Climate Change

May 2019 continues the global warm streak

June 23, 2019 0 Comments
May 2019 continues the global warm streak

Even though Europe, North America, and the Caribbean had their coolest May in the past 10 to 15 years the world as a whole was still much warmer than normal.  In fact according to NOAA, May 2019 had a global land / sea temperature average 1.53 degrees above the 20th century average.  That makes it […]

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The Pragmatic Path Forward

June 20, 2019 0 Comments
The Pragmatic Path Forward

For whatever reason, there has recently been a lot of “heightened discussion” about anthropogenic global warming (aka, AGW or “climate change”). It tends to go in cycles. There have been some protests in Europe recently and more than a few politicians, newspapers, and scientists have been literally proclaiming the “end of the world” (here, here, […]

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A great new tool to measure water vapor & other gases in the sky

June 18, 2019 0 Comments
A great new tool to measure water vapor & other gases in the sky

  I ran across an article from NASA that is really exciting.  NASA has developed a new instrument,  called the High Altitude Lidar Observatory (HALO).  It will measure many types of gases in the atmosphere more directly and with more precision than ever before.  The one in particular that researchers think it will make the biggest […]

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What are you worried about?

June 12, 2019 1 Comment
What are you worried about?

Does anyone remember the story about the Facebook chat-bots that developed their own mysterious version of English and then were shut down? It turns out that it was a pretty simple artificial intelligence experiment that did not have constraints on proper English. The chat-bots were not on the verge of becoming “Skynet” – as this […]

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Bad headlines again

May 30, 2019 0 Comments
Bad headlines again

Some of you might recall that I was recently distraught about poorly written headlines proclaiming “decades long drought” or “19 year-long drought” in the American West, particularly in the southwest. It has been drier than average in these areas, but the dry periods have been interspersed with times of ample precipitation, as anyone can see […]

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April 2019, 2nd warmest April on record for our planet

May 21, 2019 1 Comment
April 2019, 2nd warmest April on record for our planet

Even though we have been having cool weather this Spring in the Upper Midwest and much of Central Canada, most of the world has been running warmer than normal.  In fact in the latest report from NOAA, the global land and ocean temperature average for April 2019 was 1.67 degrees F above the 20th century […]

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What is an emergency?

May 21, 2019 0 Comments
What is an emergency?

When I say the word “emergency”, what comes to mind? Something urgent? Something that is happening now that needs immediate action? People are in danger? The dictionary defines “emergency” as such: a sudden, urgent, usually unexpected occurrence or occasion requiring immediate action. If your house starts on fire, that would be considered an emergency. When […]

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Man-made “drought”

March 29, 2019 0 Comments
Man-made “drought”

Did you catch Tony’s blog post recently about the Aral Sea, or maybe it should be called the Aral Pond. I have written about it in the past as well. It is a perfect example of human influence on the water resources and climate in that region. The sea itself is a man-made disaster, but […]

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Growing all over the world

March 14, 2019 1 Comment
Growing all over the world

It is well known that human activities disrupt some of the normal or “natural” processes that occur around the earth and in the atmosphere. Various societies and small populations have suffered some negative effects from these disruptions, mainly in the form of toxic pollution. So far though, we have managed to avoid total ecological collapse. […]

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How does the late January extreme cold snap fit into the warming climate?

February 17, 2019 1 Comment
How does the late January extreme cold snap fit into the warming climate?

We had quite a few record cold temperatures in the Midwest for a few days in late January 2019.  Some climate change skeptics would go so far as to say it proves that global warming isn’t happening.  However when you look at the big picture in both time and geography you can clearly see it […]

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