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  • How the Biden Administration Can Revitalize the Sciences

    How the Biden Administration Can Revitalize the Sciences

    Three goals for the Biden administration as it seeks to put science-based responses at the center of its policy initiatives.

  • Nisarga Could Be the Strongest Storm to Hit Mumbai in 70 Years

    Nisarga Could Be the Strongest Storm to Hit Mumbai in 70 Years

    Major cyclone landfalls in this region are rare, but they could become more common and more dangerous under climate change.

  • New Podcast Lets You Eavesdrop on Conversations Between Climate Scientists

    New Podcast Lets You Eavesdrop on Conversations Between Climate Scientists

    ‘Deep Convection’ is a podcast about climate, science, and life.

  • As Louisiana Floods, Measuring the Climate Change Effect

    As Louisiana Floods, Measuring the Climate Change Effect

    The heavy rains and flooding in Louisiana have been devastating. Can we attribute the severity of it to climate change? How you measure that depends on the questions you ask.

  • Rapid-Fire Cyclones over the North Indian Ocean

    Rapid-Fire Cyclones over the North Indian Ocean

    With Chapala’s destructive landfall in Yemen just a couple of days in the past, a second tropical cyclone, Megh, has just formed in the Arabian Sea. This one is not forecast to become anywhere near as intense as Chapala did—though we know intensity forecasts can be wrong, as they were at early stages for both…

  • Joaquin? There’s No Perfect Forecast, So Stay Tuned

    Joaquin? There’s No Perfect Forecast, So Stay Tuned

    What will Hurricane Joaquin do? The science of predicting that is getting better, but still uncertain. The debate today is over whether there will be a U.S. landfall now in five or more days’ time or not; 30 years ago there would have been no point in even having that discussion.

  • New York, New Orleans, Charlottetown and Everywhere Else

    New York, New Orleans, Charlottetown and Everywhere Else

    The disaster in New Orleans was almost uniquely awful in modern American history. But even if Katrina isn’t likely to happen everywhere, something can happen almost anywhere—including, we now know, New York. And further to the north and east.

  • The Extreme Pacific Climate Now

    The Extreme Pacific Climate Now

    The climate over the tropical Pacific is in an extreme state at the moment. That explains some of the extreme anomalies affecting the United States right now. It also gives us a window through which we can glimpse how even more dramatic and long-term climates of the distant past might have worked.

  • Why This Climate Scientist Is Taking to the Streets

    Why This Climate Scientist Is Taking to the Streets

    In my early years I didn’t talk about the politics of global warming much. I didn’t bring it up with friends or family, let alone engage in any public way. It seemed to me unseemly for a scientist to be vocal on a political issue related, even indirectly, to his own research. Wouldn’t that be…

  • How the Biden Administration Can Revitalize the Sciences

    How the Biden Administration Can Revitalize the Sciences

    Three goals for the Biden administration as it seeks to put science-based responses at the center of its policy initiatives.

  • Nisarga Could Be the Strongest Storm to Hit Mumbai in 70 Years

    Nisarga Could Be the Strongest Storm to Hit Mumbai in 70 Years

    Major cyclone landfalls in this region are rare, but they could become more common and more dangerous under climate change.

  • New Podcast Lets You Eavesdrop on Conversations Between Climate Scientists

    New Podcast Lets You Eavesdrop on Conversations Between Climate Scientists

    ‘Deep Convection’ is a podcast about climate, science, and life.

  • As Louisiana Floods, Measuring the Climate Change Effect

    As Louisiana Floods, Measuring the Climate Change Effect

    The heavy rains and flooding in Louisiana have been devastating. Can we attribute the severity of it to climate change? How you measure that depends on the questions you ask.

  • Rapid-Fire Cyclones over the North Indian Ocean

    Rapid-Fire Cyclones over the North Indian Ocean

    With Chapala’s destructive landfall in Yemen just a couple of days in the past, a second tropical cyclone, Megh, has just formed in the Arabian Sea. This one is not forecast to become anywhere near as intense as Chapala did—though we know intensity forecasts can be wrong, as they were at early stages for both…

  • Joaquin? There’s No Perfect Forecast, So Stay Tuned

    Joaquin? There’s No Perfect Forecast, So Stay Tuned

    What will Hurricane Joaquin do? The science of predicting that is getting better, but still uncertain. The debate today is over whether there will be a U.S. landfall now in five or more days’ time or not; 30 years ago there would have been no point in even having that discussion.

  • New York, New Orleans, Charlottetown and Everywhere Else

    New York, New Orleans, Charlottetown and Everywhere Else

    The disaster in New Orleans was almost uniquely awful in modern American history. But even if Katrina isn’t likely to happen everywhere, something can happen almost anywhere—including, we now know, New York. And further to the north and east.

  • The Extreme Pacific Climate Now

    The Extreme Pacific Climate Now

    The climate over the tropical Pacific is in an extreme state at the moment. That explains some of the extreme anomalies affecting the United States right now. It also gives us a window through which we can glimpse how even more dramatic and long-term climates of the distant past might have worked.

  • Why This Climate Scientist Is Taking to the Streets

    Why This Climate Scientist Is Taking to the Streets

    In my early years I didn’t talk about the politics of global warming much. I didn’t bring it up with friends or family, let alone engage in any public way. It seemed to me unseemly for a scientist to be vocal on a political issue related, even indirectly, to his own research. Wouldn’t that be…