Events - CAG Oxfordshire
Climate Action Groups in Oxfordshire
Climate  People 
5 weeks ago
EXPLAINING EXTREME EVENTS OF 2016 From A Climate Perspective
Papers from the American Meteorological Society (Dec 2017).

This sixth edition of explaining extreme events of the
previous year (2016) from a climate perspective is the
first of these reports to find that some extreme events
were not possible in a preindustrial climate. The events
were the 2016 record global heat, the heat across Asia,
as well as a marine heat wave off the coast of Alaska.
While these results are novel, they were not unexpected.
Climate attribution scientists have been predicting that
eventually the influence of human-caused climate change
would become sufficiently strong as to push events
beyond the bounds of natural variability alone. It was also
predicted that we would first observe this phenomenon
for heat events where the climate change influence is most
pronounced. Additional retrospective analysis will reveal
if, in fact, these are the first events of their kind or were
simply some of the first to be discovered....
Climate  Extremes  Statistics  Science  Consequences 
8 weeks ago
US Climate Science Special Report 2017
Latest update on the climate science focused on the USA. Content is similar to the IPCC global assessment reports.

"Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4), Volume I - This report is an authoritative assessment of the science of climate change, with a focus on the United States. It represents the first of two volumes of the Fourth National Climate Assessment, mandated by the Global Change Research Act of 1990."
Climate  Science 
12 weeks ago
How a half-educated tech elite delivered us into evil | John Naughton | Opinion | The Guardian
One of the biggest puzzles about our current predicament with fake news and the weaponisation of social media is why the folks who built this technology are so taken aback by what has happened.
Phiolosophy  Websites  Politics 
12 weeks ago
This Epic Flowchart on Procrastination Applies to Pretty Much Everyone, Always
Never put off till tomorrow what may be done the day after tomorrow just as well. — Mark Twain
Stuff  Blog 
november 2017
Asp – or ash? Climate historians link Cleopatra's demise to volcanic eruption
There are many instances of climate changes affecting history. This could be an interesting example...a telling tale for anyone with an empire.
Climate  History  Drought 
october 2017
Putting the environment at the heart of Brexit | Transport & Environment
Clear and very reasonable demands from this NGO to make sure the environment is not forgotten in Brexit negotiations. This includes the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, which is important in driving greenhouse gas emission cuts across the EU.
Climate  Emissions  Environment 
october 2017
National Hurricane Center
NOAA hurricane and tropical cyclone website
weather  extremes  climate 
september 2017
Climate change made Hurricane Harvey more deadly
It's a fact: climate change made Hurricane Harvey more deadly
Michael E Mann, The Guardian
- sea temps have increased by 0.5degC leading to expected 3% increase in atmospheric water content
- rainfall est 1.22m in 4d
Climate  Rainfall  Extremes  Consequences 
august 2017
Swiss company direct CO2 capture from air
The Swiss company hoping to capture 1% of global CO2 emissions by 2025 | Carbon Brief
Emissions  Climate 
june 2017
Climate Change Altering the Arctic Faster Than Expected | Climate Central
Evidence continues to mount that climate change has pushed the Arctic into a new state. Skyrocketing temperatures are altering the essence of the region, melting ice on land and sea, driving more intense wildfires, altering ocean circulation and dissolving permafrost.
Climate  Cryosphere 
may 2017
Pinboard Add Note
Don't have two windows open at the same time or it wont save!
Websites  Pinboard 
may 2017
GitHub netcdf4-python
GitHub - Unidata/netcdf4-python: netcdf4-python: python/numpy interface to the netCDF C library
april 2017
Climate KIC - Daily Planet
We bring professionals, entrepreneurs and students interested in how the challenges of climate change are being turned into opportunities the latest news and inspiration.

We are part of Climate-KIC, the EU's climate innovation partnership.
Climate  Blog  Adaptation  Emissions 
march 2017
Climate Code Red: Antarctic tipping points for a multi-metre sea level rise
•The Amundsen Sea sector of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet has most likely been destabilized and ice retreat is unstoppable for the current conditions.
•No further acceleration in climate change is necessary to trigger the collapse of the rest of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, with loss of a significant fraction on a decadal to century time scale.
•Antarctica has the potential to contribute more than a metre of sea-level rise by 2100.
•A large fraction of West Antarctic basin ice could be gone within two centuries, causing a 3–5 metre sea level rise.
•Mechanisms similar to those causing deglaciation in West Antarctica are now also found in East Antarctica.
•Partial deglaciation of the East Antarctic ice sheet is likely for the current level of atmospheric carbon dioxide, contributing to 10 metres of more of sea level rise in the longer run, and 5 metres in the first 200 years.
Climate  Cryosphere 
march 2017
Financing urban adaptation to climate change — European Environment Agency
Municipalities across Europe increasingly acknowledge the need to adapt to climate change and have begun to adopt various measures. Meeting the costs of adaptation measures for climate change is, however, a major challenge. Municipalities have found innovative ways to overcome that challenge and have started implementing measures. These solutions could be relevant for other cities, towns and smaller municipalities too, and examples are collected and
presented in this publication as an inspiration. It offers insights into lessons learned on the ground regarding the most successful approaches, the difficulties encountered and overcome and the key success factors
in financing local adaptation action.
Climate  Adaptation 
march 2017
Anytown Community Resilience for Local Resilience Forums
Anytown: Final Report
A DEFRA funded project - Community Resilience Funding for Local Resilience Forums in England
Matthew Hogan, London Resilience Team

Interdependency is inevitable; you’re only as strong as your weakest dependency. All organisations and even communities directly, should therefore review whether their weak points are internal/external and develop methods to reduce the impact this could have.
Climate  Adaptation 
march 2017
Groundwater Source Protection Zones (SPZ) - pdf
Groundwater Source Protection Zones –
Review of Methods
Integrated catchment science programme
Science report: SC070004/SR1
march 2017
BRE launches new flood resilient demonstration home
A flood resilient prototype home has been launched to show the most effective ways to protect homes against flood damage and limit disruption.
Climate  Adaptation  Flood 
february 2017
University reduces carbon emissions by 35% to save £17 million
The University of Reading has cut its carbon emissions by 35%, producing a saving of £17 million over a five year period.
The University has cut its annual carbon emissions from 44,000 tonnes of CO2 in 2008/09 to just over 28,500 tonnes per year. The total carbon saved over the five year period is 63,000 tonnes, which equates to just over two years' worth of the University's current carbon emissions.
Climate  Energy  carbon 
february 2017
Slowing the Flow at Pickering (Forest Research)
Slowing the Flow at Pickering is exploring a new approach to flood management. It is about working with nature to try and store more water in the landscape and slow its passage downstream. Whilst this will not prevent all flooding, it is expected to reduce the frequency of future floods in Pickering, as well as deliver a range of other benefits to the local environment and community.
Climate  Flood  Adaptation 
january 2017
Glow-in-the-dark dye could fuel liquid-based batteries - University at Buffalo
They have identified a fluorescent dye called BODIPY as an ideal material for stockpiling energy in rechargeable, liquid-based batteries that could one day power cars and homes.

BODIPY — short for boron-dipyrromethene
Climate  Energy 
january 2017
Solar power trains off-grid
Good new reasearch to help decarbonise rail
Climate  Emissions  Energy 
january 2017
Reading annual Carbon Footprint Report - March 2016
The 2015/16 carbon footprint for the Council’s corporate activities is 36.9% lower than the baseline emissions in 2008/09, 5.2% ahead of target, which is significant
progress to meet the 50% reduction target by 2020. The total renewably generated energy in 2015/16 was equivalent to 3.7% of the total energy use of the council, or
5. 9% of energy used in buildings, which continues to move towards the challenging 2020 renewable energy target of 15%.
Climate  RCCP  Emissions  Energy 
january 2017
Quantifying global soil carbon losses in response to warming : Nature
Story in the Independent:
Climate change escalating so fast it is 'beyond point of no return'
New study rewrites two decades of research and author says we are 'beyond point of no return'
Peter Walker | Thursday 1 December 2016
Climate  Science 
december 2016
About DraughtBusters
• To reduce energy use
• To make homes warmer
• To alleviate energy poverty
What we do
Reading Borough Council awarded a grant to Transition Town Reading in 2012 to fund the materials for a DraughtBusting project.
Climate  RCCP  Energy 
november 2016
EDgE Data Tools | Copernicus Climate Change Service
New climate projections, including hydrological model results
Climate  Science  Modelling  Hydrology 
november 2016
North Pole Reaches 'Remarkable' Annual Temperatures As Sea Ice Fails To Arrive | The Huffington Post
One of many newspaper articles about remarkable November temperatures / sea ice in the Artic.
Climate  Extremes  Statistics 
november 2016
Container Shipping Industry Calls For Climate Action
Members of BSR’s Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG) have agreed on a climate action statement and call to action for the container shipping sector and its value chain to support private-sector contributions for the global goals on climate change.

The International Transport Forum estimates that freight accounts for around 7 percent of global emissions. As of 2011, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) estimated ocean container shipping produced around 219,945,000 tons of climate-related emissions, equivalent to driving 46 million passenger vehicles for a year, and emissions growth was projected to significantly outpace other shipping segments. The CCWG statement was agreed by members as part of a process to tackle these emissions.
Climate  Emissions  Oceanography 
october 2016
Manchester Climate Change strategy
Public consultation

'Manchester will play its full part in limiting the impacts of climate change… and by 2025 will be on a path to being a zero carbon city by 2050’.

This is Manchester’s latest commitment on climate change. It is based on the comments made by residents and businesses as part of the public consultation on the Our Manchester strategy in 2015.
Climate  RCCP 
october 2016
Grass food crops facing climate change challenge - BBC News
A US team of researchers found that forecasted shifts in climate by 2070 would occur too quickly for species of grass to adapt to the new conditions. The species facing an uncertain future include wheat, corn, rice and sorghum, which provide almost half of the calories consumed by humans.
Climate  Science  Consequences 
october 2016
Hurricane Sandy-level flooding is rising so sharply that it could become normal | Environment | The Guardian
The frequency of floods of the magnitude of Hurricane Sandy, which devastated parts of New York City in 2012, is rising so sharply that they could become relatively normal, with a raft of new research laying bare the enormous upheavals already under way in the US due to climate change.
Climate  Statistics  Extremes  Science 
october 2016
The Climate Coalition
We are The Climate Coalition, the UK’s largest group of people dedicated to action on climate change and limiting its impact on the world’s poorest communities.
climatemarch  Climate  Campaign 
october 2016
NASA Launches 'Operation OMG' After 10 Ft. Sea Level Rise Predicted Over Next 50 Yrs.
spearheaded by climate-science guru Dr. James Hansen, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has launched its own urgent five-year study — a project that will “stress-test” Hansen’s new, and downright dire predictions. The operation titled, “Oceans Melting Greenland” (OMG) will have a budget of $30m to expend on a quest to ascertain even more data on how fast the Arctic is melting — and on just how much the sea level will rise as a result.
Climate  Science  Cryosphere  SeaLevel 
september 2016
Nexus water and climate change
With the clock counting down towards the November climate summit in Marrakech, Morocco, where parties to the climate treaty agreed in Paris will negotiate implementation, it’s clear that managing water resources will be a key aspect of any effective deal.
Climate  Hydrology  Emissions 
september 2016
Northern passage made
Worrying news as boat makes it through ice-free Arctic sea!
Cryosphere  Climate 
september 2016
Reading Climate Forum Talks
Temporary location for the climate forum talks, including write-ups and links to supporting information
Climate  RCCP 
july 2016
IYWTo - If you want to
website sharing climate info
june 2016
CO2 turned into stone in Iceland in climate change breakthrough | Environment | The Guardian
Carbon Capture and Storage technique from Iceland ... but it uses lots of water, and I don't know how much energy ... I also wonder at the scale of this as current global emissions are over 35,000,000,000 tonnes CO2 per year.
Climate  Emissions 
june 2016
The true cost of fossil fuels: saving on the externalities of air pollution and climate change
This brief quantifies air pollution and climate change externalities related to fossil fuels and the extent
these can be reduced with higher uptake of renewables. For this purpose, the analysis compares global
energy demand between now and 2030 through two cases: first, based on current and planned energy
policies; and second, by doubling the share of renewables in the energy mix within 15 years.
The reduction of pollution and climate impact through rapidly increased use of renewable energy by
2030 could save up to USD 4.2 trillion per year worldwide, 15 times the associated costs of doubling the
share of renewables. Today’s energy markets, however, do not adequately value climate impact or air
pollution. Energy and environmental policies need to correct for these externalities.
Climate  Emissions 
june 2016
Deep, old water explains why Antarctic Ocean hasn't warmed - Scienmag
The waters surrounding Antarctica may be one of the last places to experience human-driven climate change. New research from the University of Washington and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology finds that ocean currents explain why the seawater has stayed at roughly the same temperature while most of the rest of the planet has warmed.
Climate  Science  Oceanography 
june 2016
The Temperature Spiral Has an Update. It’s Not Pretty. | Climate Central
Extends the monthly global temperature sequence to 2100 with 5degC rise
Climate  Science 
june 2016
India's extreme heat wave, in pictures - Telegraph
India broke temperature record yesterday 51degC in the shade!
Climate  Weather 
may 2016
Animation on 166 years of global warming
This Animation Lets You Watch Global Warming Heat Up Over 166 Years - very effective!
Climate  Statistics 
may 2016
Global Analysis - March 2016 | State of the Climate | National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)
Overall, the nine highest monthly temperature departures in the record have all occurred in the past nine months. March 2016 also marks the 11th consecutive month a monthly global temperature record has been broken, the longest such streak in NOAA's 137 years of record keeping.
Climate  Statistics 
may 2016
We Could Be Witnessing the Death of the Fossil Fuel Industry—Will It Take the Rest of the Economy Down With It? | Alternet
There can be no doubt, then, that by the end of this century, life as we know it on planet earth will be very different. Fossil fueled predatory capitalism will be dead. In its place, human civilization will have little choice but to rely on a diversity of clean, renewable energy sources.
Climate  Energy  Emissions 
april 2016
GREN local election hustings report
Concerns Shared at Environmental Hustings - politicians
agree to tackle climate change but disagree on fracking and local transport.

Over fifty people came to an environmental hustings at Reading Quaker Meeting House on Tuesday 14th April, called by the Greater Reading Environmental Network (GREN).

The political parties were represented by Cllr. Ed Hopper (Conservative), Cllr. Matt Rodda (Labour), Jenny Woods (Liberal Democrat), and Cllr. Rob White (Green). UKIP had been invited but did not send a representative.
Climate  politics  Environment 
april 2016
Characterizing Uncertainty of the Hydrologic Impacts of Climate Change - Online First - Springer
The high climate sensitivity of hydrologic systems, the importance of those systems to society, and the imprecise nature of future climate projections all motivate interest in characterizing uncertainty in the hydrologic impacts of climate change. We discuss recent research that exposes important sources of uncertainty that are commonly neglected by the water management community, especially, uncertainties associated with internal climate system variability, and hydrologic modeling. We also discuss research exposing several issues with widely used climate downscaling methods. We propose that progress can be made following parallel paths: first, by explicitly characterizing the uncertainties throughout the modeling process (rather than using an ad hoc “ensemble of opportunity”) and second, by reducing uncertainties through developing criteria for excluding poor methods/models, as well as with targeted research to improve modeling capabilities. We argue that such research to reveal, reduce, and represent uncertainties is essential to establish a defensible range of quantitative hydrologic storylines of climate change impacts.
Climate  Hydrology  Science 
april 2016
Batten down the hatches - Barometer Magazine
Recent research from the Met Office Hadley Centre predicts British summers are likely to have more heavy downpours as a result of climate change.
Climate  Science  Extremes  Adaptation 
april 2016
IEA - Policy Databases
Great resource for emissions reductions (+ other climate change) policies across the world
Climate  Emissions  Energy 
april 2016
Bowie 2 tribute night HD 1080p - YouTube
I was in the Tacky Things (covering Rebel Rebel) and the Milk Floats (Rock n' Roll Suicide)...wind forward 1h 31m 30s...
april 2016
Catchment Climate Change Risk Assessments (CCCRA)
These are risk assessments have been done for all the Water Management catchments in England. This is an exciting piece of work that I lead on, and captures important information from colleagues across the country.

Notice that these are mentioned in the River Basin Management Plan, Part 2 (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/part-2-river-basin-management-planning-overview-and-additional-information), where they are referenced as light touch risk assessments (page 22).
Climate  Adaptation  Environment  RiskAssessment 
april 2016
An assessment of the possible impacts of climate change on snow and peak river flows across Britain - Springer
The focus of this paper is snowmelt and flood peaks in Britain. Most of Britain does not experience sustained periods of lying snow...However, snow is a major component of flow for some catchments, particularly in Scotland...individual snow events can affect flows anywhere in the country: snowmelt was a key factor in the major flooding that occurred across much of England in March 1947
Climate  Hydrology  Science 
march 2016
Millions projected to be at risk from sea-level rise in the continental United States : Nature Climate Change : Nature Publishing Group
including population growth in their modelling - will be interesting to compare against the catchment adaption idea weve worked on'
Climate  Adaptation 
march 2016
Carolyn Roberts at Gresham College
Britain's Damaged Rivers - online lecture
on Life Scientific 22 Mar 2016
Climate  Hydrology  Science  Adaptation 
march 2016
European medium-range weather forecast - model upgraded to best ever - Scienmag
With higher resolution they hope to be able to better forecast extremes
Climate  Modelling  Science 
march 2016
Honister storm Desmond - CEH hydrological update
The storm has been a record breaker, with the rain gauge at Honister Pass in the Lake District recording 341.4 mm in the 24 hours up to 1800 GMT on 5 December 2015. The recently released FEH13 rainfall frequency model (Stewart et al, 2013) estimates that this observation has a return period of about 1300 years at this particular location

North West floods – Hydrological update | Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Climate  Weather 
march 2016
Why do 100 year events happen so often?
The 1-hour, 1% AEP (100 year ARI) value has 1% chance of occurring at each of these points in a particular year, which means that there is a good chance (63% assuming full independence of points) of a 1-hour, 1% AEP (100 year ARI) event occurring somewhere in the general Melbourne area in each calendar year. (This is an approximation only as the assumption of independence of - zero correlation amongst - points varies with both the duration of rainfall under consideration and the type of rainfall-producing weather mechanisms which can operate in the area.)

Australia's Record Rainfall: Rainfall Events: Design Rainfalls: Water Information: Bureau of Meteorology
Climate  Hydrology  Statistics 
march 2016
Tropical Cyclone Winston Makes Category 5 Landfall; Strongest on Record in Fiji | The Weather Channel
20 Feb 2016 - Winston not only was the first Category 5 tropical cyclone of record to hit Fiji, but earlier Saturday afternoon, became the strongest tropical cyclone of record in the Southern Hemisphere by maximum winds, peaking with 185 mph (nearly 300 km/h) winds estimated by the JTWC
Weather  Climate  Statistics 
march 2016
No Regrets: Planning for Sea Level Rise and Climate Change | Climate UK
This guide is designed to encourage and enable decision-makers to help coastal communities plan how best to adapt to sea level rise and climate change.
Climate  Adaptation  SeaLevel 
march 2016
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