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The California Drought: “A Stark Warning of Things to Come”

The California Drought: “A Stark Warning of Things to Come”

This is what California looked like on January 13 in 2013 and 2014. You’ll notice things have changed. I live here, so this morning I listened as Governor Jerry Brown delivered his annual State of the State address...

January 22, 2014 — Sheril Kirshenbaum
About that consensus on global warming: 9136 agree, one disagrees.

About that consensus on global warming: 9136 agree, one disagrees.

I just want to highlight this illuminating infographic by James Powell in which, based on more than 2000 peer-reviewed publications, he counts the number of authors from November, 2012 to December, 2013 who explicitly deny global warming (that is, who propose a fundamentally different reason for temperature rise than anthropogenic CO2)...

January 10, 2014 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
Tornadoes May Be Getting Strongeror Not

Tornadoes May Be Getting Stronger. Or Not

Sometimes scientists cant help themselves from showing dramatic curves, even though they have so many caveats that no firm conclusions can be made from the data.

December 11, 2013 — Mark Fischetti
Cultivating Reform: Planting The Seeds For Healing The Food System

Cultivating Reform: Planting The Seeds For Healing The Food System

In late October, the Yale Rudd Center got a visit from Olivier De Schutter, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Right To Food. He began his talk, Reforming the Food Systems: Making the Transition Succeed,  by painting a bleak picture. There are three areas in which our food systems are failing us, De Schutter said: ecological limits, social [...]..

November 20, 2013 — Patrick Mustain
Drunks and Gravediggers Wax Poetic about Climate Change

Drunks and Gravediggers Wax Poetic about Climate Change

Want to know what climate change really means to people? Emily Hinshelwood found out in a most unusual way. For days on end the Welsh poet and writer walked the 121-mile train route known as the Heart of Wales Line and asked every single person she met the same three questions: What images come to [...]..

November 19, 2013 — Mark Fischetti
Dengue Fever Reemerges in Texas

Dengue Fever Reemerges in Texas

Late last week Texas public health officials confirmed a new wave of dengue fever has cropped up in the southernmost tip of Texas, marking the first outbreak the state has seen since 2005...

November 18, 2013 — Dina Fine Maron
Did Climate Change Intensify Supertyphoon Haiyan?

Did Climate Change Intensify Supertyphoon Haiyan?

At the UN climate talks in Poland, Yeb Sano, the head of the Philippines delegation has announced he will refrain from eating until participants make “meaningful” progress.

November 11, 2013 — Sheril Kirshenbaum
SciArt on the Scene in Nov/Dec. 2013

SciArt on the Scene in Nov/Dec. 2013

Ahhh, fall. Time to look for more indoor activities. And aren’t you lucky? Here’s a list of sciart exhibits that will warm your heart while you warm your toes.

October 30, 2013 — Kalliopi Monoyios
The New Climate Data: So What?

The New Climate Data: So What?

After much anticipation, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on Friday revealed it’s new assessment of climate change, after two years of deliberation.

October 2, 2013 — Mark Fischetti
How Will Climate Change Affect Mountain Gorillas?

How Will Climate Change Affect Mountain Gorillas?

When you live on the top of a mountain, you don’t have many places to run if the environment of that mountain habitat changes. Look at the American pika, for example.

October 1, 2013 — John R. Platt
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