Tag: Science

Feb 17 2011

A basic overview of melting ice around the globe

I wrote this post for Skeptical Science as a basic rebuttal of the argument “Ice isn’t melting”. Contrary to contrarian claims, ice is melting at accelerating rates in the Arctic, Antarctica, Greenland, and glaciers all over the world. Arctic sea ice has shrunk by an area equal to Western Australia, and could be all gone …

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Jan 24 2011

2010: A Year of Record Warmth and Weird Weather

Last year’s global temperatures are in, and the result is that 2010 is statistically tied with 2005 for the title of the warmest year since records began in 1880. According to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center (NOAA NCDC), the global temperature for both years was 0.62°C above the 20th-century …

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Jan 22 2011

Monckton Myth: Global Sea Ice

I wrote this post for Skeptical Science as part of an ongoing series looking at the arguments made by Christopher Monckton against climate science. This post examines Monckton’s arguments about global sea ice. Monckton claims: [T]he global sea ice record shows virtually no change throughout the past 30 years, because the quite rapid loss of …

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Dec 21 2010

Scientific Guide to Global Warming Skepticism

The Skeptical Science team (which includes myself) have recently completed a 16-page booklet called The Scientific Guide to Global Warming Skepticism. (Actually it was completed a fortnight ago, but I forgot to link to it at the time. Anyway, better late than never.) To quote John Cook’s blog post launching the Guide: Scientific skepticism is …

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Nov 23 2010

The Fake Scandal of Climategate

This post was written for Skeptical Science as the first part of a series on the fake scandal of Climategate. It’s bad enough that global warming contrarians are successfully misleading the public by propagating misconceptions about climate science. But recently it has become popular to attack climate scientists themselves, to accuse them of fraud and …

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Oct 23 2010

2010 Temperature Update: Earth’s Second Warmest 12 Months on Record

NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) have just updated their global surface temperature anomalies to include this September, so I thought it was time I updated my 2010 temperatures page, which was becoming rather neglected. To recap, the year began with an unusually cold winter in northern land areas which had a disproportionate impact on …

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Oct 20 2010

Increasing southern sea ice

This post was written for Skeptical Science as a “basic rebuttal” to the argument “Southern sea ice is increasing”. Sea ice around Antarctica has increased over the few decades that satellites have been measuring sea ice extent. First of all, it’s worth remembering that sea ice is not to be confused with land ice. This …

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Oct 19 2010

Americans Know Nothing About Climate Change

A new survey of 2,030 American adults (weighted according to demographics and political party allegiance) confirms what previous surveys have suggested: that the American public’s understanding of climate change is dismal. The researchers graded the participants based on percentage of questions answered correctly (although some questions were harder than others). A majority, 52%, received an …

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Oct 14 2010

Do the IPCC use alarmist language?

This post was written for Skeptical Science. Graham Wayne has recently written rebuttals to “The IPCC consensus is phony” and “IPCC is alarmist”. But, you might say, that’s only half the story – do the IPCC present their conclusions in an alarmist way? There are many different ways you might look at this, but one …

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Sep 25 2010

Skeptical Science posts

I haven’t been posting very often recently, and one reason is that I’ve been busy writing for another climate blog called Skeptical Science which, unlike mine, actually has a readership. Skeptical Science is run by John Cook, and basically the core of the site is an increasingly comprehensive database of rebuttals to the arguments of …

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