Global Warming and Hurricanes

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In my latest “Daily Green” column, I find myself slightly praising John Tierney of the New York Times, who is right for the wrong reasons about something he calls “availability entrepreneurs”: Today’s interpreters of the weather are what social scientists call availability entrepreneurs: the activists, journalists and publicity-savvy scientists who selectively monitor the globe looking…

2007: The Global Hurricane Year

[Tracks of storms in the Northwest Pacific basin, 2007.] Okay–I realize the year isn’t over yet. But I figured it was close enough to start compiling some data on global hurricane activity. Using a cutoff of 35 knot maximum sustained wind speed to identify a storm, here’s what I get if you use the Unisys…

It is important to remember–as I note in my latest Daily Green item–that Cyclone Sidr isn’t the first staggering storm in the North Indian Ocean basin this year. Indeed, you could argue that 2007 has been the worst year on record for intense North Indian cyclones; and before Sidr came Cyclone Gonu, the first Category…

See here. Storm World made a list of 150 books in total, 25 of which are “nonfiction” entries. I’m honored.

The Mike Tidwell Dilemma, Part II

Last week I published a detailed critique of Maryland-based climate activist and writer Mike Tidwell’s book The Ravaging Tide. This week, I have followed up with Part II: My explanation of why it is that I’m going after Tidwell even though he’s on my own “team,” so to speak. An excerpt: In my view, what…

My latest Science Progress column just went up. It’s about what we can and can’t say about global warming and the California wildfires–and the strong parallels between the climate-wildfire debate and the climate-hurricane debate. A quotation: …an important generalization about climate change and disasters: Even as we must be cautious not to attribute any single…

John Marburger Does it Again

As usual, the president’s science adviser has been trotted out to explain away the administration’s latest misbehavior with respect to climate science. Marburger just put out a statement (PDF), defending White House changes to CDC director Julie Gerberding’s testimony. Because I’ve been on the road, I have not yet been able to do an in…

The Mike Tidwell Dilemma, Part I

A few days ago I mentioned that I had been in College Park, Maryland, sitting on a panel to discuss the work of Mike Tidwell, author of The Ravaging Tide: Strange Weather, Future Katrinas, and the Coming Death of America’s Coastal Cities. Tidwell’s book has been assigned as the “first year book” for some 4,000…

Talks from Kansas

As I mentioned earlier, I spent the beginning of this week in Hays, Kansas, where I had a number of successful events at Fort Hays State University. And now, they’re available to be seen online. First, I did what the folks at FHSU call a “Times talk”–in essence, I gave an entirely improvisational faculty presentation…

The Other Storm World

When PZ reviewed my latest book as if it was a sci-fi novel, I thought the result was hilarious. I certainly didn’t think anyone would take him literally. But now across my cluttered desk comes this: Australia’s Great Western Entertainment (GWE) has expanded backing for its kids and family sci-fi series Stormworld, with production, investment…