Dying from Heat and Cold in China: Which is the Greater Killer?

Published October 4, 2013

Real-world evidence continues to indicate that cold is far more effective than heat in sending people to their grave… Read More

Stratocumulus Clouds of the Subtropical North and South Atlantic (1 Oct 2013)
Once again, we have a situation where important aspects of both cloud type and cloud cover are simply not portrayed to an acceptable degree of real-world faithfulness in the “majority” – or better make that the “vast” majority – of CMIP3 models… Read More

A Climate-Change-Induced Phenological Mismatch in a Wild Bird (1 Oct 2013)
A team of Dutch, French, Norwegian and U.S. scientists contends that their findings imply that “natural populations may be able to tolerate considerable maladaptation driven by shifting climatic conditions without undergoing immediate declines”… Read More

Modeling Top-of-the-Atmosphere Cloud Radiative Effects (1 Oct 2013)
The authors of this study note that “coupled general circulation models (GCMs) are the major tool to predict future climate change, yet cloud-climate feedback constitutes the largest source of uncertainty in these modeled future climate projections.” They also state that “our confidence in the future climate change projections by the coupled GCMs to a large extent depends on how well these models simulate the observed present-day distribution of clouds and their associated radiative fluxes.” And just how well do the models simulate reality?… Read More

Diurnal Temperature Range and Respiratory Tract Infections (2 Oct 2013)
As the Diurnal Temperature Range declined significantly in recent decades as mean global air temperature rose, it likely helped to significantly reduce hospital admissions for respiratory tract infections in Shanghai, China… Read More

The Warming of Max and Min Global Terrestrial Temperatures (2 Oct 2013)
Which warmed the most over the past 110 years? … and what are the resultant implications?… Read More

The Warming of Max and Min Temperatures in the US Great Basin (2 Oct 2013)
The results of this study reveal that annual average daily mean temperature in the Great Basin increased by 1.0°C during the 110-year period of 1901-2010, where “the overall warming trend mainly resulted from a more rapid increase in daily minimum temperature and a lower increase in daily maximum temperature in the study period. Why is this finding significant?… Read More

Polar Bears Came Ashore in Western Hudson Bay as Late in 2009 as They Did in 1992 (2 Oct 2013)
A new study that redefines breakup and freeze-up criteria for western Hudson Bay reveals that polar bears came ashore in 2009 about the same time as they did in 1992… Read More