When will we start to see ice sheet disintegration?

James Hansen has published hundreds of scientific papers in his long and distinguished career as “the father of climate change awareness,” as described in The Guardian. With a team he¬†published another one this morning, but this one is different. For one, although Hansen organized the effort, he is one of a team of 18 expertsContinue reading “When will we start to see ice sheet disintegration?”

Wall Street Journal vs. James Hansen on 2012 temps

In an editorial this weekend in the Wall Street Journal, columnist Holman Jenkins scoffed at the reporting of the NOAA statement that 2012 was the hottest year ever in the instrumental record in these United States. Jenkins wrote:  When the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says 2012 was the hottest year on record in theContinue reading “Wall Street Journal vs. James Hansen on 2012 temps”

Extreme temperatures shock climatologists Hansen, Mann

Michael Mann is a climatologist famous for bringing together a complete chronology of warming over the last 1000 years, using both instrumental records and historical proxies. Everyone has seen his "hockey stick" chart, though not all have been able to face the facts. The attacks motivated Mann to write a fierce response, called The HockeyContinue reading “Extreme temperatures shock climatologists Hansen, Mann”

Is it too late to stop climate change? (the Onion)

Reporting from Geneva, the Not the New York Times: A new report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned Monday that global warming is likely to become completely irreversible if no successful effort is made to slow down the trend before 2006. Unless greenhouse-gas emissions are drastically reduced by then, the report concludes,Continue reading “Is it too late to stop climate change? (the Onion)”

“Hockey Stick” scientist Mann’s letter in the WSJ

Michael Mann has been pilloried by climate change denialists for showing in a clear graphic form that the climate is as warm now as it has been in a thousand years. At the AGU this year, he pointed out that his critics have been refuted by numerous investigations, and mentioned a letter published today inContinue reading ““Hockey Stick” scientist Mann’s letter in the WSJ”

America’s top climatologist arrested at White House

Wish I could have been there to report on the tar sands protests, but… Solve Climate News: What is motivating you to travel to the White House and risk arrest? James Hansen: Einstein said to think and not act is a crime. If we understand the situation, we must try to make it clear. IContinue reading “America’s top climatologist arrested at White House”

Hansen predicts temps to set record in Obama’s first term

At his presentation after his lecture to the scientific masses at the American Geophysical Union, Jim Hansen was asked this week if, given that 2008 was cooler than a couple of recent years, if he would hazard a prediction for the near future of global temps. He jumped at the opportunity to go on the Continue reading “Hansen predicts temps to set record in Obama’s first term”

Hansen Faces Hatred and Death Threats

I interviewed author Mark Bowen a year ago about James Hansen, the great climatologist, with whom Bowen wrote the book Censoring Science. Somehow the discussion went to the intensity of reaction against Hansen from those who refuse to accept the reality of global warming. Bowen mentioned that Hansen had gotten some death threats. He saidContinue reading “Hansen Faces Hatred and Death Threats”

A Cold Winter, A Good Rain, a Hot Spring

As we head into spring, it’s natural to take a look back at the winter of 2007-2008. This was a cold winter, both for those of us on the ground on the West Coast, and, unsurprisingly, for atmospheric measuring instruments. Variability in weather is of course still with, as is the chill associated with LaContinue reading “A Cold Winter, A Good Rain, a Hot Spring”

James Hansen Proves His Ability to Predict the Future

Now we return to the thrilling yesteryear of l981, when James Hansen and a team of scientists at the Godard Institute of Space Studies released a study called Climate Impact of Increasing Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide. Take a gander at the summary: The global temperature rose by 0.2 degrees C between the middle 1960’s and l980,Continue reading “James Hansen Proves His Ability to Predict the Future”