Week in review – science edition

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A few things that caught my these past few weeks.

Future sea level change from Greenland and Antarctica, from CMIP5 and CMIP6 scenarios [link]

Regional variation in the effectiveness of methane-based and land-based #climate mitigation options https://esd.copernicus.org/articles/12/513/2021/…

New paper from DeConto, Pollard et al: The Paris Climate Agreement and future sea level rise from Antarctica [link]

New paper from Tamsin Edwards et al: Projected land ice contributions to 21st century sea level rise [link]

Guardian article on the Deconto and Edwards papers [link]

Did the drop in COVID related emissions affect the climate? [link]

Excellent review paper: The sensitivity of Antarctic Ice Sheet to a changing climate: past, present and future [link]

Medieval weather prediction [link]

Global reconstruction of storm surges (GSSR) https://lnkd.in/ens6YjT

Plastic Pollution in the Deep Sea: A Geological Perspective https://geosociety.org/GSA/News/pr/2021/21-28.aspx…

The effect of information about climate risk on property values [link]

Uncertainty of future #SouthernOcean carbon dioxide uptake cut in half [link]

This #supermoon has a twist – expect flooding, but a lunar cycle is masking effects of #SeaLevelRisehttps://theconversation.com/this-supermoon-has-a-twist-expect-flooding-but-a-lunar-cycle-is-masking-effects-of-sea-level-rise-158412…

Big review article: The Miocene – the future of the past [link]

The ‘heat bombs’ destroying arctic sea ice [link]

Untangling drivers of ancient hurricane activity [link]

Th most recent CMIP6 modeling studies of tropical cyclones/hurricanes project no detectable changes in storm metrics most associated with damage … under RCP8.5 [link]

Cold and too much rain exacerbated the Spanish Flu [link]

Connecting the ventilation of the Southern Ocean to the leading modes of atmospheric variability, https://journals.ametsoc.org/view/journals/clim/aop/JCLI-D-20-0629.1/JCLI-D-20-0629.1.xml…

Changes in the Gulf Stream preceded rapid warming of the Northwest Atlantic Shelf [link]

Over the first 12 years of argo, circulation variability has dominated patterns of change, but warming has imprinted clearly on the ocean’s underlying water mass structure https://doi.org/10.1175/JCLI-D-20-0355.1…

People have shaped most of terrestrial nature for at least 12,000 years [link]

Intensification of El Nino induced anomalies under greenhouse warming [link]

Anatomy of past abrupt warmings [link]

The storms that destroyed ‘lost town’ [link]

Technology and policy

Must read: Vaclav Smil on the energy transition [link]

Using hydrogen-based fuels for cars & home heating applications risks locking in a dependency on fossil-fuel infrastructure & failing to tackle the climate crisis. https://theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/06/hydrogen-fuel-risks-reliance-on-fossil-fuels…

Nuclear reactors could provide plentiful zero-carbon hydrogen [link]

Big Agriculture is best [link]

“A mismatch between the world’s climate ambitions and the availability of critical minerals could mean a slower and more expensive energy transition, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA).” https://world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Minerals-will-be-critical-to-clean-energy-shift-IE

A pathway to carbon neutral agriculture [link]

The downside of solar energy [link]

China to phase out coal use, but for now it’s essential [link]

Scientific integrity, public policy and water governance in the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia [link]

Lessons from the rush to reforest [link]

Biden Promises to ‘Build Back Better.’ Some Climate Experts See Trouble.. https://nytimes.com/2021/05/06/climate/climate-biden-louisiana.html…

Farming our way out of the climate crisis [link]

Bill Gates’ message for world leaders [link]

If #WindEnergy is “green” why are so many rural communities rejecting it? [link]

How Green Is Wind Power, Really? A New Report Tallies Up The Carbon Cost Of Renewables [link]

Rebuilding after a wildfire? Most states don’t require fire-resistant materials [link]

New UN report: methane cuts are a way to quickly reduce warming [link]

“Far from addressing climate change, California’s forest offsets appear to be adding tens of millions of tons of CO2 into the atmosphere on balance, undermining progress on the state’s long-term emissions goals.” [link]

Pumped storage seems great from the perspective of climate-friendly electricity systems, but comes with local environmental costs. [link]

Can we really limit global warming to well below 2C? Yes, but only in a model [link]

Its time to end subsidies for burning wood from forests [link]

Just in time versus just in case pandemic preparation [link]

Lomborg: What climate and energy policies make the most good per dollar spent? Biggest bang-for-buck policy is investing in green energy research and phasing out fossil fuel subsidies https://sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0040162520304157

“The results of this study suggest that nomadic livestock contributes to sustainable management of peri-urban land, stimulating grazing that may prevent fuel accumulation in fringe woodlands.” https://mdpi.com/2073-445X/9/1/21

Investing in geothermal energy [link]

We can’t let nuclear die [link]

Biden’s climate plan is not a new beginning, but the culmination of old approaches [link]

An outdated idea is still shaping U.S. climate policy [link]

Cleaning up the E-waste mess [link]

About science & scientists

Does ocean acidification alter fish behavior? Fraud allegations [link]

When science journalism turns into activism [link]

New enemies of the open society [link]

Why politically guided science is bad [link]

“the extent to which the insurance industry directs, funds & validates the production & use of science for estimating risk is itself a full blown political enterprise that functions to prioritize industry interests” [link]

Is time like an arrow, proceeding along in a single direction? Is it a dimension? Or are these muddled ways of thinking about the reality of time as it is experienced? [link]

Bridging observation, theory and numerical models of the ocean using Machine Learning [link]

When diversity eats diversity: differences between diversity of representation and diversity of thought [link]

MIcroagressions, questionable science and free speech [link]

Climate scientists swap fieldwork for finance – Tons of growth in interest in climate expertise, particularly in the financial sector. https://reuters.com/article/us-climate-change-finance-talent-idCAKBN2C20ET…

The tyranny of scientism and the subversion of science [link]

Oreskes: Climate scientists set the bar of proof too high [link]

Scientists’ lanes and headwinds [link]

Its not cancel culture, its cancel technology [link]

via Climate Etc.


May 8, 2021 by Judith Curry