Climate sensitivity

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Carbon dioxide levels are rising at their fastest rate since the dinosaurs' time. iurii/Shutterstock.com

What will a hotter Australia be like? The past gives us some clues

The latest climate projections released last week by the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO predict that Australia could potentially warm by between 2.8C and 5.1C by 2090. Meanwhile, the 2014 State of the…
Understanding clouds is crucial to understanding whether temperatures will rise quickly in coming decades. Visun Khankasem/Shutterstock.com

How clouds can make climate change worse than we thought

The amount of global warming we can expect in the future has been a tough question to pin down. A new study that I led with colleagues in France has enabled us to come up with a more accurate analysis…
What is the relationship between carbon dioxide and temperature rise? Werner Wittersheim

Explainer: what is climate sensitivity?

Humans are emitting CO2 and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. As these gases build up they trap extra heat and make the climate warmer. But how much warmer? Scientists have long understood that…

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