'The weather has powerfully but discreetly influenced the soundtrack to our lives. And tastes in songs are likely to change as the climate shifts...Aplin and five other scientists combed through databases of more than 15,000 pop songs, finding statistical backing for the assumption that our moods are strongly swayed by the weather...Of the 500 greatest songs of all time, as listed by Rolling Stone magazine in 2011, a whole 7% were weather-related.'
'An explosive eruption large enough to cause huge numbers of deaths, alter the climate and poison the atmosphere occurring by the end of the century...The ash cloud thrown out from this eruption reached more than 26 miles (43km) into the atmosphere and triggered temperature changes that led to widespread famine and epidemics. The summer following the Tambora eruption is known as 'the year without summer'.
'Is there any reason that warming in recent decades has not been caused by the same natural factors, which caused the earlier warming?' - 'CO2 and other GHG simply cannot make any measurable difference to sea temperatures, given the massive heat capacity of the oceans.'
There is a gigantic warm blob in the Pacific Ocean that is fueling California's four-year-long drought, and it has nothing to do with global warming. Two new studies released this week in the journal "Geophysical Research Letters", explain how this large expanse of warm ocean water is affecting California's weather as well as the East Coast's past two brutal winters.
According to the 1990 IPCC Report, an additional 0.5C global warming would need to be observed before natural variability could be distinguished with high confidence from an "enhanced greenhouse effect" due to man-made emissions. However, as an article today at Reason.com points out,
"...enhanced greenhouse warming above the noise of natural climate variability would not yet have crossed over the benchmark (+0.5°C) set by the IPCC back in 1990. Interesting."
Satellite data indicates only ~0.2C warming since 1990, considerably short of the 0.5C threshold the IPCC set for itself in 1990 to determine whether additional global warming was within natural variability.
"Health care in and of itself in the U.S. is one of the worst polluting industries," said Jodi Sherman, an anesthesiologist at the Yale University School of Medicine who reviewed the GRL paper. "It generates 8 percent of U.S. greenhouse gases according to one study. Add to this the fact that climate change has been recognized by the World Health Organization as the number one health issue of the 21st century, and it behooves us to do a better job with emissions."