Climate Change/Global Warming means more extreme weather, more longer droughts that we've just endured with El Nino and more floods and tempests that we are now going through with La Nina.
Below are some recent information care of David Spratt who wrote and excellent piece on the Queensland Floods in Crikey yesterday.
El Nino seen triggering next world warming record
Alister Doyle, Reuters, January 13, 2011
Last year tied with 2005 as the warmest on record, accordin...g to U.S. agencies, but is likely to be overtaken soon by the next year with a strong El Nino weather event.
••••••• 2010 the planet's wettest year and equal hottest
The Age, January 14, 2011
Last year was the world's wettest on record, and tied 2005 as the hottest year since record-keeping began in 1880
••••••• Four Degrees and Beyond Special Issue
The Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research is a major contributor to a specially themed '4 degrees and beyond' edition of the Royal Society’s prestigious journal Philosophical Transactions A.
••••••• Plan B Update: The Great Food Crisis of 2011
Lester R. Brown, EPI, January 14, 2011
As the new year begins, the price of wheat is setting an all-time high in the United Kingdom. Food riots are spreading across Algeria. Russia is importing grain to sustain its cattle herds until spring grazing begins. India is wrestling with an 18-percent annual food inflation rate, sparking protests
••••••• Can We Trust Climate Models?
Yale360, 18 January 2011
Increasingly, the Answer is ‘Yes’ Forecasting what the Earth’s climate might look like a century from now has long presented a huge challenge to climate scientists. But better understanding of the climate system, improved observations of the current climate, and rapidly improving computing power are slowly leading to more reliable methods. by michael d. lemonick
Casting a critical eye on climate models
Anil Ananthaswamy, New Scientist, 17 January 2011
Today's climate models are more sophisticated than ever – but they're still limited by our knowledge of the Earth. So how well do they really work?