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The Calamity Of The Century, & Then Again, In St. Petersburg, Florida — Tropical Storm & Sewage Crisis

Unchecked development causes many urban crises with water problems. Troubles such as too much impervious infrastructure are overwhelmed when strong storms arrive. A recently reported crisis in St. Petersburg, Florida — “The Calamity of the Century” — examines one of the many water problems of this complex environmental conundrum in South Florida. The plight of the Gulf Coast

Many State Governors With US House In Blocking Climate Action

On Tuesday, one big handy graphic appeared online detailing what every state governor really believes about climate change. The Center for American Progress released an interactive map of the 50 states. It details the sad fact that half of America’s 29 Republican governors agree with the anti-science caucus of Congress. Tiffany Germain And Ryan Koronowski, who wrote the

National Climate Assessment Pulls No Punches About US Options

(All figures are from the 2014 National Climate Assessment draft.) Later today (Tuesday, May 6), at 8 a.m. EDT, the National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee of experts meets by conference call to approve the final version of the Third National Climate Assessment. The gist of their message, as Suzanne Goldenberg of The Guardian

The IPCC's Blockbuster 5th Climate Assessment

BREAKING: Late this evening (8 pm EST, or tomorrow, March 31, at 9 am in Tokyo), something large and unpleasant will hit the fan about climate change. At a press conference in Yokohama, the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will release its Fifth Assessment Report on impacts of human activities on current and

What's "Sustainable Development"? Free Online Course!

On his blog “I see a change,” Nigerian Youth Development Expert Olumide Idowu presents the elements of sustainable development (source: Not all online courses provide all they promise you, but here’s one that should answer all your questions about environmentally sustainable, socially inclusive economic development. It will also challenge you to find out more.

"Lousy, Spoilt, and Defiled Planet" Climate Talks Begin In Warsaw

Officials open the 2013 UNFCCC meetings with determination and louder warnings…. (Photo source: It’s time for the governments of the world to struggle with climate change policy again. Every year, late in November and early in December, representatives of 195 nations gather for two weeks to try to negotiate global responses to the increasingly

Climate Change Is Worsening Drought — NOAA Study Fans Confusion Flame

When I first saw the news that the 2012 US drought probably wasn’t caused by global warming, I knew the global warming misinformers confusionists would blow the story and get caught up in all kinds of anti-science conspiracy theories. Naturally, that’s what they’ve done. Of course, NOAA was quite haphazard with this report, knowing full well

Climate Change Causing Extreme Drought and Flooding in UK

  The UK has experienced a record rainfall on top of a severe drought this year. The record rainfall created widespread flooding of a magnitude never seen before. Still, the groundwater levels were above and “well above” the average for early Autumn. Terry Marsh from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) says: “sustained recoveries of

Climate Science Weekly Research Roundup

  Ari Jokimäki recently published one of his regular roundups of climate science research news. Since you probably haven’t seen many (or any) of these stories in the mainstream media, I’m reposting the roundup here in full. The post is from AGW Observer (via Skeptical Science). Enjoy! by Ari Jokimäki Wouldn’t it be nice to

Europe to Suffer Colder and Stormier Future

  Scientists have previously predicted that Britain will likely see a drop in sea and land temperatures over the next century due to changes in the climate as a result of greenhouse gas increases, and now scientists believe that Britain may also see an increase in violent storms. Why are these changes predicted to take

Breaking News: Earth is Still Warming…. A LOT

  Another great post from Skeptical Science that I’m just going to go ahead and repost in full. Thought global warming was over? Of course you didn’t, and this post can back you up: In a previous post we discussed how the argument that the Earth has stopped warming doesn’t make much sense because the people claiming

Correction: 2010 & 2005 Actually Hottest Years on Record According to UK Met Office; World Warming Faster than Thought

  It’s long been known by people who follow climate science that the Met Office underestimates global temperature rise. Why? Because it’s Hadley/CRU (Climatic Research Unit) Temperature dataset (HadCRUT) undersamples the Arctic, and the Arctic is where the most warming is occurring. “Now the Met[eorological] Office (part of the Defence Ministry) has corrected their errors and update

Galileo vs. Santorum on Climate Change

  I am hereby comparing Rick Santorum and US Senator James Inhofe to lizards.                         I hope this reference to reptiles is not offensive to them, their families, nor their supporters. It’s not personal. It should be taken in good-fun. Feel free to compare

Lindzen's Misrepresentation of Climate Science (Part II)

  Following up on a repost of Skeptical Science’s recent debunking of Richard Lindzen’s February London presentation, here’s a repost of a RealClimate debunking of one of Lindzen’s new slides/graphs. The debunking is by NASA climate scientist Gavin Schmidt: Misrepresentation from Lindzen   Richard Lindzen is a very special character in the climate debate –

Economist Nordhaus Corrects WSJ Global Warming Nonsense

  In my Green News roundup yesterday, I quickly linked to a piece on economist William Nordhaus’ recent response to yet another horrid Wall Street Journal (WSJ) op-ed on global warming (another global warming denier piece chock full of myths and lies). However, I now see that Skeptical Science has a great new piece out on

Arctic Death Spiral Continues (or Speeds Up..)

The Arctic is not looking good. It’s got a fever and may not live through it. As the NASA press release below notes, “the oldest and thickest Arctic sea ice is disappearing at a faster rate than the younger and thinner ice at the edges of the Arctic Ocean’s floating ice cap.” This is no

Setting Yet Another WSJ Failure Straight

Guest commentary from Barry Bickmore (repost) via RealClimate. The Wall Street Journal posted yet another op-ed by 16 scientists and engineers, which even include a few climate scientists(!!!). Here is the editor’s note to explain the context. Editor’s Note: The authors of the following letter, listed below, are also the signatories of “No Need to Panic About Global Warming,” an op-ed that

Donate to Climate Science Legal Defense Fund!

  Climate scientists are being hacked and attacked like there ain’t no tomorrow… really, like there ain’t no tomorrow. It’s a shame for humanity, but it also makes these climate scientists’ lives a lot harder and less enjoyable. Want to help out? The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund takes donations from people like you and me to

Green News of the Day (VIDEO)

Some top green news from around from the past day or so: Global Warming   Heartland associate taught ‘biased’ climate course at Ottawa university  An associate of the Heartland Institute, the thinktank devoted to discrediting climate change, taught a course at a top Canadian university that contained more than 140 false, biased and misleading claims about

Climate Science News of the Day (VIDEO)

Top climate science news of the past day: Live Q&A with Climate Scientist Dr Michael Mann (TODAY) The UK’s Guardian is hosting a live question and answer with Dr. Michael Mann, one of the world’s leading climate scientists, today. To participate, head on over to Guardian post linked above at 4:00pm GMT (11am EST). Snowy

Dr. Michael Mann on "The Climate Wars" (Interview)

  Dr. Michael Mann is one of the top climate scientists in the world. As such, Dr. Mann is also a top target of attack for global warming deniers threatened by the reality of global warming and climate change or fooled by industries and politicians trying to confuse the public on this matter. Chris Mooney,

Worst Heartland Coverage Yet (& Joe Romm and Andrew Revkin Make Amends?)

  In another terrific post that I’m going to repost in full in a moment, leading climate change blogger Dr. Joe Romm dissects the truly heart-wrenching reporting by Juliet Eilperin of the Washington Post on the recent Heartland Institute leak. All I’m going to add on that is: JOURNALIST’S REPORTING ON GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE NEED

Peter Gleick is "Heartland Insider" (Facts, Implications, & Concerns)

  Peter Gleick, a water and climate analyst, has revealed that he was the individual who solicited Heartland Institute board documents and leaked them to key sites covering global warming. Gleick received the “Climate Strategy” first from an anonymous individual, and, to confirm the contents of it, solicited the board documents under someone else’s name.

Open Letter to Heartland Institute from Climate Scientists

  In case you haven’t seen this, several world-leading climate scientists have published an open letter to the Heartland Institute. Here it is: An Open Letter to the Heartland Institute As scientists who have had their emails stolen, posted online and grossly misrepresented, we can appreciate the difficulties the Heartland Institute is currently experiencing following

Michael Mann Interview — Love It (VIDEO)

  One of the world’s leading climate scientists, Dr. Michael Mann, was recently interviewed by the good folks at the UK’s Guardian. It’s a great interview, and not just because I <3 climate scientists. Mann is truly a great communicator, and he makes very clear that what was not long ago a rather non-political issue has been politicized

German "Green Guru" far from an Actual Green Guru

  When I first read news last week about “Germany’s Al Gore” turning around on global warming and saying he doubts it, I knew, there’s no way someone as informed as Gore on global warming would all of a sudden become confused about its validity. I ran across the story on the Telegraph, I think,


  Climate science, though it tells us what we might not like to hear, is extremely, extremely valuable. Thousands of extremely intelligent, hard-working, honest, and love-worthy climate scientists study and do research on the climate every day so that we can all live in a safer, more enjoyable world. Of course, the fossil fuel industry

Groundhog Day (with the Climate)

OK, I know, Groundhog Day was yesterday. But this is an excellent post by Joe Romm of Climate Progress that I just had to repost. The post, basically, is on how “We’re Stuck in a Bad Movie, Where It’s Always the Hottest Decade on Record,” as the title states. Check it out: Somewhere on a

WSJ Publishes Op-Ed from Actual Climate Scientists

Following up on my Wednesday post on a horrible op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) by 16 global warming deniers who don’t really know what they’re talking about, the good news is that the WSJ actually accepted and published a response by actual climate scientists on the matter (hmm, would have been a

BEST Global Warming iPhone & iPad App — Just Science

  If you’re not familiar with the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) study, here’s the quick summary: A ‘global warming skeptic’ who was convinced, somehow, that climate scientists who had been studying global temperatures for the last several decades hadn’t done a careful enough job. He, Dr. Richard Muller, got together a team of top statisticians and

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