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A Rapid Reduction In Sulfur Aerosols Is Not Good for Climate Change

The increase in sulphur dioxide aerosols from the rapid expansion of coal burning in China and India, and shipping that utilizes high-sulphur bunker fuel in general, has created an increase in global dimming that has offset part of the global … Continue reading

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Could A Rapid Move Away From Coal Speed Up Climate Change?

A significant amount of the reduction in coal burning in such countries as the United States and United Kingdom has been achieved through the replacement of coal with natural gas. The resulting reductions in carbon dioxide emissions have been hailed … Continue reading

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The Soft Climate Change Denial Process

A two-thirds chance of probably escaping dangerous climate change  Once upon a time the international community agreed on the goal of keeping the warming of the planet above “pre-industrial” times of 2 degrees centigrade. There was a lot of debate … Continue reading

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The Inability To Accept That Growth And Sustainability Are Not Reconcilable

There seems to be a complete inability for senior policy makers to even countenance the possibility that a period of economic contraction may be required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the rate required to forestall dangerous climate change. This … Continue reading

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Less Bread More Circuses?

The Roman poet Juvenal stated that the common people were only interested in bread (income) and circuses (entertainment) rather than real freedom. With the advent of modern communications technologies, from the printed word to the Internet, the ability to provide … Continue reading

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Is The Plateauing Of Carbon Dioxide Emissions Over?

The biggest reason for the near plateauing in carbon dioxide emissions over the past few years has been the reduction in coal use in China (which uses about half the world’s coal, 3,546 metric tonnes in 2016 from 3,969 Mt … Continue reading

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The Evidence Against The Existence of A Positive Carbon Budget Continues to Mount

The Arctic Sea Ice Forum (ASIF) is an invaluable source of information that I regularly read and contribute to. One of the discussion threads on the forum is entitled “Conservative Scientists & its Consequences” that addresses the divergence between public … Continue reading

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The Impacts Of An Ice Free Arctic: A Climate Paradigm Shift?

The possibility of abrupt changes in Earth Systems provides a unique challenge for the scientific and policy-making community. The current scientific processes, and the way in which new knowledge is created and becomes generally accepted, were developed during a time … Continue reading

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CO2e Increases By 4 ppm For The Second Year In A Row

In 2016 the combined effect of all greenhouse gases (CO2e which includes the effects of such gases as methane and nitrous oxide) increased by the equivalent of 4ppm of CO2, to 489ppm, according to NOAA[i]. This is the second year … Continue reading

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Defending Soft Denial While The Arctic Ice Melts Away

There have been countless aggrieved comments from across the world about Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Treaty. There has also been much academic angst about Trump’s use of an MIT study that showed that the … Continue reading

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