Hurricane Patricia drew immediate attention by intensifying from a tropical storm to a Category 5 hurricane in a single day. It soon developed the fastest winds ever recorded in a western hemisphere storm. Meteorologists and climate scientists have already begun their scientific investigations of how a cyclical El Niño and […]
The Climate System
Three weeks and three days before Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans 10 years ago, a paper of mine appeared in...
Recent observations of the Atlantic deep ocean overturning circulation, called the Atlantic Meridional (north-south)...
[This piece was slightly edited for brevity and readability; see full video of the session on YouTube.] Quirke: Hello...
At a recent meeting of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology, Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) asked White House Science Advisor John Holdren why “global wobbling” was not included in climate models of modern climate change (YouTube). After all, if global wobbling was so important in ending the […]Read more ›
While Judith Curry brings up some interesting notions in ‘Climate Sensitivity Uncertainy‘, I don’t agree with many of her arguments and conclusions. I’m pleased that Dr. Curry acknowledges that “uncertainty in itself is not a reason for inaction” (see also ‘Why Climate Uncertainty is No Excuse for Doing Nothing‘ on […]Read more ›
In a press conference ahead of the UN Climate Summit two week ago, UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon stated: “Action on climate change is urgent. The more we delay, the more we will pay in lives and in money.” The recently appointed UN Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio stated “The debate is over. […]Read more ›
To tell the story from the beginning, consider the carbon atom – 6 protons, 4 valence electrons, 4th most abundant element in the universe – basis of all life on earth. It’s locked up in rocks and plants, dissolved into our oceans, and mixed up with other gases in our […]Read more ›
Given all the back and forth on climate change out there, it can be hard to know what to think. It’s also a complicated subject, so much of the information is distributed all over the place or in huge tomes. Below I’ve put together a fairly quick overview that I’ve […]Read more ›
Recently a german taxi driver asked me if climate hasn’t been changing in the past with similar warm periods as the one we have now. After getting back home to Corvallis, Oregon, I read a letter to the editor of our local newspaper claiming that it was much warmer than […]Read more ›