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Speaking of Meltdown: Arctic Ice Reaches Maximum, Begins Seasonal Melt

On March 7, 2011, Arctic sea ice likely reached its maximum extent for the year, at 14.64 million square kilometers (5.65 million square miles). The maximum extent was 1.2 million square kilometers (463,000 square miles) below the 1979 to 2000 average … Continue reading

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Drought + Floods + Heat = Rising Price of Food

The drought in China’s major wheat production area is continuing, and now approaches the worst in two centuries. China may not be able to feed itself. If China is forced to import wheat, this will put still more pressure on … Continue reading

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Suggested Signage for GOP Hearings on Climate Change

Fail Update: Ha! Just ran across this, a guest post from Iris Vander Pluym on Pharyngula: We should always attack stupid ideas, regardless of how nice a suit the proponent is wearing at a press conference.” In defense of mockery. Doin’ … Continue reading

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Weather: The Outer Limits

Jeff Masters, in a post two days ago, noted that the temperature in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, went from -28 F on 10 February  to 82 F on 17 February, a swing of 110 degrees within a week. A 100+ degree temperature … Continue reading

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Anomalies Anomalous

Residents of Florida might have noticed, they had a particularly cold winter. The blue blip along the southeast U.S. coast indicates readings between 3°C and 6°C (5.4–10.8°F) below average for the 30-day period as a whole. That’s noteworthy—and in fact, … Continue reading

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“We Shall be Winnowed by So Rough a Wind…”

Paul Krugman on the global food crisis: World food prices hit a record in January, driven by huge increases in the prices of wheat, corn, sugar and oils. These soaring prices have had only a modest effect on U.S. inflation, … Continue reading

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Amazon Drought Releases More CO2 Than US

A Sink Becomes a Source A new study in Science predicts that last year’s drought in the Amazon rainforest, its worst on record, will lead to carbon emissions of about 8 billion metric tons by the end of this year, or 2.6 … Continue reading

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The Potential Flow of an Atmospheric River

In 1862, California suffered a flood of Biblical proportions, powered by an atmospheric river from Hawaii. If the river of those proportions were to flow today, the damage could reach $725 billion. similar extreme rain events have deluged in California … Continue reading

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Snow Enters the Record Books

The snows are ending in the Northeast, having buried several records. Jeff Masters sez: When combined with the heavy snows of 1 – 2 feet that fell during the Nor’easter just two weeks ago, January 2011 now ranks as the snowiest … Continue reading

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The Climate is a Tad Wobbly, Yes, But Not Yet Weird

I have long argued that what we have to fear is not global warming, which is far too gentle a misnomer, but global climate instability, global climate lurching, global climate weirding, whatever. But is it possible to measure the oscillations, … Continue reading

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