Ep. 689: Our Warming World – 20 Years of Climate Science

It’s official! June and July were the warmest we’ve seen since records began over a century ago. Fires are rampant across Canada, and we’re seeing record droughts around the world. Today, we’re going to look at 20 years of climate science, how well does reality match up with the predictions.

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Show Notes

Record shattering: Earth had its hottest July in 174 years (NOAA)

This is Canada’s worst wildfire season on record, researchers say (Washington Post)

Rainforest (National Geographic)

What’s the Difference Between Weather and Climate? (NOAA)

Parts of South America are sweltering under a ‘fierce’ heatwave – and it’s the middle of winter (CNN)

Both of the planet’s poles experience extreme heat, and Antarctica breaks records (NPR)

Greenhouse gases continued to increase rapidly in 2022 (NOAA)

World of Change: Global Temperatures (NASA)

What are El Nino and La Nina? (NOAA)

Aerosols: Small Particles with Big Climate Effects (NASA)

The heat index reached 152 degrees in the Middle East — nearly at the limit for human survival (Washington Post)

Basics of Climate Change (EPA)

Exxon scientists predicted global warming with ‘shocking skill and accuracy,’ Harvard researchers say (Harvard Gazette)

Global warming: World on track to breach 1.5 degrees of warming in the next 5 years (CNN)

Mount Graham Red Squirrel (Arizona State University)

The effort to restore Joshua trees after Mojave wildfire faces grim odds (NPR)

Panama Canal water levels at historic lows, restrictions to remain (Reuters)

‘Receding before our eyes’: Island glaciers likely to be all gone by mid-century (Victoria Times-Colonist)

World’s biggest permafrost crater growing, as Earth warms (EarthSky)

Siberia permafrost yields well-preserved ice age woolly rhino (The Guardian)

Viruses in permafrost: Scientists have revived a ‘zombie’ virus that spent 48,500 years frozen (CNN)

A worm that survived 46,000 years in permafrost wows scientists (NPR)

How is the current global warming trend different from previous warming periods in Earth’s history? (Climate.gov)

What is the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC)? (NOAA)

Reconstruction of Major North Atlantic Circulation System Shows Weakening (NOAA)


Warning of a forthcoming collapse of the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (Nature Communications)

Renewable Energy Costs Have Dropped Much Faster Than Expected, But There’s A Catch (Forbes)

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