More on Bret Stephens, the NYT’s New Hire: from Climate Denial to Racism

New New York Times hire Bret Stephens (cc photo: Christopher Michel) Outraged by the NYT hiring a straight-ahead climate denier (which at this point in the game is exactly as inane as hiring a flat-earthler as resident geography specialist) I posted on this & on our cancelling the NYT because of this a few days ago — oddly enough, this post has attracted more viewers than nearly all other … Read more More on Bret Stephens, the NYT’s New Hire: from Climate Denial to Racism

The New York Times & Bret Stephens

We have just now cancelled our subscription to the New York Times. While we had no illusions as to the reactionary sides of the NYT, & despite some valuable reporting in the age of Trump, the “newspaper of record”’s hiring this past week of Bret Stephens, a rabid climate change denier, was the last straw: no more NYT in our house! Asked about this hiring, the  paper offered a stunning defense: … Read more The New York Times & Bret Stephens

Weather extremes: Humans likely influence giant airstreams

Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 03/27/2017 The increase of devastating weather extremes in summer is likely linked to human-made climate change, mounting evidence shows. Giant airstreams are circling the Earth, waving up and down between the Arctic and the tropics. These planetary waves transport heat and moisture. When these planetary waves stall, droughts or floods can occur. Warming caused by greenhouse-gases from fossil fuels … Read more Weather extremes: Humans likely influence giant airstreams

Vicious circle of drought and forest loss in the Amazon

Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 03/13/2017 Logging that happens today and potential future rainfall reductions in the Amazon could push the region into a vicious dieback circle. If dry seasons intensify with human-caused climate change, the risk for self-amplified forest loss would increase even more, an international team of scientists finds. If however there is a great variety of tree species in a forest … Read more Vicious circle of drought and forest loss in the Amazon

Potsdam Institute for Climate on Trump

On Friday 20 January, Donald Trump was inaugurated as 45th President of the United States. On this issue Ottmar Edenhofer, chief economist of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC), Professor at Technische Universität Berlin: „As the new president of the United States, Donald Trump could be quite successful in the short term, namely because … Read more Potsdam Institute for Climate on Trump

How the darkness and the cold killed the dinosaurs

Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 13/01/2017 66 million years ago, the sudden extinction of the dinosaurs started the ascent of the mammals, ultimately resulting in humankind’s reign on Earth. Climate scientists now reconstructed how tiny droplets of sulfuric acid formed high up in the air after the well-known impact of a large asteroid and blocking the sunlight for several years, had a profound influence … Read more How the darkness and the cold killed the dinosaurs

Giant see-saw of monsoon rains detected

Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 26/09/2016 When the summer rains in China are weak, they are strong in Australia, and vice versa – scientists have discovered a previously unknown see-saw relationship between these two monsoon regions. This effect does not occur from one year to another, but on decadal and centennial time scales. To detect the pattern, the team developed a novel mathematical method … Read more Giant see-saw of monsoon rains detected

Climate disasters increase risk of armed conflict in multi-ethnic countries

Joint press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Humboldt Universität zu Berlin 26/07/2016 (embargo expired) Climate disasters like heat-waves or droughts enhance the risk of armed conflicts in countries with high ethnic diversity, scientists found. They used a novel statistical approach to analyze data from the past three decades. While each conflict is certainly the result of a complex and specific mix of factors, it … Read more Climate disasters increase risk of armed conflict in multi-ethnic countries

Controlled implosion of fossil industries and explosive renewables development can deliver on Paris

Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 23/06/2016 (embargo expired) While some criticize the Paris climate target as impracticable, a team of scholars argues that it is – on the contrary – a triumph of realism. First, and most importantly, adhering to the Paris target of keeping global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius is necessary in view of the massive risks that unchecked climate change … Read more Controlled implosion of fossil industries and explosive renewables development can deliver on Paris

“Alice, the Zeta Cat and Climate Change”: A fairytale about the truth

Unhappily there isn’t an English edition available yet! Somebody translate it, quick! Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) 03/17/2016 “Alice, the Zeta Cat and Climate Change”: A fairytale about the truth On a school field trip to Potsdam’s Telegraph Hill, Alice runs after a white rabbit – and falls into a hole, sliding down the ventilation shaft of a climate research institute’s supercomputer. From … Read more “Alice, the Zeta Cat and Climate Change”: A fairytale about the truth