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A New Paper on Disaster Losses and Climate Change

July 23, 2014 by Roger Pielke, Jr.
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Disasters and Climate Change

A new paper appeared in Climatic Change this week by Visser et al. which looks at disasters and climate change. Like other studies and the IPCC assessment, Visser et al. find no trends in normalized disaster loses, looking at several metrics of economic and human losses.[read more]

5 Climate Charts That Should Deeply Worry the Electricity Sector

May 13, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Electricity Sector and Risk

The federal government very recently released its third National Climate Assessment. The 800-page report highlights alarming data about the threat of storms, droughts, heat waves and other severe events that could disrupt energy infrastructure.[read more]

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]

IPCC Sides With Roger Pielke, Jr.

April 3, 2014 by Alex Trembath
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The new United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report released Monday, March 31 confirms representations of the climate science made by a University of Colorado-Boulder scientist who wrote a controversial column for FiveThirtyEight.com.[read more]

Climate Change Hits Home with Another Round of Extreme Weather Events in 2013

February 14, 2014 by Frances Beinecke

Extreme Weather in 2013

I just returned from California and was struck by how devastating the state’s drought has become. People talked about it everywhere I went, wondering what it means for people and the economy. I can see why they are worried. Last year was the driest on record.[read more]

Grid Strain in New England Too Close for Comfort

January 2, 2014 by Kristopher Settle
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A nasty winter storm ripped through the northeast December 14, causing a surge in power demand that severely challenged grid reliability for the region. The surge caused electricity demand to peak at 20,182 megawatts (MW), according to the system operator’s reports.[read more]

Global Tropical Cyclone Landfalls 2013

December 10, 2013 by Roger Pielke, Jr.

Extreme Weather Data

 

Last year Jessica Weinkle, Ryan Maue and I published a paper in the Journal of Climate on trends in global landfalling hurricanes (the paper and data can be found here). At the global level, our paper concludes that the data is good from 1970. Our analysis went through 2010.[read more]

Graphs of the Day: Major US Hurricane Drought Continues

November 27, 2013 by Roger Pielke, Jr.
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Hurricane Drought

The US good luck with respect to hurricane landfalls, yes, good luck, continues. The five-year period ending 2013 has seen 2 hurricane landfalls. That is a record low since 1900. Two other five-year periods have seen 3 landfalls (years ending in 1984 and 1994).[read more]

The Tragic Toll of Extreme Weather on Vulnerable Nations

November 16, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

In the large world beyond our borders, the impacts of climate change are being felt. In most cases, these impacts are being felt with even greater strength and causing even greater damage and sorrow. Some living through these disasters are calling for action.[read more]

Calls for Action Intensify at Climate Conference in Wake of Typhoon Haiyan

November 15, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

This year's U.N. climate conference in Warsaw was expected to be a quiet international gathering, but, spurred by a heartfelt appeal by the delegate from the Philippines, the conference is now on the global center stage as we try once more to rise to the challenge of climate change.[read more]

Are Typhoon Disasters Getting More Common?

November 14, 2013 by Roger Pielke, Jr.
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Weather and Evidence

I have recently been engaged in a Twitter debate with Jeff Sachs, of Columbia Earth Institute, about extreme weather events, such as typhoon Haiyan. The lesson here is that if you are going to pick cherries, make sure that the fruit is not a lemon.[read more]

Deeply Conflicted About Weather Extremes

November 13, 2013 by Roger Pielke, Jr.
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Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Last week I gave a talk on how the IPCC has treated the issue of extreme weather events over the years. I concluded that despite some very positive signs that the community is reclaiming scientific integrity on this issue, some parts of the community remain deeply conflicted.[read more]

Resilient Cities from Ahmedabad to Atlantic City Actively Prepare for Climate Change

November 6, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

City Resiliency

President Obama’s executive order calling for federal agencies to build resilience against extreme weather is a fitting response on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. Climate change knows no boundaries, and key efforts at all levels of government are critical.[read more]

Study: Arctic Sea Ice Loss Shifts Jet Stream, Driving Deluges In Europe, Drought In Mediterranean

November 1, 2013 by Joseph Romm

Arctic Ice and Weather Patterns

Scientists predicted a decade ago that Arctic ice loss would shift storm tracks and bring on worse western droughts of the kind we are now seeing. Recent studies find that Arctic sea ice loss may well usher changes in the jet stream that lead to more U.S. extreme weather events.[read more]

Sandy Anniversary a Reminder of the Need for Better Protections 

October 31, 2013 by Dan Huber
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Building resilience to the impacts of major coastal storms like Sandy, and to other types of extreme weather, will require a commitment to better protect infrastructure and implement policies to help get people out of harm’s way.[read more]