A climate science milestone: a successful 10-year forecast!

Postcards from the frontier of science

Summary:  The gridlock might be breaking in the public policy response to climate change. This gridlock has left us unprepared for even the inevitable repeat of past extreme weather -- let alone what new challenges the future will hold for us. Here is the good news plus some simple measures that can decisively break open … Continue reading A climate science milestone: a successful 10-year forecast!

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What you need to know & are not told about hurricanes

Summary: Millions of words were expended reporting about Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, but too little about the science connecting them to climate change. Here are the details, contrasted with the propaganda barrage of those seeking to exploit these disasters for political gain. Let's listen to these scientists so we can better prepare for what is … Continue reading What you need to know & are not told about hurricanes

Irma might defeat the skeptics and end the climate wars

Model of a hurricane.

Houston is under water after the impact of Harvey, a category 4 hurricane. Irma, a Cat 5, might brush by or even hit Miami. Such moments are ideal for a thought experiment (Gedankenexperiment in the original German). How might a catastrophic hurricane season change the politics of the climate change wars -- the debate about … Continue reading Irma might defeat the skeptics and end the climate wars

Paul Krugman shows why the climate campaign failed

Summary: Like all of Krugman's work, we can learn much from his latest column about climate change. See this annotated version to see how he shows why 30 years of climate crusading has produced so little policy action in the US.   "The Axis of Climate Evil" "Bad faith may destroy civilization" Paul Krugman's op-ed … Continue reading Paul Krugman shows why the climate campaign failed