Whitehall’s fracking science failure: shale gas really is worse for climate than coal

The UK government claim that fracking is a ‘clean’ energy source rests on the conclusions of a single scientific paper, writes Paul Mobbs. And now that paper has been conclusively invalidated: it uses misleading figures that understate the methane emissions from fracking, and subsequent findings have left it totally discredited. Yet the paper is still being quoted to justify fracking, and the fool the public on its climate change impacts.
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Hydroclimate: Understanding rainfall extremes

Warming induced by greenhouse gases will increase the amount of moisture in the atmosphere, causing heavier rainfall events. Changing atmospheric circulation dynamics are now shown to either amplify or weaken regional increases, contributing to uncertainty in future precipitation extremes.

Nature Climate Change doi: 10.1038/nclimate3305

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Assistant/Associate Professor: Physical Glaciology, Climate Science Institute and School of Earth and Climate Sciences, University of Maine (Jul. 17)

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This full-time, tenure-track position will have a joint appointment through the University of Maine’s (UMaine) Climate Change Institute
(CCI) and their School of Earth and Climate Sciences (SECS), with tenure placement in the SECS and position responsibilities distributed between research and teaching.

Application deadline: 17 July 2017.

The successful candidate will integrate observations from field study and remote sensing of critical cryosphere phenomena into a physical framework that joins glacier dynamics to Earth’s climate on short and long periods. This position will be expected to develop and carry out glaciological field investigations with an emphasis on ice sheet dynamics, and to establish and maintain collaborations with UMaine, national, and international research programs.

The successful candidate will contribute to the research agenda of CCI and SECS, secure external funding, lead and conduct field research in remote polar environments, advise graduate students in CCI and SECS graduate programs, mentor SECS undergraduates in research, and engage in public outreach. Teaching responsibilities will include undergraduate/graduate level courses in glaciology and remote sensing.

Potential research collaboration areas include, but are not limited to:

– Ice-ocean interactions and sea-level rise,
– Understanding the tempo and causes of global climate change through geological observations,
– Interpretation of ice core records with the larger Earth/climate system,
– Ice sheets and mountain glaciers as indicators of past and future climate change,
– Ice rheology, and
– Coupled ice mechanics and geochemical evolution of glaciers.

Position qualifications include a PhD in glaciology or closely related field and a documented ability to conduct high-quality scientific research evidenced by peer-reviewed publications. Postdoctoral experience, prior success in obtaining funding, student teaching and research mentoring, interdisciplinary research experience, polar field experience, and written and oral communication skill are desirable.

Applications must include:

– A cover letter,
– A curriculum vitae that describes experience with specific reference to the required and desirable qualifications,
– A statement of teaching philosophy and interests,
– A statement of research vision, and
– Contact information for three professional references.

Applicants must also complete the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status form.

For a full position description and to apply, go to:

For questions, contact:
Karl Kreutz
Email: karl.kreutz@maine.edu

University of Maine
Email: um.glaciologysearch@maine.edu

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Australian climate extremes at 1.5 °C and 2 °C of global warming

Limiting warming to 1.5 °C is expected to lessen the risk of extreme events, relative to 2 °C. Considering Australia, this work shows a decrease of about 25% in the likelihood of record heat, both air and sea surface, if warming is limited to 1.5 °C.

Nature Climate Change doi: 10.1038/nclimate3296

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Understanding the regional pattern of projected future changes in extreme precipitation

Regional projections of daily extreme precipitation are uncertain, but can be decomposed into thermodynamic and dynamic contributions to improve understanding. While thermodynamics alone uniformly increase extreme precipitation, dynamical processes introduce regional variations.

Nature Climate Change doi: 10.1038/nclimate3287

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UN agricultural agency links food security and climate change in new guidelines

The United Nations agricultural agency today unveiled guidelines to help Governments balance the needs of farming and climate change when making decisions, such as whether to refill a dried up lake or focus instead on sustainably using the forest on its shore.

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Climate negotiators’ and scientists’ assessments of the climate negotiations

It is difficult to objectively evaluate climate negotiation outcomes. This study shows that climate negotiation participants are pessimistic about the specific approach of voluntary pledges, but are optimistic about the general usefulness of negotiations, particularly if they are more involved.

Nature Climate Change doi: 10.1038/nclimate3288

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Biogeochemistry: Tracing carbon fixation

Land surface models show large divergences in simulating the terrestrial carbon cycle. Atmospheric observations of the tracer carbonyl sulfide allow selection of the most realistic models.

Nature Climate Change doi: 10.1038/nclimate3295

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Ecohydrology: When will the jungle burn?

Fire weather indices are unsuited to forecast fire in tropical rainforests. Now research shows the area burnt across Borneo is related to drought-depleted water tables, presenting the opportunity to predict fire danger in these environments.

Nature Climate Change doi: 10.1038/nclimate3284

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Amplification of wildfire area burnt by hydrological drought in the humid tropics

Predictions of fire-burnt areas are typically based on climate data. Including hydrological processes in models improves projections of burnt area in Borneo, with large wildfires clustered in years of hydrological drought associated with strong El Niño events.

Nature Climate Change doi: 10.1038/nclimate3280

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