Thursday, May 19, 2011

What's up with the climate?

A little sequel to my previous post. It's a cut and paste of another post of mine over at Skepticforum.com. I collected a few ScienceDaily.com stories.

K, {plus Mr. Watts and clan} it isn't a game.
How do you manage to show so much contempt for the establishment climatology community and its considered opinion ~ as dramatized by your obsession with McIntyre's statistical machinations and such dog-chasing-tail arguments ~ in the face of all this stuff going on in the real world?
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I just wish I could figure out how you folks rationalize that...
. . . with this

Climate Change Hits Home
ScienceDaily (Mar. 20, 2011) — Direct experience of extreme weather events increases concern about climate change and willingness to engage in energy-saving behaviour, according to a new research paper published in the first edition of the journal Nature Climate Change this week.

Untapped Crop Data from Africa Predicts Corn Peril If Temperatures Rise
ScienceDaily (Mar. 14, 2011) — A hidden trove of historical crop yield data from Africa shows that corn -- long believed to tolerate hot temperatures -- is a likely victim of global warming.
Stanford agricultural scientist David Lobell and researchers at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) report in the inaugural issue of Nature Climate Change that a clear negative effect of warming on maize -- or corn -- production was evident in experimental crop trial data conducted in Africa by the organization and its partners from 1999 to 2007.

Greenhouse Gases Contributed Substantially to Flood Risk in the U.K. in Autumn 2000
ScienceDaily (Feb. 26, 2011) — Greenhouse gas emissions due to human activity substantially increased the odds of damaging floods occurring in England and Wales in autumn 2000 according to new research published in the journal Nature on February 17. Although the precise magnitude is still uncertain, the researchers found a 2-in-3 chance that the odds were increased by about a factor of two or more.

Climate Change Affecting Food Safety
ScienceDaily (Feb. 22, 2011) — Climate change is already having an effect on the safety of the world's food supplies and unless action is taken it's only going to get worse, a Michigan State University professor told a symposium at this year's meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Persistent Drought to Linger Across Southern United States

ScienceDaily (Jan. 24, 2011) — While wet and snowy weather has dominated the western U.S., persistent drought conditions are likely to linger in the Southern Plains and Southeast through mid to late spring, according to NOAA's National Weather Service. La Niña has kept storms and most of their precipitation in the north, leaving the South drier than normal.

Cloud 'Feedback' Affects Global Climate and Warming
ScienceDaily (Dec. 10, 2010) — Changes in clouds will amplify the warming of the planet due to human activities, according to a breakthrough study by a Texas A&M University researcher.
Andrew Dessler, a professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, says that warming due to increases in greenhouse gases will cause clouds to trap more heat, which will lead to additional warming. This process is known as the "cloud feedback" and is predicted to be responsible for a significant portion of the warming over the next century.

Variable Summer Rainfall in U.S. Southeast Linked to Climate Change
ScienceDaily (Oct. 27, 2010) — A doubling of abnormally wet or dry summer weather in the southeastern United States in recent decades has come from an intensification of the summertime North Atlantic Subtropical High (NASH), or "Bermuda High."

Arctic Report Card: Region Continues to Warm at Unprecedented Rate
ScienceDaily (Oct. 22, 2010) — The Arctic region, also called the "planet's refrigerator," continues to heat up, affecting local populations and ecosystems as well as weather patterns in the most populated parts of the Northern Hemisphere, according to a team of 69 international scientists. The findings were released Oct. 21, 2010 in the Arctic Report Card, a yearly assessment of Arctic conditions.

Crop Failures Set to Increase Under Climate Change
ScienceDaily (Oct. 7, 2010) — Large-scale crop failures like the one that caused the recent Russian wheat crisis are likely to become more common under climate change due to an increased frequency of extreme weather events, a new study shows.

El Niños Are Growing Stronger, NASA/NOAA Study Finds
ScienceDaily (Aug. 27, 2010) — A relatively new type of El Niño, which has its warmest waters in the central-equatorial Pacific Ocean, rather than in the eastern-equatorial Pacific, is becoming more common and progressively stronger, according to a new study by NASA and NOAA.

Converging Weather Patterns Caused Last Winter's Huge Snows in U.S.
ScienceDaily (July 26, 2010) — The memory of last winter's blizzards may be fading in this summer's searing heat, but scientists studying them have detected a perfect storm of converging weather patterns that had little relation to climate change. The extraordinarily cold, snowy weather that hit parts of the U.S. East Coast and Europe was the result of a collision of two periodic weather patterns in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, a new study in the journal Geophysical Research Letters finds.
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What about the generations to follow us? Why don't you folks care?

1 comment:

Peter said...

Here's quote from climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe of Texas Tech University.
It's lifted from a Reuter's article reprinted at RedOrbit.com

Is Extreme Weather The New Normal?

Posted on: Thursday, 19 May 2011,
http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/2050504/is_extreme_weather_the_new_normal/
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". . . These rising temperatures, primarily caused by an increase of heat-trapping emissions in the atmosphere created when we burn coal, oil, and gas to generate electricity, drive our cars, and fuel our businesses—are what we refer to as global warming.

This does not mean that everyday weather will be warmer, but that as one region is warming up, another is cooling more. The interplay between these climates causes extremes in local weather.

Increased ocean evaporation into the atmosphere means more water vapor the atmosphere can hold. High levels of water vapor in the atmosphere in turn create conditions more favorable for heavier precipitation in the form of intense rain and snow storms.

The United States is already experiencing more intense rain and snow storms, just look back at this most recent winter. As the Earth warms, the amount of rain or snow falling in the heaviest one percent of storms has risen nearly 20 percent on average in the United States—almost three times the rate of increase in total precipitation between 1958 and 2007. . ."