High Climate Sensitivity
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Oct 2013Discovery that agricultural practices help form clouds could change the way we calculate global warming- climate is more sensitive. 

​The health and human rights approach to climate change

2012 Climate Sensitivity Estimated From Earth's Climate History




2008 James E. Hansen and Makiko Sato
​​​Target Atmospheric CO2: Where Should Humanity Aim? James Hansen
Paleoclimate data show that climate sensitivity is ~3°C for doubled CO2, including only fast feedback processes. Equilibrium sensitivity, including slower surface albedo feedbacks,is ~6°C for doubled CO2 for the range of climate states between glacial conditions and ice-free Antarctica.

Equilibrium sensitivity 6°C for doubled CO2 is relevant to the case in which GHG changes are specified. That is appropriate to the anthropogenic case, provided the GHG amounts are estimated from carbon cycle models including climate feedbacks such as methane release from tundra and ocean sediments. The equilibrium sensitivity is even higher if the GHG feedback is included as part of the climate response, as is appropriate for analysis of the climate response to Earth orbital perturbations. The very high sensitivity with both albedo and GHG slow feedbacks included accounts for the huge magnitude of glacial-interglacial fluctuations in the Pleistocene in response to small forcings

Feb 2013 ​Time-dependent climate sensitivity(higher) & legacy of GHG emissions ​​(last 23,000–165,000 yrs)
18 Dec 2015 NASA research Examination of Earth's recent history key to predicting global temperatures. The sensitivity is 70% higher than IPCC estimates used
Jan 2014 Drew Shindell Inhomogeneous forcing and transient climate sensitivity Transient C Sens ​is higher than IPCC estimates
7 April 2016  Global warming may be far worse than thought, cloud analysis suggests. Climate change projections have vastly underestimated the role that clouds play,
31 Dec 2013  Solution to cloud riddle reveals hotter future: Global temperatures to rise at least 4 degrees C by 2100
8 April 2016 Observational constraints on mixed-phase clouds
​imply higher climate sensitivity​
Article on above paper 

June 2016​​  Deep time evidence for climate sensitivity increase with warming
Jun 2016 Projection and prediction: Climate sensitivity on the rise 
5 May 2015 Climate variability and relationships between top-of-atmosphere radiation and temperatures on Earth

Aug 2013 Time-dependent climate sensitivity and the legacy of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions
Nov 2016 -Nonlinear climate sensitivity and its implications
​for future greenhouse warming

Equibrium climate sensitivity for warm climates is 4.88 degrees C
'​For warm climates, the value (S warm)  is more than two times larger,
​(than cold climates) attaining ​1.32 K W−1 m2 or 4.88 K per CO2 doubling.
Do not use 3C for projecting the future​
​The average of S over the entire 784-ka range can be calculated from a linear regression of the SAT/radiative forcing data set. It amounts to 3.22 K per CO2 doubling. Comparing the mean of S to Swarm, it becomes apparent that this long-term mean value substantially underestimates Swarm and thus should not be used to assess future anthropogenic warming.
2011 NAP National Academy Sciencec (US) 2011 Earth's deep paleo past shows a very high climate sensitivity - up to 7 to 9.6C (+-1.5C , 3 M years ago (Pliocene).

2011 ​​Jeffrey Khiel Lessons from Earth's Past Thus, the rate of increase in atmospheric CO2 is unprecedented in Earth’s history.
​The study also indicates that the planet’s climate system, over long periods of times, may be at least twice as sensitive to carbon dioxide than currently projected by computer models, which have generally focused on shorter-term warming trends.