A story showing why America’s forests are burning

Summary: Why is so much of America burning? We see the answer as much of California burns. Land was stripped of the trees that provided firebreaks, homes were carelessly built in natural fire zones, and decades of fire suppression allowed accumulation of tinder (details here). Scientists warned and were ignored. Here is an account of … Continue reading A story showing why America’s forests are burning

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About polar bears & science on the front lines of global warming

Starving Svalbard polar bear

Summary: Today's post reviews a book about applied climate science, discussing polar bears -- poster animals for the effects of global warming. It tells the rest of the story, the good news. It's well worth reading. Review of Susan Crockford's new book: Polar Bears: Outstanding Survivors of Climate Change. For thirty years we have heard increasingly … Continue reading About polar bears & science on the front lines of global warming

Cut thru the myths about Irma, Harvey, and climate change

Summary: Climate scientist Judith Curry discusses Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the state of knowledge about hurricanes, and the announcements of their connection to climate change. These storms teach us lessons we cannot afford to ignore. . Interview of Dr. Judith Curry by David Whitehouse of the Global Warming Policy Foundation. Discussing Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, … Continue reading Cut thru the myths about Irma, Harvey, and climate change

A Timeline for the Extinction of Jobs by Machines

Summary: Finally the AI revolution and the coming great extinction of jobs has become visible to almost everyone. Only its timing remains unknown. New research shows experts' forecasts of AI's growing skills, valuable information that will help us prepare. Let's use it! "When Will AI Exceed Human Performance? Evidence from AI Experts." By Katja Grace … Continue reading A Timeline for the Extinction of Jobs by Machines