Tagged: arctic

HARDtalk on thin ice in Alaska - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Aug 06, 2013

Stephen Sackur took the BBC’s HARDtalk programme on the road in Alaska in a climate change episode screened a few days ago. It was the kind of aware and intelligent journalism one hopes to see on the topic, and deserves plaudits. Not that it exceeded what we have a right to expect from major mainstream […] … Read More

Arctic sea ice time bomb ticking: the bang’s gonna be huge - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jul 24, 2013

Reading this press release about a new paper in Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology spoiled my day. It might not be obvious to a casual reader just glancing through the morning news — but a couple of paragraphs leapt out at me: Atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations recently reached 400 parts per million for the first time since […] … Read More

Planet waves, and the big heat - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jul 02, 2013

It’s certainly hot in the southwestern USA at the moment — a dome of heat has established itself under a persistent high pressure ridge, and temperatures are pushing up towards all-time highs. Wildfires are running out of control. One caused the tragic death of 19 firefighters at Yarnell Hill in Arizona yesterday. One more extreme […] … Read More

NZCCC 2013: Barry Smit on adaptation – Inuit, wine and uncertainty - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jun 07, 2013

Kicking off the afternoon sessions on the first day of this year’s NZ CCC conference, Professor Barry Smit of the University of Guelph in Canada launched his keynote — titled From theory to practice, from impacts to adaptation (abstract) — with a rousing climate version of Let It Be. I caught up with him during [...] … Read More

Sensitivity and consensus; theory and practice - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden May 22, 2013

So Cook et al1 confirms that there really is a consensus in climate science: 97% of the peer-reviewed literature over the last 20 years supports the fact that humans are responsible for the warming. It’s a solid result, confirming the earlier work of Oreskes and others, but its importance lies in the fact that public [...] … Read More

TDB today: Watching the ice melt - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Apr 17, 2013

My column at The Daily Blog this week is all about ice — specifically the start of the melt season in the Arctic, and what that means for the climate of the northern hemisphere. What’s going on in the Arctic is rapid climate change, and it’s happening now. It’s changing the weather that most of [...] … Read More

Cold wind to Valhalla: Arctic ice loss brings spring snow to UK and Europe - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Apr 01, 2013

It’s been a cold and snowy end to winter in Britain and much of Europe. The worst March snowfall for 30 years (according to The Telegraph) caused significant disruption to much of the UK, and lead to heavy loss of sheep and lambs in Wales. The UK Met Office reports that March is likely to [...] … Read More

The year the earth bit back: top climate stories of 2012 - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Dec 29, 2012

2012Amidst the blizzard of year-end roundups, here’s one you have to read in full — a joint effort put together by a diverse group of bloggers and scientists: Angela Fritz, Eli Rabett, Emilee Pierce, Greg Laden, Joe Romm, John Abraham, Laurence Lewis, Leo Hickman, Michael Mann, Michael Tobis, Paul Douglas, Scott Mandia, Scott Brophy, Stephan [...] … Read More