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 […]
Three weeks and three days before Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans 10 years ago, a paper of mine appeared in...
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The effects of climate change on individual extreme events consist of thermodynamic changes and atmospheric circulation...
Media Matters for America cannot be accused of false balance. It’s one-sided. It’s dedicated, as its website reports, to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media. It’s entirely possible to be both one-sided and accurate. But in this post, I’m going to look at a case where […]Read more ›
COP20 is now underway in Lima and I have been on the newly created site for most of the week. Less than three months ago this was apparently an empty piece of land in a large Peruvian government complex, but now it is a bustling and well fitted out set […]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 ›
A top economic advisor to the Australian Government recently suggested in an op-ed published by the national daily The Australian that one scenario we should be prepared for is global cooling due to a possible change in solar activity. Certain reports in the U.S. media have also suggested cooling may already be upon us because […]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 ›
After a bit of “hiatus”, ClimateDialogue (CD) has re-opened again with a discussion on climate sensitivity. On one hand this site is unique in bringing together ‘mainstreamers’ and ‘contrarians’ (both in the organization and in the discussions), hopefully leading to both enhanced clarity on what the (dis)agreements are really about […]Read more ›