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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

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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]

Discussing Climate Change in a Hot and Cold World

May 8, 2013 by Simon Donner
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Rather than just blame the media for the swings in coverage and public opinion, scientists and all the climate "activists" should recognize that they may also be at fault here.[read more]

Climate Change: Extreme Weather, Insurance Companies, and Taxpayers [VIDEO]

April 28, 2013 by Tom Schueneman

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The costs of extreme weather events in 2012 totaled one percent of the nation’s gross domestic product. Insurance companies are “under water” in more ways than one and the US taxpayer is being squeezed.[read more]

Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion: National Security Implications

March 29, 2013 by Jim Baird
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With Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion deployment, the navy can become energy self-sufficient in its own domain and can be relieved of a heavy burden in the Middle East; a win for the navy, a win for the planet.[read more]

Weather Extremes: Atmospheric Waves And Climate Change

March 24, 2013 by Joseph Romm
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The northern hemisphere has experienced a spate of extreme weather in recent times. Now we believe we have detected a common physical cause hidden behind all these individual events.[read more]

Climate Attribution Alchemy

March 23, 2013 by Roger Pielke, Jr.
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In a paper just out in the journal Climate Dynamics, a research team claims to have found a signal of greenhouse gas emissions on global tropical cyclone behavior.[read more]

Electrical Grid Woes and the Rise of Edge-Power Players

March 20, 2013 by Steven Collier
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Increasingly frequent and severe weather events have starkly illuminated weaknesses in the 20th century electric grid. But problems with the grid go beyond susceptibility to failure during severe weather events.[read more]

The Dangerous Myth That Climate Change Is Reversible

March 18, 2013 by Joseph Romm
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The notion that we can reverse climate change by cutting emissions is one of the most commonly held myths — and one of the most dangerous. Instead, climate change is “largely irreversible for 1000 years.”[read more]

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California's "Other Big One": A Historical Flood?

January 25, 2013 by David Lewis
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Many willl be surprised as it dawns that the biggest catastrophic event likely to happen today in California is a flood caused by a rainstorm. The US Geological Survey recently studied flood risk in California by modelling what would happen if the state was hit by an event about one half as severe as the greatest flood to have happened in the state since it was settled by Europeans, i.e. the Great Flood of 1861-62.[read more]

A Litany of 2012 Extreme Weather Records

January 24, 2013 by Jonathan Smith

2012 was officially the warmest year on record in much of the US, with average temperatures across the country shattering the 20th Century average by 3.2 degrees Fahrenheit.[read more]

NOAA: 2012 Was Officially The Warmest Year On Record For The U.S.

January 9, 2013 by Stephen Lacey

Last year was officially the hottest ever recorded for the lower-48 states. Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) tallied weather and temperature data for 2012, and found that the year was both the warmest and the second-most extreme for weather ever recorded for the contiguous U.S.[read more]

The “Instability Ingredient” and Business Risk

December 5, 2012 by Meg Crawford

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Businesses have always had to predict and manage risks. Those risks include the potential impact of extreme weather such as floods, storms and drought on a company's supply chain, power supply, and property.But now companies must find a way to factor in the "instability ingredient" -- climate change -- which is likely to make weather...[read more]

Let’s Put Climate Change At The Top Of The Agenda

November 12, 2012 by Joseph Romm
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Credit: FEMAThe election is over—now what on the climate change issue? Hurricane Sandy, the nation’s fiscal situation, and the election results have combined to create three key things that I think compel Congress to action on climate change.1. Climate Change Impacts are Costing the Federal Government Too Much...[read more]

Storm Surges, Sea Level and Climate Change

November 9, 2012 by Simon Donner

In the inevitable discussion about the relationship between climate change and Hurricane Sandy, there's been much focus on the storm surge. Hallelujah. There are a lot of ways climate change could influence tropical cyclones. In the past, most of the public discussion had focused on warmer water temperatures driving more intense storms...[read more]