Author Archives: Nick Sundt

21st Century climate extremes and the next "Greatest Generation"

Can catastrophic events serve as lasting climate wake-up calls? Why do some disasters have deep and long-lasting consequences for our society while others do not? And what can we do – and should we do – in advance of such events … Continue reading

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As sea ice melts in a warming Arctic, walruses outpace politicians

Even as the new IPCC Fifth Assessment Report concludes that anthropogenic influences have very likely contributed to unprecedented Arctic sea ice retreat since 1979, an estimated 10,000 walruses hauled out on land along Alaska’s north coast -- forced ashore by the disappearance of … Continue reading

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Q&A on the Public Review Draft of the Sixth U.S. Climate Action Report (CAR6)

What is the U.S. Climate Action Report? Why is the 6th Climate Action Report important? What happens next with the public review draft? Which countries submit National Communications to the UNFCCC? When were previous National Communications submitted? What are the required contents? What are the new Biennial … Continue reading

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Cato Institute Halloween trick: issues report masquerading as an "Addendum" to 2009 National Climate Assessment

In 2009, a scientific assessment of Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States sponsored by the U.S. Global Change Research Program warned in its key findings that "coastal areas are at increasing risk from sea-level rise and storm surge." … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Droughts

Those who think we are powerless to do anything about the 'greenhouse effect' are forgetting about the 'White House effect.''' Was that Barack Obama in 2008? Nope. Republican presidential candidate George H.W. Bush spoke those words 24 years ago this month, as he headed to victory that November.

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To Politicians Napping on the Fireline: Wake Up, Smell the Smoke and Act on Climate Change

The Standard Firefighting Orders developed to reduce firefighting risks include this: "Post lookouts when there is possible danger." And the Watch Out Situations that should raise immediate concerns among firefighters on the line include "Taking a nap near fireline." Our climate … Continue reading

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Climate science denier Colorado Congressman wants federal wildfire disaster aid

The High Park Fire in freshman Rep. Cory Gardner's (R-Colorado) district has torched 87,284 acres, burned 257 houses and has cost $33.5 million to suppress. Rep. Gardner is part of the House majority that rejects climate science that connects fossil fuel … Continue reading

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Rising Temperatures Expose Cities' Vulnerable Electrical Supplies

Extreme summer heat drives up electricity demand  for cooling. This can strain electrical supply, transmission, and distribution systems and thereby increase the risks of very costly and disruptive blackouts.  An analysis released by Oak Ridge National Laboratory cites two examples in … Continue reading

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Federal report warns of costly impacts to US cities from changing weather extremes

A new report from Oak Ridge National Laboratory warns that urban areas in the U.S. "are vulnerable to extreme weather events that will become more intense, frequent, and/or longer-lasting with climate change. " The authors say that the "true consequences … Continue reading

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IPCC says essential actions needed to reduce risks of changing climate extremes

A new assessment report by the the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on preparing for weather and climate extremes warns that a changing climate “can result in unprecedented extreme weather and climate events” and says that actions ranging “from … Continue reading

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