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Tell Me Why: The Climate Extremes Index Matters

Tell Me Why: Climate Extremes Index Matters

The Climate Extremes Index, or CEI, tracks the highest and lowest 10 percent of extremes in a number of categories. As climate scientist Deke Arndt explains in this edition of Tell Me Why, a NOAA-funded series that explains key climate concepts, the CEI contains critical information on how are climate is changing and what climate trends we may see.

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Climate Central Leads 2012’s Climate Coverage

By Climate Central

Year-end numbers for media coverage of climate change showed Climate Central led the pack. Climate Central’s two science writers – Andrew Freedman and Mike Lemonick – finished first and third, respectively, in total number of stories published on climate change according to an annual report released Wednesday.

According to the report by The Daily Climate, the most prolific reporters writing about climate change filed more stories in 2012 than they did in 2011, and that overall, worldwide coverage fell 2 percent.

Climate Central's Freedman led all journalists with 172 stories. Fiona Harvey of The Guardian had 135 stories with Lemonick of Climate Central third at 134. Bob Berwyn of the Summit County (Colo.) Citizens' Voice, Ben Geman of The Hill, and Suzanne Goldenberg of The Guardian rounded out the top six.

According to The Daily Climate’s archives, worldwide coverage by many major news organizations gave roughly the same amount of coverage this year as they did in 2011. The Associated Press, Reuters, The Guardian and the Washington Post, among others, were fairly flat or saw slight rises in bylines, while the BBC saw its numbers drop for a third consecutive year.

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Extreme Weather 101: Climate Change and Precipitation

Extreme Weather 101: Rainstorms

When it rains, it pours. That’s how we may want to think about the effects of climate change on precipitation.  Scientist Tom Petersen and meteorologist Dan Satterfield explain the link between rainstorms and global warming in Extreme Weather 101.

Extreme Weather 101: Rising Temps & Snowstorms

Extreme Weather 101: Snowstorms

Can a warming planet really play a role in big snowstorms? In Extreme Weather 101, scientist Jay Lawrimore and meteorologist Dan Satterfield detail how increased temperatures can affect the formation of snowstorms that can blanket and paralyze a city.

Extreme Weather 101: Drought & Our Changing Climate

Extreme Weather 101: Drought

Drought has left huge swaths of the United States parched this year. Are these dry conditions simply a fluke, or something we many need to get used to in a warming world? Scientist Mike Brewer and meteorologist Dan Satterfield explain the connection between drought and a changing climate in our series Extreme Weather 101.


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