Websites for Climate Science Information for UC Irvine OLLI Classes

First is the link to the OLLI NOAA lectures that we are watching:

There is a new Draft of the National Climate Assessment to be found on:

The National Climate Data Center has a 2011 State of the Climate Report at:

Here are the sites that I go to daily for information of whats new in scientific reporting.

The Andrew Revkin DotEarth blog of the NY Times 

The Huffington Post Green News

Weekly I look at subscription sites of Nature Magazine, Science Magazine, and The Economist

Occasionally I check on the Union of Concerned Scientists who put out independent reports related to energy, nuclear safety, pollution, and other topics.

Another popular blog is the ThinkProgress blog of Joe Romm, among several other contributors,

The IPCC site keeps track of the schedule for the Assessment Report 5 (AR5) to be released in 2013 and 2014.  It also has the 2007 AR4, and the 2012 Special Report on Extreme Events (SREX).

The leaked WGI second order draft of the science report of AR5 is on the skeptic website of Alex Rawls  For those contemplating reading this, I should warn you that it is like entering a thicket, compared to the future final document.  The draft is over 2,000 pages in length.  The language is that of specialists in the various sub-fields of climate science.  No glossary was included with the leaks.  The text is full of abbreviations, and with no glossary, you can search endlessly for what they mean.  It is worse than reading Greek, since the abbreviations are not words from any European root language.  The figures are not embedded in the text, but occur at the end of the chapters.  The figures often use the abbreviations.  The various likelihood estimates are also a separate language, with the table maybe only presented once.  I discussed it in a previous blog.  The explanations are really contained in the thousands of references.  The authors have done an admirable job in judging and putting the parts together.  The final Recommendation for Policy Makers in 2014 will be the main summary that people need to act on.

An excellent scientific website for countering statements or arguments of skeptics is called Skeptical Science 

Another scientific website to elaborate topics is Real Climate




About Dennis SILVERMAN

I am a retired Professor of Physics and Astronomy at U C Irvine. For a decade I have been active in learning about energy and the environment, and in lecturing and attending classes at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UC Irvine.
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