Week in review – climate edition

by Judith Curry

A few things that caught my eye these past weeks

We find that ocean warming and ice shelf melting respond to long-term changes in the atmosphere – specifically the Southern Hemisphere westerly winds. [link]

The magic and mystery of turbulence [link]

Interpreting extreme climate impacts from large ensemble simulations – are they unseen or unrealistic? [link]

Past world economic production constrains current energy demands [link]

Problems with datasets used to estimate trends in extreme rainfall [link]

Could ‘lost crops’ help us adapt to climate change? [link]

Role of the Pacific Decadal Oscillation in driving US temperature predictability [link]

The Greenland ice sheet is melting from the inside out, as well as the outside in.[link]

Earth’s melting glaciers contain less ice than scientists thought [link]

The Lancet: mortality from non optimal temperatures.  With warming, the largest decline in overall excess death ratio occurred in South-eastern Asia, whereas excess death ratio fluctuated in Southern Asia and Europe. [link]

We provide new estimates of the interannual variability in supraglacial lake areas and volumes around the entire East Antarctic Ice Sheet. [link]

Arctic glaciers and ice caps through the Holocene [link]

Overview article on atmospheric rivers [link]

Millions of historical monthly rainfall observations taken in the UK and Ireland rescued by citizen scientists [link]

What was the Carrington event? [link]

Where did the water from Mars’ ancient rivers and lakes go? [link]

“Surface ocean warming and acidification driven by rapid carbon release precedes Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum” [link]

“… the CO2 airborne fraction has decreased by 0.014 ± 0.010 decade−1 since 1959. This suggests that the combined land–ocean sink has been able to grow at least as fast as anthropogenic emissions” [link]

links between coastal marine and terrestrial #heatwaves around Australia. [link]

Transient sea level response to external forcing [link]

Tropical methane emissions explain large fraction of recent global increase [link]

Ancient El Ninos reveals limits to future climate projections [link]

The potential for soil carbon storage in croplands to mitigate global warming is much smaller than previously suggested, [link]

Comparison of Holocene temperature reconstructions based on GISP2 ice cores [link]

Net carbon uptake has kept pace with increasing CO2 emissions [link]

permafrost peatlands in Europe and Western Siberia will soon surpass a climatic tipping point under scenarios of moderate-to-high warming. https://go.nature.com/3JgzAVi

Discrepancies in changes in precipitation characterization over the US [link]

Good article on cloud seeding [link]

Technology and policy

Its time for rooftop solar to compete with other renewables [link]

India kept extreme poverty below 1% despite pandemic [link]

The green U.S. supply chain rules set to unspool and rattle the global economy [link]

Storage requirements in a 100% renewable electricity system: extreme events and interannual variability [link]

America’s approach to energy security is broken [link]

Extracting rare earth elements from waste with a flash of heat [link]

Green energy goes greener with a way to recycle solar panels [link]

Why a waterless cleaning method for solar panels could be a major breakthrough for clean energy: [link]

Research showed that human activities posed the biggest threats to coastlines with seagrasses, savannas, or coral reefs. Coastlines with deserts, forests, and salt marshes fared a little better. [link]

The 1.5 degree goal is all but dead [link]

The farmer’s climate change adaptation challenge in least developed countries https://escholarship.org/content/qt5b55x5w5/qt5b55x5w5_noSplash_d0113e7b3a75cdffebc33d2a603a59df.pdf

Germany’s energy fiasco [link]

How to create the U.S. arsenal of energy: a roadmap for energy security [link]

Debunking energy demand [link]

Surging electric bills threaten California climate goals [link]

Let them eat carbon: Entrenching poverty by limiting fossil fuel investment won’t solve climate change, [link]

Questioning the expanding use of croplands for biofuels [link]

Disruptions to supplies of hydrogen and helium have led to cancellation of routine weather balloon launches [link]

We can’t wait for speculative tech to save us from climate change [link]

How not to interpret the emissions scenarios in the IPCC report [link]

These energy innovations could transform how we mitigate climate change [link]

Drivers of increased crop production [link]

Wind project developer charged in deaths of golden eagles [link]

Carbon Brief summary of AR6 WGIII report [link]

UK doubles down on nuclear power despite fierce opposition [link]

A new method for recycling plastics [link]

Climate as a risk factor for armed conflict [link]

Forests help reduce global warming in more ways than one [link]

“This article explores the various impacts on economic growth in the IPCC scenarios that limit the average global temperature increase in 2100 to 1.5oC. It finds that the impacts are generally small and that in no case is ‘degrowth’ required.” [link]

Life in the world’s hottest city [link]

SwissRe: update on global catastrophe losses (no trend since 1990) [link]

The Left’s climate playbook is already outdated [link]

Oceans + carbon removal: It’s complicated [link]

Replacing conventional irrigation with the efficient irrigation can lead to double benefits: improved water savings and reduced moist heat stress! For details, see our recent paper in Earth’s Future (AGU): https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2021EF002642

The case for cold climate heat pumps [link]

Wind and solar proponent’s arithmetic problem [link]

New type of UV light makes indoor air as safe as outdoors for airborne virus [link]

Climate change is spurring a movement to build storm proof homes [link]

‘Climate smart’ policies could increase southern Africa’s crops by up to 500% [link]

About science and scientists

Free speech: a history from Socrates to social media [link]

New research has revealed fascinating details about the #evolution of humans living in Europe during the #Neolithic Revolution and the notable physiological changes they experienced in a short period of time. https://ancient-origins.net/news-evolution-human-origins/evolution-of-europeans-0016620

Dinosaur wars: the nastiest feud in science [link]

Cocooning philosophers in academia: nostalgia for the ‘bad’ old days [link]

Against scientific gatekeeping [link]

What happens in our brains when we change our minds [link]

What happens when the scientists disagree? Scientific dissent should be engaged with, not suppressed [link[

Fascinating history of climate science in Russia [link]

Myside bias, rational thinking and intelligence [link]

Dissident philosophers [link]

The future is vast: longtermism’s perspective on humanity’s past, present, future [link]

Climate clues from the past prompt a new look at history [link]

The philosopher redefining equality [link]

via Climate Etc.


April 9, 2022 at 12:27PM

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