Record CO2 Levels Reported As Global Warming Pause Reaches 19 Years

Today the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) confirmed that in 2013 the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2)  and other so called greenhouse warming gases rose at the fastest rate since 1984. Greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere, including CO2, methane and nitrous oxide, reached record levels in 2013. WMO Secretary General Michel Jarraud warned that … Continue reading

Shame On The Climate Spin Merchants

For a few moments yesterday it looked as though one of the great scientific puzzles of recent times had finally been solved. How can it be in an era of global warming, with average surface temperatures at record highs for much of the last two decades and with the Arctic polar ice cap shrinking, that … Continue reading

Antarctic Sea Ice Chalks Another Record Despite Record Temperatures

Antarctic sea ice extent has set a new record as computer forecasts predict that Arctic sea ice extent will be above average this Summer even though global surface temperatures are at record levels. Sea ice extent in the Antarctic reached a record level for June with an anomaly – the variation from the long term … Continue reading

Prepare For Weird Weather! An El Nino Is Bubbling Up…

California’s long drought may be about to end as Australia gets much drier and the rest of the world experiences some decidedly odd weather – as well as excitable press headlines – all thanks to a huge bubble of warm water that is building up in the Pacific Ocean. This periodic warming of the surface … Continue reading

Climate Change: Effective Adaptation Versus Costly Curbs – The Dilemma For UK Policy Makers

The four horsemen of the apocalypse make an appearance in today’s report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). “Increasing magnitudes of warming increase the likelihood of severe, pervasive, and irreversible impacts” warns the report which makes for scary reading, highlighting the risks of food shortages, floods and the extinction of many … Continue reading

Global Warming Pause Goes Mainstream But No One Can Explain It

Global temperature data for 2013 was released yesterday by two major US government agencies and the announcements confirm that the pause in global warming that began in the late 1990s has continued for another year. America’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) simultaneously released their reports on … Continue reading

Did Global Warming Cause Super Typhoon Haiyan? Is Climate Change To Blame For Killer Cyclones?

  In the wake the catastrophic damage to the Philippines caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan, many people have sought to link this awful tragedy to climate change. In an emotional outburst at a United Nations climate conference in Warsaw on Monday 11 November, the head of the Philippines delegation Yeb Sano blamed the “staggering” devastation … Continue reading

If The Climate Scientists Don’t Know Then The Politicians Certainly Won’t

This week’s leak of the doom-laden second instalment of the report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) coincided with the publication of the latest satellite data on global temperatures showing a continuation in the so called global warming pause. These two items neatly summarise the dilemma facing policy makers over the climate. On … Continue reading

Never Assume The Obvious Is Inevitably Correct – Especially With Climate

Nothing is quite what it seems in life and the fact that something sounds right does not necessarily make it so, as new research out this month reminds us. At first glance it would seem so obvious that the significant reduction in the amount of Arctic ice that we have witnessed in recent years must … Continue reading

Record Antarctic Sea Ice In September Offsets Arctic Decline And Puzzles Scientists

Sea ice levels in the Antarctic reached a new record high last month (September 2013) forcing one expert to admit that they posed an “interesting puzzle” for scientists. Many climate scientists predict that climate change will result in a worldwide decline in sea ice levels but global sea ice levels are close to their long … Continue reading

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