The Climate Show #9: Barry Brook, hot spots and melting ice

By Gareth Renowden 18/03/2011

With the terrible events in Japan uppermost in everyone’s mind, this week’s Climate Show goes nuclear, examining the prospects for the future of nuclear energy with Professor Barry Brook from the University of Adelaide. John Cook looks at what the tropical troposphere hot spot really means, and Gareth and Glenn look at mass loss from the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, a record ozone hole over the Arctic, and review last winter’s climate numbers.

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News & commentary:

February ranked 17th warmest, winter (Dec-Feb) 16th warmest according to NOAA. NCDC global monthly reports here.

Arctic is on the verge of massive ozone loss this spring.

Melting ice sheets becoming largest contributor to sea level rise. Coverage also by Tom Yulsman at CE Journal and the BBC. Skeptical Science’s giant ice cube here.

A couple of notable articles from Nature: Ocean acidification: Earth’s Acid Test

And: China sets ambitious five-year goals for increasing energy efficiency and curbing carbon emissions – and a reduced target for economic growth.

Germany to shut down pre 1980s power plants.

Feature interview: Professor Barry Brook holds the Foundation Sir Hubert Wilkins Chair of Climate Change and is Director of Climate Science at The Environment Institute, University of Adelaide. He has published three books and over 150 peer-reviewed scientific papers, and regularly writes opinion pieces and popular articles for the media. His blog, Brave New Climate, is one of the world’s top climate blogs, and over the last few years Barry has digging deep into nuclear energy issues…

Debunking the skeptic with John Cook from Skeptical Science.

The Tropospheric Hot Spot


Meet the zero energy transparent TV: (hat tip to John Cook)

A report says that GeoThermal energy will double by 2020 (CNET news,
report here.

Iceland thinking about exporting geothermal power to Europe: Wired.

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Theme music: A Drop In The Ocean by The Bads.