Category Archives: Analysis & Research

Global Temperature in 2010: Is it the Hottest Year on Record, and Does it Matter?

All five of the major temperature indices — NASA’s GISTemp, National Climate Data Center (NCDC), Hadley Centre/UAE (HadCRUT3v), University of Alabama Huntsville (UAH), and Remote Sensing Systems (RSS) — have published their estimates of 2010 global surface or close-to-surface temperatures.

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Common Climate Misconceptions: Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

Understanding the carbon cycle is a key part of understanding the broader climate change issue. But a number of misconceptions floating around the blogosphere confuse basic concepts to argue that climate change is irrelevant because of the short residence time [...]

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Lessons from The Atlantic Magazine

Covering Climate: World War II-Scale Coverage For a World War II-Scale Effort?

Major wars shape the way a nation sees the world. From World War II, Americans gained the vocabulary and metrics for a “good war” fought with steely determination against clearly defined enemies. The legacy of that war, which the U.S. [...]

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Cap-and Trade Votes: How Big an Issue?

Post-Elections Climate Analyses Through Lens of Major Newspapers

Major national newspapers’ post-election analyses of the November 2 election results ranged from meticulous reporting on climate and related energy issues … to the incongruous. An analysis of several major newspapers’ coverage shows the major dailies increased coverage of climate [...]

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Surveying Americans' Attitudes on Climate Change

Yale Researcher Anthony Leiserowitz On Studying, Communicating with American Public

Many Americans care deeply about addressing climate change. Others question the underlying scientific evidence and/or various public policy mitigation and adaptation strategies. Some others, of course, view the issue as a conspiracy involving scientists and politicians sympathetic to ushering in [...]

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An Alternative Land Temperature Record May Help Allay Critics’ Data Concerns

Critics often complain that the three major surface temperature records — NASA’s GISTemp, the University of East Anglia’s HadCRUT, and NOAA’s National Climate Data Center record — all rely on most of the same underlying station data, provided through the [...]

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A Tale of Two Climate Change Stories; The Times, the Globe and the ‘Front-Page Thought’

They were two very different front-page stories about global climate change. One, in the Boston Globe, was a lifestyle piece about two long-time colleagues and friends — MIT climate scientists Kerry Emanuel and Richard Lindzen. Entitled “A Cooling Trend,” it [...]

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