Mind of Dan: Gavin Schmidt: The emergent patterns of climate change

Mind of Dan: A new normal

Unsurprisingly XKCD nails it, but head on over there to read the mouseover text, I am sure it perfectly describes more than a few Planet3.0 readers (and writers!). And we wouldn’t want it any other way.

Mind of Dan: Silence of the labs

The CBC’s Fifth estate devotes 1 hour to exploring the sorry state of federal science in Canada. The link above takes you to CBC’s official page which might not work for some people outside of Canada, but thankfully someone has posted it to YouTube. Only briefly touched upon at the end of the Silence of ...

Mind of Dan: Crowded

(h/t The Disaffected Lib)

Mind of Dan: It’s not the spill that matters

The recent approval of the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline by National Energy Board and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act review panel has brought a renewed flurry of attention to the project. The media here in Canada has run several stories in recent weeks discussing what the approval means for the pipeline and what if anything ...

Mind of Dan: Coincidence

“Global warming, huh? By pure coincidence every scientist was right” Homer Simpson

Mind of Dan: The Entire IPCC Report in 19 Illustrated Haiku

Mind of Dan: Merry Christmas

Mind of Dan: Canada’s climate policy delayed again

At this rate Canada’s emission regulations should be ready by 2025. Canada is once again delaying emissions regulations in the oil and gas sector, despite major pipeline projects that continue to put intense scrutiny on the energy industry’s environmental track record … The regulations were first promised seven years ago, and Alberta has recently criticized ...

Mind of Dan: Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline gets one step closer to reality

From the bad-news department. In Calgary, the Joint Review Panel today (December 19) recommended that the federal government approve the $6.5-billion project, which would transport oil from the Alberta tar sands across British Columbia to Asia, subject to 209 conditions. “The environmental, societal, and economic burdens of a large oil spill, while unlikely and not ...

Mind of Dan: Climate Change 2013 Working Group I: The Physical Science Basis

The IPCC has released a very snazzy video that summarizes the fifth assessment report.

Mind of Dan: Arctic and American Methane in Context

Real Climate gives the recent methane news some proper context. The bottom line is that since methane is a short lived GHG it would take a very sudden and very massive release of methane for it to have a large effect on the climate. And that is unlikely. Methane is a short-lived gas in the ...

Mind of Dan: Warming at 4 Hiroshima bombs per second: a widget to raise awareness about global warming

A frustratingly stubborn climate myth is that global warming stopped in 1998. It hasn’t. In fact the earth is currently accumulating extra heat at a rate of 4 Hiroshima nuclear bombs per second! To help drive home the point climate change hasn’t stopped, or paused, but has continued unabated the friendly robots over at Skeptical ...

Mind of Dan: A Summary of COP19

Reuters nicely summarizes the outcome of the COP19 UN climate negotiations in Warsaw, Poland. FINANCE Developed nations promised in 2009 to increase their aid to poorer countries to help them cope with climate change to $100 billion a year after 2020, from $10 billion a year in 2010-12. But in Warsaw they rejected calls to ...

Mind of Dan: Major Iceberg Cracks off Pine Island Glacier

Major Iceberg Cracks off Pine Island Glacier : Natural Hazards Between November 9–11, 2013, a large iceberg finally separated from the calving front of Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier. Scientists first detected a rift in the glacier in October 2011 during flights for NASA’s Operation IceBridge.By July 2013, infrared and radar images indicated that the crack had cut completely across the ice shelf ...

Mind of Dan: Climate Change — The state of the science

A summary of the IPCC report in 4 minutes

Mind of Dan: Just 90 companies caused two-thirds of man-made global warming emissions

Chevron, Exxon and BP among companies most responsible for climate change since dawn of industrial age, figures show The climate crisis of the 21st century has been caused largely by just 90 companies, which between them produced nearly two-thirds of the greenhouse gas emissions generated since the dawning of the industrial age, new research suggests. ...

Mind of Dan: A storm surge like a tsunami

This video taken at 6am on Friday 8 November as Typhoon Hayian hit Hernani in Eastern Samar shows how quickly and intensely the storm surge hit.

Mind of Dan: Michael Mann on Super Typhoon Haiyan

Michael Mann echoing Keven Trenberth’s position that all weather now has a climate change component since it is occurring in an altered atmosphere (one with more GHGs, heat and water vapour amongst many other factors). But herein lies the crux—we no longer live in a world without warming. Given that 1985 was the last year ...

Mind of Dan: Inquiring Minds Podcast interviews Michael Mann

Something worth listening to this weekend

Mind of Dan: Signs of hope?

From USA TODAY: The vast majority of Americans in each of 40-plus states surveyed say global warming is real, serious and man-made, and the concerns tend to be slightly higher in coastal or drought-stricken areas, says an analysis out today. At least 75% of U.S. adults say global warming has been happening, but the Stanford ...

Mind of Dan: Canada doing its part to ensure unmitigated climate change

From The ongoing climate negotiations in Warsaw Poland: Canada has dropped any remaining pretences of supporting global action on climate change by urging other countries to follow Australia’s example in gutting its climate plan. In a formal statement, the Canadian government said it “applauds” the move by Australia this week to repeal a carbon tax ...

Mind of Dan: Was Typhoon Haiyan caused by climate change? It’s the wrong question and it doesn’t matter.

Typhoon Haiyan is photographed by Astronaut Karen L Nyberg aboard the International Space Station It is inevitable. After every extreme weather event the question: “Was it caused by climate change?” is never far behind. Not only that, but often the question is asked with the implication that there is a desire for a simple yes ...

Mind of Dan: Bert Bolin: The man who got the world to agree on climate

Andy Extance has written two particularly appropriate posts on Bert Bolin the first chairman of the IPCC and an instrumental figure in getting the world to agree to negotiate a climate agreement. Hopefully the current round of climate negotiations in Warsaw will accomplish more than the typical empty rhetoric and voluntary actions that have characterized ...

Mind of Dan: Philippines’ Delegate Yeb Sano Makes Emotional Plea At UN Climate Talks