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

What you need to know about hurricanes and their trends

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 about hurricanes and their trends

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

Ten years after Katrina: let’s learn from those predictions of more & bigger hurricanes

Summary -- Most 10-year anniversary articles about Katrina omit one chapter of that sad story: its exploitation by climate activists. They predicted more and stronger hurricanes. Let's grade them. Every time activists falsely cry "wolf" we become weaker, less able to prepare for real threats. Remembering is the first step to learning. “Sooner or later, … Continue reading Ten years after Katrina: let’s learn from those predictions of more & bigger hurricanes

Nine years after Katrina, climate activists have earned their reward. We might pay dearly for it.

Summary: We rely on warnings about threats from our watchmen, experts or amateurs, who see danger before we can. Our ability to respond depends on the clarity of their warnings. Sometimes we don't listen; sometimes they're wrong. Sometimes we suffer because they minimize the danger or exaggerate the time until it arrives. Climate activists have … Continue reading Nine years after Katrina, climate activists have earned their reward. We might pay dearly for it.