Monthly Archives: November 2012

Climate cliff overshadows fiscal cliff

A recently released PricewaterhouseCoopers (or PwC) report, titled Too Late for Two Degrees?, suggests that, to meet even a goal of a 4° C increase in global mean temperatures the world must quadruple our current rate of decarbonization.  (Yes, this is … Continue reading

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Toward government accountability on climate change during Obama’s second term

Congratulations to President Obama for his re-election victory last night, after a long and hard-fought campaign.  Of course, while the electoral contest has concluded (finally!), the essential policy problems of U.S. government remain unresolved and still face the President, a … Continue reading

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House Democrats call for hearing on Hurricane Sandy and climate change

Representatives Henry Waxman (D-California) and Bobby Rush (D-Illinois) have sent a letter to Rep. Fred Upton (R-Michigan), Chair of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, requesting a committee hearing during the upcoming lame duck session on climate change, with … Continue reading

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“Wacky Weather” here to stay

The amount of additional heat that entered the Arctic Ocean during the the summer of 2012 due to the decrease in sea ice was approximately enough to power the United States for about 26 years.  The trillion-dollar question is: how … Continue reading

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“The insurance industry is finally waking up and smelling the climate chaos coffee”

“What is the increasingly risk-exposed insurance industry doing to prepare and plan for increasingly intense extreme weather fueled by climate change? The answer is, not surprisingly, much, much too little,” writes former CSW senior research associate Anne Polansky on her new … Continue reading

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Corell, Masters, Trenberth: Climate change contributed to Hurricane Sandy

“We should consider Sandy—and other recent extreme weather events – an early taste of a climate-changed world, and a grim preview of the even worse to come,” write Bob Corell, Jeff Masters, and Kevin Trenberth in Politico today. “It’s time … Continue reading

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The continuing threat to continuity of space-based global climate data

“The United States is facing a year or more without crucial satellites that provide invaluable data for predicting storm tracks, a result of years of mismanagement, lack of financing and delays in launching replacements, according to several recent official reviews,” … Continue reading

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For the record

Sometimes a sound bite from an interview can alter the meaning of what you were trying to say. Here’s a small example.

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“Climate dialogue runs aground” (Al Jazeera, “Inside Story: US 2012”)

Hurricane Sandy and other extreme weather events like this year’s droughts and record temperatures have made the lack of discussion about climate change during the presidential election season even more jarring.  Why have politicians become so afraid to approach the … Continue reading

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