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Runaway tipping points of no return

5 Jul 2006 at 11:32am

I wonder if any else has noticed that we appear to have crossed a threshold in the usage of the phrase ‘tipping point’ in discussions of climate? We went from a time when it was never used, to a point (of no return?) where it is used in almost 100% …

Ice Sheets and Sea Level Rise: Model Failure is the Key Issue

26 Jun 2006 at 2:13pm

Guest post by Michael Oppenheimer, Princeton University

A plethora of research articles has appeared over the past year reporting new observations of the Greenland and West Antarctic ice sheets along with associated modeling results. RealClimate has reviewed the issues raised by these articles and attempted to clarify the sometimes conflicting …

Communicating Science & Technology

23 Jun 2006 at 7:58am

I recently attented a conference on communicating science and technology in Troms, Norway June 6-9 (CST060606). The conference was filmed and the presentations can be viewed over the internet broadcast. There were many very good presentations bringing up important points, and one by Lawrence Krauss (Science under Attack) should …

National Academies Synthesis Report

22 Jun 2006 at 10:22am

The long-awaited NAS synthesis report on surface temperature reconstructions over the last few millennia is being released today. It’s a long (155 page) report and will take a while to digest, but we applaud the committee for having tried to master a dense thicket of publications and materials on the …

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