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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]

Discussing Climate Change in a Hot and Cold World

May 8, 2013 by Simon Donner

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

climate change and taxes

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

ocean thermal energy conversion

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

flooding in Pakistan

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.

climate and extreme weather data

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

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

climate change reversibility

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]


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

January 25, 2013 by David Lewis

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]