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The Cray XC40 supercomputer used by Met Office climate scientists. Credit: Met Office.

Guest post: Why results from the next generation of climate models matter

Prof Stephen Belcher is chief scientist at the UK Met Office; Dr Olivier Boucher is head of the Institut Pierre Simon Laplace (IPSL) Climate Modelling... Read More

Guest posts | Mar 21. 2019.
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Explainer: How scientists estimate ‘climate sensitivity’

The sensitivity of the Earth’s climate to increases in atmospheric CO2 concentration is a question that sits at the heart of climate science. ... Read More

Climate sensitivity | Jun 19. 2018.
Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, Germany. Novarc Images / Alamy Stock Photo. H46R0E

Explainer: Six ideas to limit global warming with solar geoengineering

Scientists agree that cutting global greenhouse emissions as soon as possible will be key to tackling global warming. But, with global emissions still... Read More

Geoengineering | May 9. 2018.
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Long-term climate variability ‘could fall’ as the world warms

Long-term climate variability is the range of temperatures and weather patterns experienced by the Earth over a scale of thousands of years. New... Read More

Global temperature | Feb 6. 2018.
D0M2HM view on the sun over inversion from Jested, Jested-Kozakov ridge, Czech Republic. Credit: Nataliya Hora / Alamy Stock Photo

New study ‘reduces uncertainty’ for climate sensitivity

Scientists have presented a new, narrower estimate of the “climate sensitivity” –  a measure of how much the climate could warm in response to... Read More

Climate sensitivity | Jan 17. 2018.

In-depth: Scientists discuss how to improve climate models

While global climate models do a good job of simulating the Earth’s climate, they are not perfect. ... Read More

Climate modelling | Jan 17. 2018.
View of aerosol movement created by NASA'a models and supercomputers.

Q&A: How do climate models work?

In the first article of a week-long series focused on climate modelling, Carbon Brief explains in detail how scientists use computers to understand... Read More

Climate modelling | Jan 15. 2018.
B7T95A Auto emissions- tailpipe exhaust from cars driving in town, waiting in traffic at an intersection. Image shot 2009. Exact date unknown.

Analysis: Why scientists think 100% of global warming is due to humans

The extent of the human contribution to modern global warming is a hotly debated topic in political circles, particularly in the US. ... Read More

Global temperature | Dec 13. 2017.
Dr Bill Hare

The Carbon Brief Interview: Dr Bill Hare

Dr Bill Hare is the co-founder and CEO of Climate Analytics, an international non-profit climate science and policy institute based in Germany. He is... Read More

Interviews | Dec 1. 2017.
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Analysis: How could the Agung volcano in Bali affect global temperatures?

While human activity has been the dominant driver of climate change over the past century, natural factors can influence short-term variations in... Read More

Global temperature | Oct 25. 2017.
Eocene landscape (56 to 34 million years ago)

Hyperthermals: What can they tell us about modern global warming?

Around 50m years ago, Earth was struck by a series of short-term phases of rapid global warming, known collectively as “hyperthermals”. ... Read More

Climate sensitivity | Oct 9. 2017.
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