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2019's Arctic sea ice extent was on a roll -- downward -- for longer than usual. But now it's pulling up short and looks very unlikely to fall below 2012's minimum (JAXA data):

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I've never seen this particular quote before. It still seems true:"The more success the quantum theory has, the sillier it looks." - Einstein, 1912from Pais A. (1982). ’subtle is the Lord...’: The Science and the Life of Albert Einstein. Oxford: Clarendon.

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NASA GISS also found July 2019 to be the hottest month globally, 1.14°C above the 1880-1909 average.GISS's land-only anomaly for July is 0.90°C relative to 1951-1980.The YTD average land-only anomaly relative to the older baseline is 1.65°C.

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NOAA says July was the warmest month in their records, which begin in 1880.Relative to 1880-1909's average temperature, July was 1.18°C higher. (Same number as June.) NOAA hasn't had an anomaly less than 1°C

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Things I've Noticed

The human side of the decline of coal.*In the first of the Big Boys to report, the Japan Meteorological Association

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I have a feature article in the August issue of Physics World magazine: "The invisibility of length contraction," about how viewing relativistic

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Today AMS pubished their annual report State of the Climate in 2018, and Plate 1.1 page 52 has a nifty collection of graphs of climate data all in one place. I had to break their

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Land vs Ocean Warming

Just posting a nice graph via Robert Rhode of BEST. It's often forgotten than land globally is warming about twice as fast as the ocean surface, because land has a smaller heat capacity. (To put it another way, heat more easily penetrates through the sea s

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First non-reanalysis July surface temperature estimate, @nstokesvic's TempLS, find that July 2019 was the warmest July on record, driven mostly by warm ocean temperatures: htt

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In the past 48hrs, the USA horrifically lost 34 people to mass shootings.On average, across any 48hrs, we also lose…500 to Medical errors300 to the Flu250 to Suicide200 to Car Accidents40 to Homicide via HandgunOften o

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Does the urban heat island effects influence global temperature trends?Roy Spencer claims, without proof, that they do. Berkeley Earth (BEST) fou

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I don't know what "Bitcoin territory" means here -- perhaps the same level of CO2 being produced by Bitcoin mining -- but the stats on flying are telling nonetheless. Only 3% of the world's population flies each year. Half of those people fly once

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Some people complain that this is the hottest summer in the last 125 years, but I like to think of it as the coolest summer of the next 125 years! Glass half full!— Carter Bays (@CarterBays)

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There's another hockey stick in the scientific literature, this one from the PAGES 2k Consortium in Nature Geoscience. It used over 700 proxies from around the world and shows that climate is warming faster now than at any time over the last 2000 years.

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You've probably heard by now that June 2019's global mean surface temperature (GMST) was the warmest June in the records, according to both Japan's

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I am seeing lots of citations to the Kauppinen and Malmi preprint that came out two weeks ago:"NO EXPERIMENTAL EVIDENCE FOR THE SIGNIFICANT ANTHROPOGENIC CLIMATE CHANGE," Kauppinen and Malmi, June 29, 2019, 

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It's hard to believe that New Orleans could be inundated again just 14 years after Hurricane Katrina and subsequent fixes. If it's as bad it's going to raise questions of "when do you give up on a city," which might be the first city to face this of what will be many more this century. Surely New Orleans as a city won't be

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Rosanna Xia wrote in the Los Angeles Times:In the last 100 years, the sea rose less than 9 inches in California. B

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Of course, we all know this, but it's good to see the Trump administration admit that cutting pollution is not incompatible with economic growth: "From 1970 to 2018, the combined emissions of the most common air pollutants fell 74 percent while the economy grew over 275 percent." -- W

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This is a remarkable video of someone I found completely captivating. It speaks for itself.Eva Kor just died at the age of 85.

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I got my first programmable calculator, a TI-58c, when I was a sophomore in high school. We had to drive all the way to a Pittsburgh suburb to buy it, which in those days was like driving to Manhattan or Paris or the Moon. I think I paid about $120 then, which is like $500 now.In the year before my mother was gi

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Job gains during Trump's first 28 months: 5.61 M.During Obama's last 28 months: 6.42 M.Sources:FRED USPRIV, FRED USGOVT

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This is interesting, but it's not really a surprise that shadowy Russians/Eastern Europeans would be the hackers. I hope the journalist, Iggy Ostanin, can eventually publish the name of the climate scientist he says in involved.

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As we've been discussing US coal production under Trump, here's the larger picture, since 2002. (Same source.)

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US coal production under Trump:

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More #AbiSciCon19

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I'm at the 2019 Astrobiology science conference in Bellevue, Washington. I wrote about my first day and a half here for Physics World's blo

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