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Week in review – science edition

by Judith Curry

A few things that caught my eye this past week.

Reviews of Geophysics:  Observing and modeling ice sheet surface mass balance [link]

Effects of variability in the Atlantic Ocean circulation [link]

“Global and Regional Increase of Precipitation Extremes under Global Warming” now available at

Microorganisms — tiny bacteria and other living things invisible to the naked eye — play a “central role” in the climate crisis. [link]

Common cause for severe droughts in Sougth America and marine heatwaves in the South Atlantic [link]

Evaluating SST Analyses with independent ocean profile observations [link]

The complex human impacts behind India’s 2019 heatwave [link]

Interesting work on how irrigation in farming can cool local microclimate

Scientists zero in on trees as a surprisingly large source of methane [link]

Airplanes’ “contrails” have a big climate impact, and it could triple by 2050 [link]

Medieval Warm period in Antarctica [link]

40 yr record of Antarctic sea ice extent [link]

Scientist Spots High Geothermal Heat Flux In East Greenland – ‘Dramatic Consequences For Ice Basal Melting’ [link]

The relative influence of climate and housing development on current and projected fire patterns and structure loss in California [link]

Zharkhova:  Oscillations of the baseline of solar magnetic field and solar radiation on millennial timescale [link]

Scientists have identified biased data in an iconic meteorological record, and are now challenging conclusions about long-term precipitation trends in England, Wales and possibly other regions. [link]

Mid-Holocene climate change over China: model–data discrepancy

Now, scientists in Germany say wind turbines are contributing significantly to the “insect die-off.” [link]

How the secret language of plants can boost agriculture’s resilience [link]

Long‐Term Hydroclimatic Patterns in the Truckee‐Carson Basin of the Eastern Sierra Nevada, USA [link]

Icehouse climate of the late Paleozoic [link]

Social science, technology & policy

Why the “Manhattan Project” or “Apollo Program” aren’t useful policy models for climate change [link]

Making Carbon Taxation a Generational Win-Win [link]

How the media corrupted climate policy [link]

Inconvenient energy realities. [link]

Leibreich:  We need to talk about nuclear power [link]

Why renewables advocates protect fossil fuel interests [link]

Inexpensive heating reduces winter mortality: National Bureau of Economic Research

The renewable energy storage conundrum [link]

Regenerative and sustainable agriculture [link]

Shell’s boss delivers some hard truths on climate change [link]

“People who professed to have superior beliefs were most likely to inaccurately overestimate their perceived knowledge relative to their actual knowledge on a number of political topics.”

How restoration of forests and wetlands can heal climate and biodiversity crises [link]

Creative Carbon Accounting: How Industry and Government Make Burning Wood Look Like a Climate Solution [link]

“political motives are the major driving force behind most science communication programmes including so-called public engagement with science” [link]

As floods keep coming, cities pay residents to move [link]

The global tree restoration potential for carbon sequestration [link]

Improved rice cultivation can drawdown carbon [link]

Tree planting has mind blowing potential to tackle climate crisis [link]

Why cost-benefit analysis does not work well for wicked problems such as climate change [link]

EU destroys 700,00 hectares of rainforest for biofuels [link]

It’s time to untame the mighty Mississippi River and stop wasting millions of dollars of sediment each year

Sustainable cities focus on solutions, not litigation [link]

Systematic carbon footprint analysis shows how consumption practices are socially and spatially structured. Slashing emissions isn’t about individuals’ choices, it’s about public policy choices. [link]

Cement produces more pollution than all the trucks in the world [link]

No real benefit to biofuels. Corn-based ethanol and soybean-based biodiesel are hurting water quality and that the Renewable Fuel Standard may be increasing the number of acres being planted for biofuels. [link]

About science & scientists

Is pre-publication peer review a good idea? [link]  Short answer: NO

What conservatives get wrong about the campus wars [link]


via Climate Etc.


July 12, 2019 at 06:06PM


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