Category Archives: Climate change

How would climate-change science look if it was structured “as if people mattered”?

By Ted Shepherd The scientific understanding of climate change is represented by the Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), most recently its Sixth Assessment Report. IPCC Working Groups II and III deal respectively with adaptation and … Continue reading

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What Is The World Climate Research Programme And Why Do We Need It?

By: Rowan Sutton My schedule last week was rather awry.  Over four days I took part in a meeting of 50 or so climate scientists from around the world.  Because of the need to span multiple time zones, the session … Continue reading

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Are There Climate Consequences of Using Hydrogen as a Replacement for Coal, Gas and Oil?

By: Keith Shine There are many possible avenues to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. One of these is a shift to using hydrogen (H2) as a fuel source; it could potentially be used for many current CO2-emitting activities, including industry, heating … Continue reading

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Fieldwork Without The Footprint

By: Joy Singarayer Over the past two years, we have all faced challenges to our working patterns due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Researchers undertaking overseas fieldwork have found many ways to redefine, reschedule, and adapt their approaches in light of … Continue reading

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Has The Atlantic Ocean Circulation Been In Long-term Decline?

By: Jon Robson A number of recent high-profile studies have strongly suggested that an important part of the North Atlantic Ocean circulation – the AMOC – has declined and that it is edging closer to a tipping point. Such a … Continue reading

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Antarctic Sea Ice: The Global Climate Driver Of The South

By: Holly Ayres In the Northern Hemisphere, our closest region of sea ice (not to be confused with land ice) is the Arctic, a vast region of frozen ocean at the North Pole. Antarctica, a huge mountainous land mass at … Continue reading

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Climate Change In The Ionosphere

Christopher Scott There is much work being done to assess the impact of climate change on the lower atmosphere. Since this is the part of the Earth’s atmosphere affecting the planet’s surface, where (the bulk of!) life on Earth resides, … Continue reading

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Climate Change 2021—The Physical Science Basis

By: Jonathan Gregory, Ed Hawkins, Matt Palmer This document is a short summary of key points that are of current relevance to society from the physical science of climate change. It is based on the headline statements of the report … Continue reading

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Atmospheric CO2, fossil fuel emissions, Shared Socioeconomic Pathways and the Paris Agreement.

By: Tristan Quaife The Paris Agreement, which is signed by 193 countries belonging to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, aims to limit the rise in global mean temperature to 2°C, and ideally 1.5°C, above pre-industrial levels. To achieve … Continue reading

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The Climate Feedback: More Than The Sum Of Its Parts

By: Jonah Bloch-Johnson One of the main numbers that climate scientists use to predict global warming is the “climate feedback,” which measures how effective warming is at countering the effects of CO2. CO2 reduces how much energy the planet sheds to … Continue reading

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