From dry to wet: Rainfall might abruptly increase in Africa’s Sahel

Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 07/06/2017 Climate change could turn one of Africa’s driest regions into a very wet one by suddenly switching on a Monsoon circulation. For the first time, scientists find evidence in computer simulations for a possible abrupt change to heavy seasonal rainfall in the Sahel, a region that so far has been characterized by extreme dryness. They detect a self-amplifying … Read more From dry to wet: Rainfall might abruptly increase in Africa’s Sahel

Turning the Climate Tide by 2020

Press Release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 28/06/2017 The world needs high-speed climate action for an immediate bending-down of the global greenhouse-gas emissions curve, leading experts caution. Aggressive reduction of fossil-fuel usage is the key to averting devastating heat extremes and unmanageable sea level rise, the authors argue in a comment published in the renowned scientific journal Nature this week. In the run-up to the G20 … Read more Turning the Climate Tide by 2020

Cognitive Dissonance on Climate: The NY Times Op-Ed page has been terrible long before Bret Stephens

An very useful in-depth article by Ashik Siddique (Digital organizer with The Climate Mobilization) on the New York Times’ dealings with climate change & its opinion writers from medium.com, which I permit myself to reproduce here: In recent weeks, the New York Times Op-Ed page has faced intense furor over its hiring of climate “lukewarmer” Bret Stephens. His specious arguments, and those of the NYT editors attempting to defend him, have … Read more Cognitive Dissonance on Climate: The NY Times Op-Ed page has been terrible long before Bret Stephens

TOP STORIES “In his debut as a Times Op-Ed columnist, Bret Stephens says reasonable people can be skeptical about the dangers of climate change”

… oh well, I guess that’s true and I can verify it by the fact that there are reasonable people who believe that white people are more intelligent than other people, that the earth is or was at some time flat, that the place of women is in the kitchen because they are obviously less intelligent than men, that Darwin was obviously wrong as man cannot descend from a monkey, … Read more TOP STORIES “In his debut as a Times Op-Ed columnist, Bret Stephens says reasonable people can be skeptical about the dangers of climate change”

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