Climate Change

Links and notes

PLEASE NOTE: This presentation is based on the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report (2007). The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report was released in draft form on 30 September 2013 and will be available to download at www.ipcc.ch in January 2014.

1. INTRODUCTION: OPTIMISM FOR THE FUTURE

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BOOK: “The Better Angels of Our Nature: why violence has declined” by Professor Steven Pinker

VIDEO: Steven Pinker summarises “The Better Angels” at the Singularity Institute (37 min)

JOURNAL ARTICLE: “The Mean IQ of Americans: Massive Gains 1932 to 1978″ Psychological Bulletin Vol. 95 No. 1 – the original paper by Professor James Flynn

VIDEO: James Flynn’s TED Talk filmed March 2013

WEB ARTICLE: “The Flynn Effect” by Dr Jonathan Plucker

WEBSITE: United Nations Ozone Secretariat The Montreal Protocol on CFC’s

WEBSITE: United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs

PHOTOGRAPHS: NASA’s Blue Marble photos of the Earth from space

2. WHY THE EARTH HAS “WEATHER”

WEBSITE: Australian Bureau of Meteorology the science of weather forecasting

DEMO: Expanding Air balloon + bottle + boiling & cold water

DEMO: Cloud in a Bottle isopropyl alcohol / methylated spirits / perfume + bottle + sports pump + blu-tak

VIDEO: Animation of rotating Earth with 3 weeks of weather Quicktime animation by University of Wisconsin

3. THE GREENHOUSE EFFECT & GLOBAL WARMING

WEB ARTICLE: Brief history of greenhouse effect discoveries by the IPCC authors

BROCHURE: The Greenhouse Effect and Climate Change Australian Bureau of Meteorology (74 page PDF)

DEMO: Seeing Infrared Light infrared remote control + digital camera

DEMO: Electrostatic Levitation PVC conduit / balloon + audiocassette tape

DEMO: Bending Water PVC conduit / balloon / comb + stream of water

4. EVIDENCE OF CLIMATE CHANGE

WEBSITE: Skeptical Science University of Queensland’s John Cook’s Eureka Award winning website including the 10 independent lines of evidence for climate change

WEB ARTICLE: Independent temperature records indicate ~0.8 degrees C warming, all in close agreement (1) NASA, (2) NOAA, (3) UK’s Meteorological Office, (4) Japanese Meteorological Agency

JOURNAL: Comparison of outgoing infrared between 1970 and present from 3 satellites (Proceedings of the International Society for Optics and Photonics, SPIE 5543, 164)

JOURNAL: Pied flycatcher population declines by 90% in Netherlands Nature 441, 81-83 (4 May 2006)

GRAPH: 650,000 years of natural climate change recorded in ice cores and sediments IPCC 4th Assessment Report graph of carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and methane concentrations,  deuterium (temperature proxy) and benthic oxygen 18 (ice volume proxy)

REPORT: Ocean acidification Summary of the evidence for declining pH of seawater  Royal Society (June 2005)

5. EXPERTS v AMATEUR / EVIDENCE v OPINION

JOURNAL: Expert credibility in climate change 97-98% of qualified climate scientists agree with the tenets of climate change science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 107.27 (2010): 12107-12109.

WEBSITE: “Global Warming Petition Project” the discredited petition signed by 31,487 “scientists”

WEB ARTICLE: “The Great Global Warming Swindle”: a critique by the National Climate Centre (Australian Bureau of Meteorology) published in the Bulletin of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society Vol. 20

BLOG: JoNova.com Climate skeptic Joanne Nova’s blog

WEBSITES & RESOURCES

WEBSITE: Beyond Zero Emissions how Australia can be 100% renewable in 10 years

REPORT: Climate change: a summary of the science Royal Society (September 2010)

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