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Atmospheric river storms can drive costly flooding – and climate change is making them stronger

  By Tom Corringham, University of California San Diego The Conversation Ask people to name the world’s largest river, and most will probably guess that it’s the Amazon, the Nile or the Mississippi. In fact, some of Earth’s largest rivers are in the sky – and they can produce powerful storms, like the ones now […]

October 26th

Television: A new wave of vibrant science programs

When WMAR, Baltimore’s first television station, began broadcasting in 1947, a local public relations official saw an opportunity. Lynn Poole had recently been named the first director of public relations at Johns Hopkins University, and he was looking for ways to promote the institution’s cutting-edge research. So when word got out that WMAR was looking for […]

October 24th

A global carbon removal industry is coming – experts explain the problems it must overcome

Each of its carbon-sucking units is the size of a shipping container, yet the world’s largest direct air capture machine – the Orca plant in Iceland – only captures and stores about 4,000 tonnes of CO₂ a year. That’s about three seconds’ worth of global emissions. By Johanna Forster, University of East Anglia and Naomi […]

October 20th

Global religious leaders, scientists issue joint call for ‘radical’ climate action

Dozens of religious leaders and scientists came together in Vatican City this week to demand “urgent, radical, and responsible action” to address the climate emergency and related challenges that threaten humanity and “life on our beautiful common home.” By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The interfaith climate meeting, hosted by the Catholic leader Pope Francis, included […]

October 17th

Winners of 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics built mathematics of climate modeling, making predictions of global warming and modern weather forecasting possible

As a climate scientist myself, I was excited to learn that Syukuro Manabe, Klaus Hasselmann and Giorgio Parisi have been awarded the 2021 Nobel Prize for Physics. I first met Manabe when I was a graduate student in the early 1970s, so I was particularly pleased that the prize recognizes the profound importance of Manabe’s […]

October 6th

Nobel prize in physics goes to scientists who did ground-breaking work understanding climate change

Three scientists on Tuesday were awarded the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics for their “revolutionary contributions” to the world’s understanding of the climate—and how human activity, such as the emission of carbon dioxide, impacts it. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams Syukuro Manabe of Princeton University and Klaus Hasselmann of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in […]

October 5th

Action Alert: Call on CA Gov Gavin Newsom to restore funding for the Delta Independent Science Board!

I urge everybody to call Governor Newsom at (916) 445-2841 and ask him to sign SB 821 to restore funding for the Delta Independent Science Board, or send him a message using this form: By Dan Bacher Deirdre Des Jardins explains on her California Water Research blog ( the background behind the Delta Independent Science […]

September 30th

NOAA says atmospheric CO2 levels haven’t been this high in 800,000 years

Bolstering the case for meaningful climate action, a major report released Wednesday found that Earth’s atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations and sea levels both hit record highs in 2020. By  Kenny Stancil Common Dreams Based on the contributions of more than 530 scientists from over 60 countries and compiled by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration […]

August 29th

Women in STEM: Scientists understood the physics of climate change in the 1800s thanks to a scientist named Eunice Foote

Long before the current political divide over climate change, and even before the U.S. Civil War (1861-1865), an American scientist named Eunice Foote documented the underlying cause of today’s climate change crisis. By Sylvia G. Dee, Rice University The Conversation The year was 1856. Foote’s brief scientific paper was the first to describe the extraordinary […]

August 27th

NOAA: Earth’s hottest month was record hot in 2021

The July 2021 Global Climate Summary from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information was released on Last week, and among the highlights was that the planet’s hottest month of the year was also the hottest July in the 142-year record. By Rebecca Lindsey NOAA From the report: The July 2021 global surface temperature was 1.67°F (0.93°C) above […]

August 24th

Climate change is relentless: Seemingly small shifts have big consequences

By Kevin Trenberth, National Center for Atmospheric Research The Conversation Climate change has been accumulating slowly but relentlessly for decades. The changes might sound small when you hear about them – another tenth of a degree warmer, another centimeter of sea level rise – but seemingly small changes can have big effects on the world […]

August 22nd

Tropical Storm Henri could bring dangerous storm surge to Northeast states – but what is storm surge, anyway?

Forecasters are warning about the potential for dangerous storm surge as Tropical Storm Henri strengthens on a path that could take it near or over New York’s Long Island and into New England during the weekend of Aug. 21, 2021. The storm was expected to reach the area right at full moon, when high tides […]

August 21st

Scientists react: What are the key new insights from the new IPCC climate report?

The new report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) marks the latest comprehensive effort by the world’s climate scientists to summarise the evidence underpinning their discipline. As its name implies, the sixth assessment report (AR6) – the first part of which, working group 1 (WG1), was published this week – is the latest in a series which […]

August 20th

CarbonBrief presents an in-depth Q&A on the IPCC report on climate

The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has published the first part of its sixth assessment report (AR6), which will form the cornerstone of climate science for the years ahead. Summarizing the “physical science basis” for climate change, the report pulls together the findings from more than 14,000 peer-reviewed studies. By Simon Evans, Josh Gabbatiss, Zeke […]

August 17th

Dr James Hansen: Earth is now far out of energy balance – more energy coming in than going out

July global temperature (+1.16°C relative to 1880-1920 mean) was within a hair (0.02°C) of being the warmest July in the era of instrumental measurements (Fig. 1, left).  That’s remarkable because we are still under the influence of a fairly strong La Nina (Fig. 1, right).  Global cooling associated with La Ninas peaks five months after the […]

August 16th