Tagged: Sea level

New Zealand’s Southern Alps have lost a third of their ice - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jul 29, 2014

This article by Jim Salinger, University of Auckland; Blair Fitzharris, University of Otago, and Trevor Chinn, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, was first published at The Conversation. The photo at left shows the calving face of the Tasman Glacier in Dec 2013. A third of the permanent snow and ice of New Zealand’s […] … Read More

Antarctica: An Intimate Portrait of a Mysterious Continent - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Jul 15, 2014

Science journalist Gabrielle Walker’s book Antarctica: An Intimate Portrait of a Mysterious Continent (Bloomsbury, 2012) tells an absorbing story of the wide variety of scientific work undertaken in Antarctica and the support services that maintain it. It also attempts to capture the human fascination of the continent, not least for the author herself in her […] … Read More

Out of Africa: Nigerian environment minister warns of devastating climate impacts - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Jun 09, 2014

The government in New Zealand may make soothing noises about climate change impacts, but that is not an option for the Minister of Environment in Nigeria, Mrs Laurentia Mallam. She issued this chilling warning about the impacts of sea level rise a few days ago: “Studies have projected that with an accelerated sea level rise […] … Read More

Antarctica’s melting, seas will rise: here’s why - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jun 05, 2014

How is Antarctica melting? Much faster than we hoped, according to the latest research — neatly explained in the latest Peter Sinclair This Is Not Cool video for Yale Climate Connections (formerly the Yale Forum), cunningly titled Meltwater Pulse 2b. Just how fast the West Antarctic Ice Sheet will melt, and how much East Antarctica […] … Read More

Carter and de Lange’s GWPF sea level report plagiarises their own Heartland-funded NIPCC propaganda - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden May 27, 2014

Analysis of a report on sea level rise — Sea-level Change: Living with uncertainty — published earlier this month by Nigel Lawson’s UK climate lobby group the Global Warming Policy Foundation, and written by NZ scientists Willem de Lange and Bob Carter, shows that it extensively plagiarises last year’s heavily criticised Non-governmental International Panel on […] … Read More

TDB today: Goodbye coastline – we are beyond the point of no return - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden May 21, 2014

In which I pull together the strands of the recent bad news from Antarctica and Greenland, and lament the loss of the coastline we all grew up with — no longer a theoretical possibility but a long term certainty. Check out Goodbye coastline – we are beyond the point of no return, this week’s post […] … Read More

Morgan Godfery: No climate refugees please, we’re New Zealanders - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden May 14, 2014

Ioana Teitiota, the Kiribati man seeking climate refugee status in order to avoid being deported from New Zealand, has had his case rejected by the Court of Appeal. He and his family will now have to return to the low-lying islands and deal with the worsening impacts of sea level rise. In a powerful Comment […] … 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

Whale meat again – Slater’s climate pseudoskeptic siren songs - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden May 06, 2014

New Zealand’s highest traffic blog is Cameron Slater’s Whale Oil Beef Hooked (try saying it in an Irish accent) — an aggressive right-wing sensationalist blog not noted for its delicate approach to current affairs. Unsurprisingly, Slater is an outspoken climate pseudoskeptic, with a long history of posts rubbishing climate science and the reality of climate […] … Read More