By drilling into the Antarctic Ice sheet and extracting core samples we are in effect going back in time. The physical properties of the ice and of material trapped in it can be used to reconstruct the climate over the age range of the core. The proportions of different oxygen and hydrogen isotopes provide information about ancient temperatures, … Read moreClimate History – New Ice Core data available
Normally C-Span is dull and tedious. The idea that you would grab a clip from C-Span to share on social media and then literally millions would find it utterly mesmerising should be laughably unthinkable … and yet just three letters changed all that. When it comes to ideas such as social justice, tolerance, and also … Read moreClimate: Who should you vote For?
I have two climate stories today. Both highlight how climate change is impacting ecosystems. In isolation each is alarming. Put them together and we can view them as signals, a strong warning, that these major and rather important ecosystems are suffering considerable stress and face total wipeout if we continue to do nothing truly meaningful. … Read moreClimate Stress Signals – Tipping Points
Despite our best attempts so far, the amount of CO2 within our atmosphere continues to grow. One big recent hope was the proposal to plant lots more trees. Alas, no, it turns out that it is all a bit more complicated than just doing that. There was lots of excitement last July when a press … Read moreTrees and CO2 – what do we know?
Last Wednesday (16th Oct 2019) the Guardian’s editor-in-chief published the following climate pledge … Today we pledge to give the climate crisis the attention it demands At the Guardian we believe the climate crisis is the most urgent issue of our times. And we know that Guardian readers are equally passionate about the need for … Read moreClimate and The Funnel
This is a story about what happened when a published peer-reviewed paper was discovered to be wrong. It is a great illustration of science being a process about the pursuit of truth. For some “Science” is perhaps viewed as a body of knowledge. For example in some educational systems it is a topic where you … Read moreScience in Action – Correcting Mistakes