Tagged: El Niño

Meet El Niño’s cranky uncle that could send global warming into hyperdrive - Guest Work

Guest Work Feb 07, 2017

By Ben Henley, University of Melbourne; Andrew King, University of Melbourne; Chris Folland, Met Office Hadley Centre; David Karoly, University of Melbourne; Jaci Brown, CSIRO, and Mandy Freund, University of Melbourne You’ve probably heard about El Niño, the climate system that brings dry and often hotter weather … Read More

When the world warms, the Arctic burns - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden May 19, 2016

The Arctic has been ridiculously warm this last northern hemisphere winter. The sea ice maximum in March was the smallest in the record (by a small margin). April was another warm month in the far North — especially over Greenland — and May is continuing the warm streak. The sea ice is showing the effects of prolonged unusual … Read More

Floods for you; sea level rise for me - Infrequently Asked Questions

Lynley Hargreaves Apr 21, 2016

Professor James Renwick With sixteen percent of New Zealanders living in the coastal zone, and two thirds in areas prone to flooding, most of us are likely to feel the watery effects of climate change. A new Royal Society of New Zealand report, Climate Change Implications for New Zealand, says your local council should be thinking about … Read More

Coral bleaching comes to the Great Barrier Reef - Guest Work

Guest Work Mar 22, 2016

Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, The University of Queensland and Tyrone Ridgway, The University of Queensland As we write, the much-cherished Great Barrier Reef is experiencing the devastating effects of coral bleaching. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has declared severe coral bleaching underway on the reefs north of Cooktown. El Niño and climate change have driven … Read More

February’s global temperature spike is a wake-up call - Guest Work

Guest Work Mar 17, 2016

Steve Sherwood, UNSW Australia and Stefan Rahmstorf, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research Global temperatures for February showed a disturbing and unprecedented upward spike. It was 1.35℃ warmer than the average February during the usual baseline period of 1951-1980, according to NASA data. This is the largest warm anomaly of any month since records began … Read More

2015 hottest year on record - News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Jan 21, 2016

It was signposted all year, but North American agencies have confirmed: 2015 was the hottest year since records began in 1880. NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) analysis showed that global surface air temperatures continued a long trend upward: 15 of the 16 warmest years on record have occurred since 2001. Globally-averaged temperatures in 2015 surpassed … Read More

Climate in 2015: El Nino’s indelible mark - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Jan 12, 2016

NIWA has just released its climate summary for 2015 and it makes for some fascinating reading. No, it wasn’t a particularly hot year with an average temperature of 12.7°C  12.7 up 0.1°C on the long term average (1981-2010) and the 27th warmest annual temperature recorded since the “seven station series” records began in 1909. By way of comparison, 2015 was Australia’s fifth warmest year … Read More

Something for the weekend: boy child birth on the way, will get feet wet - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden May 09, 2014

Odds are shortening on the imminent arrival of an El Niño, as Peter Sinclair explores in his latest video for the Yale Climate & Media Forum (see also Climate Progress), and we can expect a wild ride. Meanwhile the ice continues to melt and the oceans rise: in Wellington and Christchurch they’re planning for 1 […] … Read More

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