — now it’s time for justice

    Zoë Wong-Weissman
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Since March 2013, four major river basins in the Peruvian Amazon have been declared environmental and humanitarian crisis zones. And after decades of oil exploitation, Peruvian communities are still fighting back — several are raising their voices to demand that Petroperú clean up its act before the company tries to renew its license for oil extraction in August 2015. Watch the short film Pastaza below, then learn more here. Pastaza – short edit from Handcrafted Films on Vimeo.
  • Europe fails to close doors to dirty tar sands oil

    Louise Hazan
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:29 am
    Members of the European Parliament yesterday narrowly failed to reject new fuel quality rules — the EU’s crucial climate legislation aimed at reducing emissions from transport fuels — paving the way for more tar sands oil in Europe. The decision only reinforces the importance of other struggles seeking to curb the expansion and influence of the fossil fuel industry, including divestment. A proposal to adopt a stronger Fuel Quality Directive, submitted by the European Commission to the European Parliament, would have discouraged oil companies from using and investing in some of the…
 
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    Watts Up With That?

  • Claim: Average temperature in Finland has risen by more than two degrees

    Anthony Watts
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:18 pm
    I looked at a number of Finnish weather stations in the GISTEMP database, and many of them suffer from step changes like the one below and/or data gaps, so I don’t put much stock in the claim as being anything more than an observational artifact that they have not dealt with effectively. See also my…
  • The economics of the madhouse

    Guest Blogger
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:44 am
    The Children’s Coalition’s insane war on natural gas By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley On the very evening when the first October snow in 74 years was falling outside in Parliament Square, the Mother of Parliaments went gaga and nodded through the Climate Change Act 2008 – aptly described as the least justifiable and most expensive…
  • Quick Look at the DATA for the New NOAA Sea Surface Temperature Dataset

    Bob Tisdale
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:31 am
    Guest Post by Bob Tisdale In the post NOAA Is Updating Their Sea Surface Temperature Dataset, we introduced a new dataset from NOAA, their ERSST.v4 data, which is an upgrade of their ERSST.v3b dataset. It’s important because ERSST is the sea surface temperature component of the NOAA NCDC merged land + ocean surface temperature data. In…
  • Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #161

    Anthony Watts
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:11 pm
    The Week That Was: 2014-12-20 (December 20, 2014) Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project ############## Quote of the Week: The real problem in speech is not precise language. The problem is clear language. Paraphrased from Richard Feynman. ############## Number of the Week: 15, 17, 50 to 100 years? ##############…
  • Settled science? The IPCC’s premature consensus is demonstrated by the Orbiting Carbon Observatory

    Guest Blogger
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:33 am
    Guest Opinion: Dr. Tim Ball From the start, Richard Lindzen, former professor of meteorology at MIT, said about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) anthropogenic global warming (AGW) hypothesis: The consensus was reached before the research had even begun. The IPCC virtually ignored evidence that showed the hypothesis wrong, including failed predictions. Instead of revisiting…
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  • From Suburban owner to climate change protestor - Houston Chronicle

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:22 pm
    From Suburban owner to climate change protestorHouston Chronicle"I had never heard about climate change. I studied the issue and became alarmed. I grew frustrated when I heard people say that climate change isn't real, or it's not so bad. I knew we had a problem on our hands. The first thing I did was trade in my
  • Another threat from climate change: bad-tasting shrimp - Los Angeles Times

    22 Dec 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Los Angeles TimesAnother threat from climate change: bad-tasting shrimpLos Angeles TimesIf climate change makes these food sources less palatable to their normal predators, that could mean a serious disruption in the marine ecosystem. Judging how cod, for which shrimp are a major food source, will take to changes in their prey's taste is ...Shrimps become less testier as a result of climate changeZME Scienceall 3 news articles »
  • Why Climate Change Isn't a Sputnik Moment - Slate Magazine

    22 Dec 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Slate MagazineWhy Climate Change Isn't a Sputnik MomentSlate MagazineAnother year, another inconclusive climate change summit. The grim reality haunting the talks that recently wrapped up in Lima, Peru, is that any targets, goals, or agreements will ultimately depend on a transformation of the world energy system. That Q&A: The military, energy and preparing for climate changeMidwest Energy Newsall 2 news articles »
  • Climate change could cost US coasts $1 trillion by 2100 - Science Now

    22 Dec 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Climate change could cost US coasts $1 trillion by 2100Science NowClimate change will cost U.S. coastal areas twice what analysts had predicted, according to a new study. Researchers had estimated that preparing coastal cities, repairing property damages, and relocating inhabitants for future sea level rise could
  • Direct Action: Climate Change Authority questions the efficiency and ... - Sydney Morning Herald

    22 Dec 2014 | 1:11 pm
    The GuardianDirect Action: Climate Change Authority questions the efficiency and Sydney Morning HeraldThe government's Climate Change Authority has questioned the efficiency and effectiveness of the Emissions Reduction Fund, the centre piece of the Coalition's controversial "Direct Action" climate policy, and says the scheme is unlikely to deliver on ...Direct Action unlikely to meet emissions target, says Climate Change AuthorityThe GuardianClimate Change Authority casts doubt on emissions reduction fund's long term ABC OnlineClimate Change Authority calls for…
 
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    Climate Audit

  • Oral Argument 1: Context

    Steve McIntyre
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:04 pm
    I have an audio copy of the oral argument in Mann v Steyn, which I’ve posted up (see link at the end of this post). One of things often under-estimated by those readers (especially at WUWT) who are bloodthirsty for litigation as a means of settling scores is that it’s not easy for litigation lawyers to fully assimilate a complicated history. In the oral argument of the anti-SLAPP motion, both the lawyers and judges seem too often to be playing blind man’s bluff with the facts, making a decision both unpredictable and probably somewhat random. I plan to do separate posts on…
  • IPCC Lead Author and the Nazca Vandalism

    Steve McIntyre
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:53 am
    IPCC Lead Author Sven Teske, as alertly observed by Shub Niggurath, was one of the leaders of the vandalism of the Nazca lines during the recent Lima conference. Several years ago, I had criticized Teske in his role as IPCC Lead Author, a criticism also taken up by Mark Lynas. Like the Nazca vandalism, Teske, a Greenpeace employee and activist, had promoted the Greenpeace scenario in the IPCC special report on renewables. Teske had been Lead Author of the chapter responsible for critical assessment of the feasibility of the Greenpeace renewables scenario – an assessment that was not…
  • Reply to Laden and Hughes on Sheep Mountain

    Steve McIntyre
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:04 am
    A couple of days ago, Greg Laden published a response from Malcolm Hughes to my recent Sheep Mountain article. In today’s post, I’ll show that the “response” was both unresponsive and absurd. In my article, I had compared recent (“out-of-sample”) values of the Sheep Mountain chronology as shown in a detailed figure in Salzer et al 2014 to the corresponding values of Graybill’s Sheep Mountain chronology, a series discussed on numerous occasions here and in our 2005 articles, since it was the most dominant series in Mann’s North American PC1,…
  • “Unprecedented” Model Discrepancy

    Steve McIntyre
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:40 am
    Judy Curry recently noted that Phil Jones’ 2014 temperature index (recently the subject of major adjustments in methodology) might be a couple of hundredths of degree higher than a few years ago and alerted her readers to potential environmental NGO triumphalism. Unsurprisingly, it has also been observed in response that the hiatus continues in full force for the satellite records, with 1998 remaining the warmest satellite year by a considerable margin. Equally noteworthy however – and of greater interest to CA readers where there has been more focus on model-observation…
  • Sheep Mountain Update

    Steve McIntyre
    4 Dec 2014 | 10:41 am
    Several weeks ago,  a new article (open access) on Sheep Mountain (Salzer et al 2014 , Env Res Lett) was published, based on updated (to 2009) sampling at Sheep Mountain. One of the longstanding Climate Audit challenges to the paleoclimate community, dating back to the earliest CA posts, was to demonstrate out-of-sample validity of proxy reconstructions, by updating inputs subsequent to 1980. Because Graybill’s bristlecone chronologies were so heavily weighted in the Mann reconstruction,  demonstrating out-of-sample validity at Sheep Mountain and other key Graybill sites is essential…
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    Earth & Climate News -- ScienceDaily

  • Study pumps up the volume on understanding of marine invertebrate hearing

    22 Dec 2014 | 10:15 am
    Noise pollution in the ocean is increasingly recognized as harmful to marine mammals, affecting their ability to communicate, find mates, and hunt for food. But what impact does noise have on invertebrates -- a critical segment of the food web?
  • Distribution of fish on northeast US shelf influenced by both fishing, climate

    22 Dec 2014 | 10:15 am
    Scientists studying the distribution of four commercial and recreational fish stocks in Northeast US waters have found that climate change can have major impacts on the distribution of fish, but the effects of fishing can be just as important and occur on a more immediate time scale. The four species studied -- black sea bass, scup, summer flounder, and southern New England/Mid-Atlantic Bight winter flounder -- have varied in abundance and have experienced heavy fishing pressure at times over the past 40 years.
  • Shape-shifting may help some species cope with climate change

    22 Dec 2014 | 10:15 am
    Researchers have found that a Rocky Mountain mustard plant alters its physical appearance and flowering time in response to different environmental conditions, suggesting some species can quickly shape-shift to cope with climate change without having to migrate or evolve.
  • Coral reveals long-term link between Pacific winds, global climate

    22 Dec 2014 | 10:13 am
    New research indicates that shifts in Pacific trade winds played a key role in twentieth century climate variation and are likely again influencing global temperatures. The study uses a novel method of analyzing coral chemistry to reveal winds from a century ago.
  • Methane is leaking from permafrost offshore Siberia

    22 Dec 2014 | 8:15 am
    Images of craters on Yamal Peninsula, caused by collapsing permafrost, have become world famous. But did you know that this permafrost extends to the ocean floor? And it is thawing.
 
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    Climate Sanity

  • Seven IPCC Claims Refuted

    tommoriarty
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:39 pm
    Roger Andrews addresses seven claims of the IPCC Working Group 2.  I know that oil people are supposed to be automatically suspect, but open your mind and read what Andrews has to say as he handily addresses these points… Claim 1: Glaciers continue to shrink almost worldwide due to climate change Claim 2: Many terrestrial, freshwater, and marine species have shifted their geographic ranges ….. in response to ongoing climate change. Claim 3: While only a few recent species extinctions have been attributed as yet to climate change, natural global climate change at rates slower than…
  • Victor Davis Hansen has his say about “climate change”

    tommoriarty
    3 Dec 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Hansen sums up the phenomena of global warming alarmism in two ripping paragraphs… Take also global warming — for Secretary of State John Kerry, the world’s greatest challenge. Once the planet did not heat up in the last 18 years, and once the ice of the polar caps did not melt away, global warming begat climate change. The new nomenclature was a clever effort to link all occasional weather extremities to some underlying and fundamental climate disruption. Brilliant though the strategy was — the opposites of cold/hot, drought/deluges, and calm/storms could now all be used as…
  • Interstellar – Others agree with me

    tommoriarty
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:40 am
    I never considered myself very informed about popular culture. I haven’t watched TV in years and my interests lean to the geeky. But I am pleased that my observations about the movie Interstellar are shared by others. See How Ken Burns’ surprise role in ‘Interstellar’ explains the movie or ‘Interstellar’s’ Rejection of Climate Change Hysteria It seems the the thought police and editors are getting a little sloppy.  The re-education camps may get a little crowded
  • Interstellar – spoiler alert

    tommoriarty
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:59 pm
    All in all, a pretty good movie. Very creative in many respects. If you like science fiction, I recommend it. Spoiler alert – The following observation about the movie “Interstellar” will give away part of the plot. In the movie Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) flies through a wormhole to find several previous expeditions that have been exploring planets in another galaxy for colonization by humans trying to escape a dying Earth.  Each one of these planets has been visited by a single astronaut to collect data to determine its suitability.  The situation is desperate.  A…
  • Physics Envy

    tommoriarty
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:42 pm
    I have marveled through the years as quacks and charlatans justify their nonsense with vague references to quantum mechanics.  But today I saw something that takes the cake. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.  Where could you find more quacks and charlatans than in the present administration of the United States. Today the embarrassing White House press secretary, Josh Earnest, was confronted by CBS News correspondent Mark Knoller about the The Most Transparent Administration In History’s  lack of transparency when it comes to President Obama’s fundraisers.  First, it…
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    Climate Skeptic

  • Typhoons and Hurricanes

    admin
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:03 am
    (Cross-posted from Coyoteblog) The science that CO2 is a greenhouse gas and causes some warming is hard to dispute.  The science that Earth is dominated by net positive feedbacks that increase modest greenhouse gas warming to catastrophic levels is very debatable.  The science that man’s CO2 is already causing an increase in violent and severe weather is virtually non-existent. Seriously, of all the different pieces of the climate debate, the one that is almost always based on pure crap are the frequent media statements linking manmade CO2 to some severe weather event. For…
  • Those Who Follow Climate Will Definitely Recognize This

    admin
    4 Dec 2014 | 9:38 am
    This issue will be familiar to anyone who has spent time with temperature graphs.  We can ask ourselves if 1 degree of global warming is a lot, when it is small compared to seasonal variations, or even intra-day variation, you would find in most locations.  That is not a trick question.  It might be important, but certainly how important an audience  considers it may be related to how one chooses to graph it.  Take this example form an entirely unrelated field: Last spring, Adnan sent me a letter about … something, I can’t even remember exactly what. But it included these two…
  • Layman’s Primer on the Climate Skeptic Position

    admin
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:30 pm
    I am a “lukewarmer”, which means a skeptic that agrees that man-made CO2 is incrementally warming the Earth but believes that the amount of that warming is being greatly exaggerated.  In addition, I believe that the science behind evidence of current “climate change” is really poor, with folks in the media using observations of tail-of-the-distribution weather effects to “prove” climate change rather than relying on actual trend data (which tend to show no such thing). I have written two articles at Forbes.com summarizing this position and the debate.
  • When Climate Alarmism Limits Environmental Progress

    admin
    12 Nov 2014 | 1:03 pm
    One of my favorite sayings is that “years from now, environmentalists will look back on the current obsession with global warming and say that it did incredible harm to real environmental progress.”  The reason is that there are many environmental problems worse than the likely impact of man-made global warming that would cost substantially less money to solve. The focus on climate change has sucked all the oxygen out of every other environmental improvement effort. The recent Obama climate discussions with China are a great example.  China has horrendous environmental problems…
  • Why We Are Exaggerating “Extreme Weather”

    admin
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:53 pm
    I have written in article at Forbes.com called Summer of the Shark, Global Warming Edition.  It describes why the media, and many average citizens, are exaggerating the degree and effects of extreme weather.  Here is a preview of that article, but I encourage you to read it all In the summer of 2001, a little boy in Mississippi lost an arm in a shark attack.  The media went absolutely crazy.  For weeks and months they highlighted every shark attack on the evening news.  They ran aerial footage of sharks in the water near beaches.  They coined the term “Summer of the Shark.”…
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    Climate War Room

  • Dystopian Fiction’s Popularity Is a Warning Sign for the Future

    21 Dec 2014 | 8:03 am
    Dystopian fiction is hot right now, with countless books and movies featuring decadent oligarchs, brutal police states, ecological collapse, and ordinary citizens biting and clawing just to survive. For bestselling author Naomi Klein, all this gloom is a worrying sign.“I think what these films tell us is that we’re taking a future of environmental catastrophe for granted,” Klein says in Episode 129 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. “And that’s the hardest part of my work, actually convincing people that we’re capable of something other than this brutal response to…
  • The Age Of Fossil Fuels Is Over

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:08 am
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  • Typhoon Hagupit Hits Philippines: Climate Catastrophe Is Here Now! by Kumi Naidoo

    8 Dec 2014 | 9:27 am
    As Typhoon Hagupit hits the Philippines, one of the biggest peacetime evacuations in history has been launched to prevent a repeat of the massive loss of life which devastated communities when Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the same area just over a year ago.Typhoon Hagupit “One of the biggest evacuations in peacetime” strikes a sickening chord. Is this peacetime or are we at war with nature?I was about to head to Lima, when I got a call to come to the Philippines to support our office and its work around Typhoon Hagupit (which means lash). In Lima another round of the UN climate talks are…
  • Eleven-year-old’s ‘Talking Strike’ for Climate Change Goes Viral

    6 Dec 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Xiuhtezcatl Roske-Martinez is a 14-year-old Indigenous environmental activist and ICTMN contributor. He recently wrote to us, asking to post his story about his 11-year-old brother, Itzcuauhtli, who has pledged a “talking strike” to demand that government leaders move forward on climate change. MoreGlobal leaders listen to these kids. Do not dissapoint them. Save their world© 2014
  • World Resources Institute Publishes Renewable Energy Cost Comparison Factsheet

    26 Nov 2014 | 11:44 am
    17 November 2014: The World Resources Institute (WRI) has launched a factsheet that enables better cost comparisons of electricity from renewables and fossil fuels by identifying key factors to consider, namely: type of user; supply options; and factors that impact additional costs and benefits, such as environmental risks or financial incentives.The publication, titled ‘Understanding Renewable Energy Cost Parity,' seeks to provide a simple, "go-to" resource for information on appropriate comparisons of renewable and "traditional" electricity supply options. The factsheet constitutes the…
 
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    The Blackboard

  • Possible copyright suit? (To Be Continued…)

    lucia
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:45 am
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  • New Open Thread!

    lucia
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:13 am
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  • Open thread…

    lucia
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:15 pm
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  • Mooney: ‘framed as a free-market’?

    lucia
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:01 am
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  • Update on Connolley v. Dekker NH Ice Bet

    lucia
    5 Nov 2014 | 3:56 am
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    RealClimate

  • Clarity on Antarctic sea ice.

    eric
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:08 am
    I’ve always been a skeptic when it comes to Antarctic sea ice. I’m not referring here to the tiresome (and incorrect) claim that the expansion of sea ice around Antarctica somehow cancels out the dramatic losses of sea ice in the Arctic (NB: polar bears don’t really care if there is sea ice in Antarctica or not). Rather, I’m referring to the idea that the observation of Antarctic sea ice expansion represents a major conundrum in our understanding of the climate system, something one hears even from knowledgeable commentators. In this post, I’ll try to provide…
  • AGU 2014

    group
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:23 am
    Once more unto the breach! Fall AGU this year will be (as last year) …the largest Earth Science conference on the planet, and is where you will get previews of new science results, get a sense of what other experts think about current topics, and indulge in the more social side of being a scientist. The full scientific program is available for searching here. Poster hall sans posters #AGU14 A photo posted by American Geophysical Union (@americangeophysicalunion) on Dec 12, 2014 at 4:05pm PST As in recent years, there will be a lot of live streaming of key sessions and high profile…
  • Ten Years of RealClimate: Where now?

    group
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:23 am
    The landscape for science blogging, the public discourse on climate and our own roles in the scientific community have all changed radically over the last 10 years. Blogging is no longer something that stands apart from professional communications, the mainstream media or new online start-ups. The diversity of voices online has also increased widely: scientists blogging and interacting directly with the public via Twitter and Facebook are much more prevalent than in 2004. The conversations have also changed, and (for the most part) have become more nuanced. And a bunch of early career…
  • Ten Years of RealClimate

    group
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:08 pm
    In the spring of 2004, when we (individually) first started talking to people about starting a blog on climate science, almost everyone thought it was a great idea, but very few thought it was something they should get involved in. Today, scientists communicating on social media is far more commonplace. On the occasion of our 10 year anniversary today it is worth reflecting on the impact of those changes, what we’ve learned and where we go next. Why we started and why we continue The introductory post Welcome to RealClimate set out our aspiration: RealClimate is a commentary site on…
  • Ten years of RealClimate: Thanks

    group
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:07 pm
    As well as the current core team – David Archer, Eric Steig, Gavin Schmidt, Mike Mann, Rasmus Benestad, Ray Bradley, Ray Pierrehumbert, Stefan Rahmstorf – this blog has had input from many others over the years: The 90+ guest contributors and previous team members who bring a necessary diversity of experience and expertise to the blog: Abby Swann, Alan Robock, Anders Levermann, Andrew Monaghan, Andy Baker, Andy Dessler, Axel Schweiger, Barry Bickmore, Bart Strengers, Bart Verheggen, Beate Liepert, Ben Santer, Brian Helmuth, Brian Soden, Brigitte Knopf, Caspar Ammann, Cecilia Bitz,…
 
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    Powwownow Blog

  • Festive On-Hold Music – It’s Back!

    Jacqui Keep
    9 Dec 2014 | 3:34 am
    Every year we like to spread a little festive spirit and give our customers something fun to see them through ’till the end of the year. We’ve had spot Frosty’s anagram and now the Christmas on-hold music is back!  What a Christmas cracker!  We have two Christmas songs to choose from, something a little traditional with ‘Jingles Bells’ or go crazy upbeat modern with ‘Christmas Jammin’. So put your dancing shoes on and get your Christmas jam on. All you have to do is login into your myPowwownow area and go to your call settings and select the tune you wish to…
  • Frosty the snowman has come to Powwownow

    Jacqui Keep
    1 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Now that December is here, we feel we can start to celebrate Christmas and to kick-start the celebrations we have launched a competition for you to win a £250 hamper in time for Christmas. All you have to do is find Frosty’s family before they melt away in our bountiful Christmas bonanza. Spot Frosty’s 7 cousins on the Powwownow website and find the Christmas anagram. It really is that simple. To be in with a chance of winning simply either tweet @Powwownow, email snowman@powwownow.com or Facebook post with the message below and you’ll be entered into the prize draw to win a £250…
  • The art of handling a long distance relationship

    Jacqui Keep
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:36 am
    This is a subject that most of us will have experience with. For some it can evoke painful memories where two parties just couldn’t connect and for others it will show that location is no obstacle when things feel right. We’re not talking about the late-night phone calls between loved ones, racking up that monthly mobile bill; rather the conference calling between companies which doesn’t cost an arm and a leg and brings people closer together. It can be a lazy assumption that working with companies in different parts of the country, nay across different countries, is going to be hard…
  • Britain Means Business

    Paul Lees
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:40 am
    This week I gave a talk at the Britain Means Business Conference in London. With the conference attracting those who have started a business and those looking to, I delivered a speech about how to go from start up to sale, how to come up with that winning idea and implement a plan to grow your business and make a successful sale. This year Powwownow turned 10 years old and as I now steps aside from the business and hand the reins over to Jason Downes. This was the perfect time for me to share my story. A great turn out with plenty of questions. Here are a couple of photos from the day, and a…
  • Can an afternoon doze be the solution to boost our productivity?

    Jacqui Keep
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:07 am
    A power nap, a cat nap or a siesta, whatever you call it, we’ve all been known to enjoy them at one time and it has been suggested that, should they be of the right length, they can boost our energy levels. A lazy Sunday in front of the fire, on holiday by the pool seem the most common settings for such but could they become the norm in the UK workplace? It is an idea that has been embraced by several blue chip firms including Facebook, Nestle and GlaxoSmithKline. With Google and London’s Olympic Village going one step further and building sleep pods for employees to enjoy throughout the…
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    Behind Current Events

  • Will the UN Climate Conference in Peru Set the Stage for Paris?

    Gina-Marie Cheeseman
    2 Dec 2014 | 6:34 pm
    The UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru started yesterday. The conference, which will last until December 12, is supposed to pave the way for a climate change agreement in Paris next year. The week before the conference started, Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Climate Convention expressed optimism about the conference. “We canRead more
  • UN Security Council Adopts Resolution On Terrorists

    Gina-Marie Cheeseman
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:27 pm
    United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution to address the threat from terrorists. The 15-member Security Council voted unanimously to adopt a resolution which calls on Member States to cooperate in efforts to combat the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters. The Security Council’s meeting marks the sixth time in the UN’s 70 year historyRead more
  • How Much Have Drought Stricken Californians Reduced Water Use?

    Gina-Marie Cheeseman
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:02 pm
    California is facing one of its worst droughts in recent history. Back in January, California Governor Jerry Brown proclaimed a state of emergency due to the drought. Brown called for all Californians to reduce water use by 20 percent. How have Californians responded to his challenge? A few weeks ago the State Water Resources Control BoardRead more
  • Media Ignores Destruction of Armenian Church In Syria

    Gina-Marie Cheeseman
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:24 pm
    If it wasn’t for Armenian news sites such as Armenian Weekly and Asbarez, I wouldn’t know that the Armenian Genocide Memorial Church in Der Zor, Syria was destroyed by the Islamic State for Iraq and Syria (ISIS). A Google search shows that only Armenian news sites, Middle Eastern news agencies, bloggers and independent media inRead more
  • Governments, Organizations and Companies Pledge To Protect Farmers

    Gina-Marie Cheeseman
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Governments, organizations and companies pledged to protect 500 million farmers from climate change. Over 20 governments, 30 organizations and companies announced they would join the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture. The countries joining represent millions of farmers, 43 million undernourished people and 16 percent of total agricultural greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The aims ofRead more
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    Climate Vulnerable Forum

  • New CVF Chair: Philippines to Lead Global Forum of Vulnerable Countries

    CVF Editor
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    Philippines to Lead Global Forum of Vulnerable Countries Press release English (pdf, 0.4mb) or link LIMA, 08 December 2014 – Costa Rica announced today that Philippines is to assume the presidency of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) from January 2015, leading a global South-South cooperation platform involving 20 countries highly vulnerable to a warmer planet. Costa Rica presided the Forum’s work as a conduit for collective policy action, common communications and knowledge-based activities since mid-2013 following the earlier tenure of Bangladesh as Chair. The Minister of…
  • As Philippines Struck by Hagupit: Leaders of Vulnerable Countries Call for Change of Pace in Lima Talks

    CVF Editor
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:10 am
    Leaders of Vulnerable Countries Call for Change of Pace in Lima Climate Talks as Philippines Struck by Typhoon Hagupit Press release English (3.3mb, pdf) or link LIMA, 08 December 2014 – Leaders of Bangladesh, Costa Rica and Philippines speaking at the UN Climate Change Conference at Lima (COP20) today called for solidarity with countries already affected by climate change and a reconciling of polarized positions in the Lima talks to achieve greater progress. The Minister of Environment of Costa Rica, Edgar Gutiérrez-Espeleta said: “Formal inputs of several parties and groups are still…
  • CVF Press Briefing at COP20 – 8 Dec 2014

    CVF Editor
    7 Dec 2014 | 9:27 pm
    CVF Press Briefing at the UN Climate Change Conference at Lima (COP20) A Climate Vulnerable Forum Press Briefing is taking place from 11:30am-12:00pm PET on 08 December 2014. Hosts: Costa Rica, Philippines & Bangladesh 11:30am-12:00pm PET (GMT/UTC-5) Monday 8 December 2014 Press Conference Room One Upper Floor, Area D, UNFCCC COP20/CMP10 – Lima, Peru LIVE WEBCAST HERE Speakers: H.E. Edgar Gutiérrez-Espeleta, Hon. Minister of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica H.E. Mary Ann Lucille L. Sering, Secretary, Philippines Climate Change Commission Head/Deputy Head, Delegation of…
  • IOM Joins CVF Trust Fund to Address Climate Pressures on Migration

    CVF Editor
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    IOM Joins Climate Vulnerable Forum Trust Fund to Address Climate Pressures on Migration and Displacement International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Press Release: 26 November 2014 Switzerland - IOM has joined a group of international agencies participating in the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) Trust Fund with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding. The partnership aims to increase the capacity of affected communities to deal with migration and displacement linked to the impact of climate change and environmental pressures. Costa Rica’s Permanent Representative to the UN Office in…
  • Blog: IPCC report has mixed news for climate vulnerable countries

    Saleemul Huq
    7 Nov 2014 | 6:41 am
    This commentary article is part of a blog series dealing with climate vulnerability sponsored by the CVF and developed in partnership with Responding to Climate Change (RTCC.org), esglobal.org and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The themed blog series focuses on perspectives of communities that are particularly vulnerable and how they are responding to the challenge of a changing climate. The UN’s latest assessment of climate change shows how serious the situation is for the world’s poorest Responding to Climate Change By Saleemul Huq A few days ago in Copenhagen,…
 
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