It took this long? Ford to market Prius rival in 2018. (via @thedailyclimate) Ford Motor Co. plans to introduce a new hybrid vehicle in 2018 that would compete against the Toyota Prius and help Ford meet strict federal mandated mileage standards. An executive at Troy-based LMC Automotive said the firm expects Ford to introduce a “Prius-like family of vehicles eventually.” Detroit News, Michigan
Air traffic growth set to outpace CO2 reduction efforts Carbon reduction efforts in the airline industry will be outweighed by growth in air-traffic, even if the most contentious mitigation measures are implemented, according to new research by the University of Southampton.
Ancient shellfish remains rewrite 10,000-year history of El Nino cycles
Piles of ancient shells provide the first reliable long-term record for the powerful driver of year-to-year climate changes. Results show that the El Niños 10,000 years ago were as strong and frequent as they are today.
MIT ocean scientist clarifies findings on small net deep ocean cooling in a warming climate (in letter to editor following news story):
Understanding the ocean
THE article by Graham Lloyd will likely leave a mis-impression with many of your readers concerning the substance of our paper that will appear in the Journal of Physical Oceanography (“Puzzle of deep ocean cooling”, 25/7).
We never assert that global warming and warming of the oceans are not occurring — we do find an ocean warming, particularly in the upper regions.
Contrary to the implications of Lloyd’s article, parts of the deep ocean are warming, parts are cooling, and although the global abyssal average is negative, the value is tiny in a global warming context.
Those parts of the abyss that are warming are most directly linked to the surface (as pointed out by Andy Hogg from the ANU).
Scientifically, we need to better understand what is going on everywhere, and that is an issue oceanographers must address over the next few years — a challenging observational problem that our paper is intended to raise.
Carl Wunsch, Harvard University and Massachusetts, Institute of Technology
Three years ago this weekend, during a rigorous run up a steep hill with a fit son, I started having symptoms of a condition presaging a stroke. Time wasted = brain lost. The dark spots are dead brain tissue. Make sure you know the signs: http://stroke.nih.gov My lucky story: http://j.mp/dotstroke I discussed my learning curve with Carol Alt on “A Healthy You.” One good result of this midlife jolt was that it prompted me to take my songwriting side seriously.
Key point in new @yaleclimatecomm paper on US climate activism: “The threat posed by climate change should continue to be a component of climate change messaging, but should be accompanied – and perhaps even preceded – by messages on effective actions individuals can take.”
Odds up to 70% for El Niño developing this year, says @NOAA (June 5).
D. Victor on @atomicrod question: Does wind/solar growth in last 5 yrs exceed loss from nuclear shutdowns? >