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The Most Interesting Climate Policy Debate You Haven't Heard Of

Former GOP Rep. Bob Inglis debates a carbon tax in front of a conservative audienceIt occurred last June between two groups of conservatives.On the do-nothing side were well-known climate-science deniers, James Taylor of Heartland and David Kreutzer...

Posted May 27, 2014    

Dust Bowl Days: Will We Cut Carbon Pollution Fast Enough To Prevent Permanent Droughts?

A gigantic dust cloud looms over a ranch in Boise City, Oklahoma, in this April 1935 AP file photo. Ten major dust storms have hit the city this year already.Large parts of the Southwest are drier than they were during the 1930s Dust Bowl. And the...

Posted May 26, 2014    

When Will Coastal Property Values Crash And Will Climate Science Deniers Be The Only Buyers?

CREDIT: NY TimesThe latest scientific observations provide strong evidence we are headed toward the high end of sea level projections. And we already knew that devastating storm surges will become routine on the East Coast.This raises the question:...

Posted May 25, 2014    

Biggest Loser: Thawing Greenland Competes With Collapsing Antarctic For Fastest Ice Loss

Several new studies underscore scientists’ concerns we’re headed toward a coastline at least this flooded (20 meters or 69 feet) over many hundreds of years:The worst-case scenario for sea level rise has now become simply the “business-as-usual”...

Posted May 23, 2014    

The $4 Trillion Mistake: Climate Action Delayed Is Climate Action Denied

CREDIT: IEAThe International Energy Agency (IEA) has issued another major report warning that we are headed for a beyond-catastrophic 11°F warming (6°C). The IEA report, “Energy Technology Perspectives” (ETP 2014), explains that delaying climate...

Posted May 19, 2014    

Firenado Alert: All Of California Under Severe Drought As Climate Change Dries Out Texas

Firenado in California Wednesday (via FoxNews)Amazingly, the epic drought in California actually worsened this week, setting up “unprecedented” fire conditions and even spawning a fire tornado. At the same time, the drought in Texas may become the...

Posted May 18, 2014    

NOAA: Tropical Cyclone 'Maximum Intensity' Is Shifting Toward Poles

In this infrared satellite image, Typhoon Usagi (2013) bears down on Hong Kong as it intensifies to a Category-5 storm. CREDIT: NOAA via Climate CentralA NOAA-led study finds “the location where tropical cyclones reach maximum intensity has been...

Posted May 17, 2014    

New Studies Suggest Many Coastal Cities Eventually To Be Abandoned With Antarctic Ice Collapse

West Antarctica’s Thwaites glacier, one of a cluster that appear to have started irreversible collapse, threatening devastating sea level rise. Via NASA.New studies in Science and Geophysical Research Letters (GRL) find that glaciers in the Amundsen...

Posted May 15, 2014    

The 97%: Watch John Oliver's Hilarious 'Statistically Representative Climate Change Debate'

Some 97 out of 100 actively publishing climate scientists agree with the overwhelming evidence that humans are causing global warming.The challenge for the media is how to accurately reflect that consensus. One way NOT to do it is to give equal time...

Posted May 14, 2014    

El Niño Chances Jump To Near 80%, Add In Global Warming And We Face Record Heat

Chart of global temperature since 1950, also showing the phase of the El Niño-La Niña cycle. Via NASA.The chances of an El Niño developing this year are now at almost 4 out of 5. The chart above from NASA makes clear El Niños are generally the...

Posted May 13, 2014    

Media Figures Out American Climate Beliefs Are Outliers, But Do They Share The Blame?

You go to the doctor for your regular check up. For the umpteenth time she tells you, “as long as you keep smoking two packs a day, you are at grave risk of serious and irreversible impacts to your health. You need to quit.”In your previous checkups...

Posted May 11, 2014    

Landmark Report Warns Time Is Running Out To Save US From Climate Catastrophe

The National Climate Assessment is the definitive statement of current and future impacts of carbon pollution on the United States. And the picture it paints is stark: Inaction will devastate much of the arable land of the nation’s breadbasket — and...

Posted May 8, 2014