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Experts Debate Moral, Religious Case for Climate Action

Experts Debate Moral, Religious Case for Climate Action

A Tennessee philosopher and Christian environmentalist debate the moral imperative for action on climate change. … Read More

Shutdown Silences Weather and Climate Social Media

Shutdown Silences Weather and Climate Social Media

On Tuesday at 12 a.m. ET, the federal government shutdown after Congress failed to pass a budget. The shutdown starts on a day when Yosemite National Park turns 123 years old and NASA celebrates its 55th birthday, but that didn't keep either the park or the agency up and running. Many physical sites that fall under the federal domain such as 401 … Read More

The 5 Most Sobering Charts from the IPCC Climate Report

The 5 Most Sobering Charts from the IPCC Climate Report

The first installment in the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s latest scientific assessment on climate science came out on Friday, and it’s loaded with dense terminology, expressions of uncertainty, and nearly impenetrable graphics. Here’s what you need to know, in number and chart form.… Read More

Interactive Look at Top 11 Indicators of a Warming World

Interactive Look at Top 11 Indicators of a Warming World

Climate scientists are 95 percent certain that the climate is changing and greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are the cause of it. While rising temperatures are the most commonly cited change, there are numerous other indicators of has changed since the start of the Industrial Revolution from rising seas to melting glaciers and ice shee… Read More

IPCC Roundup: Stories Turn to IPCC’s Purpose, Scope

IPCC Roundup: Stories Turn to IPCC’s Purpose, Scope

One question asked by several reporters was whether the massive tomes of dense information that the IPCC produces every six years or so are worth it anymore, or if shorter-turnaround, more targeted assessments on single topics of interest to policymakers would be more useful.… Read More

IPCC Roundup: Early Reports Focus on Warming ‘Hiatus’

IPCC Roundup: Early Reports Focus on Warming ‘Hiatus’

A key portion of the long awaited Fifth Assessment Report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is slated to be released on Friday in Stockholm, where scientists and government representatives are currently meeting to finalize the report’s language. In addition to our original reporting and analysis, each day this week Climate Cen… Read More

President Obama’s Climate Speech: How it Played Out

President Obama’s Climate Speech: How it Played Out

On a hot and muggy Washington afternoon, President Obama, wiping sweat from his brow, announced that his administration intends to place limits on the greenhouse gas emissions of current and planned power plants and take a variety of other measures to reestablish American leadership in combating global warming… Read More

Tell Me Why: We Need ‘Normals’ and Long-term Trends

Tell Me Why: We Need ‘Normals’ and Long-term Trends

What is “normal” when it comes to temperature and precipitation? The definition not only varies with location and time, but it changes from decade to decade. And it’s those decadal trends that interest climate scientists like Anthony Arguez. He explains the importance of “normals” in this version of Tell Me Why.… Read More