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A comment brought up the UNEP and United Nations University 2005 forecast that 50 million people

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Eurekalert:How many microbes inhabit our body on a regular basis? For the last few decades, the most commonly accepted estimate in the scientific world puts that number at around ten times as many bacterial as human cells. In r

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Marco Rubio just lied in tonight's Republican debate, saying "I've never supported cap-and-trade."He did. It's so easy to find, it's amazing (and disappointing) he would ever try to den

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Someone on a discussion forum I was reading wrote that solar power is subsidized by 96 cents per kilowatt-hour. (By comparion, the average US price for electricity is 12-13 cents/kWh.) That seemed unbelievable to me, so I thought I'd check it out. More or less, it's true.Here are some numbers --

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This figure is from the recent paper in Nature Climate Change by Peter Gleckler et al, "Industrial-era global ocean heat uptake doubles in recent decades." The long-term acceleration in the rate of heat gain is obvious -- a

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NOAA just released data on ocean heat content for the 4th quarter of 2015 -- the best evidence, many now say, of a planetary energy imbalance. The trends continue:

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A computer at the University of Central Missouri -- and the mathematician there, Curtis Cooper, who has 800 machines running looking for primes -- has found the largest prime

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There were a couple of graphs from yesterday that are too good to pass up. First, from Gavin Schmidt:

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I'm gonna take some time off to do other things. Maybe a day, maybe a week, maybe a year or perhaps even a decade. Thanks for reading. See you later. 

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There's nothing I've ever found that is like New Hampshire in January. It is nothing but white everywhere, frozen solid, very crisp and, like the picture below, often very clear. I've never known anything else like it. Temps down to -15 F and -20 F, daytime highs in the upper single digits.It is cold. It is froz

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my aunt: why u kids always on them phones cant u have a real conversation me: *puts down phone* *crosses legs* why did u melt the ice caps— levi (@what_eve_r) December 27, 2015

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The claim that there has been no global warming

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#LIGOSince Monday, when Lawrence Krauss tweeted and confirmed a rumor, there is a lot of traffic repeating and questioning the rumor that LIGO has detected gravitational waves.It's worth emphasizing that there is little-to-no doub

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I usually can't stand political speeches, full of false words and sanctimony, but President Obama's State of the Union speech tonight was one of the best, most straight ahead, most hopeful speeches I have ever heard. This is his last SOTU, and he knew he was free to say whatever he wanted, and he did. I thought this was esp

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Today the Hadley Centre posted its anomaly for December -- it's here -- and 2015's annual average completely destroyed the previous record -- 2014's -- by 0.11°C. Coming in third is the

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Here is a nice, relevant plot from Sou at Hotwhopper: it shows UAH's calculation of the lower troposphere temperature anomaly, for this El Nino, 2009-2010's, and 1997-98's.This year is significantly ahead:

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http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2016/01/2015s-key-climate-science-research-advances/

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(Except for the part about being in captivity, of course.)Man Tries To Feed Medicine To Pandas. Pandas Have Other IdeasVia Wimp.com

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With each month's measurements of the temperature anomaly of the lower troposphere comes the by-now standard

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The Japanese group JAXA gives their daily Arctic sea ice extent (SIE) about 9:30 pm my time every night, so I can summarize their annual data for 2015:

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The cracks appear now one-by-one, and there's no mistaking them.They come faster than they used to -- one denier after another giving it up, acknowledging the warming that's taking place, and the role of humans in creating it.

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So says the daily data from the NSIDC. Antarctic SIE is currently 16% below last year's value at this time -- a decline of 1.54 million square-kilometers. Likely a result of this big El Nino, I suspect.

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From Peter Sinclair, for Yale Climate Connections -- a result independent of any station siting issues. A doubling of the ice mass loss rate in the last decade:

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I had heard that California set a temperature record for 2014, but I didn't realize by how much: 1.7°F above the earlier record of 1934:

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Perhaps here's a way of capturing how slight 2014's record warmth was.<grain of salt><turn envelope over>Assume the surface temperature stations are measuring the first 2 meters of the atmosphere(* but see below). The density of air at the surface is 1.2 kg/m3. So the tot

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...in one simple graph:

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(*) see below2014's record warmth was all due to the Sun*. The Sun's radiance has increased since 2010, the last surface temperature record that was set.LASP in Colorado (Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics) gives a

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Via thedodo.com

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