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Tornadoes, Extreme Weather, And Climate Change

May 3, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Dangerous Weather and Climate Change

The return of tornado season with a vengeance has people asking again about a possible link to climate change. At the same time, tantalizing new preliminary research finds “some evidence to suggest that tornadoes are, in fact, getting stronger.” I talked to the lead scientist behind that research.[read more]

Climate Change, Extreme Weather Linked At Last

June 30, 2011 by Jay Gulledge
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The record-breaking flooding in North Dakota over the weekend and record-breaking drought that grips Texas and other southern-tier states are part of this trend. Many reports pin the current extremes on a strong La Niña pattern in the Pacific Ocean. Texas doesn’t always dry up during La Niña; yet, we know the risk of drought is higher during La Niña even if it doesn’t always pan out. In other words, we know that La Niña is a risk factor, just as a high-salt diet is a risk factor for heart disease.[read more]

2011: A Year Of Weather Extremes

June 15, 2011 by David Hone

By many accounts 2011 has been a year of weather extremes and some commentators have used certain events to highlight the risks associated with climate change. While there is increasing evidence of unusual global weather events, should we just assume that every disaster is a sign of things to come?[read more]

Climate, Weather and Severe Events

June 6, 2011 by Michael Tobis

Is it getting weird yet?This is a difficult question. Weird is not a quantifiable concept, at least not easily. And confirmation bias colors what we are seeing - those who expect weirdness see weirdness; those who don't simply experience nature's ordinary orneriness.But let me try to explain what I mean when I say I expect weirdness. I...[read more]

Joplin and Climate Change

May 24, 2011 by Charles Barton
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I am wondering at what point extreme weather events are going to be seen as harbingers of climate change. Climate scientists have for some time noted that Anthropogenic Global Warming will produce extreme weather events The question is how do we establish that a pattern of extreme weather events is a product of AGW? AGW skeptics can...[read more]

Must Read: Peter Gleick On Tornadoes, The Cost Of Denial

April 29, 2011 by Lou Grinzo
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A Cost of Denying Climate Change: Accelerating Climate Disruptions, Death, and Destruction: Violent tornadoes throughout the southeastern U.S. must be a front-page reminder that no matter how successful climate deniers are in confusing the public or delaying action on climate change in Congress or globally, the science is clear: Our...[read more]