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Aug 07 2012

Peter Sinclair reports on the 2012 drought: “This Is Not Cool”

While you can’t take any one data point in isolation, the really steep data points — as 2012 has been — do help to clue people in to what’s happening on this planet. Global temperatures are, on average, rising, and it is already having dramatic effects on local weather and natural disasters. Peter Sinclair of Climate Crocks synthesizes the disparate information into a coherent whole. The reality is fairly grim.

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    mildlymagnificent

    And if you’re not feeling glum enough, you can look at Hansen’s latest piece.

    The glummest thing about it is that it involves no models at all. It’s only about temperature changes that have already happened.
    http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2012/07/30/1205276109.full.pdf+html

  2. 2
    Jason Thibeault

    I like the analogy of the “climate dice” in the first paragraph of that PDF, mildlymagnificent. It explains a good deal simpler that I can — that climate is the range of weather possible in current conditions, weather is what you “rolled”. You can roll high or low, but the more loaded those dice get, the more likely you’ll roll high.

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    dailydouq

    Cheers for Hansen and others to stand up to the Kocks’ bullies. While it is normally appropriate for scientists to be restrained in the face of single data points I’ve been noticing a marked reluctance to connect any weather event with global climate change, so the chilling effect of the denialists seems to be working. The public will believe FauxNews and Rove’s propaganda machine unless they look at the window and see it for themselves. From here in a deep red corn state I’m wondering how many might now be wondering about AGW instead of thinking it’s one of god’s mysterious ways.

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    F [is for failure to emerge]

    Jason @ 2:

    And occasionally, a critical is rolled against us, which really hurts more because we’ve been rolling fumbles the entire game.

  5. 5
    kagerato

    It seems more likely by the day that the response to this issue will become the defining moment of our times.

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    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    I’d recommend reading this :

    http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/global-warmings-terrifying-new-math-20120719

    If folks haven’t already seen it – a good but depressing article via Rolling Stone magazine on the whole HIRGO issue. In

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    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    The Bad Astronomer, Phil Plait, has just posted this :

    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2012/08/08/is-it-hot-in-here-or-is-it-just-global-warming-2/

    on the same topic too with a bit more in case folks are interested.

    Then too from a while ago on the old sciblogs Starts with a Bang’ blogger Ethan Siegel has written this :

    http://scienceblogs.com/startswithabang/2011/06/27/the-global-warming-crisis/

    good primer on the topic.

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    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Finally, one more link of interest (well I hope of interest &use to y’all) here :

    http://co2now.org/

    Lets you keep track of the stats CO2 and climate ~wise. Among many other good sites online such as RealClimate, Climate denial Crock of the Week, Deltoid, Potholer54′s series on youtube, etc.

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