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Some papers just out that look interesting:"New Generation of Climate Models Track Recent Unprecedented Changes in Earth's Radiation Budget Observed by CERES," Norman G. Loeb et al, JGR, 18 February 2020.https://doi.org/10.1029/2019GL086705

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This is a very intelligent column by Jennifer Rubin at the Washington Post, on what Democrats should do to avoid committing political suicide (also known as 'nominating Bernie Sanders'). It's worth reading.

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Think Trump will address this?Source: https://www.eia.gov/coal/production/weekly/

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Some people were commenting on this post about Boston sea level acceleration. Tamino didn't calculate acceleration, but here's what I get, though without any error bars. (I haven't done this before in Excel, so I don't have a spreadsheet I can just pl

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"Truth . . . is much too complicated to allow for anything but approximations."John van Neumann

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Elizabeth Warren appears to be losing her voice (I'm watching her being interviewed on MSNBC right now (5:01 pm PST)). Not good. I think her voice is one of her weakest attributes, even before today -- it's thready and weak. Sure, it's not the be all and end all of a candidate. Maybe I'm not enough of a feminist. But it's n

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"Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory." - Franklin Pierce AdamsThis is an interesting talk by Steven Pinker (who reminds me a lot of Rob Lowe, or at least the characters he plays). Lots of metrics are gett

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In the wonderfully written novel and movie No Country for Old Mean, Tommy Lee Jones, playing a weary Texas sheriff on the edge of defeat, says in narration:"The crime you see now, it's hard to even take its measure."You migh

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From the Department of Record-Breaking Temperatures

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Just out from NOAA (for global average surface temperature):https://www.noaa.gov/news/january-2020-was-earth-s-hottest-january-on-record0.02°C above 2016, which of course had an El Nino going on.NO

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I watched two sci-fi movies recently that, if I weren't a man concerned about my masculinity, I'd describe as "sweet."They were indeed both sweet.One was Seat 25, about a young woman who wins a contest whose award is the last seat on a one-wa

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"Capitalism forgets that life is social."-- Martin Luther King Jr. 

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This is surprising to me, at least: the IEA says global CO2 emissions were flat in 2019, compared to 2018 -- "about" 33 billion tonnes.No word on e

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Standard & Poor's, who rate investment market participants, says the coronavirus "will reduce US GDP growth in the first quarter to just 1 percent,

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I'm bringing this out of the comments (thanks Thomas). Prescient.

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As was pointed out in the comments (thanks), Patrick Moore was disinvited from speaking at

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Michael Pollan says,“Something like 90 percent of humans ingest caffeine regularly,

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That's what the city of Regina, Canada is paying him to speak at its upcoming sustainability conference. Plus $1,400 in expenses.Idiots both.PS: Recall that Patrick Mo

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UAH finds January's global lower troposphere average temperature to be tied with 2016 for the warmest in their records. The rankings for their last 5 months are 1,2,1,1,1(tied).data: https://t.co/9FuqKerG3u 

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Michael Mann is in Australia for a sabbatical -- prescience or luck? -- and was on a talk show there yesterday. Here's an interesting/sad/funny/infuriating exchange between him and an Australian politician, Jim Molan from the Liberal Party, the major center-right pa

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"After California wildfires, insurance companies drop some homeowner policies," Yale Climate Connections, Jan 30, 2020.https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2020/01/after-califor

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So far the spreading of the Wuhan coronovirus -- the scientific label is 2019-nCoV, n for "novel," as in new -- has been on an uncannily tight exponential:

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I came across a charming little calculation recently, with a counter-intuitive result, that's too good not to pass along -- it's called the "wait calculation." It's the kind of thing you might kick yourself for not thinking of yourself. Anthony Kennedy

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The Jungfraujoch research station in Switzerland, which monitors the atmosphere:

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Every time changes in ocean heat content make it into the news -- and it reached another high again in 2019, as it does almost every year -- woefully uninformed people like Willis Eschenbach

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This looks like a good course for anyone who wants to learn the basic science of global warming. It's a step beyond the course Michael Mann taught a few years ago;

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Here's an interesting result from climatologist Brian Brettschneider -- the percentage of Earth with the warmest and coldest decade since 1900:

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