Destruction of Fort McMurray

In 2011 we commented on the tragedy of Joplin, Missouri, a town that was wiped out – flattened! – by a severe tornado.   The videos of the residents surveying the destruction were heart-wrenching: the speakers were in shock as they recognized they had lost everything! Nobody wishes to exploit a tragedy as severe as the wild fires that … Read more

Media Re-actions to Extreme Weather

December 2015 was the hottest in the UK since temperature records began.  And it deserved that record by a wide margin:  the December average temperature for England was more than double the long-term average and more than 2 degrees warmer than the previous high set in 1934. UK scientists don’t have to draw graphs, analyse … Read more

A Pessimistic Prediction

In a report released last fall, the Department of Defense referred to climate change as a “threat multiplier.  So lets examine the current conflict in Syria. Drought is a contributing factor to the Syrian civil war.  The drought started in 2006 and continued for another three years.  Many Syrian farmers could not survive on their farms and … Read more

Please World – get this straight!

As has been said so often:  global warming increases the intensity and frequency of natural weather systems.  Or – to put it another way – global warming is a significant contributor to the extreme weather events we are experiencing. This comparison was popular a couple of years back:  a star baseball player, famous for his … Read more

A World Public Health Crisis is coming!

The Lancet, the world’s oldest and best known Medical Review Journal,  published an executive summary of the report of its commission calling for emergency actions to tackle the climate health crisis.  The Lancet report was a unique European, Chinese collaborative effort involving experts in the fields of climate, social, political, and environmental science, geography, biodiversity and … Read more

The times they are a changing!

Once upon a time Republicans and Democrat politicians agreed that climate change was real and the US had to take steps to reduce its impact. Now you cannot find a Republican campaigning for office who accepts the science on climate change. The last elected Republican of any stature who did, Jon Huntsman,  withdrew from the … Read more

Don’t be fooled by the weather! 

In several of our blogs we have noted that weather masks climate change. After last winter, the inhabitants of North Eastern North America (particularly residents in the Provinces of New Brunswick, PEI, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland & Labrador) will be sceptical of claims about global warming.   The last three months  will remind them of … Read more

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