Monthly Archives: August 2017

Climate Letter #992

Another look at the exciting potential for wind and solar energy.  This partly repeats a story about solar’s potential that I reported in CL #990, then goes well beyond with even more optimistic forecasts followed by an equally exciting portrayal … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #991

How the weakening of the jet stream caused by climate change produces extreme weather effects.  Joe Romm explains what scientists have been saying about this chain of causal connections, including predictions perfectly exemplified by Hurricane Harvey.  The reduction of Arctic … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #990

How often can you expect to see a 500-year flood?  This article in Vox has all kinds of interesting commentary on the subject of flood probability.  One spot in the Houston area has had three of the 500-year type in … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #989

A fine explanation of Hurricane Harvey from The Atlantic, featuring an interview with Kevin Trenberth.  Also, it is noted that Houston’s exposure to heavy downpours and flooding had substantially increased in recent years before this storm. https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/08/did-climate-change-intensify-hurricane-harvey/538158/ –Michael Mann offers … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #988

A global crisis due to water shortage is rapidly evolving.  This expert says that demand will outstrip supply by 40% by 2030.   Over-use is usually the immediate cause, complicated by pollution and groundwater depletion.  The impact of climate change … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #987

Reports from North Korea shows how the public has been hurt by food shortages.  Even soldiers are not getting enough to eat in conditions that evolved from drought and the imposition of sanctions.  Many people who are caught in the … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #986

A new report on the current flooding in parts of South Asia.  River flooding is especially acute in Bangladesh and the surrounding region that includes Nepal and northern India.  Hundreds of villages have been submerged or stranded; more than 24 … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #985

Will the number of climate migrants reach one billion in 2050?  No one can safely make such a prediction, but this story provides a good bit of information that leads one to think it may be quite possible.  Almost anyone … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #984

Climate change is setting the world on fire.  This post has a global map showing where this year’s fires have been, so far, rated by intensity.  Everywhere the seasons keeps getting longer and the affected areas more widespread.  This may … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #983

You can easily learn to read and follow the equatorial rain belt, found at this link (scroll down): http://cci-reanalyzer.org/wx/DailySummary/#PRCP-TCLD-PMSL The belt is in place all year, marked in green by almost daily showers, on line with the equator but straying … Continue reading

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