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

Focusing on worst case climate futures doesn’t work. It shouldn’t work.

Climate Change Choices

Summary: After 30 years of failure to gain support of the US public for massive public policy measures to fight climate change, climate activists now double down on the tactics that have failed them for so long. This post explains why it will not work. Nor should it. Instead they should trust the IPCC and … Continue reading Focusing on worst case climate futures doesn’t work. It shouldn’t work.

See the cost to America from climate change in the 21st century

Summary: Another peer-reviewed paper predicting disaster from climate change by misrepresenting and exaggerating the science. We can still learn much from it. "Estimating economic damage from climate change in the United States" By Solomon Hsiang et al in Science, 3 June 2017. "Estimates of climate change damage are central to the design of climate policies. … Continue reading See the cost to America from climate change in the 21st century

New research ends the battle about the pause in global warming. Neither side won.

Global Warming

Summary: The rise in temperatures during the past few years shows how both activists and skeptics have misrepresented the global warming story. This has been especially so during the decade-long debate about the warming pause. Since 1950 warming has occurred in stair-like steps, with pauses between them. That gives a useful frame to watch temperatures … Continue reading New research ends the battle about the pause in global warming. Neither side won.

Surprising news about trend of America’s temperature and precipitation

Summary: News stories, in both local and national media, tend to describe climate change as a simple and omnipresent phenomenon. It's not. Here we look at the surprising trends in US temperature and precipitation, and northern hemisphere snowfall. There has been global warming during the past two centuries. But activists tend to attribute everything, anywhere, to … Continue reading Surprising news about trend of America’s temperature and precipitation