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Climate change stops fighting between India and Bangladesh

Climate change stops fighting between India and Bangladesh

Cross-posted by Daniel Cressey on The Great Beyond A simmering row between India and Bangladesh has been cooled down by global warming. The two countries were at loggerheads over a pile of mud in the Bay of Bengal, called New Moore Island by India and South Talpatti by Bangladesh. Both claimed the island after it appeared in the 1970s. Now rising sea levels have calmed the waters, and the island has vanished.“There’s no trace of the island anymore. After studying satellite images, I confirmed this from fishermen,” says Sugata Hazra, of the School of Oceanographic Studies at Jadavpur University in  … Read more

IPCC apologises for Himalayan glacier melt error

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has conceded an error when stating in its last report, released 2007, that Himalayan glaciers are likely to melt by 2035. The claim has been criticized by numerous glaciologists for being highly unplausible (see Glacier estimate is on thin ice)  … Read more

Copenhagen: leaks and peaks

Copenhagen: leaks and peaks

Daniel Cressey; cross-posted from The Great Beyond As world leaders sweat in Copenhagen and climate sceptics continue to crow over stolen emails, the World Meteorological Organization has announced that 2009 is likely to be one of the 10 warmest years since records began in 1850. Although the temperatures for November and December are not in yet, the WMO says the combined sea surface and land surface air temperature for 2009 is currently estimated at 0.44 degrees C above the 1961-1999 average of 14.00 degrees. “The current nominal ranking of 2009, which does not account for uncertainties in the annual averages,  … Read more

Nature comments on emails stolen from CRU

An editorial in this week’s Nature comments on the email archives stolen from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia. The article is available in full here, but I’ve pulled out some extracts that are pertinent to the queries that have arisen on this blog and elsewhere as to whether the content of the emails calls into question aspects of climate science and the peer-review process.  Read more

Is east Antarctic ice melting?

Is east Antarctic ice melting?

Daniel Cressey; cross-posted from The Great Beyond The ice sheet covering east Antarctica may have been melting since 2006, according to new research, contradicting previous suggestions that it has remained stable or even grown in mass. Using measurements for 2002 to 2009 from a twin pair of satellites, researchers at the University of Texas at Austin in Austin, Texas, say east Antarctica is losing mass at about 58 gigatonnes a year. Most of the loss appears to be from coastal regions and to stem from increased ice loss post 2006. Previous studies have generally used satellites to measure elevation or  … Read more