Archive for October, 2011

On the radio

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

Mark Helpsmeet has a program Northern Spirit Radio with a number of interesting shows, check them out!

And he interviewed me, asking good questions, Nuclear Sanity? Investigating Nuclear Power

One comment so far is that my talk is a lot more understandable than my writing. Since I wear cochlear implants, it’s not for me, but if you find a difference, I’d be interested in why.

You can leave comments with Mark or/and here.

Moscow was hot in 2010

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Moscow was hot in 2010, and there were boucoup forest fires. But was it climate change?

Moscow in July
Moscow in July

A new study says a definite “could be”:

We conclude that the 2010 Moscow heat record is, with 80% probability, due to the long-term climatic warming trend.

It wasn’t just Moscow. According to an article in Science Express,

The summer of 2010 was exceptionally warm in eastern Europe and large parts of Russia. We provide evidence that the anomalous 2010 warmth that caused adverse impacts exceeded the amplitude and spatial extent of the previous hottest summer of 2003. “Mega-heatwaves” such as the 2003 and 2010 events broke the 500-year-long seasonal temperature records over approximately 50% of Europe. According to regional multi-model experiments, the probability of a summer experiencing “mega-heatwaves” will increase by a factor of 5 to 10 within the next 40 years. However, the magnitude of the 2010 event was so extreme that despite this increase, the occurrence of an analogue over the same region remains fairly unlikely until the second half of the 21st century.