Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Andy Lee Robinson: Visualizing Arctic Ice Loss

Andy Robinson has been creating some excellent visualizations of Arctic ice loss data and I figured it's about time I feature some of his best work over here:

Arctic Sea Ice Minimum Volumes 1979-2012

Published on Apr 22, 2013

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

James Hansen making things clearer regarding widespread misconceptions

This letter of clarification from Dr. James Hansen seems to me a public document; one that will probably be widely misrepresented in short order, by folks who go to any length to distract from our real challenges.  

While there is no denying that some respectable experts have their disagreements with Dr. Hansen's assessment.  That dialogue is continuing with scientific study, papers, peer review and much discussion among the community of experts.  It should be seen as the science being alive and well.  The serious debate continues healthy as ever, among the serious experts - and every year brings a bit more clarity.  

Through all this we the people need to understand, that scientific debate revolves around nuances that are dwarfed by all climatologists do understand... supported by all that's been observed these past decades. 

Below I have copied and reposted the complete text from 
James Hansen's April 15, 2013 statement. }

Making Things Clearer: Exaggeration, Jumping the Gun, and The Venus Syndrome

James Hansen
15 April 2013

Monday, April 15, 2013

More videos: "The Machinery of Climate Anti-Science" plus...

Here are three more videos - 
I'm including these because I believe they are must-listening for folks wanting to gain a better understanding of the sustained attacks climate scientists have been enduring.

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The Machinery of Climate Anti-Science

The machinery of climate anti-science
Speaker:  Dr. John Mashey

More videos: What We Knew In 1988, plus a few updates

Greenhouse Effect - 1988 BBC Documentary

(54:44 minutes)

Videos of scientist's lectures: Global Warming Education

This collection of videos features prominent scientists lecturing on what they have learned and what we know about global warming. 
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It's Not About The Hockey Stick

Dr. Richard Alley (5:39 minutes)

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Dear Skeptic: Can you outline the issues that need to be debated?

Dear Society Driven Global Warming Skeptic: Can you outline the issues that need to be debated?

Of late, skeptics such as Dr. Spencer, Anthony Watts, Mr. McIntyre, etc... et al.

Have been displaying great indignation that genuine practicing scientists and other climate experts refuse to "debate" with them.
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In traveling around the blogosphere I read comments from many sincere folks who mirror Mr. Watts' vocal and melodramatic indignation over at

And me, 
I wonder, 
in light of the past decades of the experts debating,
and challenging each other - 
and in light of all we have observed,
and all we have learned regarding the physics:
What is it that the Dr. Spencers and Anthony Watts of the world want to debate anyways?


Dear Skeptic,

can you outline the issues regarding our current society driven global warming knowledge that needs to be debated?

Monday, April 8, 2013

A video and lecture tour of our Global Heat Distribution Engine...

... a scientific review of the folds within folds of harmonic complexity that make up the 'valves' and 'pistons' of our global climate system.

A series of a video and videoed lectures from established practicing scientists, the experts who have committed their careers to understand these Earth systems.  
First, an overview. . .
NASA: Earth From Space (HD)

NASA: "An epic quest to discover the invisible forces and occurrences that sustain life 
on this planet and - for the first time - 
see these processes in action in EARTH FROM SPACE. 

This sweeping special reveals Earth's deepest mysteries, 
captured in breath-taking detail, and raises profound questions 
and challenges the old assumptions of how it all works. 

Using the latest CGI technology, and joining NASA and the world's foremost Earth scientists, 
EARTH FROM SPACE transforms raw satellite data into a visible spectrum, 
offering viewers authentic, high-definition moving images
that vividly illustrate these processes at work. 

In consultation with more than 220 scientific experts from 18 international 
Earth sciences research agencies and academic institutions"
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Wacky Weather and Disappearing Arctic Sea Ice: 
Are They Connected?

Weather and Climate Summit - Day 3, Session 6 
Dr. Jennifer Francis, Rutger's University
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The Arctic Paradox

For a longer and more informative version see: 
Dr. Jennifer Francis: Weather and Climate Summit - Day 5, Session 9 
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Climate Change Impacts Are Happening 
Faster and Faster- 
Greenland, Sea Level Rise and 
Some Atmospheric Chemistry

Weather and Climate Summit - Day 5, Session 10 
Dr. Jim White, University of Colorado
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The above three videos lectures were from the 
"Breckenridge Weather and Climate Summit":

Glen Gerberg Weather and Climate Summit - January 2013

The Weather and Climate Summit was established in 1985 
to bring together television weathercasters and meteorologists 
from top U.S. and Canadian markets with leading scientists and researchers. 

This summit allows for dynamic and frequent interchange 
between the media and scientists in order to foster improved 
communication and collaboration between these diverse professions.  

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From HMS Challenger to ARGO, 
Ocean Temperatures

 Dr. Dean Roemmich, Scripps physical oceanographer
Describing how scientists measured ocean temperature during the historic voyage of the HMS Challenger (1872-76) and how today's network of ocean-probing robots is changing the way scientists study the seas.
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UCTV - Perspectives On Ocean Science is an excellent source for years worth of noted scientists sharing their findings.  If you're interested in real scientists as real people explaining their work, here's an excellent resource
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The Fingerprints of Sea Level Change

Dr. Mitrovica April 2011 at the AAAS Auditorium

Dr. Mitrovica does a wonderful job of explaining new findings regarding the interactions between melting ice sheets; gravity; and surface rebound which have enabled scientists to better estimate regional sea level rise for various geophysical scenarios.

Another interesting source for lectures by scientists and experts, 
sponsored by the
National Academy of Science 
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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

James Taylor:"Meltdown Of Global Warmists Reveals Their True Priorities" a closer look

Mr. Taylor at Forbes has written another one of his regular melodramatic broadsides against climatologists, folks he refers to as "warmists" - refusing to recognize or admit that it's the science supported by Earth observations that are driving the climatological community's conclusions.
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"The Meltdown Of Global Warmists Reveals Their True Priorities" 
OP/ED | 3/28/2013 @ 3:32PM | Forbes  
By James Taylor - 

Jerry Mitrovica: The Fingerprints of Sea Level Change... the video

I took a break from the nightmares of the Echo-chamber to get back to a little fun science and Earth observations.

Besides, I've been meaning to share this video since first watching it last year.  Here is some very interesting and relatively new scientific understanding regarding sea levels and the changes we might come to expect.

Dr. Mitrovica does a wonderful job of explaining the interactions between melting ice sheets; gravity; and surface rebound which have enabled scientists to better estimate regional sea level rise for various geophysical scenarios.

Geophysical Evidence

Jerry Mitrovica: The Fingerprints of Sea Level Change

Jerry Mitrovica, Harvard University