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RealClimate is a commentary site on climate science by working climate scientists for the interested public and journalists. We aim to provide a quick response to developing stories and provide the context sometimes missing in mainstream commentary. The discussion here is restricted to scientific topics and will not get involved in any political or economic implications of the science. All posts are signed by the author(s), except ‘group’ posts which are collective efforts from the whole team. This is a moderated forum.

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A translation in Belorussian is available here

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The header banner is constructed from a 1992 photograph from the Space Shuttle (mission STS-50) of clouds and fog over the Indian subcontinent, a 1999 photograph of the sun taken with the Extreme UV Imaging Telescope onboard the SOHO satellite and a stock picture of power station cooling towers (of unknown provenance), all put together using The Gimp.

We use WordPress blogging software and are hosted at Site design is by Gavin, with some elements inspired by the setup at Cosmic Variance.

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Détails techniques

L’image de la bannière est un montage d’une photographie de 1992 de nuages et de brouillard sur le sous-continent Indien, prise de la Space Shuttle (mission STS-50), d’une 1999 photographie du soleil prise avec l’Extreme UV Imaging Telescope embarqué sur le satellite SOHO satellite et d’une image de tours de refroidissements d’une centrale énergétique (dont la source est inconnue), le tout combiné avec The Gimp.

Nous utilisons le logiciel de blogWordPress et sommes hébergés chez Le design du site est signé Gavin, avec certains éléments inspirés du site Cosmic Variance.


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