Yes, we done it. At least, some of it. Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, UK's Met Office, and elsewhere have a package of reports in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Association that, news reports say, add up to a nos culpa, which means I think same as a collective mea culpa. The package includes NOAA's annual report on such things, this edition being the State of the Climate 2011. Some droughts, storm onslaughts and other weather strangeness can be attributed, via one or two sigmas worth of confidence, to the cumulative effects of greenhouse gases and other human forcings on climate.
This is getting considerable attention even in a media world that is shrunken, jaded, and beaten down by the denialist barrage.And, the news is not new, not to those who read news regularly. But the official, heavily-reviewed nature of the core document, from NOAA, lifts it above the noise.
- ScienceNow (via Wired) Richard A. Kerr:Global Warming Linked to 2011 Weather Extremes ; Kerr makes the point clearly while simultaneously stressing that some events were still so probably in a pre-warmed world their recurrence now may not mean much.
- NY Times - Justin Gillis: Global Warming Makes Heat Waves More Likely, Study Finds ;
- CNN - Moni Basu: Extreme weather: Get ready to see more of it, scientists say ;
- AP - Malcolm Ritter: Global warming tied to risk of weather extremes ;
- Reuters - Deborah Zabarenko: Climate Change, Extreme Weather Linked in Studies Examining Texas Drought and U.K. Heat ;
- Science News - Janet Raloff: Warming indicted for extreme weather ; Ive seen the term before, but didn't realize it is a recognized discipline: "attribution science" appears prominently in this article.
- Washington Post - Jason Samenow: NOAA scientist: 80 percent chance recent heat records due to climate change ; A blog post, with a distinctive way of quoting a source at length.
- Is lots more, not much workday left...
- LA Times (opinion) Dan Turner: Can somebody, please, help George Will understand climate?
- CNBC - Patti Domm: Feds Declare Drought Emergency Across 1,000 Counties ;
Grist for the Mill: NOAA Press Release containing a perhaps deliberately sly line - "Worldwide, 2011 was the co0lest year on record.." (wait for it) "..since 2008." Wow. Global warming stopped three years ago? No, but the deniosphere is being shined on, one thinks. ; State of the Climate 2011 on line ;
- Charlie Petit