Dave Roberts had a useful interview with Al Gore, concurrent with the "24 Hours of Reality" event last week. As always, thoughtful, well informed, and big picture.
Q. Did you see Obama’s press conference the other day?
A. I heard the excerpts on climate, and … oh …
Q. Go ahead!
A. No, I’m not going to go ahead! We have conflicting interests here!
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie described his first look by the light of day at the devastation wrought on the Jersey coast by Frankenstorm Sandy. He looks shaken.
Some rather harrowing B-roll video here.
Meanwhile, daughter of the former presidential candidate, Meghan McCain, tweets -
Hurricane – Nor’easter Sandy Still On Track To Deliver Punishing Blow. It’s tempting to look at a Category 1 hurricane and think “no big deal – we’ve seen worse”. But it’s a combination of factors, meteorological, geographical and astronomical, that will make Sandy (much) more than a minor inconvenience from today into Tuesday. Latest model guidance suggests that winds won’t subside below tropical storm force in New York City until Wednesday morning.
Coral Davenport has been investigating what’s behind the change as the energy and environment correspondent for The National Journal. FRONTLINE spoke with her about the dramatic reversal she’s seen in Congress, and what political options are still on the table for those pushing for action on climate change.
In 2008, Obama campaigned pretty actively around the issue of climate change,
EDF’s video shows how clean energy is thriving and seeks to arm policymakers, entrepreneurs and clean energy advocates with compelling facts to back that statement up. The video features interviews with Helen Brauner, senior vice president of marketing and strategic planning for Green Mountain Energy; Congressman Lloyd Doggett, U.S. Representative for Texas’s 25th Congressional District; and Stephen Frank, electrical Engineer for Xtreme Power.
During my summer at UVic, two PhD students at the lab (Andrew MacDougall and Chris Avis) as well as my supervisor (Andrew Weaver) wrote a paper modelling the permafrost carbon feedback, which was recently published in Nature Geoscience. I read a draft version of this paper several months ago, and am very excited to finally share it here.
Studying the permafrost carbon feedback is at once exciting (because it has been left out of climate models for so long) and terrifying (because it has the potential to be a real game-changer).
Life about 250 million years ago was hard to come by. In fact, it was nearly non-existent. Scientists, studying why this period, known as the end-Permian event, lasted so long and have found a key ingredient: heat.
Paul Wignall, a paleontologist at England’s Leeds University, and study coauthor, said during the 200,000-year-long Permian extinction the Earth began cooking, with life struggling to thrive, especially at the equator.
Dr. Jennifer Francis of Rutger's Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences is featured in my sea ice wrap video, which should be out early in the week.
Here is a lecture she gave in January of 2012. Longish, but worth dipping into, as she summarizes some of the most recent research in regard to the effects of shrinking arctic ice on weather and climate in the temperate latitudes - the so-called "arctic paradox" so beloved by Fox News - "if there's global warming, why are we having this record snow storm?".