Browsing All posts tagged under »Arctic sea ice«

Climate Change Since the Industrial Revolution

November 24, 2013


Father Theo goes to climate school 7 Weather changes day-to-day, year-to-year, but beneath this noisy everyday record, climatologists have discovered clear trends in our modern climate.  Temperatures have risen about 0.6o C in the last 50 years, and almost 1o in the past century.  Most of the detected warming has occurred over land and in […]

Shattered Ice and Climate Change

April 2, 2013


Perhaps you heard about the cracks in the sea ice in the Beaufort Sea?  They are fairly spectacular, and the question fairly arises, What does it mean? Well, in one sense it doesn’t really signify much, in that the forces which created the cracks are ones which circulate around in the Arctic system, and have […]

Outside of Normal: Sea Ice Loss 2012 [video]

September 29, 2012


Peter Sinclair of Climate Denial Crock of the Week is one of the finest climate hawks around, with his always spot-on, well-researched and -argued videos explaining climate science and attacking climate change denial.  Here is a recent vid he put together for the Yale Forum on Climate Change and the Media relating to this year’s devastating summer sea ice […]

Down the Arctic Sea Ice Escalator

September 8, 2012


The Arctic sea ice minimum, the point of every year where Arctic sea ice reachest its greatest melt–before the sea begins freezing up again in the six month Arctic night–has been getting lower every decade.  In 2007, special conditions conspired to bring about a record melt, and that record has stood until this year, where […]

Carbon Is a Loan Shark

September 7, 2012


Anybody who has followed the (fictional) career of Tony Soprano knows that it doesn’t pay to get involved with a loan shark.   The vig, the juice, the shy, the points—the interest the loan shark charges on the loan (characteristically 2% a week if those who speak wiseguy on the internet tell true)—is usually too ferocious […]

Arctic Sea Ice Retreat Shatters Previous Record – A Month Early

August 26, 2012


On August 15th I posted a note about how the Greenland ice melt had already set a new record—a month early.  The thing about that record was that, although we knew a new record was set, we didn’t yet know what the record was, and wouldn’t know until some time in September when the Greenland […]

Arctic Sea Ice Loss Pictured

December 23, 2011


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Simple Sam Gets a Comb-Over

August 30, 2011


Okay, everybody’s here, good.  Today we’re going to tackle a subject that’s important to everybody here, but especially important to our special guest, Simple Sam.  We’ll see why in a moment. “What is this meeting about?” asks Sam.  “And who are all these, um…?” …Bohemian looking types? “One way of putting it.” They’re artists, Sam.  […]

Simple Sam and Arctic Sea Ice Volume

August 15, 2011


Clop-clop.  Clop-clop.  Here comes Simple Sam down the hallway wearing his climate denial slippers.  I promised him butter.  I promised him jam.  I promised to tell him about Arctic sea ice volume.  –Hi, Sam. “Where’s this toast and jam you were promising?” Not so quick, Sam.  Lecture first, toast and jam later. “Toast and jam […]

Tipping Points Raise the Cost of Climate Change

June 17, 2010


I was talking about Arctic tipping points yesterday.  I wanted to show that messing with ecosystems has a cost beyond just undoing what we have done; we have to address what we’ve set in motion as well. The Arctic permafrost I was talking about, I should make clear, hasn’t defrosted yet, and because it’s in […]