Monthly Archives: December 2016

Global Warming 2016: Arctic Spin

The useful thing about a canary in a coal mine is that it warns you of danger before the danger kills you.

When 2016 began last January 1st, the average temperature throughout the Arctic was fully 18°F (10°C) hotter than usual for New Year’s day, and the extent of sea ice in the Arctic was lower than ever before recorded for that date:


The extra-high temperatures and extra-low sea ice with which the Arctic started the year, was just the beginning.

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A Closer Look

Sea Level Rise

We’ve been observing sea level with satellites for 24 years now.

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Internet Climate

Although it has nothing to do with the science of Earth’s climate, the following video from the HBO series The Newsroom is a chilling, and telling, tale of the internet climate. Please watch.

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Merry Christmas

And now for something completely different …

Julien Neel sings choral music, including a lot of “barbershop quartet.” Which part does he sing, you wonder? All of them!

A Winter’s Day

I talk a lot about trend. It’s important. Climate change is, after all, really about the trends — the changes that persist, that portend what we might expect to come.

Weather includes the fluctuations around the trend. They’re always there, things like temperature just won’t stop fluctuating. That’s why, if we want to know how climate is changing we need to attend to the trends. But if you want to deceive yourself, if you’re so determined not to believe nature that trends give you the “willies” and make you cringe, you’re likely to sieze upon the fluctuations and say “Aha!” It was cold!! See — a snowball!!!

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Glaciers and Climate Change

From the latest AGU meeting: