Week in review – science edition

by Judith Curry

A few things that caught my eye these past few weeks

Enhanced winter, spring, and summer hydroclimate variability across California from 1940 to 2019 [link]

When climate ruled the dinosaurs of Grand Staircase, Utah [link]

A minimal model to diagnose the contribution of the stratosphere to tropospheric forecast skill [link]

A probabilistic framework for quantifying the role of anthropogenic climate change in marine-terminating glacier retreats [link]

Biased estimates of equilibrium climate sensitivity [link]

Long‐term trends in extreme precipitation indices in Ireland https://rmets.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1002/joc.7475#.Ycmw-o9JX7k.twitter

How does the wind generate waves? [link]

Intrinsic water-use efficiency by plants in the American Southwest is increasing at an extremely rapid rate, due primarily to the ongoing “megadrought” in concert with rising CO2 concentration [link]

How weather forecasts can spark a new kind of extreme-event attribution [link]

2021 one of the largest Antarctic ozone holes on record [link]

The cause of the Little Ice Age [link]

Climate-invariant machine learning [link]

Pielke Jr, R. Catastrophes of the 21st Century (July 25, 2020). https://ssrn.com/abstract=3660542… or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3660542…

A roadmap towards credible projections of ice sheet contribution to sea level [link]

Ghil and Lucarini: The physics of climate variability and change (of relevance to recent blog discussion on natural internal variability [link]

Policy and technology

Responding to bushfire risk: the need for transformative adaptation. Environmental Research Letters, 7(1), 014018. https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/7/1/014018/pdf

Climate Litigation Rising: Hot Spots to Watch [like]

Rentiers of the low carbon economy [link]

Why we can’t leave nature alone. We shouldn’t be so bashful about tinkering with the environment to try to save it. [link]

GM crops like golden rice will save countless children [link]

Why is California slashing rooftop solar incentives? [link]

We can build homes to survive tornadoes. We just haven’t [link]

The concept of plausibility in a risk analysis context: Review and clarifications of defining ideas and interpretations [link]

Top 2021 stories in carbon removal [link]

Holland: Wealth and technology can overcome nature’s wrath [link]

Geothermal energy is surging [link]

“Finding consensus on how to improve food systems in the United States or elsewhere—or even what constitutes ‘improvement’—is very difficult, [link]

China has connected its first small modular nuclear reactor to the grid [link]

Breaking out of the Malthusian trap: How pandemics allow us to understand why our ancestors were stuck in poverty [link]

There never was a ‘population bomb’ [link]

Bubble curtain could reduce hurricane intensity in the Gulf of Mexico [link]

Innovative strategies for sequestering CO2 in the oceans [link]

Novel perspective on climate impacts of fossil fuels in today’s energy systems https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3968359

Tornado vulnerability and safety [link]

The race to defuse the Congo’s carbon bomb [link]

To tackle climate change, take on corruption [link]

About science and scientists

Saltelli and Ravetz: Uncertainty, risk and ignorance [link]

Saltelli et al.: Science, the endless frontier of regulatory capture [link]

The 10 quirkiest stories from physics in 2021 [link]

Abigail Shrier on Freedom in an Age of Fear [link]

The Cruel and Unusual Punishment Of Prof. Jason Kilborn by U. Illinois-Chicago John Marshall Law School [link]

How to detect politically biased psychology [link]

Why scatter plots suggest causality and what we can do about it [link]

Slowed canonical progress in large fields of science. Disruptive research and novel ideas needed [link]

Fishy science: concerns about scientific integrity in the White House [link]

The double-edged sword of catastrophe climate reporting [link]

The 60-year old scientific screw up that helped Covid kill [link]

Princeton students strike back: let students think for themselves [link]

Universalism, not centrism [link]

The climate change conformists [link]

The Overton Window: the most misunderstood concept in politics [link]

Politics of attributing extreme events and disasters to climate change [link]

Does the CCP control the Extinction Rebellion? [link]

Special issue on the psychology of climate change [link]

via Climate Etc.


January 8, 2022 at 01:55PM

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