This week I heard from a friend who evacuated from their work place and another whose parents had to evacuate from their home to protect themselves from wildfires raging throughout the West. Yet, the media coverage I have seen often focuses on the risks to and loss of property. Coverage has been much less focused on the risks to the health of people both in close proximity to fires and those not in the immediate paths of fire, but who still can suffer from its more widespread effects. Read More
June 28th, 2012
May 9th, 2012
[Co-written with Peter Frumhoff, Director of Science & Policy/Chief Scientist, Climate]
In public talks about climate science, my colleague, Peter Frumhoff and I often show images of the projected rapid increase in global emissions of carbon dioxide, the most important heat-trapping gas. Read More
May 3rd, 2012
All of the authors on the team are blogging about the findings in our new book, Cooler Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living. So today I’m turning this space over to my colleague and one of the book’s authors, Suzanne Shaw.
Suzanne Shaw, Director of Communications, Union of Concerned Scientists – When you suggest changes that can help your workplace save money, people are likely to listen. And as we demonstrate in our new book, reducing global warming emissions can produce big savings. Here’s what you need to know to encourage your employer along an energy-efficient, low-carbon path. Read More
April 18th, 2012
As someone who studies the risks of human consequences for each level of warming our planet may endure, this guide – full of practical tips for low-carbon living – brings me hope.
March 19th, 2012
Commuter Alert in the Nation’s Capital: “It’s March but…unseasonable heat forces trains to slow down during the afternoon commute.” Read More
February 9th, 2012
An effort begun by two Girl Scouts at age 11 linked orangutans with Girl Scout Cookies. Read More
January 6th, 2012
They say all politics is local and the same could be true about our perspective this time of year when the annual global average temperature numbers are released. Read More
November 29th, 2011
Often when a noteworthy or devastating extreme event disrupts lives, I am often asked, could this be due in part to climate change? Read More
September 16th, 2011
Imagine a world where lives and property are saved despite a torrential flood arising from a category 1 Hurricane disgorging the immense load of water it picked up over the warming tropical ocean. Read More
September 7th, 2011
History in the making: September 7, 1991
Twenty years ago on this date, I had the rare opportunity to collect samples of the Arctic Ocean at the North Pole. As I lay in my bunk, trying unsuccessfully to sleep while I heard the screeching sound of ice being broken by the Swedish Icebreaker Oden, I suddenly heard shouts in the hallway.