Posts tagged with
extreme weather

Maldives President and Climate Advocate Forced at Gunpoint to Step Down

Also, global warming could be behind Europe’s frigid winter, fracking for natural gas could be a major greenhouse gas culprit, and grass clippings could make a new kind of solar panel

Australia’s Wild Weather May Have Helped Push Carbon Tax

A year of droughts, bush fires, heat waves and floods may have helped reawaken discussion in Australia about a carbon tax, leading to a reversal of policies

The Climate Post: Natural Gas Fracking Under Increasing Pressure

In other news, residents along the Mississippi struggled with historic floods, and research shows it’s not easy being green—especially when it comes to biofuels

Earth Getting Mysteriously Windier

Unexplained trend maybe due to warming and natural cycles, expert says

The Climate Post: Obama’s new budget would make Big Oil pay for clean energy

In this week’s roundup of climate and energy news: budget battles, foodpocalypse, PetroLeaks, and more

Blocked-up weather behind Russia’s heat, Pakistan’s floods

The atmosphere can get stuck, becoming unusually still over large regions and leading to disasters

Dangerous heat waves to worsen, even with strong climate action

Efforts to keep warming to no more than 2 degrees Celsius won’t be enough to avoid scorchers, study says

Current wetlands restoration may backfire

Letting river water run its course to restore wetlands could actually make them more vulnerable.

Cities may be magnets for disaster

Coastal cities stir up the air flow in a way that, when hurricanes approach, can make them steer toward the buildings

Early hurricane forecasting: Don’t bet the farm on it

Predicting hurricane seasons more than a couple of months in advance is still proving tough


books I've read on failure & grace

The World Without Us
The Last Oil Shock: A Survival Guide to the Imminent Extinction of Petroleum Man
A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
Hell and High Water: Global Warming--the Solution and the Politics--and What We Should Do
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
The Tipping Point
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time
The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization
Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail
The Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History, 1300-1850
Confessions of an Eco-Sinner: Tracking Down the Sources of My Stuff
Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World

Mason's favorite books »