Tagged: extremes

The truth is molten - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jul 05, 2012

Extreme weather events are where the climate change rubber hits the road, and if events over the last month are anything to go by, global warming is currently doing doughnuts and burnouts on tarmac right round the globe. Kevin Trenberth put it rather nicely in an interview with PBS Newshour in the US: “This is [...] … Read More

The Bast Effect: summertime in wintertime - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Mar 18, 2012

Forget the Gore Effect1, Chicago — and much of the eastern half of the continental USA — is now experiencing the Bast Effect — a record March heatwave in the Heartland of climate denial. The figures for this heatwave are truly extraordinary. Here’s Jeff Masters: For the third consecutive day, Chicago, Illinois hit their warmest [...] … Read More

Hansen: extreme heat the new normal - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Jan 11, 2012

James Hansen and two fellow-authors have circulated a new paper which they will be submitting for publication, Perceptions of Climate Change: The New Climate Dice. I’m not qualified to comment on its scientific detail beyond reporting it as relatively accessible to the lay person, but there were elements in the discussion with which it concluded [...] … Read More

Shapes of things (2012 and all that) - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Dec 29, 2011

‘Tis the silly season, time for journalists with little real news to report to reflect on the year past and make predictions for the year to come. I don’t normally play that game because there are too many interesting things to write about on the climate beat, but this year I’m going to make an [...] … Read More

The Climate Show #23: Durban and the return of the electric car - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Dec 21, 2011

Grab some holly, deck your halls, heat up some mince pies, and then settle down to the last Climate Show of 2011. We look at the outcome of the Durban conference, discuss heavy rain in New Zealand and record-breaking weather extremes in the USA, and ponder the implications of news of more methane erupting from [...] … Read More

The Climate Show #22: Durban doubts & Renwick on extremes - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Nov 25, 2011

A crisp and crunchy show this week, as Gareth and Glenn interview Dr James Renwick about the IPCC’s cautious new report on extreme weather and the riskier future we all face. With added ruminations on the potential slowdown in international action at the Durban conference, record greenhouse gas levels reached in 2010, the prospect of [...] … Read More

Stormy weather: we’re making it worse, and there’s more on the way - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Nov 20, 2011

The IPCC released the summary for policymakers of its Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX) in Kampala, Uganda, on Friday (SPM, SREX site, launch presentation slides). The report concludes that globally there has been a significant decrease in cold days and nights and an [...] … Read More

Rough Winds: Extreme Weather and Climate Change - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Sep 27, 2011

James Powell has produced a Kindle eBook, Rough Winds: Extreme Weather and Climate Change, which in brief compass links climate change to the extreme weather events increasing across the globe.  As a Kindle Single it has the advantage of being right up to date with what has been happening in the US, including the visit [...] … Read More