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Is A Super El Niño Coming That Will Shatter Extreme Weather And Global Temperature Records?

March 28, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Super El Niño

Signs are increasingly pointing to the formation of an El Niño in the next few months, possibly a very strong one. When combined with the long-term global warming trend, a strong El Niño would mean 2015 is very likely to become the hottest year on record by far.[read more]

Energy Efficiency & Demand Response Keep Power Flowing in Extreme Weather

March 18, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Something extraordinary occurred this winter that kept the lights on and people warm during record-breaking cold. Energy efficiency and demand response emerged to save the day, preventing potentially life-threatening power shortages across much of the Midwest and Northeast.[read more]

In the Dark, Again and Again

February 11, 2014 by Lewis Milford

If we're going to deal with increasingly severe climate-related power outages and are going to make our communities more resilient, we in the environmental community have to change the kinds of technologies we propose to solve the problem. Investing in the same old stuff is not a climate resilient solution.[read more]

Study: Arctic Warming Drives More Extreme Summer Heat Waves, Droughts, And Deluges

December 11, 2013 by Joseph Romm

Arctic Warming and Weather

A new study has linked the past decade’s exceptional number of unprecedented summer extreme weather events in the United States and Europe with the record declines in both summer Arctic sea ice and snow cover on high-latitude land.[read more]

IPCC Prognosis: 9°F Warming For US, Faster Sea Rise, Extreme Weather, Permafrost Collapse

October 1, 2013 by Joseph Romm

IPCC Report and Risks

Perhaps the best way to think about the IPCC, which has issued a summary of its latest report reviewing the state of climate science, is as a super-cautious team of brilliant diagnosticians and specialists who, like many doctors, aren’t the greatest communicators.[read more]

Five Points on the IPCC Report: A Long and Wonky Investigation

September 30, 2013 by Roger Pielke, Jr.

IPCC Points

The release of the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report should give anyone following the climate issue a deep sense of deja vu, if not a full-on case of Groundhog Day syndrome, due to the clear facts that we have actually seen this all before.[read more]

Weathering the Storm: How Business Navigates Climate Change

July 30, 2013 by Meg Crawford

More than 800 major weather-related disasters last year led to over $130 billion in losses worldwide. Major global companies are beginning to assess and address the growing business risks associated with increased extreme weather and other impacts of climate change.[read more]

Lowering Energy Consumption in Extreme Temperatures

July 11, 2013 by Sadhbh Ní Hógáin

Very low energy houses are better suited to cold climates; they consume 50% less than standard buildings and can be efficient, attractive alternatives to traditional housing, and can be achieved in cold climates through careful design.[read more]

Climate Change: New Tool Shows Extreme Weather by ZIP

June 23, 2013 by Frances Beinecke

Climate Change and Weather

The West is no stranger to wildfires, but in recent years, climate change has packed many fires with greater intensity. Warmer temperatures and drier conditions are contributing to longer fire seasons and bigger blazes.[read more]

National Energy Policy Would Benefit the Insurance Industry

June 11, 2013 by Christine Hertzog

Insurance companies are making the connection that property claims are increasing in frequency and value as climate change produces more storms of greater intensity marauding across inhabited spaces[read more]


It Takes a Crisis: Climate Change and Energy Policy

June 7, 2013 by Peter Z. Grossman

With respect to energy policy, major initiatives have required a perceived crisis either ongoing or recently past. Without a crisis, proposed energy and climate legislation has typically gone into committee to die.[read more]


Energy Risk Management in 2013 Hurricane Season

June 7, 2013 by Alberto Rios

vulnerable natural gas facilities

While there are reduced supply side concerns from an active hurricane season, it is important to note that tropical weather can still have an impact on forward natural gas prices.[read more]

Climate Change: US Drought More Costly Than Hurricane Sandy?

June 1, 2013 by Jim Baird

drought on the horizon?

The current drought pattern may be the costliest U.S. natural disaster of 2012 and 2013. Its damage estimates could be near $200 billion, making it the country’s costliest natural disaster – even more costly than Hurricane Sandy.[read more]

New York Strengthens Electric Grid for Storm Season

June 1, 2013 by Jessica Kennedy

Several electric utility executives and trade associations met with President Obama in early May to discuss how response to extreme weather situations can be improved, and some utilities are wasting no time.[read more]

Climate Change vs Terrorism and the Costs of Inaction

May 19, 2013 by Jim Baird

climate change future?

Terrorism seems to be the only actionable trigger in our leaders' minds. Perhaps we need to brand Mother Nature a terrorist to provoke action on climate change?[read more]