'Unprecedented' melt sinks hope for Arctic ice recovery

The Canadian Ice Service is warning that the disintegration of Arctic Ocean ice cover may be worse this year than last - which, until now, was the worst on record.

The U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center reports :

Arctic sea ice extent on August 10 was 6.54 million square kilometers (2.52 million square miles), a decline of 1 million square kilometers (390,000 square miles) since the beginning of the month. Extent is now within 780,000 square kilometers (300,000 square miles) of last year's value on the same date and is 1.50 million square kilometers (580,000 square miles) below the 1979 to 2000 average.

The Guardian Offers "Words of Warming"

Yet More Summer Reading

Here's a book page extravaganza from The Guardian, beginning with a fairly comprehensive survey of recent climate change literature (in the popular press) from Weather Makers author Tim Flannery, and then following on with a “top picks” section from six other people ranging from Guardian columnist George Monbiot and to  High Tide author Mark Lynas.

Best of Tamino: Urging an Open Mind

More Summer Reading:

Thanks to DeSmogger Brian D., we now have this well-categorized version of The Best of Tamino, a veritable celebration of debunkery courtesy of the clearest writing statisticians around. Brian's recommended (and annotated) reading list is posted below.

The Computer Models Are All Wet -- But the Skeptics are Wetter!

US and British researchers have confirmed the link between warmer climate and an increase in powerful rainstorms, according to a study that underscores one of the challenges of global warming.The researchers even found that the increase of extreme rainfall was higher than what has been predicted in current computer models, according to the study published in the journal Science.

C'mon, Sue Us: Please Sue Us

Frank Bi has a wonderful petition over at the International Journal of Inactivism, calling for hacks like Christoper Walter (the lurid Viscount Monckton of Brenchley) to find the courage of their alleged convictions and sue Al Gore and NASA's James Hansen for fomenting the global scientific “conspiracy” about climate change.

Really, if these guys had a shred of evidence - or dignity - they'd bring their vacuous argument before a judge and let the case be tested. I, personally, would love to see a jury trial - a serious opportunity to put the evidence before a dozen people who would test Hansen's science against Monckton's palaver.

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