by Judith Curry

A few things that caught my eye this past week

An Icelandic volcano is a gold mine for scientists who study the possible history of life on Mars [link]

Correctly simulating Southern Ocean and Antarctic mixed-phase clouds requires very low levels of ice nuclei [link] Note: crazy high ECS in CMIP6 are tied to SH clouds

Ocean eddies sternly affect global mean sea level projections [link]

Trees and methane: methane eating bacteria [link]

Cloud changes in the period of global warming: Results of the ISCCP [link]

NOAA’s preliminary analysis showed the annual increase in atmospheric methane for 2020 was 14.7 parts per billion (ppb), which is the largest annual increase recorded since systematic measurements began in 1983. [link]

Tackling challenges of a drier, hotter, more fire prone future [link]

Pathways and modification of warm water flowing beneath Thwaites glacier [link]

Did climate change cause societies to collapse? New research upends the old story [link]

Emergent constraints on future surface albedo feedback [link]

Close relationship between polar motion and climate change in the past [link]

New study ties solar variability to the onset of decadal La Nina events [link]

UK builds site to recycle plastic with high pressure steam [link]

Evaluating the economic cost of coastal flooding [link]

A reconciled solution of Meltwater Pulse 1a, when global sea-level rose ~18 m within 500 years. [link]

Melting of the Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf – one of Antarctica’s largest – is likely to go down for a long time before it goes up. [link]

A volcanic trigger for Earth’s first mass extinction? [link]

One of Earth’s biggest carbon sinks has been overestimated [link]

Large scale conditions for the record setting southern California marine heatwave of August 2018 [link]

On model-satellite differences in tropical tropospheric warming trends – its natural variability [link]

Researchers trying to make sense of the global #methanol budget found that the #atmosphere above remote #ocean regions is a source of methanol, but the ocean is overall a net sink for methanol. [link]

Research published in Nature shows that the ocean mixed layer has changed substantially over the past five decades. The density gradient at the bottom of the mixed layer has increased, and the layer itself has deepened. https://go.nature.com/2NT0Cup

‘Direct’ observations confirm that humans are throwing Earth’s energy budget off balance [link]

Since 1960, Australia has not experienced any continent-wide changes in rainfall patterns. Summers seem to be slightly wetter overall, with “increased water availability in the tropics”. https://sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S002216942031338X

Why are Arctic connections to mid-latitude weather patterns still so controversial? They’re complicated, they vary regionally, and they differ in early vs. late winter. https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/abdb5d

Acceleration of western Arctic sea ice loss linked to the Pacific North American pattern [link]

Sea levels are rising fastest in big cities – here’s why [link]

Multidecadal trends in Antarctic sea ice extent driven by ENSO-SAM over the last 2000 years [link]

Technology and policy

Decarbonizing California’s grid requires more than wind and solar [link]

Climate change: to adapt is to be human [link]

Companies announce world’s first CO2 free gas plants [link]

Satellite network to find carbon super-emitters [link]

Lomborg: Welfare in the 21st century: Increasing development, reducing inequality, the impact of climate change and the cost of climate policies [link]

6 ways the US can curb climate change and grow more food [link]

Farming our way out of the climate crisis [link]

Optimality versus reality: Closing the gap between renewable energy decision models and government deployment in the US [link]

The US is worried about shortages of critical minerals for electric vehicles, military tech [link]

Provocative article: Why has climate economics failed us? [link]

Indian Point nuclear power plant is shutting down. That means more fossil fuels [link]

China’s plan for Himalayan super dam stoke fears in India [link]

What should be done to curb big tech? [link]

Loose fit infrastructure can better accommodate climate change [link]

Least-cost targets and avoided fossil fuel capacity in India’s pursuit of renewable energy. [link]

India pushes back deadline for coal-fired utilities [link]

The problems with solar geo-engineering [link]

French court orders demolition of seven wind turbines [link]

Return of the carbon tax: why it is so popular with industry lately [link]

Is climate change a foreign policy issue? Opportunity now, not prophecies of doom, should spur America to become a global leader [link]

Food, farming and the fate of planet Earth [link]

Hurricane Ivan was a disaster to the Gulf Shores area, and with the implementation of FORTIFIED Commercial, the damage was not replicated from Hurricane Sally [link]

China’s climate Realpolitik [link]

The ‘Green Energy’ that might be ruining the planet [link]

The key to a 100% clean electricity future in California is Clean Firm Power [link]

Make it rain: US states embrace ‘cloud seeding’ to try to conquer drought. [link]

Model-based policymaking or policy-based modelling? How energy models and energy policy interact [link]

NAS Report: Reflecting Sunlight: Recommendations for Solar Geoengineering Research and Research Governance [link]

7 reasons why artificial carbon removal is overhyped [link]

Flood risk behaviors in US riverine metropolitical areas: racial inequities [link]

Regenerative agriculture: An agronomic perspective [link]

About science and scientists

Fascinating essay. Not one of the boys: memoir of an academic misfit [link]

The parallels between mechanisms of mis/disinformation in popular media, and ways that mis/disinformation creeps into in science or reporting about science. [link]

Attempts to muzzle Michael Moore’s “Planet of the Humans” resulted in the climate cancel crowd having to pay defendant legal fees [link[

Lindzen: The imaginary climate crisis – how can we change the message? [link]

The unbearable wholeness of beings [link] The problem with reductionism in biology

Persuasion and the Prestige Paradox: Are high status people more likely to lie? [link]

Climate anxiety is an overwhelmingly white phenomenon [link]

Scientists should admit they bring personal values to their work [link]

Brokerage at the science-policy interface: from conceptual framework to practical guidance [link]

The rise of a culture of censorship [link]

Why the Arabic world turned away from science [link]

‘Garbage’ models and black boxes? The science of climate disaster planning [link]

via Climate Etc.

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April 17, 2021 at 02:29PM